laboratory research assistant
LABORATORY RESEARCH ASSISTANT needed for marine predator diet studies, zooplankton research, data-related tasks, and outreach activities at Point Blue Conservation Science in Petaluma, California. Our studies determine size class and species composition of prey consumed by seabirds, and we examine krill and their relationships with seabirds and other top-predator populations in the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries. Main laboratory duties include: identifying otoliths and other fish parts from seabird regurgitated pellets and fecal samples; preparing zooplankton samples and identifying, weighing and measuring krill; collecting species composition and size data on prey specimens dropped on seabird breeding colonies; entering and proofing data; and helping to compile information from 40+ years of seabird studies on the Farallon Islands. Other duties include assisting with outreach activities at local museums, speaking to visitors about our research and how it relates to marine conservation. The applicant may also have the opportunity to participate in at-sea cruises in the Gulf of the Farallones where they will assist in performing net tows, collecting hydrographic data, and conducting seabird and marine mammal surveys. Applicants should enjoy working independently and have plenty of patience for long hours spent looking through a scope to identify cryptic fish earbones and scales, little marine bugs, and contorted, dried-up fish chips. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in biology or related field and prior laboratory research experience. This is a one-year, full-time internship position for time period 5 September 2017 through 31 August 2018, although the beginning date may be negotiable. We provide housing, and a stipend of $800-$1200 per month dependent on experience. Must have your own vehicle since transportation is not provided.
Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status, membership or application for membership in a uniformed service or membership in any other class protected by applicable law. We will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and participate in the interview process.
More information can be found at www.pointblue.org and www.accessoceans.org. Please email a cover letter explaining interests and dates of availability, resume, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 3 references to Meredith Elliott (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications accepted until position is filled.