Job Opening for coral reef fisheries scientist

Reef Check Headquarters Rcheck at
Tue Nov 6 16:55:06 EST 2001

Vacancy – Field-based Coral Reef Fisheries Scientist

The Los Angeles-based Reef Check Foundation is seeking to hire a mid-level
coral reef fisheries scientist (Master’s Degree or higher) to carry out
field monitoring of both fin-fish and invertebrates targeted by the marine
aquarium trade to start as soon as possible. The primary task will be to
gather population data on coral reef fish and invertebrates, and to test a
new stock assessment monitoring protocol (MAQTRAC) specially designed for
marine aquarium trade organisms. The scientist will be based almost entirely
in the field and will carry out the work primarily in the Philippines,
Indonesia and Fiji. The scientist will be supported by a field network of
Reef Check, Marine Aquarium Council and IMA scientists and managers and will
collaborate with other partners including WWF and US NOAA. The position is
funded for one year with possibility of renewal for a longer period.

Applicants should have:
1)	Excellent species-level taxonomic skills with Indo-pacific coral reef
fish and a good knowledge of coral reef invertebrate taxonomy;
2)	At least two years experience field monitoring coral reef fish using
underwater visual census methods in the Indo-pacific region;
3)	Solid understanding of and ability to work with multivariate statistics
and standard fisheries models including surplus production and
yield-per-recruit models;
4)	Ability to work independently and for long periods in remote locations
where English is not commonly spoken;
5)	Excellent health and be willing to spend at least 50% of the work days
6)	Fluency in spoken English and demonstrated ability to write high quality
technical reports;
7)	A valid passport and ability to travel to and from the three target
8)	Certified diver (200+ dives).

For the right person, this will be a dream position to work in exotic
locations and to carry out ground-breaking, much-needed research on a highly
controversial fishery. This is an opportunity to develop the basic science
needed to determine whether it is possible to sustainably manage the
collection of coral reef fish and invertebrates for the marine aquarium

Applicants should send their CV, a list of three references (with email
address and telephone numbers), previous salary history and expected salary
for this position in US$, and a cover letter providing further details about
how the applicant’s experience matches the requirements to Program Manager
Jennifer Liebeler at <rcheck at> Tel: (1) 310-794-4985 Fax: (1)
310-825-0758. The position will be open until filled and is open to citizens
of any country. The applicant should be prepared to start field work by
January 1, 2002 at the latest.

Jennifer Liebeler
Program Manager
Reef Check Headquarters
1362 Hershey Hall 149607
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496 USA
Office Tel: 310-794-4985  Fax: 310-825-0758
Liebeler at

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