Alaska Whale Foundation (AWF) is seeking volunteers to participate in a
series of research projects at its field station on Baranof Island,
Southeast Alaska (latitude 57.0877 N, longitude 134.8342 W). Successful
applicants will assist in collecting and/or analyzing data for projects
examining humpback whale health, foraging ecology, and social biology.
Responsibilities: Volunteers will work in a team of 4-6 individuals and
will split their time between on-the-water activities and data work.
AWF's field station is a cooperative living environment so volunteers
will also be responsible for cooking, cleaning and basic equipment
maintenance. Volunteers are expected to cover the costs of getting
to/from either Petersburg or Sitka, Alaska and to supply their own
foul-weather gear (rain gear, boots, etc.) appropriate for work in the
Alaskan temperate rainforest and marine environment.
Compensation: In return for participation, AWF will provide travel
within Southeast Alaska to AWF's field station, room and board, and
Mustang-style survival suits and additional safety gear. AWF can also
assist students that wish to develop for-credit independent projects
through their own academic institutions.
Schedule: Volunteers are asked to participate in one of two ~7-week
'blocks'. The tentative dates for these are: i) May 15 – July 2; and,
ii) July 24 – September 14. Volunteers should plan to arrive in
Southeast Alaska no later than noon on the first day and depart no
sooner than noon on the final day of the appropriate block. Because of
the logistics involved with travel to/from the field station, we cannot
accommodate arrival and departure outside of these dates/times.
Qualifications: All applicants will be considered; however, preference
will be given to individuals that are pursing or have recently been
awarded a BS/BA degree or higher in biology, environmental science or
similar field, and who have basic first aid training. Additionally, the
following will be viewed favorably:
- Desire to pursue a career in marine sciences
- Experience operating small boats, especially in marine waters
- Experience working in remote field settings
- An ability to work well with colleagues in both research and
cooperative living situations
- Demonstrable proficiency in social media
Interested individuals should apply through Alaska Whale Foundation's
Please include a link to a single PDF file that includes your CV, a
brief cover letter (no more than 500 words) and contact information for
two references. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday,
February 1 @ midnight PST. Interviews for qualified candidates will be
conducted in early- to mid- February, and final decisions will be made
no later than February 22. Further announcements will be posted on
Alaska Whale Foundation's Facebook page.
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