[MARMAM] COMMON DOLPHIN PHOTO-ID VOLUNTEER POSITION IN THE HAURAKI GULF, NEW ZEALAND

Krista Rankmore krista.rankmore at gmail.com
Sun Sep 27 09:32:15 PDT 2015


*COMMON DOLPHIN PHOTO-ID VOLUNTEER POSITION IN THE HAURAKI GULF, NEW
ZEALAND*



A volunteer is required to assist with a PhD study investigating the
abundance, social structure and site fidelity of common dolphins (
*Delphinus* sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. This PhD project is part
of the ongoing research of the New Zealand Common Dolphin Project (NZCDP)
and the Coastal-Marine Research Group (C-MRG) at Massey University Albany,
Auckland (http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz
<https://owa.massey.ac.nz/owa/redir.aspx?C=QIoA5pdRuUCToTWBw5X7lA6HAVO4K9EIsBSmP9km192DOB6SclPxubc4c_xlF5GTNghrzZmEhvI.&URL=http%3a%2f%2fcmrg.massey.ac.nz>).




PROJECT BACKGROUND:

The Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand, is an important habitat for common dolphins
that occur in the Gulf year round and use the region extensively for
foraging and nursing. Common dolphins in this region consistently utilise
inhabit coastal waters, making them vulnerable to the effect of tourism,
pollution, and inshore recreational bycatch.



DATES:



Volunteers are needed from October 2015 to February 2016, and a minimum
commitment of one month is required (priority will be given to those who
can commit for longer periods).



LOCATION: Auckland, New Zealand



RESPONSIBILITIES:



·       The volunteer position primarily involves analysing photo-id data
(in particular dorsal fin pigmentation) from multiple regions around New
Zealand to assess movement patterns and site fidelity of common dolphins in
New Zealand waters. Volunteers should be prepared to work long days in the
office analysing of photographs and matching them with the photo-id
catalogue.

·         There will also be opportunities to participate in opportunistic
marine mammal field work from tour-platform in the Hauraki Gulf.

As this is a volunteer position, there is unfortunately no monetary
compensation or living provisions. The volunteer would therefore need to
arrange their own accommodation in Auckland, living expenses, travel costs
and visa.



QUALIFICATIONS:



The ideal candidate will have a mature and independent attitude towards
marine mammal research, and have a willingness to learn photo-id
techniques. Previous experience in photo-id would be advantageous. The
project is well suited to upper level undergrads, recent grads and graduate
students who are interested in learning about photo-id.



APPLICATION PROCESS:



Applicants should send a short email to k.rankmore at massey.ac.nz, using
“photo-id” as the subject line. The email should include an outline of why
you would like to work on this project, the dates when you are available to
assist on the project, your qualifications and relevant experience. Please
also attach a brief CV including at least one reference acknowledging your
relevant experience.



Kind regards,

Krista Hupman

PhD Candidate
Coastal-Marine Research Group
Institute of Natural Sciences
Massey University


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Krista Hupman
(nee Rankmore)

PhD Student
Coastal-Marine Research Group
Institute of Natural Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore City 0745
Auckland
New Zealand

Tel:  +64 (0) 9 414 0800 EXT 41196
Mob:  +64 (0) 22 025 6290
Fax:  +64 (9) 443 9790
Email: krista.rankmore at gmail.com
http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz
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