[MARMAM] Sea Watch Foundation - Research Intern Opportunity in Cardigan Bay, West Wales for 2014

Danielle Gibas danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Thu Nov 21 03:32:50 PST 2013

Sea Watch Foundation – 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


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

·           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


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


·                     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



·                     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
application_form.doc> .



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.



The Sea Watch Foundation


The Sea Watch Foundation is a registered marine environmental research
charity that aims to achieve better conservation of whales and dolphins in
the seas around Britain and Ireland, by involving the public in scientific
monitoring of populations and the threats they face. At Sea Watch Wales, we
are dedicated to raising awareness, knowledge and conservation of the marine
wildlife inhabiting Welsh seas. Our work has been funded over the years by
Natural Resources Wales, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Defra and the
Heritage Lottery Fund, and we work closely with the local management
authority, Ceredigion County Council.



The purpose of our research here is to monitor the marine mammal populations
inhabiting Cardigan Bay, so as to gain information to aid the conservation
and long-term well being of these animals and the local marine environment.
This is achieved by conducting various projects including:


*	Estimating the abundance and distribution of bottlenose dolphins,
harbour porpoises and grey seals within Cardigan Bay using distance sampling
and opportunistic boat surveys
*	Maintaining and updating a catalogue of photographically identified
bottlenose dolphins in Wales in order to study their abundance, social
structure, movements and life histories.
*	Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises in
the Cardigan Bay SAC primarily through hydrophone data collection.
*	Setting up a library of bottlenose dolphin whistles in Welsh waters
in order to develop bio-acoustic research in the area.


We further aim to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of the
local marine wildlife and the habitats supporting them, to encourage respect
and conservation of the area and its wildlife for future generations. We
also run training courses for the public in cetacean identification and
survey methods.




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