[MARMAM] Job Posting for Standing Network Coordinator & Data Specialist for The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor WA

Jenny Atkinson jenny at whalemuseum.org
Mon Apr 4 14:52:30 PDT 2022

Position: Stranding Network Coordinator & Data Specialist
Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the role of Stranding
Network Coordinator & Data Specialist. This is a year-round, full-time
salaried position with benefits.

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in
the wild, The Whale Museum's mission is to promote stewardship of whales and
the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. Our facility is
located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington. This remote
island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane. 

This position works closely with the Executive Director as the Stranding
Network Coordinator & Data Specialist to manage several databases and to
coordinate the efforts of the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding
Network. This position's primary responsibilities are: coordinating
responses for live and dead stranded marine mammals, managing the necropsy
program including maintenance of equipment and supplies, archiving tissue
samples and shipping samples for testing, annual grant writing, and managing
the lab space. The successful candidate will also be the primary vessel
operator for our stranding boat, the R/V Buzzard. The main field season for
the Stranding Network is between June and September, but responses can occur
anytime throughout the year. This position also trains and supervises a
volunteer network of approximately 60 people, mentors 2-3 seasonal interns,
oversees grant management and routinely moves marine mammals or other items
in excess of 50 pounds. During the off-season (Oct-May), a large portion of
this job is computer-based, primarily data entry and analysis, database
management, and writing. The successful candidate will be highly flexible as
response work can occur any time, day or night.

This position manages the long-term scientific data that supports the
research and provides the substance for education programs and exhibits.
Current projects focus on: managing 40 years of marine mammal stranding
data; analyzing 30+ years of historical passive acoustics monitoring data;
conducting aerial flight surveys to develop a harbor seal pupping index; and
assisting with the data entry of a 40+ year sightings database used to track
Southern Resident killer whale's movement patterns. Partnerships with other
organizations and researchers are critical to our work. Current partnerships
include, but are not limited to: NOAA-Northwest Region, SeaDoc Society, SMRU
Consulting, and John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant

Qualifications: a Master's Degree or 3 years' experience in a relevant
field, excellent communication skills (oral and written), excellent
attention to detail, excellent computer/technological skills (i.e.,
Microsoft Office particularly Access & Excel, ARC-GIS mapping), grant
writing, experience with field work (specifically Stranding Network field
response and necropsies), experience with conflict resolution & public
communication, and project management experience. Boating experience with
Washington State Boater Education Card is required. Must have a Basic Open
Water scuba diving certification with at least 15 dives logged in the Salish
Sea (to manage osteological preparations and assist partnering organizations
with relevant projects). Acoustic data analysis experience is not required,
but preferred. A varied skill set and flexibility are major assets.

The position will start June 1st with the opportunity for a brief training
period with the outgoing employee.  Active review of submitted applications
will begin immediately, but applications will continue to be accepted until
the position is filled. Electronic submissions are encouraged.  It is
suggested that a PDF compiled with the requested information be submitted.
Send cover letter, resume and up to three references (either reference
letter or contact information for each reference) to:

Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director

The Whale Museum 

P.O. Box 945

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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

Website: www.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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