Senior Curator – Stranding Response Coordinator (Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center)

Summary: Assist the Curator Manager in the development and operations of the Aquarium Research and
Conservation Program to meet the mission and objectives of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science
Center; supervise development and operations of the Aquarium’s Stranding Response Program and
associated research projects; assist with the supervision of department staff. These activities may involve
supervising and coordinating the collection, sampling, and tagging of marine mammals or sea turtles;
data management and database development; transporting, dispensing and administering controlled
substances to stranded animals; hiring and training staff; managing permits, authorizations and reporting
requirements; writing and managing grants and contracts; and writing and presenting publication quality
reports, news releases, articles and proposals for a variety of audiences including: Virginia Aquarium
staff, volunteers, general public, as well as the broader scientific community.
-This position will fill a supervisory role within the Research and Conservation Division related to projects
involving sea turtles, marine mammals and marine ecosystem management and conservation.
Lead the development and operations of the Aquarium Stranding Response Program providing rescue
and rehabilitation for sick and injured marine animals.
-Coordinate stranding response events and assessments to ensure scientific accuracy and reporting of
findings, and maximum benefit for educational programs and public image of the Aquarium.
Research and prepare grant proposals, including budget, for projects and research in the incumbent’s
field of expertise; and serve as either principal investigator or co-investigator on grants and contracts
-Administer permit requirements, budgets and other financial resources allocated for stranding
response. Maintain stranding response supplies, boats and other equipment.
-Hire and train new staff. Supervise staff through assignment and review of work, preparation of work
and leave schedules, and performance appraisals to ensure that division goals and objectives are met;
and develop systematic plans and procedures to meet operational needs and production deadlines.
-Write concise, grammatically correct reports for grants, contracts and public outreach in the field of
-Ensure safety of the animals and people involved in activities and projects in the incumbent’s field of
-Respond to media and public inquiries regarding stranding response activities, with the intent to inform as
well as educate. Prepare informational and educational materials for distribution to the public.
-Assist Curator Manager and Veterinary Technician with oversight of the distribution and inventory of
controlled substances. Transport controlled substances to stranded animal sites. Dispense and
administer controlled substances to marine mammals, sea turtles or other marine life.
-Perform other job duties requiring skills, knowledge and physical requirements as demanded by those
duties described or less. Individual assignments will be determined by the supervisor based on then
current workloads and department needs.
Minimum Qualifications:
Requires any combination of education (above the high school level) and experience equivalent to nine
-(9) years in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills and abilities and associated with such positions
as Exhibits, Stranding, or Research Technician; Stranding or Research Coordinator; Assistant Curator or
-Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina driver’s license in accordance with
Virginia or North Carolina DMV driver’s license eligibility requirements.
Preferred Qualifications:
Post-graduate degree in marine biology, zoology, biology or environmental science or specialized
certification in marine mammal or sea turtle rehabilitation or science. Experience working for a United
States permitted Sea Turtle or Marine Mammal Stranding Response Organization; knowledge of the
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Five or more years
management experience in stranding response. Authorship on one or more scientific publications in
marine mammal or sea turtle science. Principal investigator or co-investigator on one or more grants of
$100,000 or more.
Salary: $55,063.50-$85,348.43
More information and apply at
Application Deadline: open until filled

Marine Naturalist & Eco Tour Guide


Are you interested in working with other passionate educators, conservationists and Salish Sea lovers in sharing the uniqueness of our area by connecting with visitors in a meaningful and authentic way? MLWW is looking for exceptional marine naturalist guide for the 2023 tour season. We offer small group tours rich in ecology, wildlife and cultural heritage, connecting each passenger with the unique environment surrounding us.

Our company provides a premium, customer-centered tour experience for each of our passengers. Tours are educational as well as enjoyable, and aim to send our guests home inspired, and with an appreciation akin to our own for the uniqueness of the area they have just experienced.

A marine naturalist is a guide and educator who helps oversee the tour experience from start to finish. They are an integral and appreciated part of our small team.

