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The Sea Watch Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to marine research, conservation, and public education is seeking applications for the following:
This position is responsible for assisting the Monitoring Officer in the running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project” and coordinating the project volunteers. The project is based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales, and involves 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. This long-term project was established in 2001 and is overseen by Dr Peter Evans, Director of Sea Watch.
Start Date: April 12th 2010      End Date: October 18th 2010
Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

Coordination between the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer and the project volunteers – in charge of the volunteer house and the volunteer weekly office rota.
Assisting the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer in volunteer basic training of land- and boat based surveys, photo ID studies, database entry and more.
Assisting the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer in all phases of the research.
Optional: Undertaking a personal research project supervised by the Monitoring Officer – research topic will be chosen according to Sea Watch Foundation requirements and applicant’s interests.
The successful applicant is expected to have at least a BSc degree in biology, marine biology, zoology, or related field, and be able to demonstrate previous experience in marine mammal research. A strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans and some boating experience are beneficial. The applicant should be proficient with Access, databases and word processing software. Experience in GIS would be advantageous.  The preferred candidate should have a proven track record as a team player as the project will involve working closely with other researchers but also should be able to supervise small groups of people as they will be coordinating at least 6 volunteers. They must also be self-motivated with the drive and determination to work independently and responsibly. This post brings the opportunity to submit work for scientific publication. This position is unpaid but accommodation expenses will be covered. 

To apply:
Please send your CV, a cover letter and contact details of two references reporting relevant experience to Daphna Feingold (daphna.feingold at seawatchfoundation.org.uk). 
Deadline: 31st January 2010.
Please specify RESEARCH ASSISTANT/VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR in your subject title.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the 22nd February 2010.
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. In recent years, our work has been 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.
The purpose of our research here is to monitor the marine mammal populations that inhabit 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 surveys
Maintaining 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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