Saturday, February 17, 2018

JOB: Ocean Science Consulting Ltd. (OSC) Report Writer

Position title: Report Writer (management position)

Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, UK

Job type: Full-time permanent position

Salary: Competitive salary subject to qualifications and experience

Ocean Science Consulting (OSC) Limited seeks to expand its Dunbar-based UK team. Applications are invited for a full-time, Report Writer (RW). OSC is an international research and technology-focused marine science company involved principally in the global supply of underwater noise measurement and modelling, marine mammal detection, and risk mitigation services. OSC reinvests > 80% of profits into Research & Development (R&D), orientated primarily towards high-level research on the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and other marine life interactions with offshore installations, improving marine mammal and environmental monitoring standards worldwide, and underwater noise. This has resulted in several peer-reviewed publications (www.osc.co.uk/publications-and-press-covers) and a non-profit book entitled the Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook (www.pelagicpublishing.com/the-marine-mammal-observer-and-passive-acoustic-monitoring-handbook.html).

This is a managerial role, so prior supervision experience is essential. In the capacity of RW, you will work closely with

Thursday, February 15, 2018

INTERNS: Last-minute internships (April-June) in marine mammals' research project, Madeira Island (Portugal)

Oceanic Observatory of Madeira (OOM/ARDITI) is currently opening LAST-MINUTE INTERNSHIPS FOR SPRING in Madeira Island (Portugal)

The Oceanic Observatory of Madeira (OOM) is a research unit within the Regional Agency for the Development of Research, Technology and Innovation (ARDITI), located in Madeira Island, Portugal. OOM seeks to become a centre of excellence dedicated to research and permanent monitoring of the ocean. This initiative brings together a multidisciplinary scientific community, joining several institutions with the aim of promoting cooperation and resource optimization. http://oom.arditi.pt

OOM/ARDITI is looking for 2 interns to help with our marine mammals' research project based in Madeira Island, Portugal.

We are currently filling positions for April - June 2018

Internship Details:
The interns will be enrolled in data collection on board ferries with a fixed route between Madeira Island and Porto Santo Island. Food on board is provided. These positions are unpaid but we encourage candidates to seek grants where we can post as host institution. In order to cover for logistic expenses, there is a monthly fee of 75eur. Non-European candidates must cover their own

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

JOBS: Research assistants needed in Shark Bay

We are seeking volunteer research assistants for the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Alliance's (http://www.sharkbaydolphins.org) forthcoming field season in Shark Bay, Western Australia. An assistant is needed from early April until the end of May (~7 weeks), while two others are required from early August through November (~15 weeks). 

Our research is conducted from two long-term dolphin research sites, the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort in the eastern gulf of Shark Bay (since 1982) and the small township of Useless Loop in the western gulf (since 2007). We carry out boat-based surveys, collecting a combination of photo-ID, behavioural, acoustic, ecological and genetic data from the resident dolphins and their environment. 

Days on the water can be long and tiring in variable conditions, but you will encounter dolphins that form multi-level alliances, and those that exhibit remarkable foraging specialisations (including sponging and shelling), as well as the myriad of other wildlife (e.g. sharks, rays, turtles, dugongs) inhabiting this remote World Heritage Area. When the weather does not permit fieldwork, you will be working on photo-matching and processing, data entry, and the long-term database.

We seek dedicated, hard-working individuals with the willingness and ability to acquire new skills, as

Sunday, February 11, 2018

SCHOLARSHIP: Louis M Herman Research Scholarship REMINDER


The deadline for submissions for the Louis M Herman Research Scholarship has been extended to 

16 February 2018 (Hawaii midnight: GMT -10 hours) 

See here for the award announcement at SMM Halifax 2017

See here for award criteria

Thank You

Lindsay Porter
Awards and Scholarship Sub-Committee
Society Marine Mammalogy

JOBS: Research Assistant -Galveston Bay bottlenose dolphins

The Environmental Institute of Houston (EIH) is seeking a dedicated research assistant/ intern to assist with detailed literature review and the collection, entry and analysis of bottlenose dolphin population and health data in Galveston Bay, Texas. The position will entail a combination of field and office work.  Qualifying candidates may be considered for a graduate student position with the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Houston Clear Lake, coming available for Fall 2018.   Previous wildlife management and marine mammal field and photo-identification experience is highly desirable.

Salary:  $1,400 per month (temporary full-time, not benefits eligible)

Start Date:  March 2018 (4.5-month appointment)

Education requirements:  Bachelor's degree in marine/wildlife/conservation biology, ecology, or similar field.

The qualified candidate must:

·        Commit to a full time Monday through Friday work schedule and maintain flexibility for potentially long field days

·         Have the ability to carefully follow instructions, work independently on sometimes tedious tasks and pay close attention to detail

·         Have the ability to work long field days on a small boat, often in inclement or challenging conditions

·         Be experienced and comfortable using word, data and image processing software including Microsoft Office, Endnote and Adobe products

·         Be willing to occasionally work on other environmental research related projects at EIH.

·         Provide three references (from a faculty member, advisor or employer)

·         Provide own lodging and transportation for office located in the Clear Lake area of Houston, TX

·         Pass a criminal background and motor vehicle background check prior to hiring

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Kristi Fazioli at fazioli@uhcl.edu.  Applicants are encouraged to apply by February 28th.  Position will remain open until filled.

