Marine Mammal Monitor; ManTech International

Job Title: 
Marine Mammal Monitor
Job Location: 
Lompoc, California
Part Time

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ManTech International is a leader in advanced technologies to help government and industry manage and protect information, support and maintain critical systems, and develop integrated solutions for mission-critical national security programs.

However, ManTech also has a small team (~25 people) of biologists, ecologists, environmental planners, and GIS professionals based out of California who work on federal contracts with various military installations across the Western region. This satellite team works with military and civilian personnel on federal landholdings to responsibly and effectively manage land and wildlife for conservation.

We are seeking marine mammal monitors to perform monitoring for space launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base. The marine mammal monitors will work under the direction of our Projects Director and Deputy Program Manager and collaboratively with our team of biologists to ensure monitoring protocols and data collection procedures are performed effectively. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the identification of all potential pinnipeds that may occur along the coast and offshore of California, have marine mammal monitoring experience, and excellent data collection skills. The work would largely be conducted in remote, rugged areas, including San Miguel Island, and would require hiking and camping skills. Monitoring trips may last up to two weeks, but are typically one week in duration. Monitors will work in pairs and be provided a satellite phone while deployed for safety.

**To apply, please include in your resume any prior monitoring experience, certifications, qualifications, and references.**


Roles & Responsibilities

  • Perform pinniped monitoring for launch programs out of Vandenberg Space Force Base.
  • Follow data collection protocols outlined in permit documents (permits and training will be provided after hire).
  • Travel in helicopter or small airplane to and from monitoring locations.
  • Identify California pinniped species and age classes.
  • Prepare simple reports summarizing monitoring efforts and outcomes.
  • Co-manage (under supervision) logistics of trip preparation, procurement of supplies, travel, and on-island logistics associated with working on the northern Channel Islands.


  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Biology, Ecology, or related Natural Resources field required, Master’s Degree in related field of study preferred
  • 10+ years’ experience with coastal California biological resources, specifically including marine mammals.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify pinniped species and age classes occurring in California waters.
  • Previous marine mammal monitoring experience.
  • Demonstrated creativity and initiative, good verbal and written communication skills, independent thinking, good problem-solving skills, technical field skills and knowledge of ecology, conservation biology, habitat restoration
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to work independently and as a team member, and exemplary work habits, especially related to safety, common sense, punctuality, and adaptability.
  • Ability to work in remote locations that require up to two weeks of camping with minimal resources available.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable federal environmental regulations including Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act.
  • Clearance: None required.

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