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Job Announcement for The Whale Museum

Job Announcement for The Whale Museum

Postby David » 12/14/12

Position: Data Specialist/Collections Curator and Stranding Network Coordinator

Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the roles of Data Specialist/Collections Curator and Stranding Network Coordinator. Year-round FT employment. (Please note several job functions have been combined in order to provide a full-time, year-round position.)

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. Our facility is located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington. This remote island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane.

This position manages the long-term scientific data that supports the research and provides the substance for education programs and exhibits. Current projects focus on: maintaining longitudinal data sets that track Southern Resident orcas’ movement patterns through a 34 year sighting data base; 30 years of marine mammal stranding data; over 20 years of vessel monitoring & trends data; acoustics monitoring data; and a museum collections database of artifacts and recording media. Partnerships with other organizations and researchers are critical to our work. Current partnerships include, but are not limited to, NOAA-Northwest Region, The SeaDoc Society, and John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program.

This position works closely with the Executive Director and the Research Curator as the Data Specialist/Collections Curator to manage several databases, including marine mammal sightings, Soundwatch vessel trends data, and Museum collections; and as the Stranding Network Coordinator to coordinate the efforts of the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The majority of this job is computer-based, primarily data entry and database management. The main field season for stranding network duties occurs between May and October. This position also trains and supervises a volunteer network of approximately 50 people; and routinely moves marine mammals or other items in excess of 50 pounds. The successful candidate will be highly flexible as response work can occur any time, day or night.

Qualifications: a Bachelors Degree or 3 years experience in a relevant field, excellent communication skills (oral and written), excellent attention to detail, excellent computer/technological skills (i.e., Microsoft Office particularly Access & Excel, ARC-GIS mapping), grant writing, experience with field work (specifically Stranding Network field response), experience with conflict resolution & public communication, and project management experience. Boating experience is a plus. Museology experience and/or an advanced degree are desirable. A varied skill set and flexibility are major assets. This is an exciting time at The Whale Museum with opportunities developing throughout the year.

Electronic submissions are encouraged. It is suggested that a PDF compiled with the requested information be submitted. The position will be open after the first of the year with the opportunity for a brief training period with the outgoing employee. Start date is negotiable for the right candidate. Active review of submitted applications will begin December 28, 2012, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter, resume and up to five references (either reference letter or contact information for each reference) to:

Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director
The Whale Museum
P. O. Box 945
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Email: jenny@whalemuseum.org
Website: www.whalemuseum.org
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