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Seabird and Marine Mammal Surveyor Position

Grant RW Humphries, March 4, 2014

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) seeks an experienced seabird and marine mammal survey technician for a six-month survey project in southern coastal Maine. Dedicated to assessing emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, BRI has 15 years of experience using scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. BRI receives governmental (federal, state, and local), foundation, and industry funding to perform scientific research throughout the continental U.S. and abroad.

The seabird and marine mammal survey technician will be responsible for conducting daily seabird and marine mammal surveys aboard a small research vessel in the Gulf of Maine Mid-coast region. The candidate will work closely with BRI staff to insure the highest level of data quality and follow standardized protocols set forth for this work. The desired candidate should have the following credentials:

  • Skilled in the identification of all seabird and marine mammal species found in the North Atlantic with the ability to identify other species of birds (passerines, raptors, owls).
  • Excellent data collection skills and attention to detail while conducting surveys
  • Ability to use a variety of equipment while on board a moving vessel.
  • Self-motivated, strong work ethic and ability to conduct tasks independently
  • Flexibility in work scheduling to target good weather for surveys
  • Experience working on boats in a marine environment with variable weather conditions

The candidate will be expected to travel and work in this capacity, sometimes in difficult conditions.

Qualified candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental studies, or closely related field and experience conducting surveys for seabirds and marine mammals. Candidates must be able to use Microsoft Excel. The successful candidate must possess a genuine interest in supporting BRI’s mission and a strong desire to be part of a non-profit work environment.

This is temporary, full-time position beginning approximately on March 24th 2014 and ending approximately in the first week of November. Compensation will be $455/week with housing included. Applicants will be responsible for traveling to Gorham, Maine.

Hiring for this position will be contingent upon BRI receiving full funding for the project, which is currently pending.

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Please submit a letter of interest and CV electronically to

Or by mail to:

Lynn Marchilli

Biodiversity Research Institute

652 Main St.

Gorham, ME 04038