[MARMAM] Cetacean research assistants - Nicaragua

Joëlle De Weerdt joelle.de.weerdt at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 08:19:15 PDT 2015


Please find the announcement of cetacean research assistants in Nicaragua
for ELI-Scientific.

Thanks a lot.
Kind regards,

*Joëlle De Weerdt*

*Cetacean Research Assistant  *

*About ELI-Scientific*

ELI-Scientific is a nonprofit organization based in France that has been
created in January 2015. Our organization aims at promoting, protecting and
conserving cetaceans. We have set up the research project “Cetacean
Conservation in Nicaragua”.

ELI-Scientific is recruiting two research assistants for field work,
photo-identification and data entry from January to March 2016. This
project aims to generate knowledge on cetacean presence, distribution and
habitat use patterns. The Research Assistant will have a unique opportunity
to participate to a pioneer research project under the supervision of the
Team Leader and the Project Director.

The expected output is to generate: 1) scientific data on cetaceans in
Nicaragua, 2) environmental awareness to the local communities in order to
create a socio-economic relevance in conserving and protecting their
natural environment and 3) responsible eco-tourism.

Master students or persons aiming to work on a research project are
strongly encouraged to apply to this position. All team members will have a
training beforehand on the field methodologies and protocols as well as on
data management.

*Location: *Padre Ramos North-West of Nicaragua

*Period: *January - March 2016 (3 month)

*Type of agreement: *Full time. 1 Day off per week.

Research assistants should expect to spend at least 4 days a week on the
field and 1 day a week in working with data and should be willing and able
to work a 6 days per week during the 12-week field study.


   - Assist in Boat based surveys in collecting data on cetaceans
   - Photo-identification of whale and dolphin species
   - Update photo-ID catalogue
   - Data entry of collected data

 *Skills and qualifications:*

   - *Bsc or Mc in biology / environmental sciences*
   - *Fluency in Spanish*
   - *Enthusiastic, conscientious and hard working*
   - Have background in cetacean ecology
   - Experience of working in developing countries
   - *Experience in delivering educational activities*
   - Proactive with ability to work unsupervised
   - Interest in wildlife and conservation
   - Being comfortable on a small boat
   - Excellent verbal and written communication skills
   - Being able to work in a small team

 *Desirable skills:*

   - An interest and knowledge of marine life
   - A background in marine biology
   - Speaking English and French is a plus
   - Be able to swim

*Successful candidate will:*

   - *G*ain valuable experience in cetacean survey techniques and
   behavioral studies
   - Work in a very dynamic environment
   - Get insight in running a research project in developing countries

*Accommodation and expenses:*

There is no monetary compensation for this study. Accommodation and food
will be provided for 450 euros/month or 500$/month. This depends on the
funds obtained by the NGO and/or the participant. The Research assistant is
responsible for its own transportation. Travel from Managua to the study
site will be covered.


European students or unemployed persons are encouraged to apply and can
contact us to discuss funding opportunities.

*To apply:*

Please email a CV, 2 references and cover letter outlining your experience
and motivations. Send this to joelle.deweerdt at eli-s.com with “Research
assistant 2015” in the subject line. The application
deadline is 18 October 2015. Interviews via Skype are possible.

For further information and any queries, please contact *Joëlle De Weerdt,
Project coordinator* Email: joelle.deweerdt at eli-s.com
Tel: 0032 497 71 20 87

Website: www.eli-s.com
Facebook: ELI-Scientific
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