Ideally Suited Abilities, Skills & Traits :
Highest standard of customer service – service oriented and energized by putting guests at the center of the experience
Flexible – able to go with the flow
Reliable – trustworthy, acting with integrity
Personable – enjoys people and generally has an outgoing personality
Self-motivated learner
Strong communicator
Perceptive – able to read people and cater/modify material accordingly
Works well with others

Knowledge of Salish Sea region. Including but not limited to ecology, birds, marine mammals, conservation issues, geology, history and cultural heritage (We understand everyone will have deeper knowledge in some areas than others, but all guides should have some understanding of a range of topics)
Prior experience as a guide or marine naturalist
Customer service experience
Some familiarity with power boats; safety and procedures
Bachelors or higher degree, or equivalent experience (education or ecology/environmental/marine studies preferred)
CPR and first aid certified
Ability to pass drug test. Crew are subject to random drug testing during tour season.
*Most of these qualifications are preferred but not limited to the above. Additional qualifications considered, as we are open to training the right person. If you feel you are a good fit, we want to hear from you.

Responsibilities include*:
Providing educational, personalized and safe tour experiences
Educating our guests about the Salish Sea. Including but not limited to ecology, birds, marine mammals, conservation issues, geology, history and cultural heritage
Helping keep tour vessels clean and orderly, before during and after tours (Includes tidying up, removing trash and hosing down the vessel)
Providing safety orientation and monitoring safety throughout the tour
Passenger management and engagement, before during and after tours (Includes greeting passengers on the dock, insuring safe boarding, connecting with individuals while underway, following up after)
Taking photos and sharing them with passengers on each tour.
Potentially assisting in social media efforts
*The above are the basic guide responsibilities. Responsibilities will be contracted on an individual basis. We are always happy to discuss additional areas of our operation you would like to participate in.

Wages are dependent on experience and contract details. Duration is flexible with our needs beginning in either April or May and concluding in September or October.

We strive for peak life experiences for passengers and team members alike! Does this work excite you? It excites us. If you are interested in applying or would like further details, please contact us by email ( or phone (360-378-7996).

Assistant Scientist – Tenure Track

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Behavioral Ecology of Top Predators,
Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

The Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Scientist level on our Scientific Staff ( We seek outstanding candidates to complement our existing interdisciplinary strengths in biology, biological oceanography, and marine ecology. We are particularly interested in applicants who conduct research in behavioral ecology of marine top predators; areas of focus may include (but are by no means limited to) social, ecological, evolutionary and anthropogenic determinants of behavior.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a record of scholarly publications commensurate with their career stage. Scientific Staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering.

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts. The Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years.

WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science. An additional 500 affiliates are associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, many of whom are foreign nationals from the international community.

WHOI is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. WHOI believes diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components that support our academic excellence. We strive for a diverse and inclusive workforce, and encourage women, minorities, veterans and those with disabilities to apply.

WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical and dental plans, child care subsidy, an employer contribution retirement plan, vacation time, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. WHOI also provides dual career services for assisting your spouse or partner should they be impacted by your career decision. We have a dedicated team who will work with applicants to identify and explore available options within WHOI or the broader community.

Please visit and respond to Job Reference XXXXXX. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three-page research statement, names and contact information of four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications or preprints. In addition to the online application, please email the PDF document directly to the chair of the Biology Department at with the subject “Biology Scientist Application”. Applications received by Dec 17 2019 will be given full consideration.
WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit HERC for more information.

Who is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact the EEO Officer at or at 508-289-2705 for assistance.

Whale Watching Handbook Contractor

The International Whaling Commission is seeking a contractor to help develop the IWC’s Whale Watching Handbook. Communications skills are required, including experience translating scientific information for different target audiences, and generating and organising website content. Experience working on issues relating to marine biodiversity and marine tourism is also required. For more information and the Invitation to Tender see

Marine Project in the Caspian Sea

For a project in the Caspian Sea we are currently seeking a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) with a Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) certificate / experience to support the team there. At the moment there is a project where a lot of noise/sound is produced. Limits that could potentially be dangerous to the marine mammals are already known but it is unknown how much noise is produced by the machines. Due to this it is required that the sounds are recorded several times a day. Additionally it is important that the marine mammals are observed.

Details of the project:

–           Duration: 10 – 12 weeks in August / September (or April)
–           Flight, accommodation and your stay will be paid for (additional to the salary)
–           A requirement (!) is that you live in The Netherlands, Belgium or Germany and you speak Dutch fluently (or English)

If you are interested and meet the requirements, you can contact me via phone (+31(0)345 – 516100 / +31(0)6 – 53136768) or by E-mail ( Details of the company who is hiring is: