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Hydrographer/Marine Technician

The Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Laboratory (CaPE Lab) is looking for a skilled Hydrographer/Marine Technician and energetic team member in a dynamic, science-based lab who is interested in living in a unique setting on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. The CaPE Lab is a joint research effort between the School for the Environment within the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) and the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The successful candidate will lead the day-to-day operations of nearshore, shallow water acoustic surveys and contribute to ongoing scientific studies. This person will be stationed at The Center’s Hiebert Marine Lab in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Center and UMB have several acoustic instruments including the Edgetech 6205 phase-measuring sidescan sonar (550/1600 kHz), the Edgetech 4125 (550/1600 kHz), and two Teledyne RDI Sentinel V ADCPs (1000 kHz). The CaPE Lab has two main acoustic survey platforms, a customized, shallow-draft, research vessel (27’ Eastern) and a custom-built 12’ ultra-shallow draft (~0.5 ft) pontoon.

Main responsibilities are the acquisition of hydrographic data during day cruises based primarily from the Marine Lab in Provincetown and occasionally other locations. Also, the candidate will be the lead for the processing of bathymetric data. Days at sea will vary but typically range from 20-30 days per year. Qualifications include:

  • Experience at sea on vessel-based, acoustic
  • Experience with hydrographic data acquisition, preferably using Hypack and
  • Experience, or aptitude with the planning of field operations and
  • Experience, or aptitude with troubleshooting hydroacoustic & oceanographic
  • Experience with hydrographic data processing and visualization through software packages such as Hypack, CARIS, SonarWiz, Fledermaus, and
  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field is preferred, though candidates with long-term professional experience will be considered.
  • Experience with phase-measuring sidescan sonar operations and data processing a

Hydrographers, technicians, and other specialists are encouraged to apply. Ample opportunities exist for program expansion, as well as integration with other UMB and CCS programs, depending on candidate skills and interests.

Position comes with a comprehensive benefits package and salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letter and CV via email to:

Dr. Mark Borrelli: mark.borrelli@umb.edu and at mborrelli@coastalstudies.org and

Stephanie Richardson: srichardson@coastalstudies.org

Review of applications will begin after September 10th and will continue until the position is filled.

Chesapeake Technology International has graciously donated a full processing license for their industry leading, sonar data processing software, SonarWiz, for the summer of 2021 to Bryan McCormack, a graduate student in the Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Lab (CaPE Lab). Bryan will be using this software to look at ways in which the data from a Phase-Measuring Sidescan Sonar, the Edgetech 6205, can be used to enhance shallow water mapping of benthic habitats and better understand the properties and characteristics of the seafloor. Thanks to everyone at CTI!

In the photo above, we can observe bathymetric depth data overlaid on the simultaneously collected, co-located sidescan data. These two datasets together allow for an unprecedented look into shallow water environments, while eliminating vessel time and instrument complexity. Bryan will use these data, as well as a third set of reflectivity backscatter data, to help identify and locate key features of shallow water habitats.

The Cape Lab and the Center for Coastal Studies is partnering with researchers from several universities and federal, state, and private organizations to form the New England White Shark Research Consortium (NEWSRC).

Bryan Legare deploying shark receivers, ADCP
The collaborators will use new and innovative technologies and research methods to study white sharks within the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Using the collective knowledge and resources of the group, the consortium will not only advance the current knowledge of the species but also enhance public education and safety within this region.
“The only way to truly understand the great white shark population is through direct collaboration between scientists, managers, and stakeholders throughout the region,” said Legare. “The combined expertise and experience of each institution is key to protecting this vulnerable species.”
NEWSRC includes scientists from Maine Department of Marine Resources, Rhode Island Department of  Environmental Management, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, UMass Amherst, New England Aquarium, Sulikowski Shark and Fish Conservation Lab, University of Maine, The Atlantic Shark Institute, the NOAA Fisheries Apex Predators Program, New Hampshire Department of  Natural & Cultural Resources, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
To learn more click here