To discuss graduate student opportunities, please contact Dr. George Guillen at guillen@uhcl.edu

Learn more about EIH at https://www.uhcl.edu/environmental-institute/

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

INTERNS: Marine Science Internships and Research Experiences in Spain

The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) http://www.thebdri.com/, a marine science and education centre, offers unique hands-on research experiences as a marine mammal scientist in the
NW coast of Spain. BDRI scientists conduct research across a wide range of subject areas that link marine top predators (cetaceans and marine birds) ecology with their physical environment, society and population dynamics; explore their interactions with human activities (such as fisheries, aquaculture and marine traffic); and investigate their behaviour and acoustic communication.



BACKGROUND: The Marine Environment Research Association - AIMM, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the research and conservation of marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in southern Portugal (Algarve). This project aims to obtain baseline information on species occurrence, behavior, and social structure of the local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support conservation measures and inform marine management policies.
The main species observed are Short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), and Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), although other species such as Minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) can also be sighted.
AIMM Participants are young, hard-working individuals who are willing to contribute to the association and support on-going activities, while experiencing fieldwork at sea, learning data collection and processing methodologies, and being a part of AIMM's team of researchers and marine biologists for a period of time. All

JOBS: Animal Care Manager position at The Marine Mammal Center - Ke Kai Ola (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA)

The Marine Mammal Center's Hawai'i hospital, Ke Kai Ola is hiring an Animal Care Manager. 

Animal Care Manager

The Animal Care Manager is responsible for the husbandry of Hawaiian monk seals in rehabilitation at The Marine Mammal Center's Hawai'i hospital, Ke Kai Ola, and implementing recruitment and training of animal care volunteers for the monk seal program. The Animal Care Manager reports to the Ke Kai Ola Hospital Director. This position supports the Hospital Director to ensure adequate facilities are available at the Ke Kai Ola hospital for animal care; works closely with other members of the Ke Kai Ola team to provide up-to-date patient care information and to collaborate on community engagement opportunities; and supervises and trains volunteers and visiting staff in the husbandry of seals in accordance with TMMC protocols.

To learn more, and to apply, click on the link: http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/organization-information/jobs/

The Marine Mammal Center is an internationally renowned marine mammal hospital, research center and educational facility—the largest of its kind in the world. Since 1975, the Center has rescued more than 20,000 sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals, with an average of 600–800 rescues per year, primarily seals and sea lions. 
Professional staff at the Center collaborate with more than 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state and nonprofit organizations from around the world, and the Center's formal and informal education programs reach 100,000 children and adults each year.
The Center's headquarters overlooks the ocean in the Marin Headlands of Sausalito, California, within the Golden Gate National Parks. Additional satellite facilities in Morro Bay and Moss Landing support the Center's rescue efforts in California along its 600-mile range from San Luis Obispo to Mendocino counties. In 2014, the Center opened Ke Kai Ola, a hospital for the rehabilitation of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Claire Simeone, DVM
Hospital Director, Ke Kai Ola
The Marine Mammal Center
73-731 Makako Bay Drive
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 326-7325

If you spot a Hawaiian monk seal, call our 24-hour hotline to report the sighting at 808-987-0765.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Seasonal Field Positions with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program

The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) works with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center through a cooperative agreement with the University of Hawaii to conduct research and recovery activities on Hawaiian monk seals. JIMAR hires program staff through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) and is currently seeking applicants for two separate recruitments (Biological Research Technician and Biological Research Assistant) for the 2018 field research season. Selected individuals will study the endangered Hawaiian monk seal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This work is part of a long-term annual Hawaiian monk seal population monitoring and conservation program by NMFS and includes: conducting trend counts, tagging seals, identifying individual seals by tags, scars, natural markings, and applied bleach marks, monitoring reproduction, survival, injuries, entanglements, migration, performing necropsies, collecting scat & spew samples for food habitat, parasite load, and hormonal analysis, collecting tissue samples for DNA analysis, and collecting and removing debris capable of entangling seals and other wildlife.  Behavior data are also collected at some sites. Researchers at some sites may participate in shark mitigation activities.  

General information about the program can be found at:

The number of positions and/or continuation of the program are subject to funding.  These positions

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Research assistant: Archipelagos Institute - Aegean Sea - Greece

Research assistant position at Archipelagos Institute– Aegean Sea -Greece

Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is currently looking for research assistants to join our Marine Mammal Team, for the Winter Season 2017/2018 as well the Spring and Summer Season 2018. The applicants will provide scientific support for our projects and gain valuable experience in hands-on Marine Mammal Conservation.
Available projects are based on the islands of Samos, Lipsi and Ikaria, in the eastern Aegean Sea.

This region supports important populations of Common, Bottlenose, Stripped and Risso's dolphins, as well as Sperm whales and Cuvier's beaked whales, which we study with the use of 3 research boats. This project offers a unique opportunity to improve your research skills and utilise your knowledge to make a difference in a targeted conservation project.

What you will gain
Archipelagos internship is a unique opportunity to make a positive contribution to marine and terrestrial conservation and meet new people who share the same interests. You can gain experience in field work, research methods, data processing, writing of publications and reports, public awareness and education programmes. The data you collect will contribute to long-running research studies.

Research projects
- Cetacean behaviour, abundance and distribution studies
Knowledge of abundance, trends and distribution of cetacean population is needed to increase marine