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Sun Sep 24 07:44:44 PDT 2017

  Dear MARMAM members,
 we are looking for volunteer field helpers to
participate in our 2017-2018 field season studying marine magafauna in
the Falkland Islands, in order to cover the second and third shift of
the season.

 PROJECT: Long term study of marine megafauna of the

 POSITION: Volunteer (unpaid) field helper.

 DATES: two
periods: 1) from the 4th of November 2017 to 24th of February 2018, and
2) form the 6th of January 2018 to the 31st of March 2018.

Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands, Southern Atlantic.

 Sea Lion Island
on Google maps:

 - Southern elephant seals: counts, mapping, observation of
behavior, pup handling, collection of samples
 - 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
 Volunteers will be involved in
both data collection in the field and data processing, but field work
will take most of their time. We expect volunteers to be flexible
respect to the their duties, that will change along the season.

DEADLINE: Sunday 6th of October 2017; please note that, capabilities
being equal, positions will be allocated with a first come first served


 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 (www.eleseal.org [1]). The field work site is Sea Lion
Island, the southernmost inhabited island of the Falklands.

applicants will receive adequate training and will help with:
 - a long
term project (22 years) on southern elephant seals
 - a long term
project (4 years) on 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 essential.
 Only applicants who can
stay for a whole period can be taken into consideration. No volunteer is
allowed to apply to stay for both periods, so please state clearly in
your cover letter for which one you are applying (first or second) or,
if you are available for both, which of the two you prefer (although we
cannot guarantee to meet your preference).

 Applicants are required to
pay all expenses to travel to Sea Lion Island, and telephone/Internet
expenses while there. Accommodation, food, etc. 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). We are asking
volunteers a 200 UK pounds contribution to help us with management
expenses and research equipment maintenance.

 Please note that the
travel to the Falklands can be expensive, so carefully check the price
of flights. Travelling to the Falklands requires to: 1) fly to Santiago,
Chile (airport code SCL) arriving on Friday morning; 2) get the flight
to the Falklands (Mount Pleasant International, MPN) that leaves ONLY
Falklands, volunteer will spend one night in Stanley, and then fly by
Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) to Sea Lion Island.
ESRG will help with bookings in the Falklands, including FIGAS, but
volunteers will need to pay all their expenses, including: two ways
international flight to Santiago; two nights and meals in Santiago (one
per way); two ways flight from Santiago to the Falklands; bus transfer
from Mount Pleasant to Stanley (two ways); three nights and meals in
Stanley (one arriving, two departing); FIGAS flight.

 Other important
expenses to consider are:
 - full medical insurance that needs to
include emergency transportation to Chile and/or home country
clothing suitable to work the whole day in the field with harsh weather
conditions, including thermal underware, warm trekking boots, Goretex
outer shell (jacket and overtrousers), hats and gloves.
 - pair of
binoculars; although we provide all the rest of the data collection
equipment, volunteers need to have their own binoculars, suitable for
use for the field work (in particular, minimum focusing distance 3m or
less); volunteers that don't already have suitable binoculars will need
to buy them.

 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,

 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 a
National Nature Reserve. It is definitely the most beuatiful island in
the Falklands !


 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
 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).

for applications is Friday 6th of October 2017. Due to the limited
number of positions available we warmly suggest perspective candidates
to apply as soon as possible.


 The ESRG team

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