Cascadia Research Collective has an entry-level office-based research assistant 
position available in Olympia, Washington. This position will be full-time (up 
to 40 hours per week) for a minimum of six months. Continuation after that date 
is contingent on performance and availability of funds.

The applicant will work within our Hawai‘i research program, and primary duties 
are photo-identification matching of odontocetes (e.g., false killer whales, 
short-finned pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins) for 
contribution to our Hawai‘i photo-ID catalogs. Duties will include sorting of 
photos within encounters, matching between encounters, grading photos for photo 
quality and individual distinctiveness, and entering match information into an 
Excel or Access database. This position also involves assisting interns with 
questions, confirming potential matches made by interns, assisting with 
preparation for field projects, and other duties to be specified. The 
successful applicant will be expected to provide weekly written updates on 

Skills and qualifications: Applicants must have demonstrable proficiency with 
odontocete photo-identification matching. Familiarity and/or experience with 
Cascadia’s Hawai‘i odontocete photo-identification studies is beneficial. A 
Bachelor’s degree or above in biology is preferred. The applicant should have 
some experience with Access databases. The position requires the ability to 
manage multiple tasks at one time, work independently, and maintain strong 
communication with staff. Applicants should either be U.S. citizens or be able 
to obtain an appropriate work visa. A valid driver’s license and a vehicle is 

This position is a Monday-Friday, office-based position in Olympia, Washington. 
The position will be paid hourly, with an expected starting rate of between $13 
and $15 per hour. Medical and dental coverage will be provided.

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV and a cover letter that addresses the 
above-noted skills and qualifications, and includes names, phone numbers and 
e-mail addresses of at least three professional references, to<> with the 
subject line “Research assistant application”. Applications must be received by 
February 10th. All applications will be reviewed but only the top few 
applicants will be interviewed. The start date is flexible but the successful 
applicant is expected to start no later than April 15th.

Cascadia Research Collective (a 501(c)3 non-profit research and educational 
organization) is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on 
Cascadia Research Collective’s Hawai‘i odontocete research program see


Robin W. Baird, Ph.D.
Research Biologist, Cascadia Research Collective
Affiliate Faculty, Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology

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