[MARMAM] Volunteers needed for photo-identification work on bottlenose dolphins, Normandy, France

Association GECC gecc at hotmail.fr
Tue Aug 23 05:29:59 PDT 2011

Volunteers needed for
photo-identification work on bottlenose dolphins, Normandy,


We are looking for several
volunteers to help with photo-identification work at the office and field work
on bottlenose dolphins from the beginning of September.


Context :

The organization GECC (Groupe
d’Etude des Cétacés du Cotentin) aims at monitoring marine mammals in the Channel.

One of the biggest bottlenose dolphin population in Europe inhabits coastal waters of the Channel. Photo-identification work started in 2004, more
than 700 individuals have been identified so far.  We started biopsy sampling a
few months ago. This year, a 3 year project on the study of the population has
started along with a PhD thesis. 


Position description

Volunteers will be mainly involved in photo-identification work at
the office. Field work is weather dependent, and, volunteers need to be
prepared to spend several days in a row at the office, matching dolphin dorsal
fins. Whenever the forecast is good, you will be involved in dolphin
surveys. You will help with collecting photos, as well as collecting data
during biopsy sampling and acoustic recording (photos, behaviour).


Required qualifications

-  Mandatory fluent french (french is
the language spoken on board)

- Conscentious, precise and patient
(for photo-identification work, you’ll match a catalog of more than 700 individuals)


Volunteers are expected to stay
for a minimum of 2 months, the season will start in September and last all year
round during 3 years. Accommodation is provided in Cherbourg
(Cotentin, Normandy,
France) but you’ll be
responsible for your own food (there’s a kitchen) and travel costs to Cherbourg.


For more information and to
apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to: gecc at hotmail.fr. 

Groupe d'Etude des Cétacés du Cotentin
Place des Justes 
50130 Cherbourg-Octeville

Tél. : 02 33 10 22 50
Portable : 06 62 18 40 60
E-mail : gecc at hotmail.fr

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