[MARMAM] Volunteer field helpers - Marine mammals research

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Sun Apr 7 14:37:47 PDT 2013

PROJECT: Long term study of southern elephant seal breeding biology

POSITION: Volunteer (unpaid) field helper

DURATION: 3 months, early September to early December 2013

LOCATION: Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands, Southern Atlantic; Google
Maps link: http://maps.google.com/?q=Sea%Lion%Island,%20Falkland%Islands

DUTIES: counts, marking, aGIS data collection, observation of behavior,
pup handling, collection of samples

DEADLINE: May 15, 2013

Volunteer field helpers are required for the 2013 field season of a long
term project on southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) carried out by
the Elephant Seal Research Group. The field work site is Sea Lion Island
(Falkland Islands). More details on the project are available on the
research team web site: www.eleseal.org.

Successful applicants will receive adequate training and will help with
tagging and marking, counts, mapping of seal positions by GPS, management
of environmental data loggers, behavioral observations, handling
(weighing) of pups, and collection of biological samples. Volunteers will
be supervised by the PIs and/or by trained technicians. Previous
experience of field work is appreciated but not essential. The field
season runs for approximately 3 months, from the beginning of September to
the beginning of December. Only applicants who can stay for the whole
season can be taken into consideration. Applicants should pay all expenses
required to get to the field work site, and telephone/Internet expenses
while at Sea Lion Island. Accommodation and food at SLI will be provided
by the ESRG. Accommodation on SLI is rather basic and self-catering.
Applicants will be required to work for the whole length of the day, seven
days per week (with half day per week of rest). The work is physically
demanding, and it is often carried out in bad weather conditions. People
without a good tolerance to cold are discouraged to apply. The island is a
wonderful place with a very rich and tame wildlife, including large
colonies of penguins and marine birds.

To apply please send 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the
position, 2) a CV or resume, and 3) a copy of an identification document
with picture, to Filippo Galimberti at fil_esrg at eleseal.org. Preferred
format for attachments is PDF. Reference letters are appreciated but not
essential, and should be sent directly to the same email address.

Deadline for submission is May 15, 2013.

The ESRG team

Filippo Galimberti, PhD
Elephant Seal Research Group
fil_esrg at eleseal.org

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