[MARMAM] Research Assistant, Education & Awareness Assistant and Research Intern opportunities for SEA WATCH FOUNDATION - Apply now!

Kathy James kathy.james at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Mon Dec 22 01:50:30 PST 2014


Please see three exciting internship opportunities described below (listed
in order of application closing date). We look forward to hearing from you!

 

1)



Voluntary Education and Awareness Assistant opportunity in Cardigan Bay for
the 2015 summer season

 

The Sea Watch Foundation <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/>  is seeking
an education and awareness assistant for the 2015 season. This position will
suit a volunteer who has a strong interest in marine conservation and
recognises the importance of educating and raising awareness by involving
the public.

 

The assistant will be responsible in aiding the Sightings Officer with the
following duties:

 

·        Promoting and organising the National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2015
event (25thJuly to 2nd August)

·        Participating in presentations and creating activities to take to
local schools

·        Researching and writing articles

·        Creating educational/promotional materials (posters, displays,
flyers) 

·        Assisting in the organisation of training courses

·        Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, website)

·        Raising Sea Watch Foundation’s profile locally (organising events,
manning the Sea Watch stand on the pier at weekends, etc.)

·        Interacting with the media (radio, TV and newspapers)

·        Representing Sea Watch at public events within the UK generally

·        Liaising with the Adopt a Dolphin Coordinator for the promotion of
Sea Watch Foundation and Adopt a Dolphin

 

The Education and Awareness Assistant will also have some opportunity to be
involved in the fieldwork aspects of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/cardigan-bay-monitoring-project/> ”
(land-based and boat-based surveys). This project, undertaken on behalf of
Natural Resources Wales, manages the conservation of a resident population
of bottlenose dolphins, the largest in the UK. Monitoring of harbour
porpoise and grey seal populations is also part of the project.

 

The field season will run from April to October 2015 and has been split into
one period of 6 weeks followed by three periods of 7 weeks. One assistant is
required for each period. However, preference will be given to those who can
stay for more than one period, including the entire seven-month field
season. The assistant will be based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation
is provided at a rate of approximately £60/week in a house sharing with the
research interns. The assistant is responsible for their own travel and
living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid
work in the area if required.

 

Intern periods for summer 2015: 

 

Period 1: 13/04 – 24/05, Period 2: 25/05 – 12/7, Period 3: 13/07 – 30/8,
Period 4: 31/08 – 18/10 

 

Important skills/qualifications

Essential:

*	a strong interest in marine conservation and education
*	confidence to interact with the public
*	excellent verbal and writing skills
*	must have initiative and bring their own ideas and personality to
the position
*	strong commitment to volunteering work
*	an ability to work in an organised and reliable manner and to manage
a variable workload
*	an ability to get on well with others in a small team and within
shared accommodation

 

Desirable:

*	a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar 
*	a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans 
*	good IT skills (Office package)
*	prior experience in public speaking
*	prior experience in boat-based survey work 
*	willingness to work long hours outdoors in often very changeable
Welsh weather

 

 

To apply:

 

Please send your CV, covering letter reporting any relevant experience you
have and specifying the period(s) you would prefer to volunteer for and
contact details of two referees, to Kathy James
(kathy.james at seawatchfoundation.org.uk).

 

Deadline: 4th January 2015. 

 

Please specify EDUCATION ASSISTANT APPLICATION into your subject title.

 

Applicants must be available for interview via Skype during the week
commencing 12th January and will be notified of the outcomes by the 30th
January 2015.

 

 

The Sea Watch Foundation

The Sea Watch Foundation is a national 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. It is the longest-running research
charity in UK focusing upon cetaceans around the British Isles, and
maintains a national sightings database, the largest in Europe. It works
closely with all the UK statutory conservation agencies, and advises UK
government, the UNEP Regional intergovernmental Conservation Agreement -
ASCOBANS, the European Commission, as well as the major conservation
charities and marine industries operating in the UK. 

 

At Sea Watch Wales, we are dedicated to raising awareness, knowledge and
conservation of the marine wildlife of the region. Our work is funded by
Natural Resources Wales, Defra, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and
Environment Wales; and we work closely with the local management authority,
Ceredigion County Council.

 

Public awareness

 

We 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.

