Fish & Wildlife Biological Scientist III

For job descriptions, requirements, and to apply, please visit the link:

Application packets must be submitted through the State of Florida’s official employment site ( and must include a cover letter and resume in addition to the state application. Application packets without a cover letter, resume and state application will not be considered for the position.

Description of duties:

This position is located within the Imperiled Species Management Section and assists with developing conservation measures to reduce potential adverse impacts to species and their habitat under the responsibility of the Section, with a focus on Florida manatee and marine turtle conservation. This environmental commenting position is primarily office-based and field work may be limited.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

1) drafting biological opinions for regulatory and planning authorizations such as Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP), Coastal Construction Control Line permits (CCCL), Sovereign Submerged Lands Leases (SSL), Joint Coastal Permits (JCP), various management plans, comprehensive plan amendments and State Clearinghouse items under Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP);

2) implementing county manatee protection plans;

3) reviewing and commenting on coastal lighting plans and wildlife appropriate lighting fixtures;

4) providing technical assistance to other sections within the agency, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Port Authorities, and county/city governments;

5) working with local, state and federal agencies and stakeholder groups to conserve, enhance, and protect manatee and marine turtle habitat;

6) initiating, managing and/or attending meetings, workshops, and create/deliver presentations;

7) acting as agency expert witness in administrative hearings;

8) assisting with management of the agency’s Project Tracking System;

9) performing other duties as required, including but not limited to: assisting with information and outreach projects and assisting with other field activities, such as site visits and data collection, as directed.

Marine Mammal Stranding & Population Assessment Asst. – 2

Florida Atlantic University is seeking a Marine Mammal Stranding & Population Assessment Asst. – 2, Fort Pierce, FL.

With over 30,000 students from all 50 states and over 180 countries, 21 intercollegiate teams, 180 plus degree programs, and an administration that thrives on discovery and excellence, FAU is pushing the boundaries of higher education. Florida Atlantic's faculty and staff are trailblazers and innovators with a passion for finding creative solutions while advancing science, art, and technology in all disciplines. Our work environment is a hub of cultures from across the nation and the world, making FAU a place where collaboration flourishes.

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 of Science from an accredited institution in Biology, Environmental Sciences, or related field with one year of appropriate Marine Mammal stranding experience and related activities required. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.


Must have valid Florida driver’s license with acceptable driving record 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.


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.


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 is preferred.


The ability to be able to work within a team and independently required.


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


Experience with Microsoft Office preferred.


Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential to success in this position.


All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position (Marine Mammal Stranding & Population Assessment Asst. – 2) on the Office of Human Resources' job website (  by completing the required online employment application and submitting the related documents. When completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format.


A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.


For more information and to apply, visit and go to Apply Now (REQ10008).


Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or other protected status. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.


FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service.  All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.

Research and Rescue Director, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated Research and Rescue Director. In this role you will lead and develop the Research and Rescue Center at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

The R4 Director will collaborate with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment’s Chief Zoological Officer and the General Manager for SeaWorld Abu Dhabi to implement the vision of the Research and Rescue Center, manage the research lab, hire and manage internal and external research scientists, and serve as primary liaison to the General Manager of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.
You will be responsible for the development and will nurture relationships with local and international researchers and research facilities to further the mission of the Research and Rescue Center at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

The job scope includes:

Maintain and develop high standards of research practice and facilities that meet or exceed all professional research accreditation standards
Lead, support, and coordinates all aspects of the Research and Rescue Center at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
With guidance from Research and Rescue Center Board of Directors (BOD), provides strategic direction and contributes to the planning, organization and implementation of the Research and Rescue Center’s short/long term plans and goals, including CAPEX
Creates and implements an annual financial plan that includes a comprehensive strategy on how to reach all development and fundraising goals including but not limited to events, grants and sponsorships.
Plans and develops the R4 Center’s annual operating budget in coordination with park finance and the General Manager
Review analysis of activities, costs, operations and forecast data to determine progress towards stated goals and objectives
Identifies and monitors key results and financial performance
Participates in formulating and administering policies as needed
Responsible for adherence to all legal, regulatory and company policies
Develop top caliber research teams and individuals
Develop and update as needed Staffing Procedures and Plan for all research disciplines
Developing mutually beneficial linkages with (industry) in order to build partnerships and collaborative research.
Maintains open and continuous lines of communication with the SeaWorld Abu Dhabi General Manager and General Curator
Fosters a culture of human and animal safety; drives compliance with existing safety policies while encouraging the review and renewal, or provision of new policies and practices to ensure all colleagues work in a safe manner with the appropriate protective equipment
Interacts with Government Affairs relative to legislation and laws pertaining to research
Collaborates with public relations team to promote a positive image of the R4 Center
Perform other duties as assigned by the leadership team


