[MARMAM] Assistants sought for melon-headed whale social behavior study in Bohol, Philippines

Dominic Clarke djeclarke87 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 12 04:00:35 PDT 2013

The international nonprofit organization *Physalus* is looking for *2
research assistants* for its *Large Marine Vertebrate Project* (LAMAVE) for
the upcoming field season in *Bohol**, Philippines* from *the 10th of April
to the 30th of June 2013.*

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We conduct boat-based cetacean surveys focusing on the north-eastern
portion of the Bohol Sea. The area has some of the highest cetacean
diversity in South East Asia with 18 species already identified, the most
common encounters being with melon-headed whales and Fraser’s dolphins.

Behavioral observation will be done daily alongside the collection of
photo-identification and acoustic data as part of a long term monitoring of
the melon-headed whale population in the region.

We are looking for individuals with previous marine mammal experience
especially in the field of photo-identification and behavioral data
collection, although other qualified individuals will be considered.

Qualifications we are looking for include:

   - Basic knowledge of photography
   - Basic ethological knowledge and behavioral data collection techniques
   - Boating experience
   - Ability to swim
   -  Experience with data entry and analysis
   - Ability to work well with a small team
   - Strong work ethic

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*Room and board will be provided for the whole duration of the project.*

*Research assistants will be responsible for costs related to the travel to
the field site and any visa fees. *

Assistants will share a living space with 1 or 2 other individuals as well
as house and cooking duties.

The Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines also has other projects on
whale shark and ray ecology, wildlife tourism interaction, marine wildlife
stranding networks and environmental awareness in local schools. The
assistant will have the chance if requested, to extend their stay beyond
June and collaborate on one of the other projects. For more
informationvisit our website (
www.lamave.org) and facebook page (large marine vertebrates project).

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and cv/resume with
references to *lamave.project at gmail.com as soon as possible.*

The application deadline is *March 18th 2013* and a final decision will be
taken as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Alessandro Ponzo

President of Physalus

Director of the Large Marine Vertebrate Project - Philippines
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