Melvin Klassen klassen at uvic.ca
Fri Sep 8 15:16:37 PDT 2017

Re-submission, due to problem with the mailing-list.

From: Simona Sanvito <simo_esrg at eleseal.org>
Sent: September 3, 2017 3:15 PM
To: marmam at lists.uvic.ca
Subject: MARINE MEGAFAUNA OF THE FALKLANDS - Field helpers recruitment - SECOND CALL


PROJECT: Long term study of marine megafauna of the Falklands.

POSITION: Volunteer (unpaid) field helper.

DURATION: 2 months and a half; arrival in the Falklands 23/09/2017;
departure from the Falklands 02/12/2017.

LOCATION: Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands, South Atlantic.

Sea Lion Island on Google maps:

IMPORTANT - DEADLINE: application should be submitted by Friday 8th
of September 2017, 12 PM Falklands time. Please note that only two
positions are still available.

- Southern elephant seals: counts, marking, mapping, observation of
behavior, pup handling, collection of samples, sedation and handling
of females for TDR and satellite tag deployment
- Killer whales: photoidentification, observation and videotaping of
behavior, necropsies of preys
- Falklands skuas: counts, nest identification and mapping,
observation of behavior
- Striated caracaras: counts, nest identification and mapping,
observation of behavior
- Marine birds: counts and mapping of different species of marine
birds (different species of penguins, cormorants, gulls, geese, and ducks)
- Environmental monitoring: collection of microclimatic data, habitat
classification, collection of GIS data


Volunteer field helpers are required for the 2017-2018 field season
of various long-term research projects on marine megafauna of the
Falkland Islands carried out by the Elephant Seal Research Group. The
field work site is Sea Lion Island.

Successful applicants will receive adequate training and will help with:
- a long term project (22 years) on individual life histories and
breeding strategies of southern elephant seals
- a long term project (4 years) on social and hunting bejaviour of
mammal-eating killer whales
- a study of Falklands skua demography, behavior and vocal communication
- various monitoring projects on the different marine and raptor bird
species breeding on Sea Lion Island
- general environmental monitoring of the island, including the
collection of data for the Sea Lion Island GIS

Volunteers will be supervised by the PIs and/or by trained
technicians. Previous experience of field work is appreciated but not
Only applicants who can stay for a whole period can be taken into

Applicants are required to pay all expenses to get to Sea Lion
Island, and telephone/Internet expenses while there. Accommodation
and food at SLI will be provided by the ESRG. Accommodation on SLI is
rather basic and self-catering, but comfortable for a field research
setting (heating, hot water, shower, Internet connection hotspot in
the nearby lodge). Applicants are also required to arrive with proper
clothing, suitable for the harsh climate of the Falklands, which can
be quite expensive (details about what is needed will be provided).
We are asking volunteers a 200 UK pounds contribution to help us with
management expenses and research equipment maintenance.

Applicants will be required to work in the field for the whole length
of the day, six days per week. Once per week volunteers will not work
in the field. That day they will carry out two hours of house keeping
and four hours of data processing, being free for the rest of the day.
Volunteers are required to help with cooking, cleaning of their cabin
and general maintenance tasks . The data collection protocol is
complex, the field work is physically very hard, and it is often
carried out in bad weather conditions. People without a good
tolerance to cold are discouraged to apply. It is a very rewarding,
but demanding, experience.

The island is a wonderful place with large unspoiled sandy beaches,
and a very rich and very tame wildlife, it is the best hot spot for
wildlife oriented tourism in the Falklands, it is an Important Birds
Area and an Important Plants Area, a RAMSAR convention site, and it
is a National Nature Reserve.


To apply please send 1) a cover letter describing your interest in
the position and summarizing your qualifications for it, 2) a
detailed CV, and 3) a copy of an identification document (with
picture). Reference letters (3 maximum) are appreciated, but not
essential, and should be sent directly to the email address mentioned below.
If you think you may have extra documentation that can be relevant
(eg, copy of a thesis, certificates, etc.) please mention them in
your email, but don't send them unless requested.
Please place all documents in a single PDF file, name it as
"your_surname - ESRG2017 - application", and email it as an
attachment of an email to dr. Filippo Galimberti (fil_esrg at eleseal.org).

Deadline for applications is September 8th, 2017.

The ESRG team

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