[MARMAM] Volunteers Needed in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Katie H orcaspirit_ at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 25 15:04:54 PDT 2012

Volunteers Needed in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Wanted: Volunteers
for September, October and November 2012

Enthusiastic and reliable volunteers are required to assist
me in the field as I continue my study on marine mammal habitat use in Admiralty
Bay, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.  This
project is being conducted through the University of Auckland and the Cawthron
Institute of Nelson, New Zealand.  

This would benefit anyone who wants experience in working
with boats, theodolites, photo-ID work and marine mammal observation.  Ideally however, the volunteers will have had
some experience in some of these areas already in addition to a background in
marine biology.  Duties will include
assistance in the field for data collection, data entry/processing and
logistical support, in addition to sharing of cooking and cleaning duties.  

The coming field season is 13 weeks from approximately  27th August – 26th
November (probably this time period but will be confirmed closer to the time),
and I currently require either 2 volunteers who can commit to the whole time
(preferable), or a series of volunteers to cover this timeframe.  Preference will be given to those who can
commit to longer periods. For more information on the Admiralty Bay/French Pass
area go to http://www.frenchpass.com/.


Food and board in Admiralty Bay, Marlborough Sounds will be
provided in exchange for your assistance. 
 Please note that this is
volunteer work and you will not be paid, but you will gain valuable work experience
in the above areas. 

What you need to provide:

Your own transport at least as far as Nelson, Picton or Blenheim, New

Your own clothes and field gear e.g. wet-weather gear, warm clothing, sturdy

Reliable assistance and a positive attitude while enduring long hours in the

Essential Skills:

Volunteers must:

-Be able to commit to a minimum period of 4 weeks on the

-Work well with others

-Be able to live in close quarters with others in a small,
isolated community

-Be enthusiastic, hard-working, motivated and willing to
work and learn

-Be committed to working long hours for several days in a

-Be physically fit and able to work in outdoor conditions

-Possess good English language skills

-Be safety conscious

-Be a non-smoker


What’s involved:

This project involves data collection both by boat and
theodolite work.  

Boat trips will only be day-trips (not overnight) on a 4.5m rigid
hull inflatable boat and involve working along transect lines recording the locations
of any dolphin groups observed and taking photographs for identification of
individuals and limited behaviour work.

Theodolite data will be recorded from a hilltop near the
shoreline, and will require spending the day on an exposed cliff top scanning the
bay with binoculars for dolphin groups and recording data with the theodolite
and laptop computer.


For more information on the project or to apply, please contact
Katie Halliday via email at khal250 at aucklanduni.ac.nz

In your application please include a current CV with relevant experience stating whether you have
experience in boat and/or theodolite work and details of your availability during the above time period.

Thank you for your interest.

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