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Field Researcher - Aerial Observer

New England Aquarium
Boston, United States Posted: March 29, 2024


We are seeking a highly motivated Assistant Research Scientist I to participate in aerial surveys for whales, dolphins, and sea turtles in New England waters. Duties will include serving as an observer on all aerial surveys, quality checking data, coordinating with other observers and the flight crew, and the analysis of vertical photographs for the detection and identification of marine mammal and turtle species. The majority of the office work will involve reviewing photographs for marine species.

  • This is a full-time, 1-year, grant-funded position with the possibility for extension.
  • The position offers a comprehensive benefits package.
  • This position is primarily a fieldwork position, requiring some irregular hours and some long days on flight days.
  • Occasional work on weekends and holidays will also be required for fieldwork.
  • he usual hours for non-fieldwork will be Monday - Friday, 9a - 5p with flexibility based on the fieldwork schedule. Non-fieldwork can be conducted remotely.
  • Remote days are only available for residents of MA, RI, NH, ME, NY and VT.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Participate in all aerial survey activities, including observer logistics, scientific data collection, monthly reporting, photographic and data analysis, and ground contact.
  • Act as aerial observer on surveys for cetaceans and sea turtles, including participating in aerial photography.
  • Oversee photo-analysis efforts, including analysis of digital imagery for species detection and identifications, and submission of photo data to the North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog.
  • Maintain safety and camera equipment and assist with preparation and in-flight troubleshooting.
  • Maintain flight and data logs, assist with data quality checking and assurance, assist with summarizing data, and writing reports.
  • Photo-analysis of digital imagery for species detection and identifications, data processing and analysis.
  • Assist with right whale photo-identification and catalog processing.
  • Perform other position-related duties, as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Minimum Training and Experience
  • A or B.S in Biology or related science.
  • Minimum of two years of research experience after college.
  • Minimum of six months previous aerial experience (at least 50 flight hours).
  • Participation in a right whale, other large whale, and turtle aerial research program.
  • Photo-identification experience strongly desired.
  • Familiarity with digital photography equipment and field use.
  • Valid driver's license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated skill in identifying marine mammals of New England.
  • Specialized photographic skills including previous experience using digital SLR cameras, especially for wildlife photography.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs. Experience with Access and statistical software would be advantageous.
  • Good communication and coordination skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines for data and report deliverables.
  • Attention to detail for proofing and quality checking data.
  • Ability to work without supervision.
  • Ability to spend long hours performing photo analysis in the office.
  • Comfortable flying in a small aircraft (can't get motion sickness).
  • For more information and to apply online please visit: http://neaq.applicantpro.com/jobs/
  • New England Aquarium is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.
  • Here we foster a culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion.
  • We strive to engage and inspire a broad audience with our efforts to protect the blue planet, and we believe a diverse workforce provides experiences, skills, and perspectives that enrich our programs, strengthen problem-solving, add creativity, and enhance our work environment.
  • For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below.
  • Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
  • https://www.applicantpro.com/j/3290333-11570
  • Experience Required
  • Minimum of two years of research experience after college.
Salary
  • $21.84-$21.85

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