[MARMAM] Seeking field assistants for research on tropical dolphins in north-west Australia

Alexander Brown Alex.Brown at murdoch.edu.au
Wed Jul 25 18:59:28 PDT 2012

Seeking experienced field assistants for research on tropical dolphins
in north-west Australia


Dates: September - November 2012.


Project title: Abundance estimation, residency and genetic connectivity
of snubfin and humpback dolphins in the Kimberley region, Western


Institution: Cetacean Research Unit, Murdoch University - www.mucru.org


Overview: I am seeking two experienced field assistants to assist with
boat-based photo-ID and biopsy sampling in north-west Australia over the
period September-November 2012. 


*I require one assistant for the 3 month duration of the project, and
one assistant from late October to the end of November only (~ 5 weeks)*


This project aims to collect baseline data on the local abundance,
residency and genetic connectivity of Australian snubfin (Orcaella
heinsohni) and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) in
northern Western Australia. This is an opportunity to gain experience in
field techniques for small cetacean research, while contributing to a
project with a high conservation and management value.


Location: Two different sites on the tropical northern coast of Western
Australia, with approximately one month spent at each location.  These
are remote locations far from urban areas and amenities. Accommodation
will comprise shared basic cabins or tents, with camp kitchen and
bathroom facilities. The team departs from/returns to the city of Perth.


Duties: Searching for dolphins, driving the boat, taking photos, making
and recording field observations, equipment cleaning and basic
maintenance, data entry, a fair share in communal cooking and
housekeeping duties, and generally working hard and having a great time.
Expect up to 11 hours on the water for multiple consecutive days, and up
to a week between days off. 


Prerequisites: Experience of working on and driving a small boat
(essential); experience of photo-ID survey techniques (highly
desirable); no history of debilitating seasickness (essential); be
team-oriented, have a good sense of humour, patience, and an
enthusiastic attitude to hard work, long hours and collecting data on
the natural environment (essential); experience of field research on
small cetaceans (highly desirable).


Expenses: This is an unpaid position. However, food and accommodation at
field sites are provided at no cost to assistants. Assistants are
responsible for their own travel costs to Perth (or Broome, if joining
the project mid-season).


Please send a CV, a brief covering letter outlining your relevant
experience, and contact details of two relevant referees to
alex.brown at murdoch.edu.au by Friday 03 August 2012. 


Many thanks,


Alex Brown 

alex.brown at murdoch.edu.au <mailto:*j.tyne at murdoch.edu.au> 

PhD Candidate, Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)

School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology

Murdoch University, South Street, Perth WA 6150






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