[MARMAM] HEPCA seeks field assistants for the Red Sea Dolphin Project (summer 2012), Egyptian Red Sea.
madda.fumagalli at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 02:42:23 PST 2012
this is to inform you that the Hurghada Environmental Protection and
Conservation Association (HEPCA) is selecting field assistants to join
the Red Sea Dolphin Project in the upcoming 2012 summer expedition
The project is the first scientific survey dedicated to the study of
dolphins and whales presence, abundance, distribution and habitat
preferences in the Southern Egyptian Red Sea. Starting from this
upcoming season, the project will be supported and promoted by the
Earthwatch Institute (http://www.earthwatch.org/exped/costa.html).
The research is entirely boat-based, conducted on board the 35m long
HEPCA research vessel, and surveys a strip of marine waters 50Km wide
from Marsa Alam all the way south to the Sudanese border. Every 10 days
the boat docks for water and fuel supply and to embark/land
eco-volunteers, the majority of the time is spent at sea and we usually
overnight in offshore reefs. This is an excellent opportunity to get
some experience in visual and acoustic marine mammal survey,
photo-identification, behavioural data collection and coral reef
monitoring, as well as develop practical skills, while exploring a
pristine subtropical region.
The summer survey is organized in one leg *from the 10th of June to the
31st of July 2012*.
Applicants should be ready to work long hours (from sunrise to sunset,
and occasionally also during night-time navigation) in demanding weather
conditions, 7 days a week.
Applicants are at ease on a boat and comfortable sharing small spaces
with other researchers and volunteers. As meals are prepared by the crew
and shopping done every 10 days in remote areas, fussy eaters are
discouraged from applying(vegetarianism can be accommodated). High
motivation and ability to concentrate for several hours are essential.
. Learn all research protocols and carry out independently duties
. Entry data in real time (Access and Base databases);
. Crop, sort and manage images for photo-identification;
. Perform underwater photo-identification data collection;
. Assist with behavioural and genetic data collection;
. Carry on Bleach Watch Monitoring (training will be provided);
. Clean and maintain equipment;
. Hold lectures on various research and environmental topics;
. Entertain, help and assist Earthwatch volunteers on board;
. Keep own and common spaces clean and safe.
. Availability for the entire survey;
. Previous experience in marine mammals research, preferred in
. Easygoing, patient, adaptable and sociable as they are expected to
work and live as part of a team and share small spaces with up to 25
people (including researchers, crew and eco-volunteers) for long time.
. Proficiency in English, good written and oral communication skills;
. Previous experience in Earthwatch programmes is preferred but not
. Proficiency in swimming and snorkelling;
. Basic computer literacy with a working knowledge of PC operating
system and proficiency with MS Office. Familiarity with software
including Microsoft Access, Pamguard, Distance, ArcGIS/Manifold,
Photoshop would be helpful but not required.
Successful interns are required to bring their own laptop computer.
Successful candidates are provided with accommodation in shared double
en-suite cabins for the duration of the expedition and are required to
contribute to living and research expenses with a total amount of 500€.
Assistants are expected to come to Hurghada on the 6th of June 2012 to
attend training sessions. In these days, they will be responsible for
their own accommodation and food expenses.
They will also need to arrange their own travel to/from Hurghada.
Transport from/to Hurghada and the field site is provided on arrival and
To apply, send a cover letter and updated and relevant CV (including
references) to *maddalena at hepca.com*.*
Deadline for applications is *March 18, 2012*. Potential successful
candidates will be contacted for an interview to be held at the end of
March/beginning of April 2012.
HEPCA - Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association
Hurghada New Marina - Building B2
Hurghada- Red Sea- Egypt
Tel:+2 065 344 50 35/ 065 3447728
maddalena at hepca.com
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