[MARMAM] Seeking experienced field assistants for research on tropical dolphins in north-west Australia

Alexander Brown Alex.Brown at murdoch.edu.au
Thu Feb 7 21:01:15 PST 2013


SEEKING EXPERIENCED FIELD ASSISTANTS for research on tropical dolphins
in north-west Australia

 

Fieldwork dates: commences 31 March 2013 for 10-12 weeks (ends
mid-June).

 

Application deadline: Monday 18 Feb 2013.

 

Project title: Abundance, residency and genetic connectivity of snubfin
and humpback dolphins in the Kimberley region, Western Australia.

 

Institution: Cetacean Research Unit, Murdoch University - www.mucru.org

 

Overview: I am seeking experienced field assistants to assist with
boat-based photo-ID and biopsy sampling in north-west Australia for
approximately 10-12 weeks from 31 March 2013.

 

* Commitment to the full duration of the project is strongly preferred;
a minimum commitment of 5 weeks may also be considered *

 

This project
<http://mucru.org/research-projects/snubfin-and-humpback-dolphins-in-the
-kimberley-region-western-australia/>  aims to collect baseline data on
the local abundance, residency and genetic connectivity of inshore
dolphins in northern Western Australia. The main focal species are
Australian snubfin (Orcaella heinsohni) and Indo-Pacific humpback
dolphins (Sousa chinensis). This is an opportunity to gain experience in
field techniques for small cetacean research, while contributing to a
project with a high conservation and management value.

 

Location: We meet in the town of Broome on the tropical northern coast
of Western Australia, then visit two different sites on the adjacent
Dampier Peninsula. Approximately 5 weeks are spent at each location.
These are remote locations far from urban areas and amenities.
Accommodation will comprise shared basic cabins or tents, with camp
kitchen and bathroom facilities. 

 

Duties: Searching for dolphins, driving the boat, taking photos, making
and recording field observations, equipment cleaning and basic
maintenance, data entry, a fair share in communal cooking and
housekeeping duties, and generally working hard and having a great time.
Expect early starts, hot weather, up to 11 hours on the water for
multiple consecutive days, and up to a week between days off. 

 

Prerequisites: 

*         Experience of working on and driving a small boat (essential);

*         Experience of photo-ID survey techniques (essential);

*         Experience of field research on small cetaceans (highly
desirable);

*         No history of debilitating seasickness (essential); 

*         Be team-oriented, patient, and have an enthusiastic attitude
to hard work, long hours and collecting data on the natural environment
(essential).

 

Expenses: This is an unpaid position. However, food and accommodation at
field sites are provided at no cost to assistants. Assistants are
responsible for their own travel costs to/from Broome (direct flights
available from Perth).

 

Please send a CV, a brief covering letter outlining your relevant
experience, and contact details of two relevant referees to
alex.brown at murdoch.edu.au by Monday 18 February 2013. 

 

Alex Brown alex.brown at murdoch.edu.au <mailto:*j.tyne at murdoch.edu.au> 

PhD Candidate, Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)

School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology

Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch WA 6150

Blogs from previous trips:

http://mucru.org/blogs/a-productive-month-on-the-dampier-peninsula/
<http://mucru.org/blogs/a-productive-month-on-the-dampier-peninsula/> 

http://mucru.org/blogs/snubfin-season/
<http://mucru.org/blogs/snubfin-season/> 

 

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