[MARMAM] Cetacean Research Assistant required

Edita Magileviciute Edita at utilaecology.org
Sun Jul 15 14:50:43 PDT 2007

Cetacean Research Assistant- Utila Centre for Marine Ecology (UCME)


 Research Assistant is required to help with a cetacean research project
based in Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras. 
The project aims to assess the population size and structure of cetacean
species around the island to determine residency patterns, identify critical
habitats for particular species as well as investigating behavioural
activity   and drivers of these including environmental and anthropogenic
pressures. This project aims to assist in determining the long-term
viability of the local cetacean population and the sustainability and
management of the tourism industry based on interactions with these animals.

This voluntary position is an excellent opportunity for an individual
working toward a career in marine sciences to gain hands on experience in
relation to survey techniques, photo-identification, behavioural
observations and improve existing skills. 
The Research Assistant is required for a minimum of six months with the
start date being flexible   and will be based in Utila, Honduras. Housing
and food will be provided at no cost. The Research Assistant is responsible
for his or her own travel, insurance and personal expenses. 
Important skills/qualifications:
. A background in marine biology/environmental science is essential
. A strong interest and knowledge of cetaceans would be an advantage
. Prior experience in a marine mammal boat based survey work is preferred
. Good verbal and written communication skills, public speaking and IT
. The successful candidate must be self-motivated, willing to work both
alone and within a team; have the ability to follow directions, be adaptable
and patient as fieldwork is highly weather dependent.
Specific duties and responsibilities
*  Assisting with the boat-based cetacean surveys, photo-identification and
behavioural data collection, entry and analysis.
*  Manage data and ensure quality control.
*  Manage and maintain the relevant field equipment
*  Participating in community-based environmental education 
*  Help supervise and assist in training volunteers
For more information on our research and the volunteer programme, please
visit our website www.utilaecology.org <http://www.utilaecology.org/>  
To Apply:
Please reply to Edita Magileviciute with your CV and a covering letter.
Email: cetaceans at utilaecology.org
Important: please put Cetacean Research Assistant application into your
subject title.




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