[MARMAM] Research assistant needed--Shark Bay, Western Australia

Caitlin Karniski ckarniski at gmail.com
Sat Aug 12 08:59:01 PDT 2017


I am seeking a dedicated research assistant for our upcoming field season
(mid-September through mid-December) in Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western
Australia in conjunction with the Shark Bay Dolphin Project (
http://www.monkeymiadolphins.org/) and Dr. Janet Mann's lab of Georgetown

This research is part of an ongoing PhD project through Georgetown
University studying the effects of reproductive senescence in female
bottlenose dolphins and is part of a long-term study of dolphin behavior,
ecology, and reproduction.

~3 months

Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia.

Monkey Mia is approximately 900km north of Perth and is part of the largest
World Heritage site in Western Australia. Our field site includes wildlife
such as sharks, rays, turtles, dugongs, whales, and of course resident
bottlenose dolphins.

This project is part of one of the longest running marine mammal research
projects in the world with behavioral, life-history, ecological, and
genetic research conducted since the mid 1980's.

Assistance will be required with boat-based behavioral surveys and focal
follows on the resident bottlenose dolphins. Weather permitting, days on
the water can be consecutive, long, and tiring in variable environmental
conditions. Days on land will require data entry and processing.

This is an unpaid, volunteer position and the successful candidate will
need to make his/her own way to Perth. However, travel to Shark Bay will be
covered, and food and accommodation will be covered once in Monkey Mia.

-Searching for and spotting dolphins
-Taking photos
-Collecting survey, focal follow, and photo-ID data
-Driving the boat
-Basic maintenance and equipment prep and cleaning
-Entry of dolphin sightings and environmental data

The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate with a science background and
a genuine interest in marine mammal science. This position is well suited
for recent graduates of marine biology, zoology, ecology, genetics, or
similar fields looking to gain additional analytical and in-field

He or she must:
-Be 18 years or older
-Possess basic computer skills
-Be detail oriented, flexible, and patient
-Possess excellent verbal and communication skills
-Work well both independently and in a team
-Be fluent in English
-Be willing to make the full 3 month commitment
-Have prior field research experience
-Be comfortable on a boat
-Be prepared to work long, consecutive days, including weekends
-Be willing to live in a collaborative environment and contribute to
household responsibilities

Please note that given our remote location, it can be very difficult to
accommodate strict dietary requirements. Vegetarianism is not a
problem. Additionally,
we live and work in close quarters so mature and respectful candidates are

Application Process:
If interested please email Caitlin Karniski at cbk27 at georgetown.edu with
the subject line RESEARCH ASSISTANT.
Please include in the email:

1.     Letter of interest

2.     CV

3.     Email contacts for 2 references

Candidates will be evaluated until the position is filled.

Caitlin Karniski
PhD Candidate
Department of Biology
Georgetown University
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