[MARMAM] Interns/Survey Volunteers for Cetacean Distribution Survey in the Faroe Islands

SARAH JACKSON sarahljackson01 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 5 06:07:55 PDT 2012

Volunteers for Cetacean Distribution Survey in the Faroe Islands

30th July – 1st October 2012


Planet Whale is recruiting two interns/survey volunteers for
a cetacean survey project in the Faroe Islands, reporting to the project’s Lead
Scientific Officer. This project, funded by WSPA, will focus on establishing
the potential for whale or dolphin watching on the islands as a means of
promoting Faroese marine biodiversity and diversifying the marine ecotourism
industry which is primarily focussed on seabirds.  


The project will involve mostly cliff-top, and occasional
boat-based, cetacean survey work at a number of sites on the islands, using angle and
distance measuring equipment to obtain the exact position of any cetaceans
sighted, and a spotting scope for species identification and behavioural
observations. The chosen candidates will also collect sightings from a
range of locally interested parties. The development of a working relationship
with small boat operators with the potential to integrate whale and dolphin
watching into current tours will be important. 


Skills and experience:

to spend long hours (often alone) in the field when the weather allows.
Highly motivated and able to concentrate for several hours at a time.

to work in a team environment maintaining focus on work quality.

Those with previous experience of land-based marine
mammal surveying will be preferred. 

Good written and spoken English. Knowledge of
Faroese/Danish/Icelandic considered an advantage but we welcome other

Preferably educated to at least degree level in
marine science/biology.

Driving license preferable.


August and September will be spent working whenever weather
conditions allow. Interns will be allocated at least one day off per week,
usually during bad weather. This may include working in some fairly ‘wild’
weather – please be aware of this! You will be fully supported by our office
team in Brighton & Hove, UK.


The positions will not be paid, but all accommodation, and
travel costs will be covered, including flights to the Faroe Islands if
appropriate.  Shared accommodation and a
food budget will be provided and cooking/cleaning will be shared between the
three members of the team. You will need to have your own laptop/smartphone so
we can regularly communicate online.


All candidates preferably need to be available for interview
in Brighton & Hove but telephone/skype interviews will be considered.
Applications from within the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Denmark are encouraged.


To apply please send your CV and covering letter to sarahjackson at planetwhale.com.


Closing date for applications is Thursday 12th
July, with interviews likely to take place the following week.

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