To be considered for this exciting role, you will need:

Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in the Marine Science or Zoological field to include animal sciences, education, other natural sciences or related disciplines
10 years of employment experience in a research organization with more than 5 years in a leadership capacity
Demonstrated high-level of business acumen and working knowledge of industry developments
Familiar with professional zoo/aquarium and animal research communities
Previous experience of collaborations with multiple governmental and non-governmental conservation and research organizations.
Ability to represent the Research and Rescue Center to community, media, government agencies, and trade associations
Proven experience in the development and responsible oversight of labor and budgets
Experience with grant writing.
Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills
Commitment to delivering high-quality guest experience programs
Willingness to serve on boards of professional research organizations and be familiar with accreditation practices and standards
Ability to be flexible and adapt quickly as the needs of the R4 Center develop
Demonstrated commitment to company values and safety

Biologist (ESA Specialist)

This position will be responsible for undertaking actions necessary to satisfy the ESA consultation requirements of NOAA Fisheries for informal and formal consultations. These informal and formal consultations shall consider, coordinate, and respond to impacts from these federal actions to threatened and endangered species for which NOAA Fisheries bears responsibility. This role requires (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling (9) years combined education and experience. Master’s Degree in related field plus (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

Job Description:
• Providing early technical assistance to federal agencies, or their designated non-federal representatives, consultants, or applicants regarding ESA section 7 consultation requirements and measures to minimize, mitigate or avoid the taking of listed species,
• Providing responses to inquiries of federal agencies or their designated non-federal representatives, concerning the presence of ESA species within their project action areas (i.e., "species lists"),
• Conducting ESA section 7 informal consultations
• Conducting ESA section 7 formal and programmatic consultations
• Conducting tasks related to the recovery of ESA-listed marine mammals, including outreach, data entry, and participation in working groups addressing recovery of ESA-listed species.

Key Qualifications:
• Experience preparing Section 7 consultations as required under the ESA
• Knowledge of AKR’s ESA‐listed species and their habitats
• Knowledge of NMFS Acoustic Criteria for exposure to underwater and airborne noise
• Strong understanding of the coastal and marine ecology of Alaska
• Critical thinking and the ability to assess potential impacts to ESA resources
• associated with coastal and marine activities (e.g., oil & gas exploration and
• development, dredging, harbor construction, pile driving, military operations)
• Proficient with common databases and office productivity programs, such as Word, Excel, Gmail, Google docs, and Endnote
• Strong organizational skills with ability to work independently and comply with project deadlines
• Strong communication skills and the ability to work well with others, including a diverse array of federal action agencies
• Strong professional writing skills and the ability to express both biological and regulatory concepts in plain language

Minimum of a B.S. in an environmental science or associated discipline (e.g., biology, ecology, fisheries biology, marine biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, landscape ecology, or restoration ecology)

Certification Requirements
USFWS – CSP3116‐Interagency Consultation for Endangered Species

About IBSS Corp
IBSS is a Woman-Owned, WBENC-certified and MBE/DBE-certified business. Since 1992, IBSS has provided specialized professional, scientific, technical, cybersecurity, IT, and software engineering solutions to the Federal sector. Our clients include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Justice (DOJ). We are committed to serving our clients and employees by delivering service excellence, creating value through technology, and continually improving our skills, services, and processes. Moreover, we maintain an ISO 9001:2015 certification which allows us to optimize current industry best practices to enhance delivery outcomes for our clients.
IBSS offers a competitive benefits package including paid vacation, medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage with company-paid deductible, matching 401K plan, tuition/training reimbursement, and Flex-Spending (FSA)/Dependent Care Account (DCA) options.
IBSS is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Please submit requests for additional information and qualified resumes to:

