[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Job Announcement

Peter G.H. Evans peter.evans at zoo.ox.ac.uk
Wed Nov 16 09:09:06 PST 2005

Apologies for cross posting


Under the EU Habitats & Species Directive, three Special Areas of 
Conservation have been established in the UK with bottlenose dolphins 
principally in mind. Two of these occur in Cardigan Bay, West Wales - 
"Pen Llyn a'r Sarnau SAC" in the north of the Bay and "Cardigan Bay 
SAC" in the south. To assist with the conservation management of the 
bottlenose dolphin population in the region, monitoring of abundance, 
distribution, reproductive success and population structure using a 
combination of surveys and photo-identification studies have been 
started in recent years. A new post of Cardigan Bay Monitoring 
Officer is announced, funded by Countryside Council for Wales and 
under the management of the Sea Watch Foundation. The main tasks of 
the post holder will be:

To record, document, statistically analyse, and report indicators of 
the condition of bottlenose dolphins in both the Cardigan Bay and Pen 
Llyn a'r Sarnau SACs;
To collect images and refer to those from established catalogues, at 
sites within and outside the key study areas, using photographic ID 
techniques, to evaluate dolphin movements, abundance estimates and 
To monitor the number of bottlenose dolphins using the sites, and to 
assess the supporting habitat and estimate population structure (age 
and sex where possible);
To gather evidence of any anthropogenic activities within the sites, 
while monitoring bottlenose dolphins. 

A combination of vessel surveys, aerial surveys, acoustics, and 
photo-ID will be used to achieve the above aims, concentrating 
particularly on the two SACs but extending more widely in Cardigan 
Bay and Welsh waters where appropriate. Although the target species 
is bottlenose dolphin, data on other cetacean species (and notably 
the harbour porpoise) will be collected from the region. Besides 
fieldwork, the post holder will need to devote a significant portion 
of time to analysing data and assisting in writing up the results for 

We are looking for a postgraduate biologist with at least three years 
field-based research experience of cetaceans, preferably including 
bottlenose dolphins. He or she should have an ability to interact 
well with people of varied backgrounds, be able to train, motivate 
and oversee volunteers assisting in monitoring, and be capable of 
working in often arduous field conditions relatively independently 
(ideally with boat handling certification). It is essential that the 
candidate should have analytical skills and a good grounding in 
statistics. Preference will be given to candidates with a good 
working knowledge of DISTANCE and CAPTURE software, as well as of 
spatial analysis.

The post is for a period of two years with possible extension beyond 
that. It will be based at Sea Watch's office in New Quay, Ceredigion, 
West Wales. Salary is c. £20,000 per annum, starting in January 2006. 
Further details of the work of Sea Watch Foundation can be found on 
its web site <www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk>, and of this post from 
Dr Peter G.H. Evans at <peter.evans at zoo.ox.ac.uk> . Those interested 
should send a letter of application, a copy of your CV, and the 
e-mail contact details of two referees to Dr Evans by 30th November 

Dr Peter G.H. Evans
Sea Watch Foundation
11 Jersey Road
Oxford 0X4 4RT, UK

Tel: 44-(0)1865-717276
mobile: 0776-556-6102
E-mail: <peter.evans at zoo.ox.ac.uk>
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