[MARMAM] Volunteer field helper for elephant seal research

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Tue Aug 25 12:27:55 PDT 2009

PROJECT: Long term study of southern elephant seals

POSITION: Volunteer field helper for elephant seal research

DURATION: 3 months, September-November 2009

CONTACT: Filippo Galimberti, fil_esrg at eleseal.org

We have an urgent needing for an extra volunteer field helper for the 
2009 field season of a long term project on southern elephant seals 
carried out by the Elephant Seal Research Group. The field work site is 
Sea Lion Island (Falkland Islands). More details on the project are 
available on the research team web site: www.eleseal.org.

One of our field helper had a serious family problem and so is not 
able to come. The field work season starts very soon, and the other 
helpers are arriving in the Falklands on September 5th. We are looking 
for candidates wishing to arrive the same date, or with a maximum delay 
of one week. There is only one flight per week, from Santiago (Chile) 
on Saturday.

Successful applicants will receive adequate training and will help 
with tagging, marking, counts, behavioral observations, handling of 
pups, and collection of biological sampling. Volunteers will be 
supervised by the PIs and/or by trained technicians. Previous 
experience of field work is appreciated but not essential. The field 
season runs for approximately 3 months, from the beginning of September 
to the end of November. Only applicants who can stay for the whole 
season can be taken into consideration. Applicants should pay all 
expenses required to get to the field work site, and telephone/Internet 
expenses while at Sea Lion Island. Accommodation at Sea Lion Island is 
rather basic and self-catering. Applicants will be required to work for 
the whole length of the day, seven days per week (with half day per 
week of rest). The work is physically demanding, and it is often 
carried out in rather bad weather conditions. People without a good 
tolerance to cold are discouraged to apply. The island is a wonderful 
place with a rich and tame wildlife.

To apply please send a cover letter describing your interest in the 
position and a CV or resume to Filippo Galimberti at fil_esrg at eleseal.
org, and copy to fil_esrg at prodigy.net.mx. Contact information for one 
or more references is appreciated but not essential. Due to the very 
close deadline, the first candidate with an acceptable CV will be 


The ESRG team

Filippo Galimberti, PhD
Elephant Seal Research Group
fil_esrg at eleseal.org

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