[MARMAM] Job Posting

Jenny Atkinson jenny at whalemuseum.org
Thu Apr 20 14:54:50 PDT 2023

The Whale Museum's Soundwatch Boater Education Program: 

2023 Seasonal Vessel Operator/Educator Opening

The Soundwatch Boater Education Program is seeking a vessel operator for the
2023 summer field season. Soundwatch is a research, education and monitoring
program operated by The Whale Museum (TWM), a not-for-profit organization
located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State. The
Soundwatch program mission is to reduce vessel disturbance to marine
wildlife, particularly the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, in
the Salish Sea region of Washington State (USA) and British Columbia
(Canada). Soundwatch is looking for vessel operators/educators to: carry out
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. The Soundwatch program is
operated by The Whale Museum (TWM), a not-for-profit organization located in
Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State. To learn more, please
visit our
<https://whalemuseum.org/pages/soundwatch-boater-education-program> website
and read Soundwatch's most recent Contract Report and publications.


Vessel operators/educators will conduct seasonal vessel patrols, educate
boaters on regional/federal  <https://www.bewhalewise.org/> Be Whale Wise
guidelines and regulations, and collect data while monitoring vessel
activity around whales. Data from this critical program characterizes vessel
activity trends around endangered killer whales and other marine wildlife.
The data is used to promote better boater compliance and to inform marine
mammal management strategies such as state and federal vessel laws and

Vessel operators/educators report to the Soundwatch Program Coordinator and
work cooperatively with other museum staff, program interns and volunteers.
This position is classed as Seasonal Field Work Contractor, June-September.
Hourly wage for this position is commensurate with experience and starts at


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: 

*         Perform routine maintenance and minor boat/engine repair, maintain
vessel/engine/operation and safety equipment, communicate with coordinator
and/or mechanic for troubleshooting advice, provide vessel operation
briefing to interns and volunteers.

Education/Outreach on marine stewardship: 

*         Distribution of educational materials on-the-water, regional
boating facilities and organizations.

*         Participate in local education and outreach events. 

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 training of volunteers and interns. Keep track of
volunteer activities for future reporting. 


*	Valid US passport or an enhanced driver's license (for the entirety
of their position) and CPR/First Aid certification.
*	A Washington state boater license.
*	Bachelor's degree in marine/wildlife sciences.
*	Understand and have experience with recovery priorities related to
endangered SRKWs.
*	Soundwatch operates under a NOAA NMFS research permit which requires
vessel operator candidates to have relevant field experience. The successful
candidate must be approved for operation by NMFS as a condition for hiring.
*	Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as crews will be working closely
together both on and off water.


Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for
three references. Please include any start/end dates and passport status.

Submit application materials via email as one PDF.

Please include in your subject line: Soundwatch Vessel Operator Application
(Last Name).


Soundwatch Vessel Driver/Educator should plan to be in place by May 15, 2023
(Exact start date negotiable). Active review of submitted applications will
begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful
candidate will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



Alanna Frayne
Soundwatch Boater Education Program and Be Whale Wise Coordinator
 <mailto:alanna at whalemuseum.org> alanna at whalemuseum.org

Please feel free to contact with any questions.








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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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