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Right Whale Aerial Survey Manager

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 31/10/2016
Company Name Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS),
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Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Marine Ecology roles with Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS.
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


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.

– 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.

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