[MARMAM] Field Assistants opportunity: Burrunan dolphin research in Victoria, Australia

Dr Kate Charlton-Robb kcr at ammcf.org.au
Sun Feb 2 15:59:51 PST 2014


SEEKING EXPERIENCED FIELD ASSISTANTS FOR RESEARCH ON BURRUNAN DOLPHINS 
IN SOUTH-EASTERN AUSTRALIA.

Positions now available for volunteer field assistants with the 
Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation’s (AMMCF) Project 
Burrunan; incorporating field surveys, boat-based photo-ID and biopsy 
sampling of Burrunan dolphins (Tursiops australis) across coastal 
Victoria, south-eastern Australia.

Register your interest in joining AMMCFs volunteer field assistant 
pool. The positions are well suited to upper level undergraduates and 
graduate students who have some background in Biology, Marine Biology, 
Ecology, Zoology or related field.

ABOUT AMMCF
The Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation is a 
not-for-profit organisation with a mission to “support and work with 
Australia’s marine mammal scientists and researchers to establish and 
advance the knowledge, conservation and protection of our marine 
mammals”.
For further information please visit ammcf.org.au

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Project Burrunan focuses on using applied research to further 
investigate the newly described Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops 
australis)(Charlton-Robb et al. 2011). The aims of the project is to 
assess the species' distribution and range, gain better estimates of 
overall population size, assess the level of gene flow between the 
discrete populations and to assess potential migration pathways. This 
project will also investigate the presence and habitat use of the 
Burrunan across coastal and offshore regions of Victoria.
This project is led by Dr Kate Charlton-Robb.

LOCATION
Single day trips on Port Phillip Bay.
Multiple 5-10 day field trips in the Gippsland Lakes and across coastal 
Victoria.

DATES
There will be numerous field trips during 2014.
Fieldwork will be weather dependent and will be conducted on weekdays 
and weekends.

DUTIES & EXPECTATIONS
•	Assisting with boat-based photo-identification surveys of Burrunan 
dolphins.
•	Taking photos.
•	Driving small research vessel (Victorian boat licence required).
•	Recording field observations (dolphin and environmental).
•	Data entry.
•	Assisting at community awareness presentations.
•	Communal cooking and housekeeping duties (on multiple day field 
trips).

PREREQUISITES
•	Experience of field research on small cetaceans (highly desirable).
•	Experience of photo-ID survey techniques (highly desirable).
•	Small boat operations experience (highly desirable).
•	Victorian Boat Licence (essential).
•	Not susceptible to debilitating seasickness (essential).
•	Be reliable, adaptable and hard-working (essential).
•	Be prepared to work long days (essential).
•	Be team-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude 
(essential).

EXPENSES
This is an unpaid position.
On multiple day field trips, accommodation at field sites will be 
provided at no cost to assistants. Volunteers will be expected to 
arrange their own travel to the field sites (however in some cases space 
may be available in the research vehicle).
A communal ‘kitty’ is generally set up to cover the team’s food 
expenses.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please send a CV, a brief covering letter outlining your relevant 
experience, and contact details of two relevant referees to 
kcr at ammcf.org.au.
Applications will be considered, if approved you will then be placed on 
AMMCFs field assistant list. As this field work is ongoing during 2014, 
you will be contacted on a regular basis and informed of field trip 
dates.

All the best.

Dr Kate Charlton-Robb
Principal Researcher
Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation
PO Box 2046
Hampton East VIC 3188
e: kcr at ammcf.org.au
w: ammcf.org.au


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