[MARMAM] Sea Watch Foundation: Marine Research volunteers required for 2010 field season

Gemma Veneruso gem_v34 at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 17 14:13:14 PST 2009

Sea Watch Foundation – Research Volunteering opportunity
in Cardigan Bay
for 2010


Volunteers are invited to assist the Sea Watch
Foundation (www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk)
with the running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project”. The project is based
in New Quay, West Wales,
and takes care of the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin,
harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan
 Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive
success and population structure using a combination of line-transect,
photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys.


volunteers will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the Sightings
Officer by taking part in the following tasks:

Land-based surveys

Boat-based surveys 


Database entry

Awareness raising

Education initiatives

Acoustic monitoring

Assist with and
participate in training courses and public talks.


are required from April until October 2010, for 4 separate periods of 6 weeks
each. Preference will be given to those who can stay for more than one period,
including the whole 6-months field season. Volunteers will be based in New
Quay, West Wales.
Accommodation is provided at a rate of around £55/week. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and
living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid
work in the area if required.


Volunteering periods for summer 2010:

Period 1
26/04 – 6/06, Period 2 7/06 –
18/07, Period 3 19/07 – 29/08,
Period 4 30/08 – 10/10 


Important skills/qualifications


an ability to work in a meticulous
and reliable manner

strong commitment to
volunteering work

willingness to work long
hours outdoors in often very changeable Welsh weather

good IT skills (Office

an ability to get on well
with others in a small team and shared accommodation



a background in marine
biology/environmental science or similar 

a strong interest and
knowledge of British cetaceans 

prior experience in boat-based
survey work 

good verbal and written
communication skills and in public speaking 

experience in interacting
with the public 


All volunteers
will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in line-transect
survey protocols and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins and grey




Please send your cv, covering letter and contact
details of two references, reporting any relevant experience you have and specifying the period(s) you would prefer
to volunteer for to Daphna Feingold (daphna.feingold at seawatchfoundation.org.uk)


31st of January 2010. 


specify NEW QUAY VOLUNTEER APPLICATION into your subject title.


Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 22nd of February 2009.






The Sea Watch Foundation


The Sea Watch Foundation is a registered marine
environmental research charity that aims to achieve better conservation of
whales and dolphins in the seas around Britain
and Ireland,
by involving the public in scientific monitoring of populations and the threats
they face. At Sea Watch Wales,
we are dedicated to raising awareness, knowledge and conservation of the marine
wildlife of West Wales.
Our work is funded by the Countryside Council for Wales,
Defra, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and
we work closely with the local management authority, Ceredigion County Council.



purpose of our research here is to monitor the marine mammal populations
inhabiting Cardigan Bay,
so as to gain information to aid the conservation and long-term well being of
these animals and the local marine environment. This is achieved by conducting
various projects including:


Estimating the abundance and distribution of
     bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and grey seals within Cardigan Bay using distance sampling and
     opportunistic boat surveysMaintaining and updating a catalogue of
     photographically identified bottlenose dolphins in Wales in order to study their
     abundance, social structure, movements and life histories.Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and
     harbour porpoises in the Cardigan Bay SAC using automated click detectors
     (T-PODs) and hydrophones.Setting up a library of underwater sounds in
     Welsh waters in order to develop bio-acoustic research in the area.


We further aim to raise awareness and
understanding of the importance of the local marine wildlife and the habitats
supporting them, to encourage respect and conservation of the area and its
wildlife for future generations. We also run training courses for the public in
cetacean identification and survey methods.



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