[Marmam] Volunteer Opportunities Available

areva at paradise.net.nz areva at paradise.net.nz
Thu Sep 1 22:00:27 PDT 2005

Volunteer Opportunities Available 

I am looking for two dedicated volunteer research assistants to assist with 
the data collection for my doctoral research project. The aim of this project 
is to assess the responses of the South Island Hector’s dolphins 
(Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) to vessel activity (including tourism 
operations) in Akaroa Harbour, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. Akaroa Harbour is 
also part of the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

I am looking for enthusiastic, hard-working and reliable individuals who 
possess a strong interest in marine mammals to assist me during the scheduled 
field season, which runs from the beginning of November 2005 to end of March 
2006. Volunteers who are able to commit for a minimum of 4 weeks are 
encouraged to apply. 

Field work can be demanding but you will have a great opportunity to observe 
the smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world in a unique environment. 
This is also an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in relation 
to observations/field work with marine mammals. Such experience will prove 
valuable to anyone hoping to pursue a career in marine mammal science, animal 
behaviour and eco-tourism. 

Field work will involve land-based surveys of Hector’s dolphins from various 
sites around Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula. Some of the locations of the 
field sites are more remote than others. 

The hands-on work will involve behavioural observations of dolphins. Dolphins 
and vessels movement and interactions will also be determined using a 
theodolite and recorded with a laptop using real time theodolite tracking 
system. Data will be collected both in the absence and presence of vessels. 

Volunteers should be prepared to work long hours and be expected to 
participate in data collection, data entry and general logistical support. 
Data collection will mainly consist of recording group position, size, 
composition and behaviour as well as weather conditions. 

Banks Peninsula is a unique place, home to many marine mammal species and 
other wildlife. Check out Akaroa website: http://www.akaroa.com/ for more 
information of the area. 

There is no fee for this project. Accommodation and transportation to the 
field sites will be organised. At this stage due to limited funding, 
volunteers will be expected to participate in accommodation and food expenses. 
Volunteers will also have to fund their own travel to Akaroa or alternatively 
to Christchurch. 

-	Be responsible, independent, and conscientious,
-	Be enthusiastic, have a good team spirit and genuine interest in 
         marine mammals.
-	Have a background in biology, marine science, animal behaviour or a 
         related field,
-	Have previous field experience. This would be advantageous but is not 
         a prerequisite,
-	Have good communication skills,
-	Have good English language skills
-	Have basic IT skills 
-	Have a driving licence. 

Applications should include:
-	Current CV or resume,
-	Details of your availability
-	Contact details of at least one referee
-	A brief description of yourself including your interest in marine     
        mammals and what you may hope to gain from this experience.

Additional questions or enquiries can also be made to the email address 
provided below.

If you are interested, please send your application by email or regular mail 
to Emmanuelle Martinez at:
Akaroa Research on Effects of Vessel Activity
Coastal Marine Research Group
Massey University at Albany
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore MSC
New Zealand
Email: areva @paradise.net.nz
The deadline for applications is October 1st 2005. 

Emmanuelle Martinez
Coastal Marine Research Group
Ecology, Zoology and Environmental Sciences
Institute of Natural Resources
Massey University at Albany
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore MSC
New Zealand

Phone: +64 212159800 (mobile)
       +64 9 414 0800 ext 41197 (University)
Fax:   +64 9 443 9790 (University)
CMRG website- http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz

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