[MARMAM] Job Posting for Soundwatch Seasonal Vessel Driver/Educator

Jenny Atkinson jenny at whalemuseum.org
Thu Feb 13 12:07:17 PST 2020

Position Soundwatch Seasonal Vessel Driver/Educator. Seasonal Contract
position, June -September

Location: The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
State, US


The Soundwatch Boater Education Program Mission: Promote responsible
stewardship of the Salish Sea through the development, distribution and
implementation of Be Whale Wise, best practice guidelines & regulations for
marine wildlife viewing by residents, visitors and commercial users.
Program goal: Reduce disturbances to marine wildlife by irresponsible boater

Program objectives: Educate boaters on best practices for viewing marine
wildlife before they leave the shore; reinforce the learning experience in
the actual context where disturbances take place; develop and evaluate
community-based voluntary guidelines; and provide a scientific platform to
monitor vessel activities around marine mammals. 


Soundwatch Seasonal Vessel Driver/Educator Tasks: Assist with all aspects of
The Whale Museum's Soundwatch Boater Education Program, including but not
limited to the following:

*         Seasonal field operations: Conduct full- or half-day on-the-water
educational patrols and monitoring of whale watch activities June-September.
Maintain daily boat patrol protocols and data collection procedures on whale
watching and marine wildlife viewing trends, guideline compliance
measurements and educational materials distribution. Prevent wildlife
disturbance by intercepting boaters before they reach wildlife areas.
Monitor activities within San Juan County Marine Stewardship Area including
recreational and fishing pressure in reserve areas, including National
Wildlife Refuge Areas and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Biological Preserve Areas. Maintain equipment and collection materials. Work
with Soundwatch volunteers and interns. Maintain communications with whale
research and commercial whale-watch community. Report marine mammal
strandings to the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

*         Small Vessel operations: Vessel driver, perform routine
maintenance and minor boat/engine repair, maintain vessel/engine/operation
and safety equipment, communicate with coordinator and/or mechanic for
trouble shooting advice, provide vessel operation briefing to interns and

*         Education/Outreach on marine stewardship: Distribution of
educational materials on-the-water, regional boating facilities and

*         Soundwatch field data-entry: Assist with field season data entry.
Assist with the update of annual commercial whale watch industry information
and ID book. 

*         Assist with the coordination of volunteers and interns: Assist
with training and scheduling of volunteers and interns. Keep track of
volunteer activities for future reporting. 


The successful candidate should understand and have experience with recovery
priorities related to the endangered SRKWs. The Vessel Driver/Educator
reports to the Soundwatch Program Coordinator and must work cooperatively
with other museum staff, program interns and volunteers.  This position is
classed as Seasonal Field Work Contractor, May-September.


Soundwatch Vessel Driver/Educator should plan to be in place by May 14,
2020. (Start date may be negotiable.) Active review of submitted
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is
filled.  Note: International applicants required to have approved Visa and
documentation to work in the U.S. at the time of submission. 


Application package should include: a cover letter, resume and up to five
references (reference letter or contact information for each reference).
Electronic submissions are encouraged in the form of a PDF compiled with the
requested information.  


Please send to: Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director, The Whale Museum, P.
O. Box 945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 

or Email: jenny at whalemuseum.org <mailto:jenny at whalemuseum.org> 




Jenny L. Atkinson

Executive Director

The Whale Museum

P. O. Box 945

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

(360) 378-4710 ext. 26



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