Animal Care Maanger

Animal Care Manager- Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI)
Registered Charity No 20108519

About Seal Rescue Ireland:

Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI) is a registered charity that works around the clock to rescue, rehabilitate and release seals found sick, injured or orphaned from across the coast of Ireland. Most reports are for young Grey Seals (Halichoerus grypus) and Common Seals (Phoca vitulina). As the only seal rescue centre within the Republic of Ireland, SRI respond to reports nationwide and aims to rehabilitate the pups back to full health so they can be returned to the wild. SRI is committed to promoting ocean conservation and sustainability through active education, community engagement and research programmes, in order to proactively protect the marine environment and all life within.

About the Animal Care Manager Position:

The Animal Care Manager (ACM) is responsible for overseeing daily operations of SRI’s wildlife rehabilitation hospital and ensuring the facility is providing the best in animal welfare. This includes coordinating rescues, keeping records, determining treatment plans, training staff and volunteers on animal husbandry, ordering supplies, managing inventory, hospital maintenance, and facilitating collaboration with veterinarians, researcher institutions and other rehabilitation centres worldwide. This is a high paced position split between overseeing animal care, management tasks and administration in the office. The candidate will be required to work closely with the Executive Director and Operational Team in all aspects involved in running a wildlife hospital including but not limited to animal care, budgeting, and assisting in rescues and releases. The Animal Care Manager is responsible for overseeing and delegating responsibilities to a team of Assistant Animal Care Managers as well as long term and short term volunteers.

Animal Care Manager Responsibilities Include:
Conduct physical examinations, health assessments and sample collection from patients to enable their progression through the rehabilitation process and support ongoing research projects
Oversee and advise Rescue Network as to whether response is appropriate, and when so, guide appropriate response and initiation of care including husbandry and treatment
Support Assistant Animal Care Managers and staff after-hours with telephone advice and respond to on-site emergencies as needed to ensure prompt response
Develop, implement and execute diagnostic and therapeutic plans for all patients in conjunction with local veterinary to ensure continuity and high standard of care
Complete and maintain patient medical records including specific reports required for protected species in accordance with government licensing regulations, and update all pertinent information in electronic database
Assist in the clinical training and mentorship of hospital staff, interns and volunteers
Provide on site support for marine mammal research projects with partner institutions and collaborators to ensure timely progression of collaborative project
Oversee daily hospital operations at centre to ensure animal welfare and health and safety of all hospital volunteers, staff and visitors
Oversees management of Seal Records Database and all hospital records
Develop and maintain administration of professional documents including protocols, prescriptions, handbooks and licensing.
Develop and research improved animal care and welfare, hygiene protocols and life support systems.
Develop, deploy and oversee enrichment programme
Oversee hospital inventory, stock checks and ordering supplies
Oversee and train interns, volunteers and staff in animal care protocols and practices
Oversees maintenance and upkeep of the hospital and hospital equipment
Assists with educational talks, tours, fundraisers, educational events, clerical duties and office work as needed
Represents Seal Rescue Ireland at networking events, conferences, trainings, seal releases, and outreach events.

Applicant Requirements:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in Biology, Ecology, Vet Science, Mammalogy, Animal Behaviour, Animal Care, Wildlife Science, Marine Science, or related field.
Minimum of 2 years of experience in clinical marine mammal care, including familiarity with current wild stranded marine mammal health and disease issues
Minimum of 2 years experience managing a team.
Must have permission to work within the EU.
Ability to communicate well with a team responsible for animal care including strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to lead and motivate others (volunteers, visitors and staff)
Ability to supervise and help train interns, staff and volunteers to advance their knowledge in marine mammal medicine
Ability to use computer database and Microsoft Outlook and other programmes to carry out electronic medical records and research
Ability to maintain a professional manner while interacting with public, colleagues and volunteers, both in person and through electronic communication.
Must have a positive attitude and work well in a team environment
Must have flexibility to work long, irregular hours, including late nights, early mornings, holidays and weekends.
Strong writing and public speaking skills are desired.

