Employment

Right Whale Aerial Survey Manager
The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) is seeking an individual for the upcoming 2017 right whale survey season to manage aerial survey observers, flight scheduling and coverage, and in-laboratory studies including but not limited to individual photo matching and data management. The successful applicant will rotate in as an aerial observer in addition to management responsibilities and will work with the aerial survey team and the director of the Right Whale Ecology Program (RWEP) between December 15, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

Working with the RWEP director, the aerial survey manager will supervise and direct aerial observers and part-time interns with primary responsibilities to:

– coordinate aerial surveys with the aircraft flight team and CCS vessel surveys
– designate air survey track coverage before flights
– assign and task flight crews
– manage information collected on each flight
– coordinate photo identification efforts using established matching methods
– use existing catalogs from the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium photo catalog at the New England Aquarium, as part of the photo matching process
– manage data using established databases and in-house photo catalogues
– participate in the observer rotation on aerial surveys as either the data recorder or photographer.
– direct the analysis and entry of aerial survey data including the results of photo analysis and individual matching,
– update the CCS in–house photo ID catalog website
– prepare data for submissions to the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium
– assist staff with the production of interim and final reports to state and federal agencies
– assisting program director and flight coordinator with relevant projects.
– finalizing data entry and photo analysis from previous field seasons.

Requirements:
– An advanced degree (above B.S.), in biological/environmental sciences (required).
– Aerial survey experience including photography (required).
– Experience in photo-identification of marine mammals, and matching of photographs (required).
– Must work well within a team. Field hours can be long and winter fieldwork conditions are cold and can be uncomfortable (required)
– Must not suffer from air sickness (required).

One to four surveys will be flown weekly throughout the field season and the successful applicant may be required to work on weekends.
Applicants with a long-term interest in working in the field of large whale conservation research are encouraged to apply.
Housing will be provided for the duration of the field period. This is a paid seasonal position.

Application process:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and the contact information for three references via email in PDF format to srichardson@coastalstudies.org. The closing date for applications is October 31, 2016. No applications will be accepted after this date. Please use “Aerial survey manager” in the subject line of your email.

Right Whale Aerial Survey – Aerial Observer positions
The Center for Coastal Studies is seeking two aerial survey observers for the upcoming 2017 right whale survey season. Observers will work with the aerial survey team, which operates between January 1 and May 31 every year, flying surveys over Cape Cod Bay; To assess the abundance, distribution, conservation status and behavior of North Atlantic Right Whales in Cape Cod Bay.

Primary responsibilities include:
– Participation in aerial surveys as either the data recorder or photographer.
– Processing of aerial survey data: Entering data recorded during surveys, filling in data tables throughout the season, photo analysis, matching photographs taken on surveys to known, catalogued individuals, updating in–house identification website, helping to prepare data for submissions to the New England Aquarium.
– Keeping up with current issues in right whale monitoring, particularly familiarizing oneself with current entanglement cases and protocols.

Other responsibilities may include:
– Assisting program director and flight coordinator with relevant projects.
– Updating in-house photo catalog
– Finalizing data entry and photo analysis from previous field seasons.

Requirements:
• A degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences (required).
• Aerial survey experience including photography (required).
• Experience in photo-identification of marine mammals, and matching of photographs (required).
• Must work well in a team. Field hours can be long and the winter fieldwork conditions are cold and often uncomfortable (required)
• Must not suffer from air sickness (required).

Proficiencies:
• Experience with digital SLR cameras.
• Basic computer skills in programs such as Excel and Word (required) for data entry.
• Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, attention to detail and willingness to learn.

We fly between one and four surveys weekly throughout the field season. Observers are sometimes required to work on weekends and for long hours in a small plane.
Housing will be provided for the duration of the field period. This is a paid position.

Application process:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and the contact information for three references via email in PDF format to srichardson@coastalstudies.org  The closing date for applications is October 31, 2016. No applications will be accepted after this date. Please use “Aerial survey observer position” in the subject line of your email.

Right Whale Research Program – Internship
The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) is seeking right whale interns for the upcoming 2017 winter/spring season (approximately January 1st to May 15th, 2017).

This person will work with both the aerial and habitat survey teams documenting the abundance, distribution, and behavior of North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay. The intern will assist staff members in the field with photographing right whales and collecting behavioral and environmental data while on the waters of Cape Cod Bay. The successful applicant will also be responsible for a number of lab-based tasks including database entry, downloading and cataloging images, and photo-identification matching of images to known animals. Interns are required to work a minimum of four full days per week and must be available for the full field season.

Requirements:
• A degree: preferably in biological/environmental sciences.
• Experience with digital SLR cameras.
• Data entry: basic computer skills in programs such as Office.
• Detail-oriented.
• Experience working on boats and ability to withstand harsh elements.
• Must work and live well in a team.
• Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab based research methods.
• A valid US drivers license and personal transportation would be beneficial but is not essential.

Shared housing will be provided along with a small stipend to cover general living expenses. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to expand their skills in marine mammal survey techniques and will offer the successful applicant the unique chance to work with a critically endangered cetacean species, the North Atlantic right whale. This internship will afford the successful applicant an invaluable opportunity to work within a well-established institution, with highly-qualified scientists, and to gain experience in photo-identification, matching, data entry, and analysis. Experience in oceanographic sampling will also be gained.

Application Process:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and the contact information for two references via email in PDF format to srichardson@coastalstudies.org  The closing date for applications is October 31, 2016. No applications will be accepted after this date. Please use “Right whale internship” in the subject line of your email.