Research Scientist/Engineer 1-Temporary
|Req #: ||141792 |
|Department: ||JISAO |
|Appointing Department Web Address: ||http://jisao.washington.edu |
|Job Location: || Other Locations |
|Job Location Detail: ||NOAA/AFSC, Sand Point and field work in Alaska |
|Posting Date: ||01/25/2017 |
|Closing Info: || Closes On 03/09/2017 |
|Salary: ||Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. |
|Shift: ||1st Shift (Days) |
|Notes: || This is a TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME position. It will require overtime (JISAO field pay) for a total of 56 hours/week, beginning May 15th and ending August 8th, 2017. |
| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. |
The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) collaborates with NOAA to promote interdisciplinary research in the environmental sciences.
The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) collaborates with NOAA to promote interdisciplinary research in the environmental sciences. JISAO has an opportunity for a Temporary Research Scientist/Engineer 1 at 100% FTE position that will require overtime (JISAO field pay) for a total of 56 hours/week, beginning May 15 and ending August 8 2017.
This work is part of a collaboration with the Population Dynamics and Vital Rates tasks of the Alaska Ecosystem Program, Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center (Center), NMFS, at the NOAA Western Regional Center, Sand Point in Seattle. The employee will contribute to and collaborate with the JISAO-AEP research project, Population trends and vital rates of otariid pinnipeds in Alaska: What can they tell us about the relative effects of climate change and human activities?
NOAA's Marine Mammal Laboratory (MML) conducts research on marine mammals important to the mission of NOAA Fisheries, with particular attention to issues related to marine mammals off the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. Information is provided to various domestic and international organizations to assist in developing management regimes for marine resources under NOAA's jurisdiction. These organizations include the NMFS Alaska and Northwest Regional Offices, the NMFS Office of Protected Resources, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the International Whaling Commission, and the Arctic Council. The Alaska Ecosystems Program (AEP) conducts research on Steller sea lions and northern fur seals. Research projects are designed to assess the status of these species under the Endangered Species Act (western Steller sea lions are listed as endangered) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (northern fur seals are listed as depleted) and to improve knowledge of their ecology and behavior.
The JISAO-AEP project objectives are to:
Determine abundance, size distribution, survival, reproduction and movement of Steller sea lions and northern fur seals through the collection and analysis of photographs and visual observations of marked and unmarked individuals.
Determine the diet of Steller sea lions and northern fur seals through the collection and analysis of food habits samples.
Maintain and augment the Marine Mammal Laboratory's collection of fish bones, invertebrate hard parts, and other skeletal structures as a prey reference library for the analysis of pinniped diets.
Prepare reports and manuscripts that summarize information for popular and scientific journals and make presentations to scientific and lay audiences.
AEP Field Camp Project Description:
Duties include conducting counts, identifying individual sea lions by tags, brands, and natural markings, and monitoring reproduction and survival at remote field sites in Alaska.
For general information about the program, visit this website:
Employment will be from May 15 - Aug 8, 2017. Between 1 and 3 new positions will be filled for the 2017 field season, contingent upon funding.
The first week of employment (May 15 - 20, 2017) is spent in Seattle training. Attendance is mandatory and successful completion of training is required for all field team members each season. Transportation to Seattle and food and lodging in Seattle are not provided. Transportation from Seattle to and from Alaska and the field site, food, and lodging in the field are provided. Field teams are typically in Alaska for 8-10 weeks. Employment period ends at the end of the field season and there is no additional work.
Field work is conducted by 2-3 member teams in remote camps located at either Ugamak Island (eastern Aleutian Islands) or Marmot Island (central Gulf of Alaska). All personnel are expected to perform daily research duties as well as camp maintenance (chopping wood, hauling water, cooking, compost toilet maintenance, etc.). Participants are required to stay for the duration of the field season and there are no crew changes. Field stations are remote, there are no other residents on the islands, and outside communication is limited (no cell phone coverage and limited email).
Researchers live in small shelters at the various sites with no running water or electricity. Field stations are accessible only by ship or helicopter. Each camp is staffed with one field camp leader and 1-2 assistants. The camp leader serves as the senior person in the camp and generally has previous experience on this project. Field camp leaders are responsible for field camp logistics and maintenance, ensuring that research goals are met and that safety protocols are followed, ensuring that all data is entered and edited during the season, ensuring the return of field equipment and supplies, and producing an annual report at end of the field season. Under the guidance of a field camp leader, field camp assistants help with camp preparation, data collection, data entry and editing, and field gear inventory and packing. All data collected (original and electronic) and equipment loaned by the government during these operations shall be provided to the MML AEP at the end of the field season. All team members maintain a safe working environment for field personnel, participate in daily camp maintenance and operation, and assist with the return of field equipment and supplies at the end of the season.
