[MARMAM] Sightings and Strandings Officer Internship with HWDT

Olivia Harries biodiversityofficer at hwdt.org
Thu Jan 10 02:12:18 PST 2013

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.  Time onboard
HWDT's research vessel Silurian will also be available, acting as a field
assistant to the Science Officer, depending on the success of the tasks
detailed below: 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 dates

The placement is full-time for two - four months (minimum 30
hours per week), starting in May and finishing in August. 

Preference will be given to those who apply for four months.

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.   Expenses

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain income
through working in HWDT's Shop and Visitor Centre on the Main Street in
Tobermory.  A wage will be provided for
days worked in the centre.   Volunteers will be based in Tobermory on the
Isle of Mull and are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living

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  The closing date is 15th February.  Shortlisted candidates will be required to
undertake a Skype interview with the HWDT team sometime in late February/early March.   		 	   		   		 	   		  
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