Application deadline: 15 Oct 2023
Project Seahorse (PS) is the world’s premier research, management and policy team for syngnathid fishes (seahorses, pipefishes and seadragons). Our Director, Prof. Amanda Vincent, has been awarded the world’s top accolade in animal conservation for her achievements in safeguarding these fishes, among other international prizes. We host the global expert group on syngnathid conservation, the IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group (with Amanda Vincent as Chair).
Seahorses are caught primarily by nonselective and destructive fishing gears, and particularly by bottom trawls. This hugely common form of fishing is devastating for a huge array of marine populations and for habitats. Bottom trawlers scour the bottom of the ocean and catch everything in their path, willy nilly. Bottom trawling is also implicated in slavery and indentured labour, and often persists only because of harmful fishing subsidies. There is no place for bottom trawling in a sustainable and equitable ocean future. Project Seahorse is enhancing our knowledge of bottom trawling, for greater scientific and public engagement and to drive significant policy change. We seek a senior research assistant to support our efforts.
Project Seahorse is committed to conservation and sustainable use of the world’s coastal marine ecosystems, and has won significant awards for its unusual blend of research and management at scales ranging from community initiatives to international accords. Project Seahorse collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders and partners to build capacity for conservation; by developing conservation policy; managing marine populations and fisheries; undertaking biological research; monitoring and adjusting consumption of marine life and educating and promoting awareness.
The Research Assistant reports to the PS Program Leader and is guided by collaborative discussion to set priorities. They must balance independence and consultation to ensure that their work supports PS strategic planning and programming. They will work closely with other PS team members based in Canada and internationally, providing guidance and expert knowledge on bottom trawl fisheries. They will also establish long-distance links to collegiate and volunteer groups around the world, to advance mutual engagement on bottom trawl fishery regulation and ocean conservation more generally. Required to attend weekly group meetings.
Conducts and catalyses research on conservation impacts of bottom trawling;
Develops manuscripts, reports and presentations on conservation impacts of bottom trawling, including data collection and curation, data analysis and writing, and submission for publication.
Provides support to PS graduate and undergraduate students conducting research on conservation impacts of bottom trawling;
Obtains grants to support field and desk-based research, policy and management work on conservation impacts of bottom trawling;
Responds to external queries on research and conservation impacts of bottom trawling;
Stays abreast of literature and information about conservation impacts of bottom trawling, briefing the PS Director and colleagues on important new developments;
Proposes possible action and interventions in response to conservation impacts of bottom trawling at local, regional, national and global levels;
After consultation with the PS Director and senior colleagues, executes and supports agreed initiatives to reduce the conservation impacts of bottom trawling;
Supervises PS volunteers to advance PS work on conservation impacts of bottom trawling;
Helps produce communication materials on conservation impacts of bottom trawling;
Supports PS Director, PS Program Leader and other team members in logistic and administrative needs.
Performs other duties as requested.
Application deadline: 15 Oct 2023
This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.
Please refer to reference number NC-57520 during correspondence about this position.
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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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