Marine Mammal Science Job Openings

Marine Mammal Stranding & Population Assessment Assistant

Job Category: Paid Staff Position
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Florida Atlantic University is seeking a Marine Mammal Stranding & Population Assessment Assistant, Ft. Pierce, FL.

Summary of Responsibilities Include:

Performs stranding, data collection and outreach activities and is assigned to both field and office work.
Performs as a NOAA NMFS authorized first responder on marine mammal strandings.
Performs as a co-investigator on population assessment permit.
Participates in on-call rotation with other members of the group.
Assists with inputting data collected through strandings and population assessments. 
Assists with maintenance of vessels, vehicles and equipment used for operations.
Assist with maintaining equipment used for operations.
Creates reports and performs QA/QC with data as needed.
Participates in presentations or other outreach activities regarding stranding and population assessments.
Minimum Qualifications:     

Bachelor from an accredited institution of Science in Biology, Environmental Sciences, or related field with one year of marine mammal stranding response experience and related activities required.


Ability to work flexible hours including on-call times weekly, weekend, and holidays to meet program objectives required.


Experience with population assessment data collection, photo-ID boat surveys, photo analysis or database input preferred.


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


Comfortable driving large vehicles and towing boats required.


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


Successfully complete the USGS Motorboat Operator Certification (MOCC) within 6 months of hire required. 


Experience driving various vessels in coastal and offshore waters required.


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


Ability to immediately be approved for NOAA NMFS primary responder preferred.


Experience with Microsoft Office preferred.


Must have excellent verbal and communication skills.


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


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