[MARMAM] FINAL CALL - INTERNSHIPS WITH SEA WATCH FOUNDATION, Cardigan Bay, West Wales - summer 2014

Danielle Gibas danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Mon Dec 30 01:33:30 PST 2013


RESEARCH ASSISTANT/INTERN COORDINATOR IN CARDIGAN BAY 2014

This position is responsible for assisting the Monitoring Officer in the
running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/cardigan-bay-monitoring-project/> ”
and coordinating the project interns. The project is based in New Quay, West
Wales, and takes care of the conservation management of the bottlenose
dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay,
monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success and
population structure using a combination of vessel-based, land-based,
photo-identification and acoustic surveys.

 

Start Date: April 11th 2014      End Date: October 26th 2014

 

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

*	Coordinate between the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer and the
project interns – in charge of the intern shared house and the intern weekly
office rota.
*	Assisting the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer in intern basic
training of land- and boat based surveys, photo ID studies, Database entry
and more.
*	Assisting the Monitoring Officer in all phases of the research.
*	Undertaking a personal research project supervised by the Monitoring
Officer – research topic will be chosen according to Sea Watch Foundation
requirements and applicants’ interests.

Requirements:

The successful applicant is expected to have a BSc degree (or higher) in
biology, marine biology, zoology, chemistry, or related field and able to
demonstrate previous experience in marine mammal research. A strong interest
and knowledge of British cetaceans and boating experience are beneficial.

 

The applicant must be proficient with database and word processing software
and be willing to learn new software applications. Specific experience in
Access and/or GIS would be advantageous. 
 
The preferred candidate should have a proven track record as a team player
as the project will involve working closely with other researchers but also
must be able to supervise small groups of people as they will be
coordinating at least 6 interns. They must also be self-motivated with the
drive and determination to work independently and responsibly. This post
brings the opportunity to submit work for scientific publication.
 
This position is unpaid but accommodation expenses will be covered. 

 

To apply:

Please fill in an ‘application form’ which can be downloaded from our
website by following this link
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SWF_RA_appl
ication_form.doc>  and email to Daphna Feingold
daphna.feingold at seawatchfoundation.org.uk

 

Deadline: 2nd January 2014.

 

Please specify RESEARCH ASSISTANT/INTERN COORDINATOR into your subject
title.

 

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 2nd February 2014.

 

 

 

RESEARCH INTERN Opportunity in Cardigan Bay for 2014

 

Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation
(www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/> )
with the running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/cardigan-bay-monitoring-project/> ”.
The project is based in New Quay, West Wales, and supports the conservation
management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal
populations of Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution,
reproductive success and population structure using a combination of
vessel-based, land-based and acoustic surveys. Sea Watch has been monitoring
these populations on behalf of the Welsh government (through funding
provided by the Countryside Council for Wales, now called Natural Resources
Wales) for over a decade. Cardigan Bay contains Britain’s largest coastal
population of bottlenose dolphins, for which two special areas of
conservation have been established under the EU Habitats Directive.

 

Interns will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the Sightings
Officer by taking part in the following tasks:

 

·                     Land-based surveys

·         Boat-based surveys 

·                     Photo-identification studies

·                     Database entry

·                     Awareness raising

·                     Education initiatives

·                     Acoustic data collection

·         Assistance with and participation in training courses and public
talks.




 

Interns are required from mid April until mid October 2014. The research
season is split into four separate periods of 7 weeks each (the first period
will consist of 6 weeks). 

 

Preference will be given to those applying for more than one period,
including the whole 6-month field season.

 

Interns will be based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales. Accommodation is
provided through rental of a house that interns share at a rate of around
£55/person’week. Interns are responsible for their own travel, accommodation
and living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid
work in the area if required.

 

Important notes for long-term applications (those applying for more than two
periods):

·           Those applying for longer periods of time will be able to take
on a personal project potentially leading to a publication

·           Successful applicants applying for the whole 6-month research
season will receive a grant from the Sea Watch Foundation covering their
rent for the entire last period (7 weeks). These grants are limited to two
persons.