Position Details:
Location: Seal Rescue Ireland, Courtown, Co Wexford, Ireland
Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Remuneration: €21,528 Annual Salary
Additional Benefits: Food, utilities and accommodation in staff housing are available for €90 per week. Free room and board may be available based on a performance review after the first three months.
Reports to: Executive Director and Operations Team

To apply, please send: CV, Cover Letter, completed application form (, and TWO Letters of Recommendation to:


Overview of MMCC

The Marine Mammal Care Center is a 501(c)(3) responsible for operating the only 24/7/365 hospital in Los Angeles County which provides in house medical care to seals and sea lions that strand on the 70+ miles of beaches from Malibu to Seal Beach. Operating under a Federal permit, the hospital has treated over 8,000 seals and sea lions since it began operations in 1992 and treats an average of 350 animals per year. Our goal is to rehabilitate and release these animals back to their ocean homes. Visitors to the center can observe marine animals we treat and learn from highly trained volunteer docents how to become stewards in ocean conservation efforts.

The hospital was once privately owned and has only a three-year history of operating as a non-profit organization. To date, MMCC has struggled to raise operations level funding which currently is quite lean at $1.2M/year. MMCC’s most immediate challenge is to raise sufficient operating dollars (currently $1.2M/year) to ensure year-to-year sustainability. Ultimately, the goal is to secure endowment resources to support long-term sustainability. MMCC is seeking a Chief Executive Officer with nonprofit leadership experience and a proven fundraising track record. The successful candidate will have a love for animals, be a champion of environmental causes, and have a strong interest or background in marine life and/or ocean conservation.

Chief Executive Officer Position Description

The Chief Executive Officer is the professional leader of MMCC responsible for overseeing the organization’s functions, employees and volunteers. The Chief Executive Officer is accountable for hospital operations, development/fundraising, education programming, strategic planning and the overall financial health of the organization. The Chief Executive Officer is focused primarily on the success of the organization which is measured not only by adequate resource development but also by delivering quality animal care at the highest of standards as set by the Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer should be committed to saving the lives of marine mammals, particularly seals and sea lions, and educating the public about MMCC’s mission. It is critical that the Chief Executive Officer has a passion for conservation, animal welfare, and educating the public about critical topics in ocean conservation.

The Chief Executive Officer is hired by and reports directly to MMCC’s Board of Directors. This is a full-time position with benefits based at the hospital in San Pedro.

Primary Responsibilities

Board Governance
• Partner with the Board of Directors in strategic planning and goal setting
• Help the Board articulate its own role and accountabilities, including board member giving and engagement in fundraising
• Support the Board in implementing policies and procedures that following best practices in nonprofit Board governance
• Actively involve the Board in advancing MMCC’s mission, goals, fundraising efforts and programs
• Support the board succession planning by identifying individuals who may be good candidate for Board service
• Communicate regularly and openly with the Board to ensure that Board members are informed of matters and developments that warrant their attention and action
• Provide regular reports to the Board on MMCC’s financial standing, fundraising activities, and progress towards meeting strategic objectives and maintaining financial transparency
• Encourage and maintain positive working relationships and collaboration between Board members, staff and volunteers

• Work with the Board and Director to establish annual fundraising goals
• Create and implement a Development Plan to achieve annual fundraising goals for operating, capital and endowment needs. This includes determining the need for, hiring and supervising the staff necessary to execute the plan
• Create opportunities for Board and staff members to meaningfully participate in the fundraising process.
• Serve as the Chief Fundraising Officer, actively leading, participating in and overseeing all fundraising activities, including identifying new donors, meeting with and recognizing current donors, and planning for regular stewardship activities to promote donor retention
• Annually evaluate fundraising staff based on an establish system of metrics and accountably
• Create a healthy culture of philanthropy where Board members, staff, and volunteers understand and embrace meaningful and comfortable roles in the fundraising process
• Sustain positive working relationships with individual, corporate, foundation and government funders
• Develop and expand strategic, revenue-generating partnerships with individuals, local, state and federal government agencies, corporations, and foundations
• Apply fundraising best practices in activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donor relationships
Hospital Operations
• Coordinate with the Hospital Director to ensure fluid operations of hospital, education, and development departments
• Consult with Hospital Director on critical issues in research or animal care
• Manage hospital budget and expenditures

