Position Announcement: Research Assistant—Fisheries

Position Announcement Issued September 9, 2016
Job Title: Research Assistant—Fisheries
Agency: Prince William Sound Science Center (www.pwssc.org)
Location: Cordova, Alaska

Background: The mission of PWSSC is to improve the understanding and sustainable use of the ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Alaska region. Prince William Sound (PWS) is located in the northeast corner of the Pacific Ocean at 60° N and includes an intricate network of tidewater and inland glaciers, temperate rainforests, islands, barrier islands, wetlands, and freshwater and marine systems. PWS has 4900 km of shoreline and is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains that reach 4,300 m and contains the most extensive system of tidewater glaciers in North America. Most of the land area is in or adjacent to the Chugach National Forest. Of the five PWS communities, only Valdez and Whittier have highway access to the main road system. Access to Cordova is by boat or plane. The community is served by Alaska Marine Highway System ferries and an airport that receives daily commercial airline traffic. Commercial salmon fisheries are the cornerstone of the local economy. The region also supports subsistence and sport fisheries of various species.

Job Description: The Prince William Sound Science Center (PWSSC; www.pwssc.org), a non-profit research and education institution located in Cordova, Alaska, is accepting applications for a Fisheries Research Assistant. The technician will assist with grant-funded analytical and field work. The primary responsibility is to assist with preparation of peer-reviewed reports and manuscripts. The individual must also be willing to go to sea for 5- to 12- day long research cruises approximately 2-3 times a year in Prince William Sound. The position requires database management (Microsoft Access), data analysis, and modeling. Fieldwork will involve some or all of the following: fish capture (e.g. trawls, longlines; fish identification; acoustic-tagging); maintaining acoustic arrays and an acoustic tracking research project, including deployment and retrieval of infrastructure and data; and assisting with avian field work. The successful candidate will maintain a high level of integrity for data quality and be able to manage competing responsibilities. Excellent communication skills are required, not only for working with PWSSC team members, but also to generate reports and publications. A positive, goal oriented, and flexible attitude is essential.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in fisheries science or closely related field. Strong proficiency in ArcGIS, ArcView and statistical, modeling, and graphical packages, including R. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and Access. Excellent communication skills including technical writing, one-on-one discussions, and presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences. Demonstrated experience in field data collection methods listed above. Candidates should be creative problem solvers, resourceful, and self-motivated. Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in very remote locations under extreme weather conditions, including wind, rain, snow, and ice, and at sea on vessels of various sizes or in the field on a regular basis. Hold or obtain a valid driver’s license. Applicant must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or have U.S. Permanent Residence status.

Compensation: Monthly Wages: $3,400 -$4,000 DOE plus benefits.
Duration: This is a full-time, exempt position supported by grants with four years of anticipated funding and the possibility of extension.
Starting Date: Between 1-15 November 2016
Review of applications begins: 1 October 2016

To apply: Send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and relevant skills, a resume, and two or more references (including names, phone numbers and email addresses) to Dr. Mary Anne Bishop at researchpositionfish@pwssc.org. For more information about the Prince William Sound Science Center, go to: www.pwssc.org. Position open until filled.

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