[MARMAM] FINAL CALL - Research Volunteers - Cardigan Bay (UK) 2012

Danielle Gibas danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Tue Jan 17 05:21:19 PST 2012


Sea Watch Foundation -- Research Volunteering opportunity in Cardigan 
Bay for 2012

Volunteers are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation 
(_www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk 
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/>_) 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 volunteers will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the 
Sightings Officer by taking part in the following tasks:

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      Land-based surveys

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      Boat-based surveys

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      Photo-identification studies

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      Database entry

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      Awareness raising

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      Education initiatives

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      Acoustic monitoring

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      Assist with and participate in training courses and public talks.

Volunteers are required from April until October 2012 split into 5 
separate periods of 6 weeks each (the first period will consist of 5 
weeks). Preference will be given to those who can stay for more than one 
period, including the whole 6-months field season. Volunteers will be 
based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is provided at a rate of 
around £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.

*Volunteering periods for summer 2012:*

_*Period 1*_09/04 -- 13/05, _*Period 2*_14/05 -- 24/06, _*Period 
3*_25/06 -- 05/08, _*Period 4*_06/08 -- 16/09, _*Period 5 *_17/09 - 28/10

*Important skills/qualifications*

*Essential:*

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      an ability to work in a meticulous and reliable manner

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      strong commitment to volunteering work

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

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      good IT skills (Office package)

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      an ability to get on well with others in a small team and shared
      accommodation

*Desirable:*

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      a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar

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      a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans

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      prior experience in boat-based survey work

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      good verbal and written communication skills and in public speaking

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      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 and grey seals.

*To apply:*

Please send your CV, covering letter reporting any relevant experience 
you have and *specifying the period(s) you would prefer to volunteer for 
*and contact details of two referees, **to Gemma Veneruso 
(_gemma.veneruso at seawatchfoundation.org.uk 
<mailto:gemma.veneruso at seawatchfoundation.org.uk>_).

*Deadline: 31st January 2012. *

*Please specify NEW QUAY VOLUNTEER APPLICATION into your subject title.*

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 24^th 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:


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      Estimating the abundance and distribution of bottlenose dolphins,
      harbour porpoises and grey seals within Cardigan Bay using
      distance sampling and opportunistic boat surveys

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      Maintaining and updating a catalogue of photographically
      identified bottlenose dolphins in Wales in order to study their
      abundance, social structure, movements and life histories.

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      Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises
      in the Cardigan Bay SAC using automated click detectors (T-PODs
      and C-PODS) and hydrophones.

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      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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