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The Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Hawaii. It was founded in 1980 and, today, it has approximately 150 employees and the capability to tackle a wide range of issues, projects and programs in its ongoing efforts to promote marine conservation, research and education.
We are seeking two highly motivated people to fill the full-time permanent position of Research Associate and assist with our ongoing humpback whale research in Eastern Australia and in Hawaii. The position is based on Maui, Hawaii with approximately 90 days of field work in Australia each year. The research team will be working from a small (6.25m), ridged hulled inflatable. Primary responsibilities include planning and overseeing the field season, driving the research vessel, taking photo-identification shots, managing data entry and organization, and leading the effort of cataloging photograph and matching flukes. When not in the field, the Research Associate will be responsible for data management and analysis, preparation of reports and co-authorship of publications. Other duties may apply from time to time according to the needs of the research department.
Qualifications: an MS degree in Marine Ecology or comparable field. At least 3 years of experience working in the field with marine mammals, particularly humpback whales. Ability to handle long days in the field, rough sea conditions, cramped spaces and long travel times. Above average knowledge of GIS software, statistics, database management, photo-identification procedures and use of digital cameras are a must. Excellent scientific speaking and writing skills and some experience publishing preferable.
Closing Date: 15 Jan 2011
Candidates should be US citizens or residents. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV and the names of three references to email@example.com.
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