[MARMAM] Seeking research assistants: Dolphins of Moreton Bay, QLD, Australia
g.parra at uq.edu.au
Mon Nov 19 16:22:26 PST 2007
SEEKING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
I am seeking two research assistants to assist with the collection of
behavioural and genetic data on Indo-Pacific humpback and bottlenose
dolphins in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Research assistants are
needed between February and April 2008. Because of the training required,
applicants must be willing to commit to the project for a minimum of one
month. Applicants willing to participate for the whole 3 months will be
DUTIES: Assistants should be prepared to work long hours (06:00 to 16:00
hours depending on weather conditions) and be expected to participate in the
following duties: photo-identification, video, and behavioural data
collection. Aboard the research boat assistants will be required to assist
in boat piloting and handling, and participate in all regular duties related
to the maintenance of the boat and research equipment. Field work is
demanding but you will have a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience
in relation to survey techniques, photo-identification, behavioural
observations, and genetic sampling of marine mammals. Such experience will
prove valuable to anyone hoping to pursue a career in wildlife ecology,
animal behaviour, and conservation biology.
1. Have a background in biology, marine science, animal behaviour or a
2. Have a genuine interest in pursuing postgraduate studies in marine
mammal ecology and behaviour.
3. Previous field experience with photo-identification and boat
handling skills would be advantageous but is not a prerequisite.
4. Be enthusiastic, hard-working, team oriented, and have a positive
5. Be adaptable, flexible and patient as fieldwork is highly weather
dependent. This means: 1) sometimes we will be stuck onshore for long
periods of time, 2) sometimes we will have long consecutive fieldwork days,
and 3) fieldwork during weekends may be required.
6. Be prepared to rise early in the morning and work long hours in a
small boat and in hot weather.
7. Be able to commit for a minimum of 4 weeks (though applicants
willing to commit for the whole 3 months will be preferred).
COMPENSATION: Unfortunately I am unable to provide salary or housing and
research assistant will be responsible for travel to Brisbane and their own
living expenses. Living space will be provided during surveys and fieldtrips
outside of the Brisbane area (e.g. Stradbroke Island). These trips will take
place once a month and last a week depending on weather conditions.
HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested, please provide a short CV, two
reference letters, and a letter explaining your interest in the project and
career goals to Guido J. Parra (g.parra at uq.edu.au) by 5th of January 2008.
Guido J. Parra, PhD
School of Veterinary Science
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
Ph: (07) 3365-3066 Mob: 0437630843
Fax: (07) 3365-1255 Email: g.parra at uq.edu.au
Behavioural Ecology Research Group: http://www.uq.edu.au/berg
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