Aoife Foley aoifefoley09 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 08:15:31 PST 2017


The Marine Ecology Group at MaREI, University College Cork, is seeking
*volunteer* research assistants for the 2017 field season, to carry out
research on marine mammals in Broadhaven Bay, Co. Mayo, Ireland between May
– September 2017. The work consists of *data entry and quality control of
acoustic and cliff-based survey data*, *cliff-based visual monitoring
surveys* and *public education and outreach*. This presents an opportunity
to work within a team of experienced researchers and gain experience in
data entry and analysis, as well as survey techniques for marine mammal,
while contributing to a larger program of marine mammal research.


The field season will be broken into two 10 week periods for volunteers.

First period: 1 May 2017 – 14 July 2017

Second period: 15 July - 31 September 2017


The study is based on the Mullet Peninsula, Co. Mayo, a stunning location
on the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. The area boasts some of the most
beautiful and untouched beaches in Ireland. Accommodation is provided for
research assistants in a house on the Mullet Peninsula. *Accommodation will
be shared with up to 6 people (including three staff members) so good
teamwork and interpersonal skills are essential.* Applicants should be
aware that the Mullet Peninsula is geographically remote with limited
facilities. Weather patterns are unusually variable and summers can be very
cold, windy and rainy, and as a result field work is limited to a small
number of days a month*. As such, research assistants will spend the
majority of their time in the office when weather conditions are not
conducive to field work.*


All field work is strictly weather-dependent and can be cancelled with
short notice by the field leader. A structured office schedule will be set
up with rotations of duties and time off. Field work will include
conducting cliff-based surveys from either one or two sites in Broadhaven
Bay. Marine mammal sightings will be recorded with the aid of a surveyor’s
theodolite connected to a laptop running the software VADAR. The majority
of the time will be spent in the office on data entry and analysis
duties, including
database quality control, acoustic analysis of Passive Acoustic Monitoring
data, or GIS data analysis. There may also be a public outreach and
education component, which will include interpreting marine mammal biology
and natural history for the local community.


The project will cover shared accommodation, transportation to and from the
field sites and office, and reasonable heating and wifi expenses. Interns
will be responsible for their own food, transportation to and from the
research station and free time expenses.



·         Genuine interest in marine mammal biology and the marine

·         Advanced computer proficiency;

·         Excellent verbal and communication skills;

·         Enthusiasm and a positive attitude to hard work and long hours in
the field in inclement weather;

·         Ability to work well both in a team and independently;

·         Flexibility and patience;

·         Excellent English language skills;

·         High level of fitness – there is a 25-minute hike carrying gear
to the cliff sites.

*Highly Desirable*

·         Driving Licence and own car

·         Familiarity with theodolite use and VADAR software

·         Prior experience with R, ArcGIS and C-POD software

·         Enrolled in or completed a degree in Biology, Marine Biology,
Environmental Science, Animal Behaviour, Ecology, Zoology or related fields

·         Previous field research experience, particularly marine research

·         Previous experience of working in remote locations as part of a
small team


To apply, please send;

·         Curriculum Vitae (CV), including two relevant referees and their
contact details.

·         Cover letter (max 250 words) with a description of yourself and
your experience.

·         Please indicate clearly in your email which work period you are
applying for.

Please email all required information to Aoife Foley -  aoifefoley at ucc.ie


*Aoife Foley, BSc. Hons.*

Research Assistant

Broadhaven Bay Marine Mammal Monitoring Project

MaREI Centre
Beaufort Building - Environmental Research Institute (ERI)
University College Cork
Haulbowline Rd
Co. Cork

Mobile: (+353) 085 827 6984

Email: *aoifefoley at ucc.ie <aoifefoley at ucc.ie>*

Skype: Aoife.Foley23
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