[MARMAM] Sea Watch Foundation - Intern Research Volunteer position in Cardigan Bay for 2012

Danielle Gibas danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Wed Aug 1 04:16:18 PDT 2012


Sea Watch Foundation – Intern Research Volunteer position in Cardigan Bay
for 2012

 

Sea Watch Foundation ( <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/>
www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk) has one last intern research volunteer
position available to assist with the running of the “Cardigan Bay
Monitoring Project”. 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.

 

The intern will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the Sightings
Officer with land and boat-based surveys and photo-identification studies,
database entry, awareness raising and education initiatives, acoustic
monitoring, and will assist with and participate in training courses and
public talks.

 

One intern Research Volunteer position is available and is required for 6
weeks: September 17th – October 28th. Volunteers will be based in New Quay,
West Wales. Accommodation is provided at a rate of £55/week. Volunteers are
responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses, but it
is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid work in the area if
required.

 

Important skills/qualifications

 

Essential:

·         an ability to work in a conscientious and reliable manner

·         strong commitment to volunteering work

·         willingness to work long hours outdoors in often very changeable
Welsh weather

·         basic IT skills (Office package)

·         an ability to get on well with others in a small team

 

Desirable:

·         a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar 

·         a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans 

·         prior experience in boat-based survey work 

·         good verbal and written communication skills and in public
speaking 

·         experience in interacting with the public 

 

All volunteers will be trained in cetacean observation and identification,
in line-transect survey protocols and photo-identification of bottlenose
dolphins.

 

To apply:

 

Please send to Daphna Feingold (daphna.feingold at seawatchfoundation.org.uk)
your cv, covering letter and contact details of two references, reporting
any relevant experience you have.

 

Deadlines: 28th August 2012. 

 

Please specify NEW QUAY VOLUNTEER APPLICATION into your subject title.

 

  

 

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 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.

 

 

 
Danielle Gibas 
National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2012 - 27th to 29th July
See them
 Report them
 Save them!
Sightings Officer
Sea Watch Foundation
Paragon House
Wellington Place
New Quay SA45 9NR
Tel: 01545 561227
 <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/> www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk

Sea Watch Foundation is a registered charity. If you would like to support
us you can adopt a Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphin. All monies go directly
back into the research and conservation of the dolphins you adopt. Voted
best animal adoption scheme by BBC Wildlife.
<http://www.adoptadolphin.org.uk/> http://www.adoptadolphin.org.uk
 
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