Thursday, December 07, 2017

Seasonal Field Positions with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program

The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) works with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center through a cooperative agreement with the University of Hawaii to conduct research and recovery activities on Hawaiian monk seals. JIMAR hires program staff through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) and is currently seeking applicants for two separate recruitments (Biological Research Technician and Biological Research Assistant) for the 2018 field research season. Selected individuals will study the endangered Hawaiian monk seal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This work is part of a long-term annual Hawaiian monk seal population monitoring and conservation program by NMFS and includes: conducting trend counts, tagging seals, identifying individual seals by tags, scars, natural markings, and applied bleach marks, monitoring reproduction, survival, injuries, entanglements, migration, performing necropsies, collecting scat & spew samples for food habitat, parasite load, and hormonal analysis, collecting tissue samples for DNA analysis, and collecting and removing debris capable of entangling seals and other wildlife.  Behavior data are also collected at some sites. Researchers at some sites may participate in shark mitigation activities.  

General information about the program can be found at:

The number of positions and/or continuation of the program are subject to funding.  These positions

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Research assistant: Archipelagos Institute - Aegean Sea - Greece

Research assistant position at Archipelagos Institute– Aegean Sea -Greece

Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is currently looking for research assistants to join our Marine Mammal Team, for the Winter Season 2017/2018 as well the Spring and Summer Season 2018. The applicants will provide scientific support for our projects and gain valuable experience in hands-on Marine Mammal Conservation.
Available projects are based on the islands of Samos, Lipsi and Ikaria, in the eastern Aegean Sea.

This region supports important populations of Common, Bottlenose, Stripped and Risso's dolphins, as well as Sperm whales and Cuvier's beaked whales, which we study with the use of 3 research boats. This project offers a unique opportunity to improve your research skills and utilise your knowledge to make a difference in a targeted conservation project.

What you will gain
Archipelagos internship is a unique opportunity to make a positive contribution to marine and terrestrial conservation and meet new people who share the same interests. You can gain experience in field work, research methods, data processing, writing of publications and reports, public awareness and education programmes. The data you collect will contribute to long-running research studies.

Research projects
- Cetacean behaviour, abundance and distribution studies
Knowledge of abundance, trends and distribution of cetacean population is needed to increase marine

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

INTERNS: Spring Marine Mammal Rescue Internship at The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA

Spring Marine Mammal Rescue Internship
Sausalito Main Hospital, The Marine Mammal Center, CA

The Rescue and Response team at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for their Spring Marine Mammal Rescue Internship working primarily with stranded pinnipeds, as well as occasional cetaceans and sea otters. This internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammals and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

To learn more about the Spring Marine Mammal Rescue Internship and apply, follow this link: https://tmmc.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fs7v/

Research Assistants: winter/spring Gray Whales Count 2018, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

RESEARCH ASSISTANT (RA) POSITIONS AVAILABLE - seeking volunteer Research Assistants in winter/spring to participate in Gray Whales Count (GWC) 2018 survey of the northbound migration of Gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) migrating through the nearshore of the Santa Barbara Channel. 
GWC is seeking Research Assistants (RA) to work with Project Coordinator and team of observers to assist in our annual survey, conducted from shore at Counter Point, in the Coal Oil Point Reserve, Goleta, California, USA, adjacent to the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).  
This position is open to citizens of the United States of America and those authorized to work in the United States with an appropriate visa in hand.

The 2018 survey begins Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and continues every day through May 27, from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Sunday. If Gray whale calves are continuing, we may need to extend the survey through May 31. 
We are looking for passionate, caring individuals who are willing to commit for the entire survey, ~100 survey days, and be available to begin Saturday, February 10 to train and assist with preparations.
GWC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for research and education. The primary goal of research is to estimate the number of Gray whales and Gray whale calves migrating northbound through our corridor and to share our data to complement similar sampling-studies along the California coast. 
A secondary goal is to document the variety and quantity of other marine mammals in the ocean area around our site, which is now a Marine Protected Area. We are able to monitor human activity, including interactions with marine mammals, including Gray whales. 
Goals of education are to teach the process of scientific research to Counters and to give them the opportunity to conduct a meaningful study, to experience marine mammals in their natural environment, and to share this process and our enthusiasm with publics through

