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Straitwatch Vessel Operator

Organization: Cetus Research & Conservation Society
Location: Victoria & Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Cetus Research & Conservation Society is a non-profit, marine conservation society, which operates in the waters around Victoria and Alert Bay, BC. Since 2005 we have worked to reduce disturbances to marine mammals on the BC coast and promote respect for our marine environment through on-the-water and land-based education, outreach and direct monitoring activities. For more information please visit our website:

Cetus is seeking to fill the following position: Straitwatch Marine Educator/Vessel Operator

Responsibilities include:

  • Performance of daily patrols on the waters of the assigned region
  • Monitoring vessel traffic and recording consistent data regarding incidents and encounters between whales and vessels
  • Safe operation (as driver and/or crewperson) of a rigid-hulled inflatable boat
  • Maintaining appropriate marine protocols and safety procedure
  • Prevention of marine vessels from approaching or intercepting marine mammals, and ensuring the appropriate distance is kept from these animals by vessels in their area
  • Approaching other vessels and informing boaters about the Be Whale-Wise Guidelines, the dangers facing the whales, and their responsibilities while on the water in their habitat
  • Management of volunteer participation and involvement in the daily duties of the Straitwatch program as appropriate
  • Ensuring a safe work environment for staff and volunteers
  • Maintenance of Cetus's marine equipment, including daily care of boats, radios, and other gear
  • Initiate/maintain necessary and appropriate lines of communication with other Cetus operators, researchers, Soundwatch and representatives of the whale-watching industry
  • Observe cetaceans and record sightings in support of the BC Cetacean Sightings Network
  • Maintenance of Cetus work site and participation in site duties such as meal preparation and clean-up

Knowledge, skill and ability required:

  • Passion for wildlife conservation and protection
  • Physically fit with a high tolerance for a physically challenging work environment
  • Ability to safely operate and crew a rigid-hulled inflatable boat in coastal waters, including in rough and challenging weather and in limited visibility
  • Ability to work well and efficiently in a fast-paced environment and within small quarters
  • Comfortable with working long shifts on the water in all kinds of weather
  • Flexibility regarding availability
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience/familiarity working with field data collection and recording
  • Highly observant with strong attention to detail, ability to maintain focus and attention for sustained periods
  • Must be comfortable working and spending time in wilderness and marine environments
  • Demonstrable background knowledge of BC's marine mammal species, their conservation status and the threats that are posed to them

Required certifications:

  • BC Driver's Licence
  • First Aid and CPR Tickets
  • ROC-M Marine Radio Operator's Licence
  • MED-A3 Marine Emergency Duties Certificate
  • SVOP Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certificate

This position is seasonal with the date ranging from mid-June to early September 2017.

Please forward your cover letter, resume and references via email no later than April 14th 2017.

Contact: Mark at Cetus Research & Conservation Society

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GoodWork ID: 38888       Date posted to Mar 13 2017