May 14, 2013
Assistant Dive Safety Officer/Aquarist: Baltimore
The National Aquarium in Baltimore has an Assistant Dive Safety Officer/Aquarist position opening. Visit the Aquarium’s website, and under Careers, see Current Openings. The Assistant Dive Safety Officer/Aquarist position is the first listing (post date is 5/8/13).
Please do not contact me about this position.
Posted by Dida at 10:29 AM
April 30, 2013
Monterey Abalone Company: Aquaculturist
Posted as a courtesy only! —Dida
Monterey Abalone Company is searching for a person who can perform essential duties related to two main activities: abalone farming and collection of marine specimens for research and education. The position requires a broad knowledge of the marine environment, the ability to identify marine plants, invertebrates and fish, as well as related skills such as small boat handling and SCUBA diving. Applicants must be focused on safety, organization, and be able to communicate with co-workers and customers. The ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.
Basic computer skills such as familiarity with word processing and spreadsheets are required.
The job requires 40+ hours of work per week, and involves physically demanding work
including the ability to stand for long periods, to lift objects weighing 50 lbs or more, strongswimming skills, and the ability to work under deadlines.
Responsibilities for commercial abalone farming: overseeing a crew of workers, responsible for all abalone husbandry activities, fulfilling orders for abalone sales, maintenance of farming infrastructure and equipment, harvesting kelp for abalone feed.
Activities related to collection of specimens for research and education include: communicating with customers, knowledge/identification of specimens, species regulations, planning, organizing, and carrying out collecting trips, holding specimens in optimal condition for delivery, packing specimens for delivery.
* Bachelors in Marine Biology or other related Marine Science degree, or a minimum of 2 years work experience in related ocean industry.
* Equivalent Master Diver/Dive Master or AAUS Research Diver.
* Basic computer skills
* Experience operating small boats
* Knowledge of local flora and fauna
Compensation will vary with experience. Start Date: week of May 13th, 2013, open until filled.
Posted by Dida at 4:16 PM
April 17, 2013
RC Lab Summer Internships
UC Santa Cruz's Raimondi/Carr Lab has many summer research
volunteer and internship opportunities for summer 2013, including the need for an AAUS certified diving intern to be involved in a sea otter/seagrass trophic cascade project.
Check out the details here!
As always, please do not contact me with questions about these opportunities. I'm merely the messenger.
Posted by Dida at 9:40 AM
April 16, 2013
California's MLPAs: Free Online Access to Special Issue of Ocean and Coastal Management
Special issue available free online for approximately six months here.
From CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife press release:
New Analyses Can Guide Similar Planning Endeavor
California recently completed an historic overhaul of how it manages its coastal waters by revising and expanding its system of marine protected areas (MPAs). This system of MPAs is the largest scientifically based network in the U.S. and second largest in the world. How California accomplished this consequential achievement is the subject of a March special issue of the journal Ocean and Coastal Management released last month. Articles analyze the challenges, achievements and lessons learned in the public MPA planning processes.
Under a mandate from the state’s 1999 Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), California’s network of MPAs designated by the California Fish and Game Commission have greatly increased the proportion of state waters protected. The resulting network designates approximately 9.4 percent of state waters as “no-take” MPAs, and about 16 percent of state waters are now under some form of protection, which is a dramatic increase in coverage. Informed by science and crafted with significant stakeholder involvement, California’s new network of 124 designated areas (including 119 MPAs and five recreational management areas, all managed within the network) replaced 63 existing MPAs that were mostly small (covering just 2.7 percent of state waters, with less than ¼ percent in no-take MPAs) and considered ineffective. The area covered by the MPAs represents approximately 60 percent of all no-take MPAs within the waters of the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Planning for this network of MPAs yields important lessons for other planning efforts globally.
The special issue of Ocean and Coastal Management includes nine articles by key participants from the MLPA Initiative, an innovative public-private partnership between the California Natural Resources Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation. The Initiative was tasked with helping the state redesign its MPAs in conjunction with stakeholders, scientists, experts, resource managers, policy-makers and the public. The articles have now been made available for free download at the journal website.
“This special issue provides an important record of the MLPA Initiative’s work and how California conducted public processes to design an improved system of MPAs and therefore provides important lessons that can inform other similar efforts,” said Mary Gleason, senior scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
“The network of MPAs was designed by stakeholders with guidance from scientists, managing agencies, experts, members of the public and policy-makers, to meet the six goals of the MLPA, while also allowing for human uses of marine resources – understandably a complicated task that involved tradeoffs and compromises but with the vision that the MPA network will provide long-term benefits to California and our marine environment,” said Ken Wiseman, executive director of the MLPA Initiative.