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Volunteer Research assistant - Cetacean Conservation of Nicaragua

*Volunteer - Cetacean Research Assistant *

*About ELI-Scientific*

ELI-S is a small nonprofit organization composed of a team of three
volunteers based in France that has been created in 2013. Our organization
aims at promoting, protecting and conserving cetaceans. We have set up the
research project ?Cetacean Conservation in Nicaragua? in 2015. This pioneer
project aims to generate knowledge on cetacean presence, population size,
distribution and habitat use patterns. The expected output is to generate:
1) scientific data on cetaceans in Nicaragua, 2) environmental awareness to
the local communities in order to create a socio-economic relevance in
conserving and protecting their natural environment and 3) responsible

ELI-Scientific is recruiting volunteer research assistants for field work,
photo-identification and data entry from January 22nd to April 22nd 2018 in
Padre Ramos and San Juan del Sur. All team members will have a training
beforehand on the field methodologies and protocols as well as on data
entry and management. Research assistants should expect to spend time on
the computer for data analysis but also to spend some days on the field to
gather data during the 12-week field study. The Research Assistant have a
unique opportunity to participate to a pioneer research project under the
supervision of experienced marine biologists, which gives the opportunity
for the assistant to develop both professionally but also personally thanks
to the unique experience to live within local communities. A commitment of
3 months is expected.

*Locations: *Padre Ramos North-West of Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur South-West of Nicaragua

*Period: *22 of January to 22 of April (3 months commitment)

*Type of agreement: *Full time.


-          Assist in Boat based and land based surveys in collecting data
on cetaceans

-          Photo-identification of whale and dolphin species

-          Update photo-ID catalogue

-          Data entry of collected data

-          Participate to public outreach and events

*Skills and qualifications:*

-          *Bsc or Mc in biology / environmental sciences*

-          *Fluency in Spanish (!)*

-          *Enthusiastic, conscientious and hard working (!)*

-          Experience of working in developing countries

-          Proactive with ability to work unsupervised

-          Interest in wildlife and conservation

-          Being comfortable on a small boat and spend long hours on a boat
in the sun

-          Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-          Being able to work in a small team

-          Being able to live in basic living conditions

*Desirable skills :*

-          Have background in cetacean ecology

-          An interest and knowledge of marine life

-          A background in marine biology

-          Be able to swim

*Successful candidate will:*

-          Gain valuable experience in cetacean survey techniques and
behavioral studies

-          Work in a very dynamic environment

-          Get insight in running a research project in developing countries

This position is an *unpaid position* and requires a contribution fee of
500 euros per month (converted in dollar according to the exchange rate).

*This fee includes:*

-          Accommodation

-          All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and cook

-          Water and electricity

-          Fieldwork expenses

-          Training to marine mammal survey material and methodologies

-          Membership to the organization for a year

-          2 t-shirts

*Fee does not include:*

-          Travel expenses to come to the study site

-          Personal expenses: restaurants, bars, telephone, internet,
cleaning clothes, etc.

*To apply:*

Please email a CV, 2 references and cover letter outlining your experience
and motivations. Send this to eliscientific@gmail.com with "Research
assistant 2018" in the subject line. Interviews via Skype. Deadline: 15th
of November 2017.