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The Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Laboratory (CaPE Lab) is looking for a skilled Hydrographer/Marine Technician and energetic team member in a dynamic, science-based lab who is interested in living in a unique setting on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. The CaPE Lab is a joint research effort between the School for the Environment within the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) and the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The successful candidate will lead the day-to-day operations of nearshore, shallow water acoustic surveys and contribute to ongoing scientific studies. This person will be stationed at The Center’s Hiebert Marine Lab in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Center and UMB have several acoustic instruments including the Edgetech 6205 phase-measuring sidescan sonar (550/1600 kHz), the Edgetech 4125 (600/1600 kHz), and the Teledyne RDI Sentinel V ADCP (1000 kHz). The CaPE Lab has two main acoustic survey platforms, a customized, shallow-draft, research vessel (27’ Eastern) and a custom-built 12’ ultra-shallow draft (~0.5 ft) pontoon.

Main responsibilities are the acquisition of hydrographic data during day cruises based primarily from the Marine Lab in Provincetown and occasionally other locations. Also, the candidate will be the lead for the processing of bathymetric data. Days at sea will vary but typically range from 20-30 days per year. Qualifications include:

  • Experience at sea on vessel-based, acoustic surveys.
  • Experience with hydrographic data acquisition, preferably using Hypack and Discover.
  • Experience, or aptitude with the planning of field operations and logistics.
  • Experience, or aptitude with troubleshooting hydroacoustic & oceanographic equipment.
  • Experience with hydrographic data processing and visualization through software packages such as Hypack, CARIS, SonarWiz, Fledermaus, and ArcGIS.
  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field is preferred, though candidates with long-term professional experience will be considered.
  • Experience with phase-measuring sidescan sonar operations and data processing a plus.

Hydrographers, technicians, and other specialists are encouraged to apply. Ample opportunities exist for program expansion, as well as integration with other UMB and CCS programs, depending on candidate skills and interests.

The position comes with a comprehensive benefits package and salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letter and CV via email to:

Dr. Mark Borrelli: mark.borrelli@umb.edu and at mborrelli@coastalstudies.org

and

Stephanie Richardson: srichardson@coastalstudies.org

 

Review of applications will begin after October 9th and will continue until the position is filled.

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Check out the latest interview on "Shark Tales" on NBC10 Boston to learn about our work on the fine-scale movement of White Sharks. Cape Lab biologist Bryan Legare talks about the work he is conducting at Head of the Meadow in Truro.

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While sampling the tidal flats in Provincetown today, we came across a bay scallop hanging out. Scallops have many tiny blue eyes lining their mantle and are able to actively swim along the bottom. This scallop was hanging out with some Amethyst Gem Clams (Gemma gemma) and a hermit crab paid a visit.
 

#tide #Provincetown #CapeCod #invertebrate #seafood #underwater #scallop #HermitCrab #Gemmagemma #biodiversity #benthos

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The goal of the Herring River Restoration Project is to restore a healthy, functioning salt marsh by replacing the Chequessett Neck Road dike with an open bridge. This will let more salt water into the River from Wellfleet Harbor. The amount of water exchanged will be increased slowly over several years so that the River can be monitored. To select the best way to start to reintroduce salt water, various objectives are being evaluated. These include scientific topics like water quality and habitat changes, along with more public based topics, like recreation and the visual appearance of the River. Now's your chance to shape how the restoration proceeds - share your thoughts in this online survey.
http://www.herringriver.org/
 
 
#restoration #wetland #publicopinion #onlinesurvey

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The CapeLab's work was featured on WCAI, local NPR for the Cape, Coast & Islands.

"In a first-of-its-kind project, the four outer Cape towns are developing a joint coastal management plan.  The work in Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown could result in cost savings, larger beach nourishment projects, and more protected and resilient coastal infrastructure, according to project managers. "

Click here for more information.

 

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    Please join us for the final presentation of the Storm Tide Pathway Mapping project that CaPE Lab scientist have completed for the Towns of Scituate and Cohasset through a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) funded grant on Thursday, May 28th at 12:30pm.

    The CaPE lab team will detail the findings and how their tide data can be used for emergency preparedness planning related to sea level rise and coastal storm flooding. The presentation to be hosted on Zoom can be accessed through the link on the attached flyer.

    The CaPE Lab is offering a fully funded, full-time position for a 3-year appointment for a post-doc researching estuarine sedimentation to support tidal restoration.

    For more information, click here

    Herring River - Wellfleet
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