Education and Outreach
• Coordinate with the Education Director to ensure fluid operations of hospital, education, and development departments
• Consult with Education Director on critical issues in ocean conservation and supervise development of a robust education program
• Manage education budget and expenditures

Team Leadership
• In partnership with the Board, lead MMCC to ensure the hospital remains true to its mission and responds to new opportunities and changing conditions
• Evaluate operations/programs and recommend appropriate action including modifying existing operations/programs and/or establishment of new programs or activities as needed and capacity allows
• Build/promote positive work environment that values and supports an open exchange of diverse ideas, capitalizes on staff/volunteer strengths, and creates a team-oriented culture that is responsive to opportunities
• Demonstrate and communicate best practices in all aspects of work

• Promote programs and services that are produced in a cost-effective manner, employing economy while maintaining quality and adherence to the mission and vision
• Oversee the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and auditing activities
• Work with the Board to plan for and ensure the necessary resources for short- and long-term goals
• Develop an annual budget for Board approval
• Provide the Board quarterly budget forecasts, reconciling against the actual budget
• Keep the Board apprised at all times of MMCC’s financial health

Other Duties
• Create and oversee plans for successful operations and outreach programs consistent with the hospital’s vision and mission
• Create annual and quarterly goals and objectives and implement/oversee an execution plan with desired outcomes
• Hire and manage staff and volunteers in accordance with a Board-approved organizational structure
• Seek new opportunities for MMCC visibility through cultivating partnerships, participating in coalition level efforts
• Provide professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers
• Work with the Board and Director of Hospital Operations to ensure that MMCC meets all of its fiscal and legal responsibilities
• Remain current on marine mammal health and ocean conservation education and research trends and direction to drive executive level leadership and relevance

Required Qualifications
• Minimum 5 – 7 years business management experience
• CFRE preferred
• Nonprofit leadership experience, with proven success in fundraising and working with Boards of Directors
• Able to promote a vision, to articulate a strategy, and to inspire both a team of coworkers and a wide variety of community leaders involved in the organization’s fundraising efforts
• Unusually good communication skills, with emphasis on clear and concise writing and presentation skills
• Proven management experience along with the administrative skills to organize, direct, motivate, and evaluate other professionals, support staff and volunteers
• Ability to works with minimal supervision and sound independent judgment
• Passion for conservation, animal welfare, and educating the public on the environmental ecology of marine life to our oceans and planet.

The position is based in San Pedro, CA.

The salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter to

MMCC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class under law.

North Atlantic Right Whale Aerial Survey Observer (OPS Biological Scientist I)

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I – FWC – 77907312
Position Number: 77907312
Salary: $16 per hour
Posting Closing Date: 09/05/2020
North Atlantic Right Whale Aerial Observer (Seasonal)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)
Section: Wildlife Research – Marine Mammals
Job Location: St. Augustine, FL (St. Johns County)
Rate of Pay: $16.00/hr; 40 hrs/week including weekends and holidays

Observer positions are temporary/seasonal, contingent upon funding, and will not be eligible for participation in State Group insurance benefits. Anticipated end date for this position is 4/2/2021.

