[MARMAM] Intern needed for Humpback whale foraging ecology study in British Columbia

Robin Abernethy aber_robin at yahoo.ca
Tue Jun 27 08:58:45 PDT 2006

This August and September North Coast Cetacean Society (NCCS) will be starting a new field project looking at the foraging ecology of Humpback whales in Whale Channel on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada.  NCCS, founded in 2001 is based on Gil Island and is in an ideal location to study humpback and killer whales.    For more information regarding their ongoing research projects check out their web page – www.whaleresearch.ca. 
We are looking for one intern to join us this summer from the end of July to mid September (exact dates TBA).  This will be an excellent chance for an upper level undergraduate student (or recent grad) to gain valuable cetacean field experience.  This research will be multifaceted involving photo-identification, tracking the movements of the whales from shore using a theodolite, collecting acoustical recordings, and more.  Although the hope is to include the intern in all aspects of the research their main task will be to operate the theodolite station.
The dates for this project are tentatively set from July 26th to September 16th. This will be a volunteer position although the cost of travel from Vancouver Island to Gil Island and back will be covered, as will food costs during the 6 week period.  Accommodation will also be provided at Cetacealab although it will be tight quarters – one may consider bringing along a tent for a bit of personal space.  
The main things we are looking for are: 
            - Experience using a theodolite would be a benefit although it is not a requirement. 
- A demonstrated ability to live and work well with others in tight isolated living conditions.
- The ability to work independently yet respond well to supervision and instruction
- Good problem solving and communication skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
Applicants must be able to come to the Nanaimo area (British Columbia) for an interview.  The position is open until filled.
If you are interested please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to aber_robin at yahoo.ca . 
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