Director, Stranding & Population Assessment

Harbor Branch (HBOI)
Sep 21, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job location: Harbor Branch (HBOI)

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-09-20
Req: REQ07424
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Position Summary:

Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is seeking a Director, Stranding and Population Assessment, Ft. Pierce, FL.

With over 30,000 students from all 50 states and over 180 countries, 21 intercollegiate teams, 180 plus degree programs, and an administration that thrives on discovery and excellence, FAU is pushing the boundaries of higher education. Florida Atlantic's faculty and staff are trailblazers and innovators with a passion for finding creative solutions while advancing science, art, and technology in all disciplines. Our work environment is a hub of cultures from across the nation and the world, making FAU a place where collaboration flourishes.

The Director, Stranding and Population Assessment will direct the activities of HBOI’s Florida Dolphins and Whales Stranding and Population Assessment Program. This group will provide a valuable service to the research community through responding to stranding of dolphins and whales, and gathering field data on resident populations of dolphins and whales. Field data gathering could be conducted via photo identification, tracking sensors, acoustics and other available technology as stipulated by Specialty License Plate (SLP) legislative mandate. All activities will be conducted under the appropriate NOAA and NMFS permits held in the Institutes or FAU’s name. This Director will work closely with researchers to provide data for analysis in various research projects. This Director will also direct and conduct community outreach and educational activities in support of the service and research programs at Harbor Branch.


  • Develop and implement a service-based structure to collect and provide data to researchers. Work with staff and researchers to adapt efforts as necessary as technology, research projects and needs evolve in order to best contribute to research and outreach/education efforts
  • Manage activities of the Stranding & Population Assessment group.
  • Supervise and ensure training of staff and volunteers, including cross-training in stranding and data collection activities/techniques.
  • Liaison with Principal Investigators (PIs) and others in relation to data and contributions to research.
  • Develop the annual budget for the Florida Dolphins and Whales Stranding and Population Assessment Program for submission to sponsor (HBOI Foundation, HBOIF). Work with budget provided by the HBOIF’s SLP program. Provide reports and other information to HBOIF and FAU Harbor Branch as requested.
  • Assist PIs with mentoring of graduate students and interns as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in Biology, Marine Science Veterinary Medicine or other related area and six years of appropriate experience; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Marine Science Veterinary Medicine or other related area and eight years of appropriate experience required.

Experience supervising staff and volunteers required

Experience with requirements of NOAA and NMFS permitting required.

Experience with marine mammal stranding and photo identification activities, techniques and requirements required.

Ability to successfully work with budgets required.

Experience coordinating the upkeep, repair and maintenance of boats, seadoos and other related equipment preferred.

Ability to be on-call for stranding events preferred.


$75,000 - $85,000

College or Department:

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute


Harbor Branch (HBOI)

Work Days and Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Occasional to frequent time spent on stranding or outreach activities that could be outside of regular hours.

Application Deadline:


Special Instructions to Applicant:

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

Final candidate will be required to have official, sealed transcripts and original NACES evaluation, if applicable, sent from their educational institution to Human Resources prior to the start of employment.

Successful completion of a background check, which may include a motor vehicle check, credit check, fingerprinting or additional screening, is required for the selected candidate prior to the start date.

A resume and a cover letter are required for this position. Make sure to attach these required documents in the Attachments section of the application. Any missing required documents may result in disqualification.

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