[MARMAM] FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Position - Deadline November 16th

Lauren Clance lclance at fau.edu
Mon Nov 13 11:53:20 PST 2023

FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Position - Deadline November 16th

Position Summary:

FAU Harbor Branch, located in Ft. Pierce, is a research institute focusing on marine science and oceanography with over 200 scientists, staff and students that work and study at the site.

Florida Atlantic University is seeking a Marine Mammal Stranding and Population Assessment Assistant - Fort Pierce, FL.

The Marine Mammal Stranding and Population Assistant participates in the group’s mission to support research and is assigned to both field and office work at FAU Harbor Branch. These duties may include, but are not limited to strandings, transports, necropsies, data and tissue archive curation, community outreach, data collection, data entry, cetacean photography, vehicle driving, boat driving and trailering, and using a variety of technologies for population assessment.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  *   Performs as a NOAA NMFS authorized primary responder on marine mammal strandings and collects Level A stranding data, working in the field and office.

  *   Performs as a co-investigator on the population assessment permit. Duties include boat-based surveys, photo analysis, data entry and data QA/QC.

  *   Assists with maintenance of vessels, vehicles and equipment used for operations.

  *   Participates in presentations or other outreach activities regarding stranding and population assessments.

  *   Participates in on-call rotation with other members of the group.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization and one year of appropriate experience required.

Ability to work flexible hours including on-call times on weeknights, weekends, and holidays to meet program objectives is required.

Must have a valid Florida driver’s license with acceptable driving record or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire is required.

Florida certificate of Boating Safety Education required or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire is required.

Ability to become a NOAA NMFS primary responder on marine mammal stranding activities (Article 3 and 4) required within one year of hire.

Successfully complete the USGS Motorboat Operator Certification (MOCC) within 6 months of hire required. Experience driving various vessels in coastal and offshore waters is required.

Preferred Qualifications/Skills:

Experience with wildlife photography using a DLSR camera, population assessment data collection, photo-ID boat surveys, photo analysis and database input.

Ability to immediately be approved for NOAA NMFS primary responder.

Experience with Microsoft Office.

Excellent verbal and communication skills.

Able to work within a team and independently, this includes collaborative activities with all stakeholders.


$18.00 - $20.00 per hour.

Non-Exempt Support Personnel (SP)

College or Department:

HBOI: Research - MMRC


Harbor Branch (HBOI)

Work Days and Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Some nights and weekends as needed plus an on-call rotation required.

Application Deadline:


Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position involves research or research-related support.

To apply, visit:

For questions or more information, contact PI Steve Burton (sburto10 at fau.edu).
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