[MARMAM] SECOND CALL: marine megafauna of the Falklands - Volunteer opportunity

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Sun Jun 10 15:15:27 PDT 2018




 PROJECT: Long term study of

 POSITION: Volunteer (unpaid)
field helper.

 DURATION: about 3 months and a half, two shifts: 1) late
August 2018 to early December 2018, and 2) early December 2018 to late
March 2019; exact dates in the field to be established later.

LOCATION: Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands, Southern Atlantic Ocean.

Sea Lion Island on Google maps:


- 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
 - Raptors: counts, nest identification and
mapping, observation of behavior
 - Marine birds: counts and mapping of
different species (different species of penguins, cormorants, gulls,
geese, and ducks)
 - Environmental monitoring: collection of
microclimatic data, habitat classification, collection of GIS data

DEADLINE: June 17th 2018; please note that, capabilities being equal,
positions will be allocated with a first come first served policy.


 Volunteer field helpers are required for the 2018-2019
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 (23 years) on individual life histories and breeding strategies
of southern elephant seals
 - a long term project (5 years) on social
and hunting behaviour 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 essential. We
are recruiting helpers for two shifts;
 - late August to early December:
focus is elephant seals breeding, killer whales predation on weaned
elephant seal pups, establishment of pairs and territories by skuas
early December to late March: focus are elephant seal weaned pups and
moulters, general killer whales activity and behavior, study of skuas
behavior and communication, monitoring of breeding of marine birds and
raptors, collection of general environmental data
 Only applicants who
can stay for a whole shift (about 3 months and a half) can be taken into
consideration. No volunteer is allowed to apply to stay for both shifts,
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

 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). We are asking volunteers a 300 GBP contribution to help
us with management expenses and individual research equipment

 Applicants will be required to work in the field
for the whole length of the day, seven days per week, with just an half
day of rest per week.
 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 demanding,
and the weather is often not very good. 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 watching in the Falklands, it is an Important Birds Area
and an Important Plants Area, a RAMSAR convention site, and 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 we
 Please put all documents in a single PDF file, name it as
"your_surname - ESRG2018 - application", and email it as an attachment
of an email to Dr. Filippo Galimberti (fil_esrg at eleseal.org).

for first call applications is June 17th, 2018. Due to the limited
number of positions available we warmly suggest perspective candidates
to apply as soon as possible.

 Further details about the position are
available here: http://www.eleseal.org/info_helpers_eng.html


The ESRG team  

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