[MARMAM] Volunteer Program in SF Bay

Laura Duffy lmduffy1023 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 2 08:06:21 PDT 2013

Please Post -- Thanks!

The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is working
in conjunction with San Francisco State University (SFSU) Masters
Candidates to initiate a citizen science program to help increase field
efforts for Golden Gate Cetacean Research’s Harbor Porpoise Program. Golden
Gate Cetacean Research (GGCR) began observing *Phocoena phocoena* in SF Bay
in 2008, after they had not been sighted in the Bay since before World War
II. This study seeks to identify specific environmental parameters of the
Golden Gate that affect porpoises in respect to temporal and spatial
aspects of habitat use, distribution, and behavior, to understand why these
animals are now highly frequenting a new area of Northern California coast,
and what it may mean for the population dynamics of *Phocoena *in the

The offered positions are volunteer; participants will be responsible for
their own housing and transportation to field sites (potential for
carpooling will be established after the first meeting with new
volunteers). Volunteers will be asked to help perform point count surveys
from two land-based observation stations on either side of the Golden Gate
Bridge, as well as conduct transects across the Golden Gate Bridge to
collect porpoise aggregation and activity. The weather at the Golden Gate
is unpredictable and can be harsh with highly variant wind, precipitation,
temperatures. Volunteers should be prepared to withstand these conditions;
they should be able to stand and walk for a minimum of two hours; and they
should be able to clearly see a distance of at least 100 meters. Volunteers
need to be at least 18 years of age; the ideal participants will be those
who have prior experience in marine field observations, a firm
understanding of the scientific method, and a strong interest in marine

Please submit a letter of interest and resume. The letter of interest
should be one page, single spaced, and include a brief biography. Please
include a description of academic history, skills, experiences, and
objectives that explain your interest and participation in this project. On
the resume, please include an education section with science courses, GPA,
and an experience section including volunteer positions, internships, and
professional positions that relate to environmental science and/or
conservation biology.

Application materials may be sent to Divya Sivaraman at
divyadipti at gmail.combefore October 24
th to be considered in the first month’s volunteer list; ask for the PDF
file with a more detailed description of the project. Thank you for your

Laura Duffy
*Masters Candidate, Marine Ecology*
Golden Gate Cetacean Research, San Francisco State University
cell: 609-784-3303
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