Research Assistant – Mississippi

Agency
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS)
Location
Gulfport, MS
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Last Date to Apply
07/15/2017
Website
http://www.imms.org
Description
The position will be in the research department at IMMS, and will be primarily tasked with all aspects of a boat-based photo id surveys of wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Mississippi and Louisiana coastal waters , as well as processing data in the office, and field and office duties as assigned. This position will require that the successful applicant assist in other departments at the facility, including educational outreach, marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response, necropsies (field or lab), and other duties as assigned. Job task performed will vary from day to day and will include long hours in the field in a variety of weather conditions as well as extended time processing data in the office.
Qualifications
Qualifications and experience:
• U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status
• Completed degree from a four-year college/university in biology or comparable program
• Experience with scientific data collection and management including quality control procedures for ensuring data accuracy
• Experience operating and maintaining water quality instrumentation, GPS devices, digital cameras, boats, and jet skis Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:
• Ability to work in physically demanding environments (e.g., cold weather, extreme heat, rain, humidity, prolonged exposure to biting insects)
• Attention to detail in all facets of work
• Experience with boat operation, and hauling small boats
• Answer hotline calls from the public, for IMMS’ 24 hour stranding hotline, regarding stranded sea turtles and marine mammals
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent writing skills
• Field and laboratory necropsy of deceased animals
• Willingness and ability to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed
• Ability to manage volunteers and interns in field and office settings
• Assist in database management
• Ability to work independently, or as part of a team
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work in an office setting for prolonged periods
• Positive attitude, enthusiasm, and established work ethic
• Other duties as assigned
Contact Person
Mystera Samuelson
Contact eMail
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