Closed for the 2016 research season. Application will be accepted in August 2016 for the 2017 winter.

It’s that time again!


Call for applications for Research Assistant positions for the Puerto Rico Humpback Whale Project with The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center

Duration: December 29, 2014 – May 01, 2016

Four full time Research Assistants (RAs) are needed for the winter of 2016 to assist with on-going research focusing on North Atlantic humpback whales wintering off Puerto Rico. These are volunteer positions for the sixth season of data collection.

General description:
You can anticipate:
1-3 days/week of vessel based data collection,
2-3 days/week land based data collection (including theodolite),
1-2 days/week at the field house analyzing data.
Acoustic data will be analyzed during days when field excursions are not practical or possible.
There may be opportunity for limited aerial survey experience.
Days off are infrequent but we there will be time to do some sight-seeing.
RAs mentor interns in the field and during round table discussion of peer reviewed publications.


You must have at least a bachelor’s degree in marine biology or related field. Former interns and students participating in any MCERC program are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to applicants with an upbeat, hardworking and positive attitude. The ability to take direction and live in close quarters with up to 10 people is a key to a successful field season. A stellar academic average is a plus, but is not a requirement and should not discourage interested people with less than perfect academic scores from applying. A strong desire to learn new skills, mentor other students, and promote a positive attitude towards stewardship is essential for candidates. Please be self-motivated, energetic, patient, and enthusiastic! You must enjoy working with a group from around the globe and be respectful of cultural differences. Experience in boat operations and cetacean research is a plus. All RAs are required to be proficient swimmers and snorkelers.


Interested applicants should carefully review the instructions for applying listed on the Education Hub at (in “Education News”) and submit accordingly. Applications will be accepted through August 16, 2015.