Ocean Career: Research Assistant at the National Marine Mammal Foundation

The National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) has a mission to improve and protect life for marine mammals, humans, and our shared oceans through science, service, and education.

Our vision for the future is to revolutionize the way we think about marine mammals. By embracing the partnership created between human and marine mammal, we can create a sea change in our global approach to scientific exploration, ocean conservation, and public education.

Job Description

  • Conduct data collection and data analysis under general instruction following standard research methodologies.
  • Set up and maintain accurate and timely records for assigned research sessions conducted with marine mammals.
  • Have a general understanding of animal training and behavior, in order to conduct behavioral research projects.
  • Coordinate with research staff and animal training staff to ensure research sessions are conducted in a timely, effective, and efficient manner.
  • Communicate to Principal Investigators daily on the status of assigned projects. Prepare reports and summaries on data being collected and progress of assigned projects.
  • Set up, break down, and maintain all equipment related to assigned research projects.
  • Conduct literature review related to assigned projects.
  • As needed, support other research staff members to ensure the research team as a whole works proficiently.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Some planning and prioritization must occur to complete tasks effectively.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a STEM related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Power Point, and Word
  • Comfortable working on/around the water and outdoors
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

Preferred Job Requirements

  • Prior coding experience in Python/MatLab/R or equivalent
  • Experience collecting and analyzing data as part of a formal research project in a related field
  • Prior experience conducting research with animals under behavioral control, preferentially marine mammals

Compensation: $20.00 per hour

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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