Friday, May 22, 2015

JOBS: Program Technician Marine Sciences University of New England - Biddeford, ME

English: Saco River harbor, looking northeast ...
English: Saco River harbor, looking northeast from the University of New England campus. Biddeford, Maine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Program Technician Marine Sciences
University of New England - Biddeford, ME
The Programs Technician for Marine Sciences supports all day-to-day field-based education, research, and outreach/service functions for all of UNE’s marine programs. The Programs Technician provides facilities and field operational support to all marine faculty, staff, students, scientists, and guest end-users of marine programs at UNE. The Programs Technician for Marine Sciences supports all land- and vessel-based science initiatives and operations via personnel coordination, assistance with shared equipment and resources, and provides all programmatic and infrastructure assistance to address the seasonally shifting, 24/7/365 needs of all MSC facility, boating, vehicle, and marine end-users.


Provides support to all vessel, dock, and field operations including but not limited to operating vessels, basic preventative maintenance and troubleshooting, dock installation, removal, maintenance, sensor systems, and maintaining proper records. Trains and evaluates faculty, staff and student vessel operators during field operations and enforces boating safety protocols.

Provides daily land-based facility support to all end-users requiring arrangements, oversight of facility vehicles and trailers, including field trips local and remote.

Provides building access which includes lock programming and key management.

Takes daily responsibility for multi-tasking and shifting priorities when needed to meet timelines and seasonal demands.

Assists in student, faculty, and scientist research programs in terms of facilities, operations, equipment, vessels and vehicles, including their cleaning and maintenance; also including land-based and remote island laboratory and field systems, and general space organization and maintenance.

Assists UNE ocean observing and operational professionals and students with the deployment, maintenance, organization, preparation, cleaning, maintenance, and operation of oceanographic instrumentation, sampling equipment, and computers for data and sample acquisition.

Develops innovations in academic and research programs and fabricates to support faculty, student, and research scientist needs in their research and education programs. Provides administrative support to students and faculty as requested for research and education missions.

Assists with all laboratory and seawater system maintenance and cleaning. Communicates regularly with the Facility Technician for Marine Sciences, Marine Sciences Laboratory Coordinator, SEAFISH Program Coordinator, and the MSC Water Quality Technician, to stay informed of seawater system status and works to ensure 24/7/365 seawater system coverage during planned and incidental absences from work.

Provides support for other critical marine animal life support systems at the request of the Assistant Director for Marine Sciences.

Understands and complies with MSDS and HAZCOM procedures and policies as part of UNE’s comprehensive OSHA compliance program.

Understands and complies with the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Successfully completes DOT training with 90 days of the hire date.

Understands and complies with OSHA’s blood borne pathogen standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) and chapter 8 of the University of New England safety manual.

Understands and complies with OSHA’s requirements (29 CFR 1910) for personal protective equipment (PPE) as defined by the university’s chemical hygiene officers, the environmental health and safety coordinator (EHSC), the supervisor and chapter 17 of the University of New England safety manual

Completes University sexual harassment training within 30 days of the date of hire.

Understand and comply with the University of New England Safety Manual.

Performs all other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in marine science, oceanography, biology, or related field plus 1 to three years each of relevant experience in: research or marine facility support; proven vessel operations in river, near shore and off shore environments or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.

USCG OUPV endorsement (required) and capable of earning a Master’s license within one year of hire, or 25-ton USCG Master’s license (desirable)

Proven experience with boat handling, maintenance, and trailering

Exhibits high level of responsibility and field safety-consciousness with University resources

Proven experience as crew leader aboard vessel

Experience with one or more: mechanics, electronics, oceanographic equipment, aquatic animal life support systems, and/or general fabrication

Some trade, technical, and/or mechanical aptitude

Physically capable of lifting 50lbs, willing to perform significant physical activity with regular exposure to inclement weather on land and at sea.

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and work efficiently

Ability to prioritize, coordinate, and perform multiple tasks

Strong interpersonal skills to interact with facility end-users and research teams

Advanced computer literacy

Current CPR and First Aid administration certifications; instructor credentials desirable.

Must possess a valid state driver’s license 

  • Background check may be required.
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Blue Whales "Play Dead" for Ships

Blue Whales "Play Dead" for Ships

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By Wendy Laursen 2015-05-07 20:28:27
They could easily swim away; they could easily dive below; but instead it seems that blue whales play dead when a ship approaches, and in doing so, they leave themselves vulnerable to ship strike.
U.S. Stanford University researcher Dr Jeremy Goldbogen claims the first direct observations of blue whales attempting to avoid cargo ships.
"It's not part of their evolutionary history to have cargo ships killing them, so they haven't developed behavioral responses to this threat," said Goldbogen.

