Marine Mammal Science Job Openings

Population Ecologist (Institute for Marine Mammal Studies)

Job Category: Paid Staff Position
Date Posted:

Population Ecologist

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is located in Gulfport, MS and was established in 1984 for the purposes of studying marine mammals in the northern Gulf of Mexico. IMMS is also the only rehabilitation facility for marine mammals and sea turtles in Mississippi.

The Population Ecologist will be responsible for overseeing the daily aspects of the IMMS bottlenose dolphin Photo ID program, including boat trips, data analysis and evaluation, and the preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants must have experience in boat-based marine mammal photo-ID and behavioral observations. Candidates should be familiar with Darwin and FinBase programs as well as ArcGIS. Applicant should be legally able to work in the United States and fluent in written and spoken English.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct regular photo-identification surveys of the Mississippi Sound and surrounding areas, examining the population structure and ecology of the Mississippi Sound, Lake Borgne, Bay Boudreau bottlenose dolphin BSE stock
  • Develop new lines of inquiry, building upon core research activities at IMMS
  • Assist in project oversight and reporting
  • Management of Darwin and FinBase databases
  • Prepare grant/permit applications and reports as needed
  • Assist with marine mammal and sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation, and release as needed
  • Assist in the post-release monitoring of sea turtles and marine mammals through use of satellite tags
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals using new and existing data sets
  • As needed, assist in lab-based marine mammal and sea turtle necropsies as well as field necropsies of marine mammals.

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD in Ecology, Marine Biology, Biology, or related field
  • Ability to manage large databases such as FinBase (experience with Access a plus)
  • Experience with ArcGIS and R
  • Experience with satellite telemetry
  • Knowledge of, and experience maintaining and applying for, federal and state permits
  • Experience supervising staff/interns in the field and office settings
  • Familiarity with the reporting process for marine mammal and sea turtle strandings
  • Experience with marine mammal necropsies
  • Experience assisting in veterinary procedures for marine mammals and sea turtles
  • Experience with marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation

To Apply:

In order to apply please send your CV, cover letter, 1-2 copies of recently published works, and contact information for 3 references to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, and salary is commensurate with experience.