 

Period dates for summer 2014:

 

Period 1: 14/04 – 25/05, Period 2: 26/05 – 13/7, Period 3: 14/07 – 31/8,
Period 4: 01/09 – 19/10 

 

Important skills/qualifications

Essential:

·                     an ability to work in a meticulous and reliable manner

·                     strong commitment to volunteering work

·                     willingness to work long hours outdoors in often
changeable Welsh weather

·                     good IT skills (Office package)

·                     an ability to get on well with others in a small team
and in shared accommodation

 

Desirable:

·                     a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans 

·                     a background in marine biology/environmental science
or similar 

·                     prior experience in boat-based survey work 

·                     good verbal and written communication skills and in
public speaking 

·                     experience in interacting with the public 

 

All interns will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in
boat survey protocols, and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins and
grey seals. 

 

Internships with Sea Watch have frequently led to established posts both
within the organisation and in other national and international research and
conservation bodies, as well as providing a stepping stone for students to
undertake doctoral studies in marine mammal science. 

 

 

To apply:

 

Please fill in an ‘application form’ which can be downloaded from our
website by clicking on this link
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SWF_intern_
application_form.doc> .

to:

 

Daphna Feingold – daphna.feingold at seawatchfoundation.org.uk 

 

Deadline: 10th January 2014. 

 

Please specify NEW QUAY INTERN APPLICATION in your subject title.

 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 10th February 2014.

 

 

Sea Watch Foundation – Voluntary Education and Awareness Assistant
opportunity in Cardigan Bay for the 2014 summer season

 

The Sea Watch Foundation <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/>  is seeking
an education and awareness assistant for the 2014 season. This position will
suit a volunteer who has a strong interest in marine conservation and
recognises the importance of educating and raising awareness by involving
the public.

 

The assistant will be responsible in aiding the Sightings Officer with the
following duties:

 

·        Promoting and organising the National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2014
event (26thJuly to 3rd August)

·        Participating in presentations and creating activities to take to
local schools

·        Researching and writing articles

·        Creating educational/promotional materials (posters, displays,
flyers) 

·        Assisting in the organisation of training courses

·        Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, website)

·        Raising Sea Watch Foundation profile within the New Quay community
(organising events, manning the Sea Watch stand on the pier at weekends
etc.)

·        Representing Sea Watch at public events around the UK (boat shows
etc.)

·        Liaising with the Adopt a Dolphin Coordinator for the promotion of
Sea Watch Foundation and Adopt a Dolphin

 

The education and awareness assistant will also have the opportunity to be
involved in the field work aspects of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/cardigan-bay-monitoring-project/> ”
(land-based and boat-based surveys). This project manages the conservation
of a resident population of bottlenose dolphins, the largest in the UK.
Monitoring of harbour porpoise and grey seal populations is also part of the
project.

 

The field season will run from April to October 2014 and has been split into
one period of 6 weeks followed by three periods of 7 weeks. One assistant is
required for each period however preference will be given to those who can
stay for more than one period, including the whole seven month field season.
The assistant will be based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is
provided at a rate of approximately £55/week in a house sharing with the
research interns. The assistant is responsible for their own travel and
living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid
work in the area if required.

 

Intern periods for summer 2014: 

 

Period 1: 14/04 – 25/05, Period 2: 26/05 – 13/7, Period 3: 14/07 – 31/8,
Period 4: 01/09 – 19/10 

 

Important skills/qualifications

Essential:

*	a strong interest in marine conservation and education
*	confidence to interact with the public
*	good verbal and writing skills
*	must have initiative and bring their own ideas and personality to
the position
*	strong commitment to volunteering work
*	an ability to work in an organised and reliable manner and to manage
a variable workload
*	an ability to get on well with others in a small team and shared
accommodation

 

Desirable:

*	a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar 
*	a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans 
*	good IT skills (Office package)
*	prior experience in public speaking
*	prior experience in boat-based survey work 
*	willingness to work long hours outdoors in often very changeable
Welsh weather

 

 

To apply:

 

Please send your CV, covering letter reporting any relevant experience you
have and specifying the period(s) you would prefer to volunteer for and
contact details of two referees, to Danielle Gibas
(danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk)

 

Deadline: 10th January 2014. 

 

Please specify EDUCATION ASSISTANT APPLICATION into your subject title.

 

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 31st January 2014.

 

 

 

 

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