Ship strike is a major threat to whales, says Goldbogen, and poses a significant threat to the recovery of some endangered populations. 
Goldbogen and colleagues from several academic institutions studied whales at Long

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

INTERNS: Humpback whale research internships in Ecuador

Sulfur laguna on the site of AguaBlanca, Macha...
Sulfur laguna on the site of AguaBlanca, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN ECUADOR (with possibility for Galapagos Islands extension)

The Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) in Ecuador, together with the Marine Biology Association Odyssea (, is offering humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) research internships in the Machalilla National Park in Ecuador. This is where Pacific humpback whales congregate to give birth to their calves, and mate. Dr Cristina Castro from PWF in Ecuador has been carrying out research on humpback whales for 18 years in this National Park.

These internships are available for durations of either 7, 10 or 14 or 28 days, from June until the end of October 2015. Volunteers will be introduced to and participate in the research techniques involving boat-based photo identification, biopsy sampling, behavioral studies and acoustics. No previous experience is required.

Cost of the internship: ranging between 1100 to 1840 USD, depending on the length of stay:
  • 7 day internship 1100USD
  • 10 day internship 1250USD
  • 14 day internship 1640USD
  • 28 day internship 1840USD
This fee includes:
- Full internship program with lectures, practical training and workshops
- Transfers from and to Manta airport
- Basic accommodation in small studios (some single, some shared for 2 persons maximum) in Puerto Lopez with kitchen and private bathroom
- Boat-based humpback whale photo-identification and behavioral data collection
- Training sessions in cetacean research techniques and software, as well as analyzing data with scientific supervision 
- Lectures on cetacean biology and conservation
- Isla de La Plata tours including snorkeling trips
- Spanish lessons
- Multiple group dinners

This fee does not include flights to and from Ecuador, food (except for lunch boxes on boat trips and a some dinners when out late during field work), compulsory health and travel insurance, and personal expenses.

Trips to the Galapagos can be organized in addition to the internship (with additional costs). 

At the end of the internship a certificate will be issued summing up all the skills acquired by the participants.

If you are interested in joining this internship, please contact us at and we will send you the detailed dates and prices.

Dr Pierre Gallego
President of Odyssea

INTERNS: Marine Mammal Research Internship

English: Highway sign along U.S. Route 90 desi...
English: Highway sign along U.S. Route 90 designating city limits of Gulfport, Mississippi USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The IMMS Research Internship Program is designed as a way for students interested in a career in marine science to gain valuable research experience in a real-world setting. Interns will participate with multiple projects involving bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and diamondback terrapins. As an intern, you will be trained in all aspects of dolphin photo-id research, sea turtle satellite tracking, and other current research projects at IMMS. Interns will also participate in other operations at IMMS including stranding response, education, and animal care. Our goal is to give Interns a well-rounded experience in a variety of areas while providing expert training and experience in marine science research.
Interns must:
  • Commit to a minimum of at least 12 weeks. The internship can be extended depending on work performance.
  • Be available to work Mon-Fri and must be available for all boat trips. Some field days may fall on the weekends.
  • Have strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to admit mistakes.
  • Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong interpersonal skills.
  • Principle Duties include: data entry, searching and cataloging journal articles, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting photo-id fin images, learning to use photo-id programs such as Darwin (fin matching software), and FinBase (Microsoft Access), boat based field research (21’ and 31’ boats), and learn how to use ArcGIS
  • Secondary Duties involve: Assisting with animal care staff, attending marine mammal necropsies, responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, and assisting with educational tours.
  • Field days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal temperatures range from over 100 °F in summer to 30 °F in winter. Field days typically exceed eight hours and occur at least two or three times a week.
Applicants must be 18 or older and must have a genuine interest in marine research. Applicants should be actively pursuing a college degree or be a recent graduate in oceanography, marine science/biology, biology, or a related field. Previous research experience in any capacity is a plus. Applicants must be able and willing to fulfill all duties outlined for this Internship Program. This is an unpaid position and Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will be able to assist Interns in suggesting suitable housing options and locations.
Deadline to Apply for the Fall Session (8/3/15 - 10/23/15 and 9/28/15 - 12/18/15) is June 1, 2015
Please visit for application and full details

JOBS: Research assistant in the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the...
The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, located 300 miles off the coast of Argentina. They consist of two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, together with about 700 smaller islands. Stanley, on East Falkland, is the capital and largest city. The islands are a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) is looking for a research assistant for 6 months to work on review, data collation and mapping of whale distribution and recovery around the Falkland Islands. This is part of a Darwin Plus project 'Marine spatial planning for the Falkland Islands'.

Find all the details, contacts and how to apply here:

Closing date 20 May 2015
Dr Amélie Augé
Stanley, Falkland Islands
Out of the office with no internet until 15 May