[MARMAM] Research Assistant required for bottlenose dolphin research in Cardigan Bay

Gemma Veneruso gem_v34 at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 7 04:41:22 PST 2011

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, West Wales, and takes
care of 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.

Start Date: April 11th 2011     
End Date: October 17th 2011


Responsibilities will include but
are not limited to:

Coordinate 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 in all phases of the
     research.Undertaking a personal research project supervised by
     the Monitoring Officer – research topic will be chosen according to Sea
     Watch Foundation requirements and applicants’ interests.


The successful applicant is expected to have a BSc degree (or
more) in biology, marine biology, zoology, chemistry, or related field and able
to demonstrate previous experience in marine mammal research. A strong interest
and knowledge of British cetaceans and boating experience are beneficial.

The applicant must be proficient with database and word processing software and be willing to learn new software applications. Specific experience in Access and/or 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 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 any relevant
experience you have to Daphna Feingold (daphna.feingold at seawatchfoundation.org.uk).


Deadlines: 31st of January


Please specify RESEARCH


Applicants will be
notified of the outcomes by the 22nd of February 2011.



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. Our work is 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.



purpose of our research here is to monitor the marine mammal populations
inhabiting 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 surveysMaintaining and
     updating a catalogue of photographically identified bottlenose dolphins in
     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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