[MARMAM] SURVEY ON WHALING VERSUS WHALE-WATCHING IN ICELAND: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

chiara bertulli ciarabertulli at yahoo.it
Tue Dec 20 05:18:06 PST 2011


SURVEY ON
WHALING VERSUS WHALE-WATCHING IN ICELAND: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 
 
WHAT: 
Volunteers
are needed for the year 2012 to assist in collaborating with a Ph.D. student
working on a survey about whaling and whale-watching in Iceland.
This is a
research project being conducted along the southwest (Reykjavík and Keflavík
areas) in collaboration with the Faxaflói Cetacean Research project (www.faxa-cetacean.org), Elding
whale-watching (www.elding.is), WDCS (www.wdcs.org) and the University of Iceland (www.hi.is):   
 
WHERE: 
Reykjavik
is the capital of Iceland and it has become a Mecca for ecotourists who want to enjoy the unique Icelandic
landscape (geyser and the many waterfalls), learn about its culture, do
bird-watching (many are the birds species among which the most common are auks,
gulls, fulmars, shearwaters, gannets, terns, skuas) and see whales and dolphins
(most common species are minke, humpback, fin and blue whales, white-beaked
dolphins and harbour porpoises).
Whale-watching
activities, one of the fastest growing sectors of the world tourism market,
began in Iceland
in 1990, and have enjoyed over 250% annual growth in recent years. Iceland
rejoined the IWC in 2002 and started scientific whaling the following year.
Although Iceland’s
scientific whaling programme provided no immediate monetary benefits,
nevertheless, Iceland
resumed commercial whaling on 17th October 2006.
Since 2009
the Faxaflói Cetacean Research has been collaborating with a local
whale-watching company, WCDS and the University
of Iceland in order to learn more
about who tourists (visiting Iceland)
are  and where they stand on issues such
as whaling, whale-watching and whale meat consumption. 
 
WHEN:        
Team I: June 1 – June 10, 2012
Team II: June 12 – July 22, 2012
Team III: July 24 – August 2, 2012
Team IV: August 4 – August 14, 2012
Team V: August 16 – August 26, 2012
Team VI: August 28 – September 6, 2012
 
CONDITIONS: 
In both
Reykjavík and Keflavík, volunteers are asked to distribute a pre-designed questionnaires
in the following locations: (i) at the Keflavík International airport (ii)
Reykjavik Bus Terminal (iii) Reykjavik City Hostel (iv) Reykjavik Harbour (v) Reykjavik
Information Centres. 
Unfortunately,
these positions are not paid and the successful candidates have to be able to
cover their own travel expenses, travel insurance, food and other personal
expenses. Accommodation is not provided but we can help finding you places in
downtown Reykjavik
at a cheap/moderate price (from a minimum of 126 euros per 10 days of stay). Transportation
to and from Keflavík will be covered for each participant. 
There are
possibilities for students to develop their own academic projects using data
collected during their stay (please contact Chiara G. Bertulli for more
information). 
 
DUTIES: 
Applicants
should be ready to work long hours and be expected to participate in the
following duties:
-     
data collection 
-     
data entry 

QUALIFICATIONS: 
-     
possibility to bring your own Laptop is much preferred 
-     
be enthusiastic, hard-working, team oriented, able to share small living space
on board
-     
be adaptable, flexible and patient as fieldwork is highly weather dependent 
-     
have good English language skills
 
HOW TO APPLY: 
CV or
resume should include the following:
-     
details of your availability (Team no.)
-     
contact details of two referees
-     
a brief description of yourself including your interest in this project and
what you hope to gain from this experience
 
Send
applications to Chiara Giulia Bertulli:
 
Chiara G. Bertulli (Ph.D. student)
University of Iceland
Biology Department
Náttúrfræðahús/Askja
Sturlugata 7
101 Reykjavik
Iceland
E-mail: ciarabertulli at yahoo.it 
Mobile:
+354-8618307
Skype: chiara.giulia.bertulli
Website: www.faxa-cetacean.org 
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