[MARMAM] INDO-PACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN RESEARCH ASSISTANT / INTERNSHIP POSITION IN PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Delphine Chabanne delphine.chabanne at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 20:05:00 PDT 2011


INDO-PACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN RESEARCH ASSISTANT / INTERNSHIP POSITION IN
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA



Positions are open for volunteers to assist with Indo-Pacific bottlenose
dolphin research in Perth, Western Australia.



PROJECT BACKGROUND:



Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops aduncus*) have been found to
inhabit the Swan-Canning Estuary and adjacent waters of Perth, Western
Australia. Estuarine ecosystems experience substantial environmental change,
geographical isolation and adjacent urban population growth that influence
various aspects of the socioecology of dolphins.



The aim of this project is to investigate the abundance, distribution,
behaviour and social structure of Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins in the
metropolitan waters of Perth, Western Australia. This will assist in
assessing the conservation status of dolphin communities, the biological
significance of human impacts, and the effectiveness of different management
options.



DATES: Commencing September/October 2011 (minimum three months commitment,
full-time).



LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia



FIELDWORK:



Boat-based photo-identification surveys will be conducted in the
Swan-Canning Estuary and three offshore areas. Assistants will help collect
information on bottlenose dolphin abundance, distribution and behaviour
during field surveys and analysis of common dolphin fin photo
identification. The successful applicant will gain valuable experience in
conducting marine mammal field research, identifying individual bottlenose
dolphins based on dorsal fin characteristics.



Field work can be physically but it is an opportunity to gain experience and
improve your skills in relation to visual cetacean survey techniques,
photo-identification, behavioural observations, data entry and fin-matching.






RESEARCH ASSISTANT DUTIES:



-  Photo-identification of dolphins in the lab, including photo sorting,
grading, and matching, sighting data entry



-  Assisting with boat-based photo-identification surveys of bottlenose
dolphins, including operating small vessel during surveys, collecting
environmental, location, and behavioural data for dolphin groups



PREREQUISITES:



. Be reliable, adaptable, hardworking and patient as fieldwork is highly
weather dependent.

. Be sociable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude and mature attitude
towards marine mammal research



Due to the training required, applicants should be available for a minimum
of 3 months. Applicants with biology, marine science or animal behaviour
background and/or small boat operation experience are preferred but not
required. The placements commence in September/October 2011.  Assistants
need to be available full-time including weekends and be prepared to work
long hours with early starts. Applications are also open for next year (from
January to December 2012).



There is unfortunately no monetary compensation or living provisions. The
successful candidate will be responsible for travel costs and visa,
accommodation and living expenses.





APPLICATION PROCESS:



If you are interested, please provide a short email to
D.Chabanne at murdoch.edu.au.

The email should include a cover letter and a short CV.


Regards,
Delphine*
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