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We are hiring! Job opening in Anchorage

Kincaid Park in Anchorage. Photo by Amanda Johnson

Kincaid Park in Anchorage

The council is seeking skilled and experienced applicants for the Project Manager Assistant position located in Anchorage, AK.

We are looking for a positive self-starter to be a part of our administrative team. The successful applicant will have a willingness to help fellow staff and volunteers as we work to promote the environmentally safe transportation of crude oil through Prince William Sound.

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Long term environmental monitoring proposals requested

Mussels

Mussels

The council is inviting proposals to perform its Long Term Environmental Monitoring Project for the fiscal year of 2016, beginning July 1, 2015.

In 1993, the council initiated long-term environmental monitoring at nine sites in Prince William Sound, Port Valdez, and the Gulf of Alaska. The area has been monitored since that time for presence of hydrocarbons in the water column and sediment.

Samples of blue mussel tissue are collected during the summer months (July or August), to determine the existing hydrocarbon concentrations and characteristics. Additionally, deep sediments are sampled and analyzed in two sites in Port Valdez.

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First known freshwater springs found beneath the face of Columbia Glacier

Researchers working with the council have found what are believed to be the first documented freshwater springs found at the base of a tidewater glacier in Alaska.

Columbia Glacier

Columbia Glacier

This investigation was conducted by the Prince William Sound Science Center in support of ongoing council research focused on Columbia Glacier. Columbia Glacier has historically contributed to several maritime accidents related to the transportation of crude oil through Prince William Sound. The Glacier has been retreating rapidly from its terminal moraine near Heather Island since the early 1980s. Columbia Glacier’s main face is some 11 miles from Heather Island now. Icebergs produced by the glacier routinely cross into marine traffic lanes, posing a risk to crude oil tankers and their support vessels.

“The survey found several small freshwater springs in the bottom of the bay – places where fresh, clear water was seeping out of the bottom and mixing with the cloudier, saltier water of the bay, “ said Dr. Robert Campbell, researcher for the Prince William Sound Science Center.

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Graphic designer needed for annual reports

2013-14 Annual Report cover for webThe council is looking for a graphic designer to assist in the production of three council annual reports, one each for the fiscal years ending June 2015, 2016 and 2017. The annual reports produced under this contract will be comparable in quality to a corporate annual report or our own most recent annual reports, with four-color covers and four-color interior pages. Continue reading