[MARMAM] Internship opportunities with MARINElife: Survey sightings and data processing volunteers

Rachel Davies rachel.davies at marine-life.org.uk
Thu May 1 03:33:17 PDT 2014


We are pleased to announce two voluntary internship opportunities with
MARINElife in Dorset, UK.
MARINElife Survey Sightings Internship

*Job Title:* Survey Sightings Intern

*Location:* Home based - West Dorset, with some office hours (Bridport)

*Duration:* 3-4 months

*Weekly Hours:* Full time volunteer intern position, though part time
applicants also considered. Please state which in your application.
Flexible days - some weekends may be required.

*Position commences:* Mid-late May

MARINElife's core work since 1995 has been researching the distribution,
abundance and population trends for whales, dolphins, seabirds and other
marine wildlife from vessels of opportunity. MARINElife currently operate
year-round surveys on a monthly basis, along 18 ferry routes across the
English Channel, Bay of Biscay, North Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

The data collected continues to be used to determine seasonal, annual and
long-term population trends for individual species. This baseline data is
necessary in order to be able to detect changes in species' numbers and to
be used for cetacean conservation and marine biodiversity policy,
designation and management.

MARINElife is looking for an intern to provide assistance to the survey and
data management team for a 3-4 month period, to undertake a variety of data
entry, validation and research tasks. This temporary role focuses on the
data collected by ML volunteers conducting monitoring surveys aboard
vessels of opportunity around the coast of the UK. The post also offers the
opportunity to take part in local small-boat surveys, both observational
and acoustic. The role will also involve a public facing element, as part
of an exciting new "Hub" development, in conjunction with other Dorset
based organisations. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking
to further develop their research skills and gain invaluable experience,
while contributing to an established cetacean and seabird monitoring
programme. Our research has been published widely and is used as an
evidence base by Government agencies, including Natural England, JNCC and
Defra for marine spatial planning and site safeguarding.

Tasks will include:

   - Assist with collation of survey data from 18 ferry routes
   - Data entry and first level error checking
   - Assist with local small vessel surveys
   - Update databases of recent cetacean and seabird sightings
   - Liaise with ML surveyors
   - Liaise with members of the public
   - Keep regular contact with the conservation science manager

Candidate requirements:

*Essential:*

   - IT skills (Office package)
   - Experience in data entry and processing (Excel)
   - Excellent communication skills
   - Enthusiastic, hard-working and self-motivated
   - A strong commitment to volunteer work

*Desirable:*

   - An interest and knowledge of British cetaceans and seabirds
   - Experience interacting with the public.

Volunteers will be given an introduction into the placement and training
will be provided for all tasks that you will be expected to undertake.

Please see the bottom of the page for details on how to apply.

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MARINElife/ECMC Data Processing Internship

*Job Title:* Data processing assistant

*Location:* Portsmouth

*Duration:* 3-4 months

*Weekly Hours:* Full time volunteer intern position, though part time
applicants also considered. Please state which in your application.
Flexible days - some weekends may be required.

*Position commences:* Mid-late May

MARINElife's core work since 1995 has been researching the distribution,
abundance and population trends for whales, dolphins, seabirds and other
marine wildlife from vessels of opportunity. MARINElife is a partner
organisation in the European Cetacean Monitoring Coalition (ECMC), formerly
the Atlantic Research Coalition (ARC). Established in 2001, ECMC was
initiated in an effort to provide vital pan-European monitoring data on the
distribution and abundance of whales and dolphins by bringing together
marine conservation organisations operating in adjacent areas of ocean.
ECMC is a growing partnership bringing together scientists from a number of
conservation research groups operating from multiple European countries
including England, Netherlands, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Belgium.

MARINElife is looking for an intern to provide assistance to the data
management team for a 3-4 month period, to undertake a variety of data
processing and validation tasks. The work will form part of an existing
collaboration with other ECMC partners, and as such will be placed at the
ORCA offices, Portsmouth, alongside a similar ORCA/ECMC role. This
temporary role will contribute towards a body of work to develop
functionality and infrastructure required to effectively manage our large
dataset.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to further develop
their research skills and gain invaluable experience, while contributing to
an established cetacean and seabird monitoring programme. Our research has
been published widely and is used as an evidence base by Government
agencies, including Natural England, JNCC and Defra for marine spatial
planning and site safeguarding.

*Tasks will include:*

   - Assist with collation of survey data from 18 ferry routes
   - Update databases of recent cetacean and seabird sightings
   - Data formatting to comply with ECMC data dictionary and collation
   structure
   - Keep regular contact with the conservation science manager

*Candidate requirements:*

*Essential:*

   - IT skills (Office package)
   - Experience in data entry and processing (Excel)
   - Excellent communication skills
   - Enthusiastic, hard-working and self-motivated
   - A strong commitment to volunteer work

*Desirable:*

   - An interest and knowledge of British cetaceans and seabirds

Volunteers will be given an introduction into the placement and training
will be provided for all tasks that you will be expected to undertake.
How to Apply

To apply for either post please send your C.V. and a covering letter
detailing any relevant experience along with contact information of two
referees by 16th May, to:

Tricia Dendle, MARINElife

1 Higher Street,

Bradpole,

Bridport

Dorset

DT6 3JA
E-mail: tricia.dendle at marine-life.org.uk

http://www.marine-life.org.uk/marinelife-internships-(290414)

-- 
Dr. Rachel Davies
Conservation Science Manager
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rachel.davies at marine-life.org.uk

T. 01460419043

M. 07969804996

Send Sightings To: sightings at marine-life.org.uk

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