[MARMAM] Volunteers Needed in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Katie orcaspirit_ at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 28 11:59:24 PST 2014


Volunteers Needed in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Wanted: Volunteers
for March, April and May 2014

Enthusiastic and reliable volunteers are required to assist
me in the field as I continue my study on marine mammal use of Admiralty Bay,
Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.  This
project is being conducted through the Cawthron Institute of Nelson, New
Zealand.  

This would benefit anyone who wants experience in working
with small boats, theodolites, photo-ID work and marine mammal observation.  Ideally however, the volunteers will have had
some experience in some of these areas already in addition to a background in
marine biology.  Duties will include
assistance in the field for data collection, data entry/processing and
logistical support, in addition to sharing of cooking and cleaning duties.  

The coming field season is 13 weeks from approximately 3rd March - 1st June and I currently require either 2 volunteers who can commit to the whole time
(preferable), or a series of volunteers to cover this timeframe.  Preference will be given to those who can
commit to longer periods. For more information on the Admiralty Bay/French Pass
area go to http://www.frenchpass.com/.

Provided:

Food and board in Admiralty Bay, Marlborough Sounds will be
provided in exchange for your assistance. 
 Please note that this is
volunteer work and you will not be paid, but you will gain valuable work experience
in the above areas. 

What you need to provide:

Your own transport at least as far as Nelson, Picton or Blenheim, New
  Zealand.

Your own clothes and field gear e.g. wet-weather gear, warm clothing, sturdy
shoes.

Reliable assistance and a positive attitude while enduring long hours in the
field.  

Essential Skills:

Volunteers must-

-Be able to commit to a minimum period of 4 weeks on the
project

-Work well with others

-Be able to live in close quarters with others in a small,
isolated community

-Be enthusiastic, hard-working, motivated and willing to
work and learn

-Be committed to working long hours for several days in a
row  

-Be physically fit and able to work in outdoor conditions

-Possess fluent English language skills

-Be safety conscious

-Be a non-smoker

 

What’s involved:

This project involves data collection both by boat and
theodolite work.  

Boat trips will only be day-trips (not overnight) on a 4.5m rigid
hull inflatable boat and involve working along transect lines recording the locations
of any observed marine mammal groups, taking photographs for identification of individual
dolphins and limited behaviour work.

Theodolite data will be recorded from a hilltop near the
shoreline, and will require spending the day on an exposed cliff top scanning the
bay with binoculars for dolphin groups and recording data with the theodolite
and laptop computer.

Applications

For more information on the project or to apply, please contact
Katie Halliday via email at khal250 at aucklanduni.ac.nz

In your application you must include a current CV with relevant experience stating whether you have experience
in marine mammal observation and boat and/or theodolite work, references or contact details for referees
and details of your availability
during the above time period. Due to time constraints, a shortlist of applicants will be compiled within the next fortnight, so if you are interested please apply ASAP.

Thank you for your interest. 		 	   		   		 	   		   		 	   		  
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