For further information and any queries, please contact *Joelle De Weerdt,
Project Director*

Email: eliscientific@gmail.com
Website: www.nicacetacea.org
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The Montenegro Dolphin Project is a scientific project born from the partnership between the Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) and the Natural History Association of Montenegro. Our study is the first long term research study of marine mammals in Montenegrin coastal waters. We aim to address questions about marine mammal abundance, distribution and behavior, define critical habitats and investigate the impact of major threats. Our wider attention focuses on the promotion and implementation of awareness initiatives targeted at the local community, particularly youth.
We offer several volunteering and internship positions: this is an extremely valuable opportunity for graduates, that wish to gain experience in the marine mammal research field, and undergraduates, that would like to obtain internship academic credits. It could be used to develop a scientific project for BSc and MSc thesis. However, we are also open to accept applications from anyone whose love for dolphins is strong and sincere.
Opportunities are available starting from DECEMBER 2017 for whole yearThe minimum duration of the placements is 2 MONTHS, with possible exceptions for skilled candidates.
-True interest for marine conservation, self-motivation, maturity and ability to work responsibly;
-Ability to cohabit in a dynamic and multicultural environment;
-Respect for the organization's rules and willingness to follow standards and procedures;
-Proven experience of working effectively as part of a team;
-Fluent English (both spoken and written) and good communication skills;
-High computer literacy and willingness to learn new software applications.
Background in marine biology and previous fieldwork experience are an advantage.
-Performing land-based surveys at least three times a week, including sunrise and sunset hours;
-Performing boat-based surveys at least once a week: boat surveys can be long and often tiring, so you are expected to feel comfortable on board and prepared to handle motion sickness.
-Collecting dolphins sighting and behavior data, as well as environmental and anthropogenic data;
-Operating theodolite and managing its software Pythagoras;
-Data entry and analysis;
-Cataloging and matching individuals of target species for photo-ID studies via Discovery software;
-Raising stakeholder awareness.
-Promoting citizenscience activities
The Montenegro Dolphin Project team will provide lectures and field work training as well as constant mentoring.
You will be given the chance to learn the most popular methodologies used in marine mammals research such as:
-Theodolite operation and Pythagoras software;
-Photo-ID and Discovery software;
-Data entry and analysis;
-ArcGIS mapping
The positions are unpaid and require a contribution fee of 600 euros / month which includes:
-Accommodation and expenses

-Transportation between the project sites within the country
-Internet access
-Training and lectures
-Scientific support
-Field work
-Use of the equipment
Applicants are responsible for their transportation to/from Montenegro, meals, insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel insurance) and personal expenses.
Email your CV and cover letter to info@dmad.org.tr or akkayaaylinn@gmail.com (Aylin Akkaya Bas) explaining why you are the perfect asset for our team and which goals you hope to achieve with us! Please mention the PERIOD OF INTEREST AND DURATION OF AVAILABILITY!
If you wish to have more info about our work and get to know us better follow our websites:
Facebook page:

Dr. Aylin Akkaya Baş
Research Coordinator
Deniz Memelileri Araştırma Derneği (DMAD)
Marine Mammals Research Association
+90 5337739867

Thursday, November 30, 2017

RESEARCH: Research Associate/Postdoc Position in Animal Tracking and Modeling

The Old Dominion University Research Foundation has a current opportunity for a Research Associate to work in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University. The position is in the Marine Sustainability Ecology Lab led by Dr. Sara Maxwell (http://maxwelllab.weebly.com).  The project involves investigating marine protected area effectiveness for large marine species and will combine animal movement, environmental data and analytical approaches from ecology, computer science and social science.

A strong background in the acquisition and application of remotely-sensed oceanographic data and experience with satellite tracking data is highly desired.  The incumbent will collaborate with graduate students, post docs, and faculty to address fundamental questions surrounding marine protected areas and their effectiveness for large marine species. 

Job Responsibilities:
1. Conducting analytical work with satellite tracking and remotely-sensed data
2. Conducting analyses in Marxan
3. Publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts

We are seeking a highly task-oriented, quantitative Ph.D. with significant research experience, particularly in animal movement and modeling.  Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology, Marine Sciences or similar field.  This position is a part of a one-year Pew Charitable Trust grant and has the potential for extension.  The position is available immediately; subsequent years depend on funding availability.  A Ph.D. degree in Biology, Ecology, Marine Sciences or similar field is required. There is potential for the incumbent to work remotely.

