[MARMAM] Job opportunity: Program Manager, Sarasota Bay Listening Network

Katie McHugh kmchugh at mote.org
Mon Apr 25 12:56:19 PDT 2022


*Job Opening: Program Manager, Sarasota Bay Listening Network*
The Sarasota Bay Listening Network monitors the soundscape of Sarasota 
Bay, recording the underwater sounds of the long-term resident dolphins 
as well as manatees, fish, and invertebrates. It also provides an index 
of human activity from boat noise. Passive acoustic listening stations 
(PALS) provide this acoustic window into the coastal ecosystem, 
providing a means of documenting and monitoring changes to the ecosystem 
and its inhabitants. The Program Manager of the Sarasota Bay Listening 
Network (“SBLN”) will have expertise in the operation, construction, 
repair, and maintenance of bioacoustics equipment and analysis ensuring 
high quality acoustic data can be collected, managed, shared and 
analyzed and will oversee the operations of the SBLN to continue this 
important work. https://sarasotadolphin.org/listening-stations/

The Program Manager, Sarasota Bay Listening Network contributes to the 
success of the Chicago Zoological Society by continuing research efforts 
of the SDRP, developing research proposals, managing funded research 
projects, training graduate students, undergraduate interns, and foreign 
colleagues to support the Society’s overall goal of innovations and 
excellence in animal welfare.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

Construct, install and maintain passive acoustic listening stations as 
part of the established Sarasota Bay Listening Network (SBLN) in 
consultation with the Sarasota-based listening station manufacturer, 
Loggerhead Instruments, Inc. Coordinate data processing, storage and 
sharing among SBLN partners (Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota 
Dolphin Research Program, New College of Florida, Eckerd College, Woods 
Hole Oceanographic Institution) and other collaborators.

Coordinate/facilitate opportunities for community engagement/citizen 
science and expanding stakeholder participation with the SBLN. 
Coordinate meetings of SBLN partners and produce semi-annual newsletter 
for stakeholders (e.g., partners, collaborators, site-owners).

Prepare research grant proposals and implement and manage funded 
research projects including supervising teams of research assistants, 
graduate students, undergraduate interns and foreign trainees. Analyze 
data and prepare scientific manuscripts and presentations and present 
findings to further the long-term research of the program.

Remain current with technological and analytical advances in marine 
bioacoustics, including recordings and analyses and dolphin, fish, and 
manatee acoustics. Curate/prepare SBLN data for education, training, 
community engagement and outreach. Assist with training staff and 
students for conducting acoustic analyses.

Assist with field and laboratory research activities of the SDRP as 
requested, including photographic identification, abundance estimations, 
tagging and tracking, behavioral observations, biopsy darting, dolphin 
health assessments, and purse-seining. Other related duties as assigned.

The requirements for this position include:

  * M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in biology, animal behavior, marine
    bioacoustics, or related field required.
  * Three years of experience with marine bioacoustics monitoring and
    analyses required, including ability to build, troubleshoot, and
    repair electronic equipment associated with acoustic monitoring.
  * Experience with signal processing and programming using MATLAB,
    Python, and/or R required.
  * Experience or ability to learn machine learning applications for
    detection and classification of dolphin signature whistles using
    TensorFlow or other ML framework required.
  * Experience or ability to learn cloud computing for data storage and
    analysis of large datasets required.
  * Computer skills in Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, ArcView/ArcGIS,
    R, statistical software required.
  * Proficient swimmer required.
  * Full professional proficiency in English required.
  * Cultural proficiency; experience and/or ability to work and interact
    effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
  * A valid driver’s license is required at time of hire. Florida
    residents must possess a valid Florida driver’s license at the time
    of hire or must obtain one within 30 days of hire. A valid
    out-of-state driver’s license required at time of hire for
    out-of-state residents.

Preferred qualifications:

  * Three years of experience operating and maintaining boats (up to 28
    ft) and associated equipment, including trailering desired.
  * USCGA Safe Boating certificate or equivalent desired.
  * Wildlife photographic experience desired.
  * Ability to lead photographic identification surveys desired.
  * Experience with DTAG deployment, tracking, and analyses desired.
  * Experience with managing teams of research assistants desired.
  * Current certifications in CPR and First Aid preferred.
  * Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus, but not required.

Additional Information: This position description summarizes the primary 
duties and functions of this position, but should not be considered a 
complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to 
perform.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Workplace safety is the Chicago Zoological Society’s top priority. We 
require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless they 
request and receive a religious or medical exemption. New hires must 
have at least received their first vaccine dose prior to their start 
date and must test weekly until fully vaccinated. If fully vaccinated, 
new hires must receive the booster, if due, prior to their start date.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the 
CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply 
by submitting your profile. Please visit our website at 
www.czs.org/careers. Please use the Advanced Search feature to look for 
requisition number *2319BR*.

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Katherine McHugh
Staff Scientist
Chicago Zoological Society's
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
c/o Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

(650) 400-2776 cell

kmchugh at mote.org
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