[MARMAM] Volunteer Opportunities Available in New Zealand

Emmanuelle Martinez frenchy at paradise.net.nz
Tue Jul 10 18:08:53 PDT 2007

Volunteer Opportunities Available in New Zealand

I am looking for two dedicated volunteers to assist with the data collection 
for the final 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 or 3 month-
period between 01/11/07 and 31/03/08 (e.g. Nov-Dec; Jan-Feb-Mar; Nov-Dec-Jan; 

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 ecotourism.  

Field work will involve both land-based and boat-based surveys of Hector’s
Dolphin’s behaviour. 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 on the area. 

There is a small fee for this project of NZ$30/week to help cover the costs of 
food and accommodation, which are provided as well as transportation to the 
field sites. 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 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 (A.R.E.V.A. Project)
Coastal Marine Research Group (INR)
Oteha Rohe Campus, Building 5, Gate 4
Massey University at Albany
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore M.C.
New Zealand
Email: areva @paradise.net.nz

The deadline for applications is August 10th 2007. 


Emmanuelle Martinez
PhD Candidate
A.R.E.V.A. Project
Coastal - Marine Research Group 
Institute of Natural Resources 
Building 5, Gate 4
Oteha Rohe Campus, Albany
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore MC
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 414 0800 ext 41196 (University Marine Mammal Lab)
Fax:   +64 9 443 9790 (University)
Email: E.Martinez at massey.ac.nz

- Overseas:
New Caledonia (11/08/2007-01/09/2007) 
Not contactable

- During the Field Season (End of October - 31/03/2008):
A.R.E.V.A. Project
18 rue Grehan
Akaroa 7520
Banks Peninsula
New Zealand 


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