Museum and Gift Shop Staff
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Each year we select 1-2 assistants to help us with the summer’s research endeavours and to provide training in field research to aspiring marine biologists. You will get involved in a wide variety of activities, depending on the research focus of the summer, from catching and banding seabirds, to going offshore to tow for plankton, surveying for basking sharks, and helping local fishermen release porpoises from herring weirs.
Although boat experience is not necessary (we can train you), we do spend a lot of time at sea, so being comfortable on the water is an asset. Research Assistants live with the Research Station scientists at the station during the summer, and therefore one of the most important characteristics we look for is being able to get along with 6-8 people in tight quarters, and taking part in the general running of the research station. We will cover travel expenses to the island, and room and board for the summer. When possible, we offer a small stipend at the end of the summer. Typically we would need you to be available from late July to mid-September, although we can work around academic schedules.
We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people 18 years of age or older, with an interest in conservation. Please include a complete resume or CV and two letters of recommendation with your application. Because we place a lot of importance on whether assistants will get along with everyone and become part of the research “team’ for the summer, we prefer to interview candidates, either in person or via telephone or internet. We accept applications for research assistants between 01 September and 15 March for positions the following year. Decisions are usually made by the end of March.
The Gaskin Fellowship was established in 1999 in honour of our founder, the late Dr. David Gaskin. The Gaskin Fellowship provides a summer research opportunity to a local student. The Gaskin Fellow will assist with as many Station projects as possible. The duration of the fellowship is flexible but usually lasts from mid-July until the end of August. A stipend is provided at the end of the fellowship. This fellowship program is open to Canadian students 18 years of age or over. Preference will be given first to Grand Manan residents, and then secondarily to the local region, but all Canadian students are encouraged to apply. Please send a complete resume or CV and two letters of reference before March 15th. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of March.
We operate a small museum, the Gaskin Museum of Marine Life from June through early October. We try to employ staff (one full time and one part time) from late June through end of August / early September to greet visitors and act as an attendant
for our gift shop associated with the Museum. You will need to be able to deal with the public in a courteous manner, work on your own, and handle peaks and lulls that occur daily in the visitation rates. You will also be responsible for daily sales, housekeeping and maintaining consistent opening and closing times. Although being bilingual is not essential it is definitely an asset when dealing with French speaking visitors. Generally staff are hired from Grand Manan, however, applicants with accommodations on the island for the summer will be considered. Please send a complete resume or CV and references by June 1st.
Please mail or email application materials to:
Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station
#24 Route 776
Grand Manan, New Brunswick
E5G 1A1 Canada
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