 

A list of recent of recent awareness and education achievements is given
below:

·         Sea Watch Director, Peter Evans, received the European Cetacean
Society Conservation Award, 2012

·         Sea Watch Foundation was recipient of the UNEP/ASCOBANS “Outreach
and Education Award”, 2009

·         Sea Watch Foundation was voted best UK animal adoption scheme by
BBC Wildlife, December 2008

 

2)

Seawatchlogowithtypeblue

2015 ONE VOLUNTEER Research Assistant and Intern Coordinator Opportunity for
Cardigan Bay Marine Mammal Monitoring Project, New Quay, Wales

 

Field season: 6th April – 18th October 2015 

Application deadline: 10th January 2015

 

Volunteers are invited to apply for our RESEARCH ASSISTANT 2015 position in
Wales with the Sea Watch Foundation (www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/> ), for the field season of 2015. As
the UK’s longest established national cetacean research charity, Sea Watch’s
mission is to achieve a better understanding and conservation of the marine
mammal populations in the seas around Britain and Ireland. 

 

Sea Watch, led by its Director, Dr Peter Evans, monitors marine mammals in
Cardigan Bay on behalf of Natural Resources Wales, providing scientific
information about the natural history, distribution, habitats and short and
long term conservation threats of marine mammal populations (bottlenose
dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal) to the Welsh government, through
continuous research and education. The organisation works closely with the
local management authority, Ceredigion County Council, and supports a
long-standing internship programme training volunteers in both office and
field based marine mammal research. Sea Watch was the recipient of the
UNEP/ASCOBANS “Outreach and Education Award” in 2009, and its Director
received the European Cetacean Society’s Conservation Award in 2012.  

 

The Research Assistant is responsible for assisting the Monitoring Officer
in the running of the Cardigan Bay Marine Mammal Monitoring Project, and for
coordinating the season’s interns.  The project offers the participants the
opportunity to learn and practice techniques used in scientific data
collection and the study of marine mammal populations (e.g. land
observations, boat-based surveys, photo-identification, line-transects,
digiscope and theodolite studies, cybertracker application, and acoustic
monitoring).  

 

The Research Assistant can expect to gain a solid foundation in collecting
marine mammal scientific data to be used by themselves and/or our staff in
peer-reviewed publications. SWF staff are committed to helping the Research
Assistant gain scientific knowledge through training and in situ experience.
We strongly support the career development of the Research Assistant in
higher education or a future job in the field of marine mammal research and
conservation.

  

Daily responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

·          Coordinate between the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer and
the project interns

·          Organising the interns’ weekly schedules as well as the rotations
for dedicated surveys & land watches

·          Overseeing the interns both in the office and intern house

·          Dealing with IT staff to set up the computers in the laboratory

·          Maintenance and validation of all databases (vessel and
land-based watches, effort, photo-ID, acoustics)

·          Assisting the Monitoring Officer in training the interns in the
use of field equipment such as: theodolite, digiscope, GPS, hydrophone,
Cybertracker, and cameras

·          Assisting the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer in basic
training of land- and boat-based surveys, data entry and more

·          Assisting the Monitoring Officer in the matching and cataloguing
of bottlenose dolphins and maintenance of the photo-ID database

Requirements:

·         BSc degree (or higher) in Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology,
Environmental Science or similar 

·         Previous experience in marine mammal research and a strong
interest and knowledge of British cetaceans and boating experience are
desirable

·         The applicant must be proficient with database and word processing
software and be willing to learn new software applications. Specific
experience in Access and/or GIS would be advantageous

·         Photographic experience (particularly of cetacean for photo-ID
purposes) is highly desirable

·         The preferred candidate should have a proven track record as a
team player since the project will involve working closely with other
researchers, but should also be able to supervise small groups of people as
they will be coordinating at least six interns per period

·                     Self-motivated with the drive and determination to
work responsibly and independently 

 

This position is unpaid but accommodation expenses at the intern’s house
through the whole period will be covered. The Research Assistant will be
responsible for his/her own travel expenses, visa requirements and living
expenses. Due to the touristic background of New Quay, part-time paid work
is generally easy to find if required by the applicant. The Research
Assistant will have one day of every weekend free and a week vacation
between the end of the second research interns period (12/07/2015) and
beginning of the third one (13/07/2015). Dates for this week could be
previously agreed if inconvenient for the Research Assistant. 

 

PLEASE NOTE - The Sea Watch Foundation Cardigan Bay marine mammal monitoring
programme is NOT the same as the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre,
although both are based in New Quay.

 

 

To apply:

 

- Download the Research Assistant application form from our web page:
http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/internships/

- Send your application together with a cover letter and CV to Katrin
Lohrengel - katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
<mailto:katrin.lohrengelsalome.dussan-duque at seawatchfoundation.org.uk>  

 

Please specify NEW QUAY RESEARCH ASSISTANT APPLICATION 2015 in your subject
title.

