[MARMAM] Summer Volunteer Opportunites with Cetus' Robson Bight Warden Program

Erin Parsons erin.parsons at cetussociety.org
Mon Mar 5 11:02:13 PST 2018

*Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Cetus’ Robson Bight Warden
Program!Cetus is a non-profit, marine conservation society, which operates
in the waters around Victoria and Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada.
Since 2005 we have worked to reduce disturbances to marine mammals on the
British Columbia coast and promote respect for our marine environment
through on-the-water and land-based education, outreach and direct
monitoring activities. The Robson Bight Marine Warden Program operates in
Johnstone Strait, in the waters around the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg)
Ecological Reserve. The ecological reserve is designated for the protection
of critical habitat of the Northern resident killer whales. This is a
unique area where the whales often come to rub their bodies along the
underwater beaches. Our marine wardens monitor vessels and marine mammal
populations, and educate boaters and kayakers about the reserve and their
impacts around it. The Robson Bight Marine Warden Program is comprised of a
water based monitoring and educational component and a land based
monitoring station called Eagle Eye, situated on a cliff opposite the
ecological reserve.Cetus is looking for enthusiastic and hard working
individuals to fill the Robson Bight Marine Warden Program Summer Volunteer
positions:Volunteer positions will be based out of a rustic field camp in
Boat Bay on West Cracroft Island located near Alert Bay, British Columbia,
Canada. Positions will be offered between June 27th and September 7th 2018.
We require a minimum 3-week commitment. Preference will be given to those
who are able to stay for the full 11 weeks. Successful applicants will have
the opportunity to be involved with a variety of possible tasks ranging
from community outreach and education to marine mammal response and data
collection. Our programs focus on protecting British Columbia’s marine
mammal populations and encouraging others to do the same. Interns may also
have the opportunity to spend time on our monitoring vessels in which case
they will participate in data collection, data entry and on-the-water
boater education. Responsibilities include: - Educating boaters, kayakers,
park visitors, and members of the public about the marine mammal viewing
guidelines, marine species at risk, the conservation issues they face and
the boundaries of the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve-
Collecting and entering data on marine mammals and vessel activity  -
Public interpretation in the form of dock talks and participation in
community events - Potentially helping to respond to injured, sick or dead
marine mammals in support of the BC Marine Mammal Response Network-
Observing and recording cetaceans in support of the BC Cetacean Sightings
Network- Assisting with general administrative duties  - Camp duties, which
includes cooking, cleaning, general maintenance and heavy lifting What
skills and experience will volunteers gain?: - Experience educating the
public on important conservation issues- Experience with field data
collection and entry - Interpretive skills and techniques- Potential for
experience in marine mammal response - Experience with fundraising and
community outreach - Experience working with Microsoft AccessEssential
Requirements: - Fluent spoken English- Interest in marine wildlife and
conservation (experience using theodolites for marine mammal surveys is a
plus)- Flexibility- Ability to work long hours, outdoors, in all weather
conditions- The ability to live & work comfortably in a remote coastal
wilderness camp setting with staff & volunteers- The physical ability to
carry 40lbs of gear to and from the vessel to base camps (this varies from
across the street to down a rocky shoreline). In addition to this
volunteers are required to hike, 3km (each way), from the base camp to the
observation site on alternate days, which takes approximately 1 hour (one
way)Additional Information: These positions are unpaid and carry a cost to
the interns of $125/ week to cover accommodations, extra fuel and dinners
(volunteers will be responsible for their own breakfasts and lunches).
Warden volunteers will need to bring their own tent and sleeping bag. Tent
pads and tarps will be provided as will camp cooking equipment etc.  How to
apply: Please forward your cover letter, resume and two references via
email by April 3rd, 2018.  Please indicate your availability. Only
successful applicants will be contacted. Contact: Erin Parsons, Cetus
Research & Conservation SocietyEmail: robsonbight at cetussociety.org
<robsonbight at cetussociety.org>For more information please visit our website
www.ProtectOurWhales.com <http://www.protectourwhales.com> *

*Erin Parsons*
Robson Bight Warden Program Supervisor
Cetus Research and Conservation Society
PO Box 90, Alert Bay, BC
robsonbight at cetussociety.org

www.ProtectOurWhale <http://www.cetussociety.org/>s.com
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