[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Monitoring Assistang - Broadhaven Bay, Co Mayo. Ireland

Lynch, Grainne grainne.lynch at ucc.ie
Fri Apr 15 01:02:12 PDT 2011


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Marine mammal monitoring programme field assistant


Applications are invited for field assistant position on a marine mammal monitoring programme in Co. Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. The marine mammal monitoring programme is grant aided by Shell E&P Ireland through RSK Environment Ltd.


Background: Under a development plan for the CORRIB gas field off western Ireland, Enterprise Energy Ireland Ltd. commissioned the Coastal & Marine Research Centre (CMRC), University College Cork to conduct an independent cetacean monitoring programme in northwest Ireland in 2001 - 02. Due to the findings of preliminary field surveys in 2001 the study’s remit was expanded to also include other marine mammal species recorded in the study area. Research was undertaken in Broadhaven Bay (candidate Special Area of Conservation - cSAC), County Mayo and its adjoining coastal waters. The programme of marine mammal monitoring was continued in 2005, 2008 -2010 during the CORRIB development’s marine phases, to safeguard protected species from potential impacts. Research efforts are currently being continued in 2011 and into 2012.


Position: We are recruiting a field assistant to join a team of four others on the marine mammal monitoring programme to conduct shore and boat surveys of marine mammals in Broadhaven Bay. The position will be from May 2011-April 2012. The candidate will be employed through the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC), Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork http://cmrc.ucc.ie <http://cmrc.ucc.ie/>  and will be based close to the study area in Broadhaven Bay. Accommodation and office space will be provided for the team.


Candidate: The researcher will require the following skills profile:



-BSc in biology/ecology

-Marine mammal sighting experience preferably both land and boat based 

-Experience in using TPODs and CPODs and working with acoustic data (particularly visual validation of T-POD files)

-Experience in using Access and Excel

-Proven ability to work as part of a small team

-Willingness to work in a remote part of western Ireland 

-Willingness to share accommodation with team members in the study area for a 6 month period

-Willingness to work at weekends depending on weather conditions

-Experience in working remotely and unsupervised

-Proven ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time often in adverse weather

-Good physical fitness

-Good interpersonal skills

-Full drivers license



-Statistical analytical experience

-Cetacean photo-id experience 

-Experience with using a theodolite to track marine mammals

-GIS skills/experience

-Experience in writing reports/publications

-JNCC MMO course

-Safety at sea course

-First aid course

-own a car


Duration and salary: Duration is for an 11 month period. The salary for this position (gross) is fixed at €36,288


Application: The closing date for applications is April 26th. Candidates should submit their curriculum vitae including references and a cover letter via email to Pia Anderwald: p.anderwald at ucc.ie





Grainne Lynch

Executive Assistant

CMRC - Coastal & Marine Research Centre

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork

Naval Base



Co Cork


Tel - 00353 21 4703100

Fax - 00353 21 4703132


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