[MARMAM] Volunteer research assistant - dolphin spatial and temporal distribution in NZ

Cheryl Cross c.cross at massey.ac.nz
Sun Jan 31 13:41:23 PST 2016

An assistant is required to help with the processing of dolphin spatial and
temporal distribution data that were collected in Queen Charlotte Sound,

This research forms part of an ongoing PhD study being conducted under the
auspices of the Coastal-Marine Research Group (C-MRG) at Massey University,
Auckland (http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz).

This is great opportunity to gain experience and skills while contributing
to an important project. Priority will be given to placing applicants that
are available immediately.


1-3 Months commencing 1 February 2016


Albany, Auckland, New Zealand


Major Responsibilities include:

-          Entry of dolphin sighting and environmental data

-          Data analysis using GIS

-          Data manipulation in Microsoft excel

-          Photo ID work

-          MINIMAL fieldwork – 1 day per week


The ideal candidate will have a science background, experience in the
aforementioned areas and an interest in marine mammal science.

This internship is well-suited for students or recent graduates of marine
biology, zoology, ecology or similar fields looking to gain additional
analytical experience.

He or she must:

-          Possess basic computer skills

-          Possess skills in Microsoft excel; experience with ArcGIS, or a
desire to gain these skills

-          Be detail oriented and organized

-          Be flexible and patient

-          Be responsible, focused  and motivated

-          Be personable and fluent in English

-          Make a minimum 1-3 month commitment (~35 hrs/week) to the

-          Possess a strong interest in science and a mature attitude
toward marine mammal research

*Application Process*:

If interested please email c.cross at massey.ac.nz  with the subject line

Please LIST the following in a CONCISE message:

1)      Relevant experience or qualifications

2)      The time frame that you are available over the next several months

3)      Reasons you want to help with this project

4)      The contact info of at least one professional reference that can
confirm work ethic and experience

5)      Current place of residence

Please also attach CV or resume to the email.

Applicants will ideally currently reside in NZ.  Unfortunately, no monetary
compensation or funding for housing is available for this position,

so the candidate must be able to support living expenses for the extent of
the internship period.

Thank you for your interest!


*Cheryl L. Cross*
PhD Student
Coastal-Marine Research Group
Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904, North Shore 0745
Auckland, NZ

Tel:       +64 9 414 0800 EXT 43789
Fax:      +64 9 443 9790
Email:    c.cross at massey.ac.nz
Web:     http://www.coastalmarineresearchgroup.com/
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