[MARMAM] Volunteers needed for field research at Northern Chilean Patagonia

Mauricio Seguel mseguel at uga.edu
Wed Nov 6 21:14:56 PST 2013

Volunteers for field work on fur seals at Guafo Island, northern Chilean Patagonia.

The Guafo Island research team is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist with field work and data collection of wild South American fur seal pups and invasive rats at Guafo Island, in the northern Chilean Patagonia.
The field working season this year is between December 15th and March 10th.

Project responsibilities include capture and restrain of South American fur seal pups and depending on volunteer skills and experience blood, swabs and feces sample collection. Volunteers will also assist veterinary staff during Necropsies on fur seal pups following a standard protocol of sample collection.
The work also includes helping with domestic tasks, keeping of the campsite and assist on the work of the field laboratory (mainly help with CBCs, blood smears and osteological samples processing).


At least 20 years of age.

Health compatible with physically demanding field work.

Desired Skills
*         Strong Interest in and awareness of animal and ecosystem health
*         Willingness to get wet and dirty
*         Attention to detail
*         Able to live in isolated place without regular communication and basic services
*         Ability to multi-task
*        Desired previous experience handling blood and tissue samples
         Desired previous experience in restrain of wild animals.
         Able to resist bad weather navigation.
         Basic Spanish desired but not completely necessary.
The project will cover costs of transportation and meals in Chile.

People interested in apply write an email to

Mauricio Seguel     DVM
Anatomic Pathology Resident/PhD Student
Department of Pathology
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
mseguel at uga.edu<mailto:mseguel at uga.edu>

Office: 1-706-583-0476

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