Steller sea lion vital rates project: rookery research field camps.
o Collaborate with AEP and JISAO staff in all aspects of preparation for and de-mobilization of field camps near Steller sea lion rookeries on remote islands off Alaska, including packing, shipping, logistics, equipment purchase research, and maintenance of field gear inventory.
o Collaborate with AEP and JISAO staff in field camp data error checking and database maintenance and updating.
o Manage and access photographic images of marked animals.
Participate in field research projects involving Steller sea lion or northern fur seal vital rates, and population dynamics in Alaska.
Assist with pre-field research preparations and logistics.
Participate in and complete field camp training provided by the government.
Participate in field research at remote sites on Marmot, Ugamak or Pribilof Islands, AK.
Assist with field camp maintenance.
Assist with field gear inventory, and field gear packing and shipping.
Field research data collection, data entry, and data editing.
Ensure research goals are being met on an organized daily schedule
Ensure all field season data is completely entered and edited by end of field season.
Ensure that communication schedules are being followed.
Assist with photo cataloging and ensure all field season photos are cataloged by end of field season.
Assist with post-field research preparations, gear, and logistics as needed.
Provide end of season field trip report by end of the field season.
Collaborate and assist AEP, JISAO and MML staff in other duties related to studies of Alaska pinnipeds as assigned by JISAO.
| Qualifications: |
o Candidates must be U.S, Citizens in order to meet AFSC government security requirements.
o Bachelor's degree or higher in Marine Science, Fisheries, Environmental Science, Wildlife Management, Environmental Management or related field.
*Equivalent experience may be substituted for degree requirement.
o 3 months to one year's experience in conducting scientific research at remote scientific research field sites, particularly in Alaska or other cold, wet climate regions.
o 3 months to one year's experience in collecting scientific data at remote field sites and experience with detailed written and verbal data collection protocol.
o Biology, marine ecology, and marine mammal biology.
o Steller sea lion and northern fur seal or pinniped life history.
o Computers and software programs such as ACDSee, Word, Excel, and Access, SQL are required.
o Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions and data protocols is mandatory.
o Ability to manage timelines and task priorities, and take initiative to direct others to complete tasks if needed.
o Ability and willingness to follow safety protocols.
o Scientific writing (e.g., trip reports).
o Communication of scientific results.
o The ability to work well in a small team and independently, with good communication and problem-solving skills is mandatory.
o Working independently with minimal supervision in a small team in remote outdoor environments.
| First Aid and CPR certification. Wilderness First Aid is highly recommended and candidates will be given extra consideration with this certification. |
|CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:|
| This field camp research is conducted outdoors 7 days per week, often in inclement weather. Temperatures at field sites can range from 35 to 85 degrees. Fog, wind, and rain are common, with occasional snow early in the season. Candidates should be prepared to hike daily (> 5 miles) with a large, heavy daypack, over rough and uneven terrain, steep slopes, rocky ledges, and have no fear of heights or flying in helicopters. Observation stations are located on the edge of cliffs or overlooks above the sea lions. Observers will be expected to use binoculars and spotting scopes for long periods of time and be able to recognize markings or brands on sea lions. The goal is for sea lions to be unaware of the presence of biologists. |
Candidates should be in excellent physical condition with no pre-existing health problems such as heart disease, severe allergies, depression, debilitating asthma or other ailments that will compromise their health, the health and safety of others in the camp, or the completion of research duties. Candidates should be capable of working and living in a small team with 1-2 coworkers for up to 75 days. Candidates should be capable of and prepared to work and live in a remote environment with no access to phone and very limited email service. There are no towns or services at remote field camp locations.
Except during training week in Seattle at the Center, the performance of duties will take place at remote field research sites. To ensure time for collaboration with other AEP and JISAO staff, work schedules will include the Center's core hours, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. An alternate work schedule, including off-site or telework (no more than 8 hours per week), may be requested and approved by the JISAO supervisor in consultation with AEP project leaders, provided all hours do not total more than 40 hours per week. Due to the nature of this field work an alternate work schedule is not appropriate.
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