We’re Hiring! Local team member needed.

Job Posting
Marine Education and Research Society
Office Assistant – Outreach / Retail / Data 
Part-Time 

The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response.  We are based in Port McNeill, on NE Vancouver Island. For information about MERS’ research, education and wildlife response efforts, see www.mersociety.org.

The Office Assistant will be essential in MERS’ efforts to educate the public about local marine mammals and boater safety, and to study and protect marine mammals in British Columbia. The focus is on Humpback Whales with our research dating back to before 2004. With Humpback Whales having made an astounding comeback to the coast of BC, it necessitates a better understanding of this population. This includes education for boaters about how to mitigate the threats of entanglement and vessel strike to Humpbacks, as this species behaves very differently than the Killer Whales most boaters are accustomed to (see our  “See a Blow? Go Slow!” campaign at www.SeeABlowGoSlow.org.

Key to understanding the population is for the whales to catalogued and identified as individuals.

This position also has a retail component whereby funds are raised for our work.

Duties will include:

  1. Greeting visitors and aiding in MERS’ work to serve as a resource to the local community (with a focus on local ecotourism and boat operators) in order to: enhance the value of wildlife viewing experiences; contribute to boater safety; and reduce risks to marine life.
  2. Processing retail and donation transactions to help support MERS’ efforts.
  3. Maintaining a clean and presentable office and retail space.
  4. Conducting ID matching, data entry and database management for Humpback Whale sighting and photographic data.
  5. Other office-based work as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Have knowledge of the biology and ecology of marine mammals in British Columbia. It is a significant asset to have completed a MERS Marine Mammal Naturalist Workshop.
  • Familiarity with POS systems and cash handling.
  • Work well independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Have exceptional organizational skills.
  • Have proven successful experience with public outreach and science communication.
  • Have strong computer skills. Previous experience with some or all of the following programs is an asset: Microsoft Excel, Photo Mechanic, Filemaker, Adobe Lightroom, and QGIS.
  • Able to demonstrate strong abilities in matching whale flukes and fins for identification.
  • Have proven dedication to reducing impacts to the environment.
  • Reside near Port McNeill and have strong local knowledge.

Salary:

Based on experience (minimum $15/hour)

Hours:

Part-time (12 hours/week; 2 x 6-hour shifts; Friday and Saturday )
8-month contract
Anticipated start date of September 20, 2019

Application deadline:

August 18, 2019.
Interviews may be conducted before the application deadline.

Application format:

Applications must include a cover letter specifically addressing position requirements, resume, and 3 references (name, position and email address) with a minimum of 2 being employment contacts.

Applications should be emailed to MERS Director of Operations: nicole@mersociety.org.

Selection procedure: 

  1. References of short-listed candidates contacted.
  2. Short-listed candidates interviewed via SKYPE.
  3. Final interviews held in person in Port McNeill. Candidates will be asked to complete an exercise to assess their ability to match whale IDs.

 

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted and that this would happen before August 23, 2019.

 

We’re Hiring! MERS Summer Jobs.

Job Posting
Marine Education and Research Society
Summer Positions:
Data Analysts/Outreach Assistants (2) 

The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response.  We are based in Port McNeill, on NE Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For information about MERS’ research, education and wildlife response efforts, see www.mersociety.org

The Whale Data Analysts / Outreach Assistants will be essential in MERS’ efforts to study and protect marine mammals in British Columbia. The focus is on Humpback Whales with our research dating back to before 2004. With Humpback Whales having made an astounding comeback to the coast of BC, it necessitates a better understanding of this population. This includes education for boaters about how to mitigate the threats of entanglement and vessel strike to Humpbacks, as this species behaves very differently than the Killer Whales most boaters are accustomed to. Key to understanding the population is for the whales to catalogued and identified as individuals.

The work of the Data Analysts / Outreach Assistants includes conducting preliminary analyses of Humpback Whale sighting and photo-identification data as part of our collaboration to update the province-wide catalogue for Humpback Whales off the coast of British Columbia. This project is being conducted in collaboration with DFO and with colleaguescataloguing Humpbacks in other parts of coastal British Columbia andwill allow for enhanced knowledge of the abundance, habitat use, social associations, movements, and threats of Humpbacks in B.C., for the purpose of conservation. In addition, the Data Analysts / Outreach Assistants will contribute to expanded educational outreach in local communities by promoting MERS’ “See a Blow? Go Slow!” campaign (www.SeeABlowGoSlow.org) to educate about the presence of Humpback Whales around Vancouver Island, help promote boater safety, and provide information about the Marine Mammal Regulations.

Duties will include:

  1. Conducting comparative analyses of BC Humpback Whale catalogues to determine the identification of individual whales;
  2. Data entry and database management for Humpback Whale sighting and photographic data;
  3. Assisting in supervising volunteers during data entry and photographic data analysis in order to maintain the quality of the MERS databases;
  4. Aiding in MERS’ work to serve as a resource to the local community (with a focus on local ecotourism and boat operators) in order to enhance the economics/value of wildlife viewing experiences and contribute to boater safety;
  5. Conducting community outreach at local events, marinas and docks to increase awareness of threats to whales and how to mitigate them.
  6. Other office-based work as needed. The Data Analysts/Outreach Assistants will gain experience with Microsoft Excel, Photo Mechanic, Filemaker, and Adobe Lightroom computer programs.This is an office-based position but there may also be some opportunities for the Data Analyst to accompany MERS researchers on boat-based surveys to collect Humpback Whale photo-identification data.

Successful candidates:

  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Have graduated from or are undertaking post-secondary education in scientific fields, especially biology, environmental science, resource management or related field.
  • Have knowledge of the biology and ecology of marine mammals in British Columbia.
  • Are between 15-30 years of age (funding requirement).
  • Have strong computer skills. Previous experience with some or all of the following programs an asset: Microsoft Excel, Photo Mechanic, Filemaker, Adobe Lightroom, and QGIS.
  • Work well independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Have experience with data entry.
  • Have exceptional organizational skills.
  • Are able to demonstrate strong abilities in matching whale flukes and fins for identification.
  • Have proven successful experience with public outreach and science communication.
  • Have proven dedication to reducing impacts to the environment.
  • Are able to reside in Port McNeill for the duration of the contract.

Salary:
$15/hour

Work term:
8-week contract at 35 hours/week with an anticipated start date of June 3rd, 2019

Hiring priorities:
Youth who self-identify as being part of underrepresented groups or have additional barriers to the labour market e.g. women in STEM, Indigenous youth, and youth who are recent immigrants or refugees.

Application deadline:
May 10, 2019

Application format:
Applications must include a cover letter specifically addressing position requirements, resume, and 3 references (name, position and email address) with a minimum of 2 being employment contacts.   Applications should be emailed to MERS Operations Director: nicole@mersociety.org

Selection procedure: 

  1. References of short-listed candidates contacted.
  2. Short-listed candidates interviewed via SKYPE.
  3. Final interviews held in person in Vancouver, Victoria or Port McNeill. Candidates will be asked to complete an exercise to assess their ability to match whale IDs.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted and that this would happen before May 17th.