[MARMAM] Volunteer vessel operator needed off Kaikoura, New Zealand

Dara Orbach dnorbach at gmail.com
Tue Sep 24 12:27:17 PDT 2013

A highly motivated volunteer field assistant is needed for the month of
January 2014 to assist with a Ph.D. project assessing the mating tactics of
dusky dolphins off Kaikoura, New Zealand. This research is in collaboration
with Dr. Bernd Würsig at Texas A&M University at Galveston. This position
is unpaid and field assistants are responsible for their own food expenses
and travel to/from Kaikoura. Housing is provided in a stunning luxury home
with incredible views and private bedrooms.

Typical field days involve being on the water from 8 AM through 4 PM
followed by several hours of data processing. Data is collected whenever
the weather conditions are conducive including weekends.

The primary duty entails operating a 6-m research vessel including
launching and docking the vessel, safely maneuvering the vessel to
determined GPS co-ordinates, and following dolphin pods while facilitating
smooth conditions for videography and photography. Addition daily
responsibilities include assisting with Photo-ID analysis such as cropping
and matching dolphin dorsal fin photographs. Applicants should have
extensive oceanic experience operating motorboats including launching,
docking, bunking, and trailering a boat. Applicants with previous
experience operating vessels near marine mammals should explain details in
their cover letter. Please also indicate in your cover letter if you are
able to operate a manual/standard vehicle and if you have experience
backing up a trailer.

Expectations: Applicants should be hard working, able to follow
instructions with precision, exceptional communicators, innovative problem
solvers, and comfortable on boats. This project involves continuous
teamwork and applicants must be able to get along well with others and
maintain a positive attitude under stressful conditions. The position can
be physically and mentally demanding and is best suited for those with a
passion for behavioral ecology field work.

To apply, please send a cover letter and cv detailing relevant field work
experience with reference contact details to orbachd at tamug.edu .
Applications will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis.

Dara Orbach
    Ph.D. candidate

> Marine Mammal Behavioral Ecology Group
> Department of Marine Biology- IDP
> Texas A&M University at Galveston
> orbachd at tamug.edu
> http://www.tamug.edu/mmbeg
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