Highly motivated and interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ODU Research Foundation Employment page and apply at: http://researchfoundation.odu.edu to position #17-041.  Please include a CV and cover letter describing research experience and interests, and contact information for three potential references. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Old Dominion University Research Foundation is an equal opportunity employer (AA/EOE/M/F/Disability/VETS/Drug Free). We pledge our full support to equal employment opportunity for all persons as we recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical and/or mental disability, genetic information, age, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Sara M. Maxwell, Ph.D. 
 | smaxwell@odu.edu

Assistant Professor
Old Dominion University
Department of Biological Sciences
Mills Godwin Building, Room 302A
Norfolk VA 23529 USA

INTERNS: Marine Mammal Photo ID internship job post

Marine Mammal Photo ID Internship Spring Jan-Apr 2018

This intern will be responsible for assisting the Boats Coordinator on photo IDing blue whales, fin whales, and humpback whales during our daily whale watching cruises, as well as interpreting data to guests at the Aquarium.
Commitment: 15-20 hours/week for 15 weeks

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Taking dorsal and caudal fin photos of animals encountered during daily cruises
Maintain detailed data logs of sightings and enter them into ACESS databases
Answer questions and interpreting for guests on board.
Photo processing and IDi'ng individual whales seen during daily trips
Create a project to display to Aquarium guests using whale data

Must be 18 or over
Major/ed in biology, marine biology, or conservation a plus
Lift a maximum of 50 lbs

Each applicant must have a broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats,
Ability to spend many hours standing especially on a boat
Experience working with digital SLR camera's a plus but not required
Experience in data entry, preferably with Microsoft Access
Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
Have excellent oral and written communication skills
Be able to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and work with a diverse group of people.

Application deadline for spring season is November 13, 2017

For more information email or call
James Stewart
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA 90802

INTERNS: Mote Marine Laboratory, Manatee Research Program Internship

Mote Marine Laboratory
Manatee Research Program Internships

Program Description
The Manatee Research Program studies several aspects of the biology of manatees inhabiting the waters of southwestern Florida, including population dynamics, population genetics, habitat use, distributional patterns and social behavior. Winter field data and samples are collected using photo-identification and non-invasive genetic sampling with some habitat sampling. Field work during the winter season is conducted primarily in Charlotte Harbor and the Ft. Myers area and is both land and boat based. The long-term database of the program contributes to management and conservation measurements for Florida manatees. Additionally, the program collaborates with manatee researchers throughout the state of Florida and the Caribbean.  For more information about, please visit:https://mote.org/research/program/manatee-research.

Internship Description
Internships are available during all four seasons and must be a MINIMUM of 12 weeks.  Hours are typically Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm, although some longer days may be required for field work (especially during the winter season).
Interns should expect to spend about 20% of their time in the field and about 80% of their time in the office/lab.  Field work duties include assisting with data collection (which consists of photographing manatees, as well as recording behavioral observations and environmental conditions), boat handling, and equipment use and maintenance. Field work requires spending long hours in the field, sometimes in uncomfortable weather conditions. Office/Lab duties include data entry and database maintenance, image downloading and processing, matching images to known animals, creating representative sketches from images for searching, equipment maintenance, as well as miscellaneous tasks and

INTERNS: The Marine Mammal Center is recruiting for the winter 2018 Science and research internship

TMMC Science and Research Internship
The Science Department at TMMC is seeking applicants for an unpaid internship position in our research division for the winter 2018 season. Please see below for a brief description and responsibilities but for more information please go to our website (http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/Get-Involved/volunteer/internship-opportunities/research-internship.html).
The Science and Research Internship is available at our main hospital in Sausalito.
Some of the projects the successful candidate may participate in are:
  1. Assist with necropsies: Necropsies are performed on all animals that don't survive during treatment at the center. Depending on the case, some necropsies require a significant amount of sampling. Primary responsibilities will include: assisting with necropsy sample collection, data collection, archiving samples, stocking necropsy lab, and clean up.
  2. Data entry and cleaning: The goal of this project is to improve data integrity, standardization, and