[MARMAM] Two Marine Mammal Jobs in UK

Peter G.H. Evans peter.evans at bangor.ac.uk
Tue Feb 3 09:04:37 PST 2009

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Under the EU Habitats & Species Directive, three 
Special Areas of Conservation have been 
established in the UK with bottlenose dolphins 
principally in mind. Two of these occur in 
Cardigan Bay, West Wales - "Pen Llyn a'r Sarnau 
SAC" in the north of the Bay and "Cardigan Bay 
SAC" in the south. To assist with the 
conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin 
population in the region, monitoring of 
abundance, distribution, reproductive success and 
population structure using a combination of 
surveys and photo-identification studies have 
been undertaken by Sea Watch in recent years. The 
main tasks of this post of Cardigan Bay 
Monitoring Officer will be:

 To record, document, statistically analyse, and 
report indicators of the condition of bottlenose 
dolphins in both the Cardigan Bay and Pen Llyn 
a'r Sarnau SACs;

 To collect images and refer to those from 
established catalogues, at sites within and 
outside the key study areas, using photographic 
ID techniques, to evaluate dolphin movements, 
abundance estimates and distribution;

 To monitor the number of bottlenose dolphins 
using the sites, and to assess the supporting 
habitat and estimate population structure (age 
and sex where possible);

 To gather evidence of any anthropogenic 
activities within the sites, while monitoring 
bottlenose dolphins.

 To provide information on sightings and 
movements of known individual dolphins 
(particularly those named ones adopted by 
children) in support of the Adopt a Dolphin 

 To train and supervise volunteers and students 
in supporting the survey & monitoring.

A combination of vessel surveys and photo-ID will 
be used to achieve the above aims, concentrating 
particularly on the two SACs but extending more 
widely in Cardigan Bay and Welsh waters where 
appropriate. Although the target species is 
bottlenose dolphin, data on other cetacean 
species (particularly harbour porpoise) will be 
collected from the region. Besides fieldwork, the 
post holder will need to devote a significant 
portion of time to analysing data and assisting 
in writing up the results for publication.

We are looking for a postgraduate biologist with 
at least three years field-based research 
experience of cetaceans, preferably including 
bottlenose dolphins. He or she should have an 
ability to interact well with people of varied 
backgrounds, be able to train, motivate and 
oversee volunteers assisting in monitoring, and 
be capable of working in often arduous field 
conditions relatively independently (ideally with 
boat handling certification). It is essential 
that the candidate should have analytical skills 
and a good grounding in statistics. Preference 
may be given to candidates with a good working 
knowledge of DISTANCE and CAPTURE software, as 
well as of spatial analysis.

The post is initially for a period of six months 
but with potential extension beyond that subject 
to funding. It will be based at Sea Watch's 
office (Paragon House) in New Quay, Ceredigion, 
West Wales. Salary is £20,000 per annum, starting 
in April 2009.

Those interested should send a letter of 
application, a copy of your CV, and the e-mail 
contact details of two referees to Dr Evans at 
peter.evans at bangor.ac.uk by 20th February 2009.


The main task of the post holder will be to 
facilitate public education and awareness through 
the regular dissemination of environmental 
information, and to help develop Sea Watch's 
research and monitoring programmes. Duties 

 Recruitment of new observers, and feedback of 
information and advice to current contributors of 
sightings. Assistance with verifying & inputting 
sightings records.

 Regular support & liaison with Regional 
Coordinators, with occasional visits to coastal 
regions to support local efforts to develop 
monitoring, information exchange, and local 
fund-raising. Review with regional co-ordinators 
the best approaches for strengthening the 
observer network

 Co-ordination of a National Whale & Dolphin 
Watch event (in 2009, to be held between the 18th 
and 26tth July).

 Maintenance of an active web site to serve as a 
prime medium of communication to observers, 
initiating regular dissemination of new 
information, and recruiting new observers. 
Regular updating with news items, recent 
sightings, etc.

 Participation in training courses to teach 
regional co-ordinators and observers techniques 
of quantitative monitoring, species 
identification, and photo-ID. These may be tiered 
from beginners to advanced observers, so as to 
improve skills at different levels of experience

 Distribution of training aids (identification 
guide, slide pack and CD/video) to observers

 Assistance with preparation and editing of news 
sheets every two months, and writing occasional 
reports and other material of public/educational 
interest, in liaison with other staff

 Preparation of news releases for the media on 
major stories of environmental interest, and 
writing articles for specialist magazines

 Assistance with supervising students and other 
volunteers in New Quay, and supporting Monitoring 
Officer on some survey trips

 Participation and development of cetacean field projects as appropriate

 Attending meetings and giving public lectures on behalf of Sea Watch

 Answering correspondence & telephone queries from interested parties

We are looking for a person with a strong 
knowledge of UK cetaceans and marine 
environmental issues, as well as research 
experience preferably in marine mammals. He or 
she should have an ability to interact well with 
people of varied backgrounds (research 
scientists, government officials, 
conservationists, naturalists, fishermen, members 
of the oil and gas industry, shipping, etc). The 
candidate will need to be computer literate (MS 
Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Photoshop, and 
at least basic statistical programs). Preference 
will be given to candidates with a good working 
knowledge of research analytical techniques 
and/or web editing..

The post has a probationary six month period but 
with potential extension beyond that. It will be 
based at Sea Watch's office (Paragon House) in 
New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales. Salary is 
£18,000 per annum, starting in April 2009.

Those interested should send a letter of 
application, a copy of your CV, and the e-mail 
contact details of two referees to Dr Evans at 
peter.evans at bangor.ac.uk by 20th February 2009.


Sea Watch Foundation is a national marine 
environmental charity concerned with monitoring 
whales and dolphins around the British Isles, and 
the conservation threats they face. It has a 
number of research projects including surveys and 
photo-ID studies of bottlenose dolphins and 
baleen whales, and also harbour porpoises in West 
Wales, minke whale studies of foraging ecology 
and population genetics in West Scotland, and 
spatial analytical studies of cetacean 
distribution and habitat preferences of cetaceans 
throughout the British Isles, using a variety of 
modelling approaches. There is also a Dolphin 
Adoption scheme, aimed particularly at children, 
focusing upon the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan 
Bay. Further details can be found on its web site 
- www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk.

The charity has four staff based in New Quay 
(West Wales), North Wales and the London area, a 
further four-five working remotely on a 
contractual basis, and a large number of 
volunteers scattered around the coasts of the 
British Isles. Its Director is Dr Peter Evans 
based at the School of Ocean Sciences, University 
of Bangor.

Dr Peter G.H. Evans

Sea Watch Foundation,
Abershore, Llanfaglan,
Gwynedd, Wales LL54 5RA

Hon. Senior Lecturer
School of Ocean Sciences,
University of Bangor,
Menai Bridge,
Anglesey, Wales LL59 5AB

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