[MARMAM] RESEARCH ASSISTANT/VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR IN CARDIGAN BAY 2012

Danielle Gibas danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Fri Nov 25 04:05:45 PST 2011



 

 

The  <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/> Sea Watch Foundation, a
non-profit organization dedicated to marine research, conservation, and
public education is seeking applications for the following:

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT/VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR IN CARDIGAN BAY 2012

 

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 2nd 2011      End Date: October 28th 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.

Requirements:

The successful applicant is expected to have a BSc degree (or higher) 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
must 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 Gemma Veneruso
(gemma.veneruso at seawatchfoundation.org.uk). 

 

Deadline: 31st January 2012.

 

Please specify RESEARCH ASSISTANT/VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR into your subject
title.

 

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 24th February 2012.

 

 

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.

 


Research


The 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 surveys
*	Maintaining and updating a catalogue of photographically identified
bottlenose dolphins in Wales 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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