[MARMAM] HWDT Sightings and Strandings Officer Internship

Olivia Harries biodiversityofficer at hwdt.org
Mon Nov 5 02:02:51 PST 2012

HWDT Sightings and Strandings Officer Internship
The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is looking for an intern to join its small team in Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull, for a period of 2-4 months to undertake a variety of research and education orientated tasks.  HWDT are keen to update their photo identification catalogues, improve the information displayed on our website and enhance relationships with local wildlife tour operators and sighting and stranding reporters.  This is a great opportunity for someone to develop their skills further and improve the HWDT monitoring and outreach programme. Tasks will include:   Community sightings/strandings and Photo-ID·         Assist with image matching and strandings ID·         Update databases with recent sightings and strandings·         Update website with recent sightings/strandings on each individual profile (http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/research-photo-identification-gallery.asp?gallery_id=12) ·         Keep regular contact with sighting and stranding reporters. Wildlife Operator Relations·         Initiate a scheme that was developed in 2012, encouraging more cooperation and involvement from local wildlife tour operators ·         Provide resources to wildlife operators·         Meet with wildlife operators to discuss recent research findings and initiate good communications for the season ahead Recruitment datesPlacements are full-time for two months (minimum 30 hours per week) or, if you prefer, part-time for four months (minimum of 15 hours per week).  The placement will commence on 1st April 2013. Candidate RequirementsEssential:An ability to work in a conscientious and reliable mannerEnthusiastic, hard-working and self-motivatedA strong commitment to volunteer workExcellent verbal and communication skills (engaging with the public is central to the role)Basic IT skills (Office package)An ability to get on well with others in a small team. Desirable:A background in marine biology/environmental science or similarPrevious experience with Photo-ID analysis A strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceansPrior experience in boat-based survey workExperience in interacting with the public All volunteers will be given an introduction into the placement on arriving.  Full training will also be provided for all other tasks that you will be expected to undertake.  The selected candidate will be sent a pack of introductory materials and provided with a recommended reading list.   ExpensesThe successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply for a grant from the Vodafone World of Difference, awarding £2,500 to successful applications.   HWDT will assist the applicant when applying for this grant.   HWDT runs on a tight budget and we cannot cover expenses or offer payment to the selected candidates.  Volunteers will be based in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses when on land.  How to Apply  Please send your C.V., a covering letter detailing any relevant experience, specifying the dates you would like to join and contact information of two referees, to:Morven Summers
HWDTClydesdale Bank Buildings,
Main Street,
Isle of Mull
PA75 6NU
Tel: +44 (0)1688 302620Email: volunteercoordinator at hwdt.org  Closing date for the Vodafone awards scheme is mid-November so the closing date for applications for the Sightings Officer Placement will be during the week beginning 12th November 2012.  Potential candidates may be required to undertake a Skype interview with the HWDT team.    		 	   		  
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