Aerial Observer Position – Right Whale Research Program
Provincetown, MA – USA

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) is seeking right whale aerial survey observers for the upcoming 2016 winter/spring season (approximately January 1st to May 15th, 2016).

Observers will work with the aerial team documenting the abundance, distribution, and behavior of North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay and adjacent waters. Responsibilities include: participation in marine mammal aerial surveys including photography and data collection, photo analysis, data entry, and associated work; as part of an ongoing long term study of North Atlantic right whales.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: prior experience as a marine mammal aerial survey observer (highly desired), experience in matching right whales (or other species of cetaceans), familiarity with digital SLR cameras, proficient and accurate data entry skills, at least a B.S. with courses in biology, personal transportation, enthusiasm and willingness to enhance field and lab based research skills, and the ability to work and live successfully in a team environment. This is a full-time temporary/seasonal position.

CCS has a long history of conservation and research work with the North Atlantic right whale, information about the CCS Right Whale Research Program is available at:

Please submit cover letter and resume highlighting relevant aerial experience along with contact information for three professional references together in one PDF document by September 30, 2015 to:

Stephanie Richardson
Human Resource Manager
Email: srichardson@coastalstudies.org
115 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA 02657


Hydrographer/Marine Technician

The Center for Coastal Studies and University of Massachusetts-Boston’s (UMB) School for the Environment are seeking a Hydrographer/Marine Technician to co-lead the day-to-day operations of nearshore, shallow water acoustic surveys and contribute to ongoing scientific studies.

This person will be stationed at The Center’s Hiebert Marine Lab in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The Center and UMB have several acoustic instruments including the Edgetech 4125 (600/1600 kHz), the Teledyne Benthos C3D phase-measuring sidescan sonar (200 kHz) and the Edgetech 6105 phase-measuring sidescan sonar (540/1600 kHz). The Center owns and operates a 27’ customized, shallow-draft, research vessel that will be the primary survey platform.

Main responsibilities are the acquisition and processing of hydrographic data during day cruises based primarily from the Marine Lab in Provincetown and occasionally other locations throughout Massachusetts. Qualifications include:

– Experience at sea on vessel-based, acoustic surveys.
– Experience with hydrographic data acquisition using Hypack, Discover, SonarWiz.
– Experience with hydrographic data processing and visualization through software packages such as Hypack, CARIS, SonarWiz, and ArcGIS.
– Ability to process quantitative data sets within programs such as MATLAB.

A Master’s Degree in a relevant field is preferred, though candidates with professional experience will be considered.

Experience with phase-measuring sidescan sonar a plus.

Hydrographers, technicians and other specialists are encouraged to apply. Ample opportunities exist for program expansion, as well as integration with other UMB and CCS programs, depending on candidate skills and interests.

The position comes with a comprehensive benefits package and salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letter, resume and two references by 05/22/15 to:

Stephanie Richardson
115 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
Email: srichardson@coastalstudies.org

POSTED:        The Oceanography Society 4/22/15
SEMCO 4/22/15