RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Right Whale Habitat Studies
The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS), a private, non-profit research, conservation, and education organization based in Provincetown, MA, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant for the 2009 winter/spring season (Jan. 2 - May 15) of the Right Whale Habitat Studies Program.
The successful candidate will play an integral role in the rapid assessment and reporting of habitat characteristics that influence right whale distributionin the Cape Cod Bay Critical Habitat.
Primary responsibilities include extensive time at sea conducting zooplankton sampling, microscopic identification and enumeration of zooplankton samples, right whale behavioral studies and photo-ID, and database management/data entry.
Fieldwork will likely occur in harsh winter weather conditions.
Additional duties may involve assisting with field and laboratory operation of a Conductivity-Temperature-Depth profiler (CTD) and Optical Plankton Counter (OPC), and with the downloading and analysis of cruise data.
Familiarity with the identification of Gulf of Maine zooplankton species ishighly preferred, but not required. Experience with Microsoft Access and Excel, GIS software and biological oceanography software/data management techniques are preferred.
Candidates must have a relevant 4-year college/university degree (B.A. or B.S.), should be highly motivated and independent, and should have strong attention to detail; completion of a Masters degree or equivalent experience is preferred.
This position provides housing and a monthly stipend of approximately $2450.
To learn more about PCCS and the Right Whale Habitat Studies Program, and to read field notes from last year's season, visit www.coastalstudies.org. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume with references to:
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
5 Holway Ave. Provincetown, MA