[MARMAM] Field Assistants opportunity: Bottlenose dolphins in Adelaide, Australia

Nikki Zanardo nikki.zanardo at flinders.edu.au
Wed Jun 11 20:11:05 PDT 2014


Fieldwork dates: Volunteers are needed beginning the 1st of December 2014 until the 31st  of August 2015.

Project title: Ecology of the endemic southern Australian bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops australis) in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia.

Institution: Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL); Flinders University; South Australia www.cebel.org.au<http://www.cebel.org.au> / www.facebook.com/CEBELresearch<http://www.facebook.com/CEBELresearch>

Overview: I am seeking experienced field assistants to assist with boat-based photo-ID and biopsy sampling of bottlenose dolphins in metropolitan Adelaide in South Australia, beginning the 1st of December 2014 until the 31st  of August 2015.

* Commitment to the full duration, or large periods, of this time will be highly favoured.

This project aims to collect baseline information on the abundance, habitat use and social structure of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops australis) in metropolitan Adelaide to improve the scientific basis for their conservation and management.

This is an opportunity to gain experience in field techniques for small cetacean research and contribute to a project with very high conservation and management value.
Duties: Searching for dolphins, driving of the boat, photo identification, assistance in biopsy sampling, recording field observations, equipment cleaning and, data entry (incl. fin matching).

Expectations: Field assistants need to be adaptable and patient as weather is highly dependent. Field work will vary between weekdays and weekends, and assistants will need to be prepared for early morning departures (6-7AM) and long days (6-8 hours) on the water for multiple consecutive days. Expect up to a week between days off, as field work is weather dependent. If the weather isn't right we will NOT be conducting the surveys and will be postponed.  Between field days there will be the opportunity for data entry and fin matching of identified individuals.


*         Experience of working on a small boat (highly desirable, Coxswain certificate will be highly favoured);

*         Experience of photo-ID survey techniques (highly desirable);

*         Experience of field research on small cetaceans (highly desirable);

*         Enrolled in or completed a degree in biology, marine science, animal behaviour or a related field (desirable)

*         No history of debilitating seasickness (essential);

*         Be team-oriented, patient, and have an enthusiastic attitude to hard work, long hours and collecting data on the natural environment (essential);

*         Fluent in English (highly desirable).

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide monetary compensation or living provisions, and research assistants will be responsible for their own travel to South Australia and their living expenses.

If you are interested, please send a CV, a brief covering letter outlining your relevant experience, and contact details of two relevant referees (with subject header "Field Assistant Application") to nikki.zanardo at flinders.edu.au<mailto:nikki.zanardo at flinders.edu.au> by Friday 1st August 2014.

Kind Regards,


Nikki Zanardo
PhD Candidate
Cetacean, Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab  &
Molecular Ecology Lab
School of Biological Sciences
Flinders University
* Tel +61 8  8201 2357   | * nikki.zanardo at flinders.edu.au<mailto:nikki.zanardo at flinders.edu.au>
*  www.cebel.org.au<http://www.cebel.org.au/>   | * www.molecularecology.flinders.edu.au
My Page: http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/nikki.zanardo
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