[MARMAM] Aerial Observer Position - Provincetown, MA USA

Stephanie Richardson srichardson at coastalstudies.org
Fri Sep 11 12:38:30 PDT 2020

Right Whale Ecology Program – Aerial Observer Position

Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), Provincetown MA USA

The Center for Coastal Studies is seeking one aerial survey observer for
the upcoming 2021 right whale survey season. Observers will work on the
aerial team, which operates between January 1 and May 31 every year, flying
surveys to assess the abundance, distribution, conservation status and
behavior of North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay.

Primary Responsibilities:


   Participate in right whale aerial surveys by rotating through the three
   positions: observer/data recorder, observer/photographer, and ground contact

   Processing aerial survey data: entering and proofing data recorded
   during surveys, completing effort and sightings data tables, photo-analysis
   and photo-identification of individuals, updating in-house identification
   catalog, and preparing data for submissions to the North Atlantic Right
   Whale Consortium

   Familiarizing oneself with current entanglement cases and protocols, as
   well as individuals of interest

Other responsibilities may include:


   Assisting program director, data manager, or flight coordinator with
   relevant projects

   Writing field notes to be shared with the public

   Finalizing data entry and photo analysis from previous field seasons

Minimum Requirements:


   A college degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences

   Proficient with DSLR cameras in a variety of lighting conditions

   Experience in species-identification of marine mammals, and
   photo-identification of individuals

   Basic computer literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office
   programs (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)

   Must work well in a team. Field hours can be long and the winter
   fieldwork conditions are cold and often uncomfortable

   Ability to work in small aircraft for up to 9 hours per day with
   continual focus

   Must not suffer from air sickness.

Preferred Qualifications:


   Working knowledge of R, iMatch, and/or Mysticetus software

   Previous aerial survey experience

   Aircraft ditch and EBS training within the last five years

   Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, attention to detail and willingness to

We fly between one and four surveys weekly throughout the field season.
Observers are sometimes required to work on weekends and holidays, often
for long hours in a small aircraft and/or aboard a research vessel.

Housing will be provided for the duration of the field period. This is a
paid position.

CCS has a long history of conservation and research work with the North
Atlantic right whale. Details of our work can be found on our website:

Application process:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and the
contact information for three references via email in PDF format to
srichardson at coastalstudies.org <scrockett at coastalstudies.org> with the
subject line: 2021 RW Aerial Observer Position

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2020. No applications will be
accepted after this date.

Stephanie Richardson
Human Resource Manager
Center for Coastal Studies
5 Holway Avenue
Provincetown, MA 02657
t. (508) 487-3622 Ext. 113
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