FWC’s FWRI conducts research and monitoring activities for right whales in the southeastern United States. Projects focus on vessel-strike mitigation and data collection for federal assessment of the status and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale population. Aerial surveys are flown daily, weather permitting, from December 1st through March 31st. Observers collect in-flight survey data and right whale photo-documentation and assist with data entry, processing, and archival tasks as well as photo-identification. Observers also provide ground support for the aerial survey crew and must communicate effectively with partner state and federal agencies and NGO representatives, as well as the general public. Observers may assist with vessel surveys and photo-identification, multi-agency genetic sampling effort, field necropsies of right whales, large whale disentanglement, and documentation of large whale reports from the public. Prior to the start of surveys on December 1st (dates TBA), applicants will be required to attend and satisfactorily complete aircraft and marine safety and survival training as well as training to introduce the skills and responsibilities of an observer with FWC’s North Atlantic right whale program. Applicants must be willing to regularly work weekends, holidays, and evenings. Observer positions are temporary/seasonal and contingent upon funding.

A bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences from an accredited college or university is required.

**Preference may be given to candidates with previous aerial and/or marine mammal survey experience and practical knowledge of photo-identification techniques. Preference may also be given to candidates who demonstrate experience in database entry and hands-on experience with digital SLR cameras and lenses.

Applicant must be able to: thrive in a small team environment and maintain successful working relationships; apply basic methods of data collection and field research; utilize problem solving techniques and work independently; carry-out daily manual labor (able to vertically lift at least 50 lbs.); excel under adverse field conditions including a full day seated in a small aircraft or aboard a small vessel; swim sufficiently to save oneself; and understand and correctly utilize applicable rules, regulations, and procedures.

Direct link for job posting:
Applicants are required to apply by completing a State of Florida Employment Profile online in People First ( by midnight on the closing date stated. Additionally, in order to be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter highlighting their relevant qualifications for this position, a resume or CV, and contact information for at least three professional references. If you experience technical difficulties during the application process, please call People First at 1-877-562-7287. (TTY applicants call 1-866-221-0268).

Senior Research Scientist (Marine Mammal Ecologist)

The Opportunity
We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Scientist (Marine Mammal Ecologist) to be part of our South Australian Research and Development Institute Division, South Australian Government Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA). The role reports to the Principal Scientist (Ecosystem Effects of Fishing and Aquaculture SubProgram).

The Senior Research Scientist (Marine Mammal Ecologist) will conduct high quality research, and ensure the timely delivery of research outcomes to Government and industry clients and the community, which are of major importance to natural resources management.

The incumbent provides support to the Sub-Program Leader in undertaking and managing research projects, including project budgets, permitting and supervising technical staff and students. The Senior Research Scientist is responsible for coordinating fieldwork and undertaking data collection and analyses and report and manuscript preparation for projects principally funded by PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC); and the SA Department of Environment and Water (DEW) and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

These projects have some overlap but broadly they aim to 1) assess, monitor and mitigate seafood industry interactions with protected species; 2) population and ecological studies of marine protected species to inform conservation and management; and 3) ecological modelling as a decision support tool for fisheries and aquaculture and ecosystem-based management. The incumbent utilises exceptional scientific skills and experience to help explore funding opportunities and develop new projects, particularly related to protected marine protected species population and foraging ecology and managing their interactions with the seafood industry and ecological modelling.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted online.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Innovation and Initiative capabilities of the role description and a current CV (no more than 5 pages). Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Applications close: 13/04/2020 11:45 PM

Further information about the role including the application process can be found here:



Prof Simon Goldsworthy | Principal Scientist
Ecosystem Effects of Fishing & Aquaculture
South Australian Research and Development Institute – SARDI | Primary Industries and Regions SA – PIRSA
Government of South Australia

Protected Species Observer

Coastwise Consulting Inc. is seeking to subcontract qualified individuals to monitor impacts to protected species during marine construction projects on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Qualified individuals will generally have a B.S. in Marine Biology, Ecology, or a related field, and experience with sea turtles, marine mammals, and/or sturgeon. Specialized or extensive experience with these species may be substituted in lieu of educational experience.

Most projects involve two observers living and working onboard ships for periods of 20 – 30 days, although this can vary depending on individual preference. Typically, two observers work 12-hours each to provide 24-hour coverage. Accommodations on many of these vessels are quite comfortable.

Observers must have the ability to interact with ship and construction crews in a friendly and professional manner, physically inspect equipment that may require walking, bending, climbing, crawling, and sometimes lifting 10-50 pounds. Observers must be able to identify various species of marine mammals, sea turtles, and sturgeon, complete by-catch analyses of various species of marine life using field guides, and record and report all findings in a clear and detailed way.


