University of Alaska Southeast

Job Posting

Company: City & Borough of Juneau
Location: Juneau
Position: Protected Species Observer
Requirements: Work experience that included observing marine mammals or other natural wildlife and the recording of information/data.

Another Protected Species Observer (PSO) is needed to fulfill our National Marine Fisheries Service permit requirements on the Aurora Harbor Rebuild Ph II project. This position is needed until approximately March 15th, 2018. The observation location may change due to weather, so a personal vehicle is necessary for the position. 

Minimum qualifications:

  • Work experience that included observing marine mammals or other natural wildlife and the recording of information/data.
  • Substitution: Undergraduate studies with a major or primary course work in biology, environmental science, fisheries, marine biology, or other related natural sciences may be substituted for the work experience on a case by case basis
  • Valid Alaska Drivers License at time of appointment and for continued employment.

Under general supervision of the Port Engineers, this position will temporarily fulfill the National Marine Fisheries Service permit by providing marine mammal observation for all pile driving or extraction activities related to the Docks & Harbos Department's Aurora Harbor Rebuild Phase II project. 

Incumbent must have a solid understanding of the physical characteristics of marine mammals and be a thorough data collector. Timely communication with the Port Engineers on the observation process is imperative.

This work takes place outdoors in inclement weather and requires close coordination with the project team so the observation requirements are met with as little disruption to contractor as possible. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Monitor a designated area for protected species for up to 4 hours at a time. Specifically, marine mammal observation 30 minutes before any pile driving or extraction.
  • A 1 hour break every 4 hours is mandatory
  • Observation of: Stellar sea lions and humpack whales. Communicates by radio with the contractor to stop pile driving when either marine mammal is observed near to or within the exclusion zone.
  • Accurately record sightings and complete logs associated with daily sighting activities
  • Accurately record and code data on standardized forms. Self-audit data prior to submission.
  • Operate and maintain field equipment provided to incumbent.

Pay is $18.95/hour. A CBJ application can be emailed or hand-delivered to the CBJ HR offices. 

Contact: Port Office
Contact at: 586-0292
Closing Date: Open until filled