 

Applicants must be available for interview via Skype during the week
commencing 26th January and will be notified of the outcomes by 13th
February.

 

 

3)

Seawatchlogowithtypeblue

2015 VOLUNTEER Research Internship Opportunities for the Cardigan Bay Marine
Mammal Monitoring Project, New Quay, Wales 

Field season: 13th April - 18th October 2015 

Application deadline: 31st January 2015

 

Volunteers are invited to apply for research internships in Wales with the
Sea Watch Foundation (www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/> ), for the field season of 2015. As
the UK’s longest established national cetacean research charity, Sea Watch’s
mission is to achieve a better understanding and conservation of the marine
mammal populations in the seas around Britain and Ireland. 

 

Sea Watch, led by its Director, Dr Peter Evans, monitors marine mammals in
Cardigan Bay on behalf of Natural Resources Wales, providing scientific
information about the natural history, distribution, habitats and short and
long term conservation threats of marine mammal populations (bottlenose
dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal) to the Welsh government, through
continuous research and education. The organisation works closely with the
local management authority, Ceredigion County Council, and supports a
long-standing internship programme training volunteers in both office and
field based marine mammal research. Sea Watch was the recipient of the
UNEP/ASCOBANS “Outreach and Education Award” in 2009, and its Director
received the European Cetacean Society’s Conservation Award in 2012.  

 

 

The project offers the participants the opportunity to learn and practice
techniques used in scientific data collection and the study of marine mammal
populations (e.g. land observations, boat-based surveys,
photo-identification, line-transects, theodolite, cybertracker app., and
acoustic monitoring).    

 

The interns’ responsibilities will be to support the SWF staff by taking
part in the following tasks:

 

·                     Daily land-based surveys

·         Two-hour boat-based surveys conducted with the support and
generosity of “Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips”

·         Boat-based dedicated surveys, including line-transects (weather
dependent)

·                     Photo-identification studies

·                     Acoustic monitoring

·                     Theodolite and digiscope studies

·                     Data entry

·                     Awareness raising

·                     Education initiatives

·         Assisting with and participating in training courses and public
talks




Research interns can expect to gain a solid foundation in collecting
scientific data to be used by our staff in peer reviewed publications.  This
is an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into the work conducted by
marine mammal scientists. SWF staff are committed to the importance of
giving the participants in our internship programme, the knowledge and
experience necessary in their continuation towards higher education or a
future job in the field of marine mammals. Many of its past interns have
given presentations at international conferences of the European Cetacean
Society, and gone on to professional careers in marine mammal science and
conservation. 

 

The field season is split into four separate periods (the first period of
six weeks, and the rest of seven weeks duration). Preference will be given
to those who can stay for more than one period, and particularly the whole
six months.  Accommodation will be provided in the interns’ house at a rate
of approximately £60/week. Interns will be responsible for their own travel
expenses, visa requirements and living expenses.  Due to the touristic
background of New Quay, part-time paid work (e.g. bar work) is generally
easy to find if required. 

 

 

Intern periods for summer 2015:

 

Period 1 13/04 – 24/05, Period 2 25/05 – 12/7, Period 3 13/07 – 30/08,
Period 4 31/08 – 18/10 

 

 

Important skills/qualifications

 

Essential:

*	Self-motivated with the drive and determination to work responsibly
and independently
*	An ability to work in a meticulous and reliable manner
*	Strong commitment to volunteer work
*	Willingness to work long hours outdoors in often changeable weather
conditions
*	Good IT skills (MS Office package)
*	An ability to get on well with others in a small team and in shared
accommodation

 

Desirable:

*	A strong interest and some knowledge of British cetaceans
*	A background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
*	Prior experience in boat-based survey work
*	Photographic experience
*	Good verbal and written communication skills
*	Experience in interacting with the public

 

 

PLEASE NOTE - The Sea Watch Foundation Cardigan Bay marine mammal monitoring
programme is NOT the same as the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre,
although both are based in New Quay.

 

To apply:

 

- Download the research internship application form from our web page -
www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/internships/

- Send your application together with a cover letter and CV to Katrin
Lohrengel - katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
<mailto:katrin.lohrengelsalome.dussan-duque at seawatchfoundation.org.uk>  

 

Please specify NEW QUAY INTERN APPLICATION 2015 into your subject title.

 

ONLY successful applicants will be notified of the results of their
application by the end of February 2015. 

 

 

 

Kathy James

Sightings Officer

 

Sea Watch Foundation

Paragon House

Wellington Place

New Quay

Ceredigion

SA45 9NR

 

Tel: 01545 561227

www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk

 

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