Must be able to obtain a TWIC card for job site access
Must be in good physical condition and able to stand, walk, bend, climb, and lift up to 50 lbs
Must be able to identify sea turtles and marine mammals to species level
Must have the ability to identify by-catch species using field guides
Must work well both independently and with others
Must possess good verbal and written communication skills
Must be able to handle/ sample living and dead marine life
Must have reliable transportation and/or be capable of arranging travel

Compensation is $200+ per day, and may vary depending on the details of each contract. This is an Independent Contractor position, and travel to and from projects will be your responsibility.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume to:

Gib Frye at

Senior Director of Development (Pacific Marine Mammal Center)

Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Senior Director of Development (SDoD) for Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC).


The Pacific Marine Mammal Center Rescues, Rehabilitates and Releases Marine Mammals And Inspires Ocean Stewardship Through Research, Education and Collaboration. Pacific Marine Mammal Center was the first marine mammal rehabilitation facility in California and was established prior to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.  They now share the responsibility for marine mammal rehabilitation with six other centers along the California’s coastline. PMMC is very proud to be a leader in the field.


Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer and working with the Board of Directors, expand and diversify PMMC’s funding to identify new donors, upgrade current donors, and increase philanthropic revenues.

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising program for PMMC.
  • Support and encourage the Board of Directors and Development Committee in their Development responsibilities. Support the CEO and Development Chair in Board Development.
  • Engage, motivate and align volunteer leadership with prospects.  Serve as a resource for cultivation and stewardship efforts and track relationship progress in database.
  • Develop and demonstrate strategies for prospecting, cultivating and stewarding a portfolio of individual, foundation and corporate donors (i.e. five, six and seven figure donations) as well as planned gifts to ensure the highest engagement and participation while increasing annual gift levels of giving.
  • Responsible for fundraising efforts for the Campaign and other programs as assigned.
  • Work collaboratively on PMMC’S annual gala by taking a lead role on gaining new support. The logistics will be directed by PMMC’s Events Coordinator.
  • Prepare proposals for prospects with appropriate gift strategies.
  • Lead team meetings and provide regular updates to the CEO and board of directors.
  • Ensure accuracy of donor records, prospect lists, donor acknowledgements and stewardship of assigned and prospective donors.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.
  • Execute all other reasonable duties as assigned by the CEO.


We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:

  • Passion, imagination, vision, leadership, and integrity.
  • A demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to develop and strengthen fundraising infrastructure, to inspire staff, to develop strong working relationships with Boards of Directors, and to develop effective fundraising programs.
  • A minimum of five years of major-gift fundraising experience including direct stewardship of Boards of Directors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local funding sources, strong relationships with donors, funders and community leaders.
  • Significant experience in and a successful track record of growing an annual fund and securing new and increased major gifts.
  • A strategic approach to development, with significant experience in cultivating and managing donors.
  • A record of quantifiable success in donor segmentation, research, and cultivation.
  • Exceptional management, organizational, and financial skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize, and implement to completion.
  • A strong interpersonal and communication skill set and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied and changing constituencies including staff, Board members, existing and potential donors, volunteers, and other key stakeholders.
  • A track record as an effective communicator, skilled at writing and public speaking; adept at writing proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence, and other types of materials to enhance fundraising.
  • Ability to juggle many responsibilities at once, and to operate both independently and with the flexibility to be part of a team.
  • Computer literate:  Working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and experience with fundraising database software.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Commitment to the mission and work of the PMMC with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others
  • An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills
  • A doer who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, energetic and fair minded
  • A decisive and resourceful individual who will accept responsibility and take charge of results, as well as work successfully with limited resources
  • A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, to forge ahead when appropriate and hold back when necessary, with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others
  • An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual

A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.

How to Apply

Please send resumes to: Nicole Seipel (310) 948-2535 Sterling Search, Inc. To apply: Direct all correspondence emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc. Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to PMMC will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Laguna Beach, CA