Informed by scientific guidance intended to increase benefits and ecological connections among individual MPAs, this improved network is also globally significant.
“Completing the nation’s first statewide open coast system of marine protected areas strengthens California’s ongoing commitment to conserve marine life for future generations,” said Charlton H. Bonham, director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. “This statewide system will also benefit fish and fishermen in California for generations to come. And, the science shows that by protecting sensitive ocean and coastal habitats, marine life flourishes and in turn, creates a healthier system overall.
The California Fish and Game Commission, the decision-making authority under the MLPA, acted on the basis of recommendations delivered by the MLPA Initiative, which conducted four regional public planning processes between 2005 and 2011. California’s MLPA calls for redesigning the state’s existing MPAs to meet specific goals to increase coherence and effectiveness in protecting the state’s marine life, habitats, ecosystems and natural heritage as well as to improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems subject to minimal human disturbance.
Posted by Dida at 2:23 PM
April 8, 2013
AAUS/ESDP Symposium Abstracts
Posted as a courtesy to AAUS/ESDP only. Please do not direct questions to me about this.—Dida
Please be reminded that abstracts for the AAUS/ESDP Symposium are due by April 15th! See announcement and details below. For more information on this year's meeting visit here.
The American Academy of Underwater Sciences and European Scientific Diving Panel Symposium Committee is now accepting abstracts for the Curaçao Joint International Scientific Diving Symposium, October 23-27, 2013. Electronic submission of 300-word abstracts are accepted at this email until April 15. Subject line must include "AAUS symposium abstract" followed by lead author's last name. Topics range broadly in the marine sciences from marine conservation, ecology and biodiversity to methods and techniques of underwater research and diving safety. Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance for oral or poster presentation by May 1. Authors expressly accept the obligation of submitting an 800 to 1200-word extended abstract, or full manuscript at the authors' discretion, by July 1 for publication in the 2013 Symposium Proceedings. Editorial and review comments will be forwarded to authors for their consideration with a final submission return date of August 31. For queries please contact Dr. Michael A. Lang or Dr. Martin D.J. Sayer.
Posted by Dida at 9:40 AM
April 2, 2013
2013 Scientific Dive Course – Friday Harbor Labs, Univ of WA
Posted as a courtesy only. Please do not contact at me about this opportunity—Dida
The University of Washington (UW) Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) will conduct its annual short intensive scientific dive course from August 12 through August 25th, 2013. This course is open to scientists and students at any level of study who meet the requirements for AAUS certification: a minimum of 20 logged dives and medical clearance. Application deadline is April 15, 2013. For more information, please see the FHL website. or contact the FHL Dive Officer Pema Kitaeff directly at pema @uw. edu (no spaces) or 206-543-0876.
Posted by Dida at 11:51 AM
March 19, 2013
DSO Needed at Southeastern Archaeological Research
Posted as a courtesy only. Please do not contact me about this position--Dida
Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. (SEARCH) is seeking full time Dive Safety Officer (DSO). The DSO will also serve as a Project Maritime Archaeologist/Marine Remote Sensing Specialist and will complement our Maritime Division for multiple projects throughout the United States, Caribbean, and Pacific. This position is based in Pensacola, Florida and offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
Successful candidates must be M.A. level (M.A. in hand, no ABT) or above and be experienced on the water. Must be an active Instructor from an internationally recognized certifying agency.
You need to demonstrate:
• Proficiency in the operation of small boats and the ability to troubleshoot small engines, electronics, pumps, and trailers;
• Certification as an Instructor of SCUBA diving, knowledge of surface supplied air diving, willingness to learn surface supplied air diving, and scientific diving. Detailed and verifiable certifications must be included with your CV.
The successful applicant must have a developed capacity for attention to detail, be organized, able to work well on simultaneous projects, and be able to meet deadlines. DSO will report directly to the SEARCH Diving Control Board and Principals. Experience in cultural resource management and the preparation of deliverables for the DoD and USACE is preferred.
Applicants should have a demonstrated proficiency in MS Word, MS Office Pro suite, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. GIS experience is desirable. Need to be familiar with the preparation of Diving Safety Manuals, Dive Operations Plans, Activity Hazards Analysis, Emergency Management Plans, and Float Plans. Applicants must be available to travel to locations worldwide for extended periods of time and must be able to receive government security clearances. Experience as a DAN O2, CPR, and First Aid Instructor a plus.
For immediate consideration, please forward a cover letter, resume, salary history and three (3) professional references to Amy Semesco. All inquires will be treated with discretion.
SEARCH is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug testing and a criminal background check are conducted upon hire.
Click here for more information about SEARCH.
Posted by Dida at 9:55 AM