[MARMAM] Research assistant position - common dolphin photoID study, Tauranga, New Zealand

Anna Meissner anna.meissner at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 16:01:26 PDT 2013


Two research assistants are required to assist with a PhD study
investigating common dolphin ecology (*Delphinus* sp.) in the Bay of
Plenty, New Zealand. This PhD project is part of the ongoing research of
the New Zealand Common Dolphin Project (NZCDP) and the Coastal-Marine
Research Group (C-MRG) at Massey University Albany, Auckland. (
http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz).




PROJECT BACKGROUND:


Growing interest in observing and swimming with free-ranging cetaceans has
contributed to a rapid growth of dolphin-based tourism operations. The PhD
project aims to examine distribution and habitat use of common dolphins in
the East Coast Bay of Plenty and assess the effects of interacting
activities on both populations. Part of the study focuses on
photo-identification in order to assess common dolphin site fidelity in the
Bay of Plenty.



DATES:


May-September 2013. A minimum commitment of 1 month is required. Priority
will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods.



LOCATION:


Tauranga, New Zealand


RESPONSIBILITIES & FIELD WORK OPPORTUNITY:

 Analysis of photo-identification data, including assistance with photo
sorting, grading, and matching, sighting data entry, maintenance of
long-term photo-id catalogue using a MS Access database. Research
assistants should be prepared to work long days analysing photographs and
matching them with the photo-identification catalogue.

Opportunistically, the candidate will be able to join the team on the field
and learn environmental and behavioural data collection for cetaceans.
Surveys will be conducted from tourism boats. Surveys will be carried out
in the coastal waters of Tauranga. Fieldwork is weather dependent and can
vary between weekdays and weekends.

Assistants need to be available FULL-TIME and be prepared to work on
computer 6 hours per day on average.


PREREQUISITES:


. Be meticulous, reliable, adaptable, hardworking and patient.

. Have a mature and independent attitude towards marine mammal research.

. Speak fluent English

. Be sociable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude

. Strong interest in the marine environment and conservation

. Previous experience in photo-ID on small cetaceans will be considered.

QUALIFICATIONS:

. The project is well suited to upper level undergrads, recent grads and
graduate students who have some background in Biology, Marine Biology,
Ecology, Zoology or related fields.

. Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel and
Access)


Preferred qualifications but not required:

. Field research including photo-identification experience

. Previous experience in survey techniques and especially in marine mammal
research



APPLICATION PROCESS:



This is a volunteer position, so there is unfortunately no monetary
compensation or living provisions. However, help can be provided to find
accommodation. Assistants will be responsible for travel to Tauranga and
their own living expenses.

Applicants should email a letter of interest outlining relevant experience
and motivation for participation, as well as a CV and the contacts for
referees to Anna Meissner

a.m.meissner at massey.ac.nz


Early application is recommended as applications will be examined in order
of reception.

Kindest regards,


Anna Meissner

-------------------------------------------------
Anna M. Meissner
PhD student
Coastal-Marine Research Group
Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore City, 0745
Auckland, New Zealand

Tel: +64 9 414 0800 ext 41520
Cell: +64 22 603 6646
Fax: +64 9 443 9790

Email: a.m.meissner at massey.ac.nz
Web: http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz
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2013/2/4 Anna Meissner <anna.meissner at gmail.com>

> Two research assistants are required to assist with a PhD study
> investigating common dolphin ecology (*Delphinus* sp.) in the Bay of
> Plenty, New Zealand. This PhD project is part of the ongoing research of
> the New Zealand Common Dolphin Project (NZCDP) and the Coastal-Marine
> Research Group (C-MRG) at Massey University Albany, Auckland. (
> http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz).
>
>
>
>
> PROJECT BACKGROUND:
>
>
> Growing interest in observing and swimming with free-ranging cetaceans has
> contributed to a rapid growth of dolphin-based tourism operations. The
> PhD project aims to examine distribution and habitat use of common
> dolphins in the East Coast Bay of Plenty and assess the effects ofinteracting activities on both populations. Part of the study focuses on
> photo-identification in order to assess common dolphin site fidelity in the
> Bay of Plenty.
>
>
>
> DATES:
>
>
> March - September 2013. A minimum commitment of 3 months is required.
> Priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods.
>
>
>
> LOCATION:
>
>
> Tauranga, New Zealand
>
>
> RESPONSIBILITIES & FIELD WORK OPPORTUNITY:
>
>  Analysis of photo-identification data, including assistance with photo
> sorting, grading, and matching, sighting data entry, maintenance of
> long-term photo-id catalogue using a MS Access database. Research
> assistants should be prepared to work long days analysing photographs and
> matching them with the photo-identification catalogue.
>
> Opportunistically, the candidate will be able to join the team on the
> field and learn environmental and behavioural data collection for
> cetaceans. Surveys will be conducted from tourism boats. Surveys will be
> carried out in the coastal waters of Tauranga. Fieldwork is weather
> dependent and can vary between weekdays and weekends.
>
> Assistants need to be available FULL-TIME (including WEEKENDS and PUBLIC
> HOLIDAYS if on the field) and be prepared to work on computer 6-8 hours per
> day.
>
> This position is suitable in the framework of a degree, with the
> opportunity to write up a report/thesis for the candidate university/school.
>
>
> PREREQUISITES:
>
>
> . Be meticulous, reliable, adaptable, hardworking and patient.
>
> . Have a mature and independent attitude towards marine mammal research.
>
> . Speak fluent English
>
> . Be sociable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude
>
> . Strong interest in the marine environment and conservation
>
> . Previous experience in photo-ID on small cetaceans will be considered.
>
> QUALIFICATIONS:
>
> . The project is well suited to upper level undergrads, recent grads and
> graduate students who have some background in Biology, Marine Biology,
> Ecology, Zoology or related fields.
>
> . Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel and
> Access)
>
>
> Preferred qualifications but not required:
>
> . Field research including photo-identification experience
>
> . Previous experience in survey techniques and especially in marine mammal
> research
>
> . Prior experience working on small research vessels
>
>
>
>
> APPLICATION PROCESS:
>
>
>
> This is a volunteer position, so there is unfortunately no monetary
> compensation or living provisions. However, help can be provided to find
> accommodation. Assistants will be responsible for travel to Tauranga and
> their own living expenses.
>
> Applicants should email a letter of interest outlining relevant experience
> and motivation for participation, as well as a CV and the contacts for
> referees to Anna Meissner
>
> a.m.meissner at massey.ac.nz
>
>
> Early application is recommended as applications will be examined in order
> of reception.
>
> Kindest regards,
>
>
> Anna Meissner
>
> -------------------------------------------------
> Anna M. Meissner
> PhD student
> Coastal-Marine Research Group
> Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
> Massey University
> Private Bag 102 904
> North Shore City, 0745
> Auckland, New Zealand
>
> Tel: +64 9 414 0800 ext 41520
> Cell: +64 22 603 6646
> Fax: +64 9 443 9790
>
> Email: a.m.meissner at massey.ac.nz
> Web: http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz
> -------------------------------------------------
>
>
>
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