[MARMAM] Position Open: Soundwatch/Be Whale Wise Coordinator

Jenny Atkinson jenny at whalemuseum.org
Tue Nov 7 11:07:25 PST 2023

Position: Soundwatch/Be Whale Wise Coordinator. Year-round FT employment
includes benefits.

Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in
the wild, The Whale Museum (TWM) promotes stewardship of whales and the
Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. The Soundwatch Boater
Education Program was initiated in 1993 by TWM to reduce disturbances to
marine wildlife caused by irresponsible boater behaviors. This innovative
program educates boaters on guidelines and regulations for marine wildlife
through shore-based education, reinforces the learning experience through
on-the-water educational patrols, monitors vessel activities to characterize
vessel trends, and evaluate existing guidelines and laws. The main focus of
our work is the endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) but there
are other marine mammal species of importance in our region, including
Transient killer whales, Minke whales, Humpback whales, Fin whales, Harbor
porpoise, Dall's porpoise, Harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and many other
cetacean and pinniped species.  A key component of Soundwatch is the
transboundary Be Whale Wise Program.

The Coordinator oversees all aspects of the Soundwatch and Be Whale Wise
Programs including, but not limited to: coordination of seasonal field
operations; small vessel operations/maintenance, Be Whale Wise
education/outreach on marine stewardship; maintenance of the program
long-term data sets and database; preparation of program reports; training,
mentoring and coordination of volunteers, interns and seasonal contract
employees; assistance with grant writing/fund raising; collaborate with
partner monitoring programs, the whale watch industry and federal and state
marine mammal management and enforcement teams.  The successful candidate
should understand and have experience with U.S. and Canadian recovery
priorities related to the endangered SRKWs. The Coordinator reports to TWM
Executive Director and works cooperatively with other museum staff.  This
position is classed as year-round, full-time Management/Administrative with
field work responsibilities.

The successful candidate will have:

*         Bachelor's Degree plus 7 years' experience in a relevant field,
specifically marine mammal research in the wild

*         Minimum 4 years' experience in small vessel operations, with
previous experience operating around marine wildlife. Familiarity with VHF
radio use and etiquette. Washington State Boater License required

*         Experience in education and/or outreach

*         Strong knowledge of marine ecosystems, marine mammal biology and
natural history, specifically the endangered SRKWs and the Salish Sea

*         Strong verbal and written communication skills necessary for
public interaction, conflict resolution, department planning, grant writing
and project management experience

*         Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact
effectively with staff & board, interns/volunteers, visitors, members, and
the public

*         Ability to multi-task and work flexible schedule, specifically
some weekends and evenings

*         Ability to collect and synthesize information; effective problem
solving skills

*         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail  

*         Ability to lift 40 lbs. or more and to stand for long periods of

*         Excellent computer/technological skills (i.e., database
management, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office)

Salary range is $63,000-68,000 (varies based on experience, relocation
support needs and start date). Benefit package includes: Health Care
(medical, vision, dental), Simple IRA Retirement Plan Contribution, Paid
Time Off and Holidays. 

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a PDF file containing your letter of interest,
resume and at least three references. Your letter of interest must address
(1) examples of accomplishments to illustrate your experience for this role;
(2) your philosophy about the position; and (3) insight into what draws you
to The Whale Museum's mission at this time in your career.   Please Note:
International applicants required to have approved Visa and documentation to
work in the U.S. at the time of submission. Please email your PDF package
to: Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director, The Whale Museum - email:
Jenny at whalemuseum.org <mailto:Jenny at whalemuseum.org> 


Equal Opportunity Employer. Hiring decisions are not made based on race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other
legally protected group status. 


The duties listed are to give prospective applicants a better understanding
of the position. This is not a comprehensive list of job duties.


Position open: November 7, 2023. Deadline: Open until position is filled. 


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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