Marine Mammal Technician: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Anchorage, Alaska

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML)
Anchorage Alaska JBER
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POSITION 2-4 seasonal marine mammal technician positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Anchorage, AK. The technicians will assist with the monitoring and management of marine mammals (primarily harbor porpoise and the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale) in Knik Arm and Eagle River. Interested applicants must be physically fit, able to work both independently and as part of a team, able to work in inclement weather, and have excellent verbal and writing skills. Applicants should be comfortable working both outside and in an office setting. This is a temporary position and is contingent upon the availability of funding for JBER conservation efforts. ORGANIZATION CEMML is a research, education, and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations. To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit LOCATION In October 2010, the Air Force’s Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Richardson joined to become Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). The installation is over 73,000 acres, stretching from northern Anchorage to Palmer, Alaska. JBER is located near Anchorage, Alaska, which has a population of nearly 300,000. The city’s proximity to JBER provides access to an urban center as well as excellent recreation and wildlife opportunities. For more information about Anchorage, visit RESPONSIBILITIES This position will assist with a variety of marine mammal projects including but not limited to: behavioral observations of belugas from land and boat in Knik Arm (primarily Eagle Bay) and deployment/servicing of a variety of passive acoustic monitoring devices. The incumbent will also enter data, manage databases, and may conduct analyses on desktop computers. While the major emphasis of this position is focused on marine mammal work, the incumbent may also occasionally be assigned to work on other tasks that support the JBER Natural Resources program. The incumbent will assist JBER personnel with field and administrative projects as needed and other duties as assigned.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS The successful candidate must be comfortable working in and around swift-moving water, walking over uneven terrain for long distances, must be able to carry 50 lbs, and work in inclement weather. Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information and Resources site here: activities/ MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS U.S. citizenship. BS/BA degree in marine biology, biology, ecology, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries, or related field. Ability to traverse rough terrain and work outdoors in weather extremes. Valid driver’s license. The appointment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS • Flexibility in work hours, including weekends. • Experience working with endangered species. • Experience monitoring marine mammals, especially land-based visual monitoring. • Experience conducting behavioral observations of cetaceans. • Experience operating or working on a small boat in coastal Alaskan waters (or similar cold water, extreme tide environment), and trailering. • Experience working with passive acoustic monitoring equipment (dipping hydrophones, C-POD, SoundTrap, etc). • Experience working with water level loggers (e.g. HOBO). • Experience performing data entry and management. • Experience working on a military installation. DURATION The position will last approximately 7-8 months, starting in June (dates are somewhat flexible and coordinated with JBER marine mammal lead). BACKGROUND CHECK Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history. APPLICATION Applications will be reviewed as received, and interviews will begin immediately following the conclusion of the application period. Prospective candidates should send materials consisting of 1) Cover letter noting the position, and responding to each of the requirements; 2) Resume 3) Name and daytime phone number for three (3) references, including one current or former supervisor Documents should be packaged as a single PDF file that does NOT contain sensitive personal information (i.e., social security numbers and birthdates). Please name the file ''Last name, first name, CIB Tech 23". Applications will be accepted through 28 February 2023. Send applications via e-mail to: Andrea Gilstad Email:
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