[MARMAM] Volunteer Opportunities Available in New Zealand

Emmanuelle Martinez frenchy at paradise.net.nz
Fri Jul 21 19:49:19 PDT 2006

I am looking for two dedicated volunteers to assist with the data collection for
the second field season of 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
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 for a 2 month-period:
28/10/06-28/12/06 or 01/02/07-31/03/07. 

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 both land-based and boat-based surveys of Hector’s
dolphins. Land observations will be carried out from various sites around Akaroa
Harbour and Banks Peninsula. Some of the locations of the field sites are more
remote than others. Boat-based observations will be done from several tour
operator vessels, which operate from Akaroa. 

The hands-on work will involve mainly behavioural observations of dolphins. From
land, dolphins and vessels movement and interactions will be determined using a
theodolite and recorded with a laptop using real time theodolite tracking system
(Cyclops © 2004 University of Newcastle). Data will be collected both in the
absence and presence of vessels. Boat-based work will consist of behavioural
observations and photo-identification. 

Volunteers should be prepared to work long hours and be expected to participate
in data collection, data entry and general logistical support. 

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 provided. However, volunteers might be required to participate in
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 in both behavioural observations and
photo-identification with dolphins (essential).
-	Have good communication skills,
-	Have good English language skills
-	Have basic IT skills 
-	Have a driving licence. 

Applications should include:
-	Current CV or resume, with a picture of yourself
-	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

If you are interested, please send your application by email or regular mail to
Emmanuelle Martinez at:

Akaroa Research on Effects of Vessel Activity (A.R.E.V.A. Project)
Coastal Marine Research Group (INR)
Oteha Rohe Campus, Building 5
Massey University at Albany
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore MSC
New Zealand
Email: areva @paradise.net.nz

The deadline for applications is August 20th 2006. 


Emmanuelle Martinez
PhD Candidate
C-MRG/Ecololy and Conservation Group (INR)
Building 5, Gate 4
Oteha Rohe, Albany Campus
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore MSC
New Zealand

Phone: +64 21760411 (mobile)
       +64 9 414 0800 ext 41127 (University Marine Mammal Lab)
Fax:   +64 9 443 9790 (University)
Email: E.Martinez at massey.ac.nz
C-MRG http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz
Ecology and Conservation Group http://www.massey.ac.nz/~dhbrunto/home.htm

Away overseas from 16/06/06 till 20/07/06


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