2017 Research Opportunity

Alaska Whale Foundation is offering a position at its field station on Baranof Island, Southeast Alaska to a student who is enrolled, or intends to enroll, in a graduate program in biology (or similar) and is looking for a research project to undertake.  The student will have the opportunity to lead the analysis of one of several existing datasets that examine aspects of the foraging ecology of humpback whales in Southeast Alaska.  As well, the student will gain experience working in the field by assisting in several ongoing whale research projects.  AWF may then work with the student to seek funding for additional field work in 2018 to complement the analysis. 

The principal datasets come from multi-year whale abundance and distribution surveys in conjunction with hydroacoustic (prey) surveys in Frederick Sound and lower Stephens Passage, Southeast Alaska.  Experience with GIS and spatial analysis techniques will be an asset. 

The successful applicant will be invited to join the AWF research team from April – July 2017.  This is a volunteer position; however, AWF will cover the student’s transportation from within the US to the field station and room and board during their stay. Please upload a CV and cover letter as one document here no later than January 31 2017.

You will be contacted by AWF when we review your application in February.