[MARMAM] URGENT - Field assistants needed for research on Burrunan Dolphins in Coffin Bay, South Australia

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Sun Jun 29 19:31:19 PDT 2014

URGENT - Field assistants needed for research on Burrunan Dolphins in 
Coffin Bay, South Australia
Fieldwork dates: from 10th July to 15th September 2014.
* Commitment to start ASAP and at least for one month will be highly 
Application deadline: 7th July 2014

Project title:  Population size, spatial ecology and socio-genetic 
structure of the Burrunan dolphins (Tursiops australis) in Coffin Bay, 
Thorny Passage Marine Park (TPMP), South Australia.
Institution: Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL); 
Flinders University
Overview: We are seeking experienced field assistants to help two PhD 
students during winter season with boat-based photo-ID of Burrunan 
dolphins (Tursiops australis) in Coffin Bay, one of the most beautiful 
marine parks of South Australia.
Project aim: provide baseline information on the ecology, habitat use, 
social and genetic population structure of Burrunan dolphins in the 
TPMP in South Australia. This research is part of a larger research 
program into this species lead by the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and 
Evolution Lab at the School of Biological Sciences, Flinders 
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 the boat, photo-identification, 
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. We will be committed to go sampling 
everyday whenever weather allows us. If not, we?ll be working in data 
entry and fin matching of identified individuals.
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 
?	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 and collecting data on the natural environment (essential);
?	Fluent English or Spanish (highly desirable)
We?ll provide accommodation during the entire field season in Coffin 
Bay. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide monetary compensation. 
Assistants will be responsible for their own travel to Port Lincoln, 
South Australia, and will have to pay for their own food. We?ll share 
house duties including cooking and cleaning.

If you are interested and you are able to start before the 14th July, 
please send a CV, a brief covering letter outlining your relevant 
experience, and contact details of two relevant referees. This 
information must be sent in an e-mail with the subject ?URGENT-Field 
assistant? before 7th July 2014 to:
cecilia.passadore at flinders.edu.au and fernando.diaz at flinders.edu.au

Kind Regards,
Cecilia and Fernando

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