[MARMAM] URGENT - Red Sea Dolphin Project: Field assistants for Jan/Feb 2011

maddalena at hepca.com maddalena at hepca.com
Sun Nov 14 09:54:11 PST 2010

The Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA)
is a leading NGO in Egypt working in the field of marine and land
conservation (www.hepca.com). In 2010, Hepca started a three-year research
campaign in the Red Sea waters of Egypt south of Marsa Alam. One of the
aims of the research project is to understand more about the abundance and
spatial distribution of cetaceans in order to identify their critical
habitats. Moreover, international eco-volunteers and eco-tourists have the
chance to join the team on board, making the project an important
educational tool to promote awareness.

HEPCA is offering four internship positions on the research expeditions
that will take place at the beginning of 2011, scheduled from the 15th of
January to the 13rd of February 2011. Interns must be available for the
entire survey.

Successful candidates will be responsible for their own travel expenses to
Hurghada and travel insurance.
Successful candidates are expected to arrive at the base 2-3 days before
the start of the expedition and will be responsible for accommodation and
food. During the expedition accommodation is provided on board the Red Sea
Defender in double cabins, interns will contribute to living and research
expenses with a total amount of 300 Euro.

Research activities may include, but are not limited to:

- Visual observation and use of hydrophone to investigate presence,
abundance and distribution of marine mammals  in relation  to environmental
- Use of photographic identification to estimate population size of
cetaceans with a focus on sociality and site fidelity of spinner dolphins
(Stenella longirostris) in selected areas;
- Vomit and/or scat collection to study spinner dolphin feeding ecology;
- Coral reef survey to assess coral and fish biodiversity mainly in
offshore sites;
- Collection of data about megafauna, such as dugongs, sharks, turtles and
manta rays;
- Data entry, management and analysis.

Applicants should be ready to work long hours (from sunrise to sunset, and
occasionally also during night-time navigation), 7 days a week and are
expected to participate in the following duties:

- Actively and independently contributing to the research activities, being
able to run his/her shift of observation, acoustic detection, data entry,
photo-ID, coral reef survey;
- Assist in running the research vessel with chores including maintaining
common spaces, equipment and laboratory;
- Actively participating in lectures or activities scheduled by the
research team;
- Assist in the development and implementation of education and awareness
tools: interns are encouraged to propose and develop topics of common
interest to promote discussion and debate.

Applicants would ideally have the following qualifications:

- Able to work independently and with limited supervision after the
training period;
- Interns must be patient, adaptable and flexible as fieldwork is highly
- Proficiency in English, good writing and public speaking skills are a
- Proficiency in swimming is required;
- SCUBA diving license is preferred but not required;
- Current enrolment in a degree-seeking program, background in science
and/or animal behavior and experience on boats and/or with
photo-identification are all desired, but not necessarily required;
-  Previous wildlife field experience is preferred;
-  Basic computer literacy with a working knowledge PC operating system and
proficiency with MS Office, especially Word, and Excel is required.
Familiarity with software including Microsoft Access, Pamguard, Distance,
GIS, Photoshop would be very helpful but not required.

Successful interns are encouraged to bring their personal laptop computer.

To apply for a Red Sea Dolphin Project internship, interested persons
should send a brief email to maddalena at hepca.com stating name, contact
information, availability and attach an updated and relevant CV.

Deadline for applications is December 3rd, 2010.

Maddalena Fumagalli
Marine Biologist
HEPCA - Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation association.
Hurghada New Marina - Building B2
Hurghada- Red Sea- Egypt
Tel:+2 065 344 50 35/ 065 3447728
maddalena at hepca.com

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