[MARMAM] Volunteer Marine Research Internships available in Auckland, New Zealand

Catherine Lea cat at awads.co.nz
Sun Mar 11 20:12:31 PDT 2018

*Marine Research Internship opportunities are available with Auckland Whale
& Dolphin Safari (www.awads.co.nz <http://www.awads.co.nz>), New Zealand
onboard their year-round, daily 4.5hr eco-safaris in the Hauraki Gulf
Marine Park.The internship is an excellent opportunity for aspiring marine
biologists to gain fieldwork skills, on-water experience from a platform of
opportunity and public speaking experience within a successful commercial &
research operation. The internship will involve:*

* - Onboard experience:- Visual surveying to locate and identify marine
mammal species (mostly common dolphins, Bryde’s whales, bottlenose dolphins
and orca/killer whales) - Data collection during marine mammal encounters
(photo-ID, GPS, environmental data, behavioural data) and other marine life
encounters (ranging from plankton to megafauna)- Passenger interaction-
Assisting crew with general duties during particularly busy periods -
Land-based experience:- updating sightings databases, photo processing and
other marine research tasksRequirements: - Min. 3 month stay preferred with
preference going to those who can stay longer (full-time or part-time
volunteer hours available dependent on number of successful applicants)-
Genuine interest and motivation in the field of Marine Biology/Ecology and
Conservation- Preferable previous experience in marine mammal observation
and data collection - Must have the ability to communicate effectively with
crew and passengers- Must be flexible and willing to work weekdays and
weekends- Due to the nature of fieldwork, must be reliable, adaptable,
hardworking and patient - Be flexible in their approach/expectation of
tasks to be fulfilled - Be able to work independently - Speak fluent
English- Be sociable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude to get on
well with our small crew- Must be comfortable working on boats Important: -
This is an unpaid, volunteer internship. Successful candidates are
responsible for all associated costs including: travel, visa & insurance,
housing and food.- Applicants and successful candidates must understand
that the majority of the internship is weather-dependent & therefore that
there may be prolonged periods of time on or off the water. Bad weather
days will be used for land-based data processing and database tasks or as
days off. How to apply:Please send applications in an email titled “Marine
Research Internship” to Catherine Lea at cat at awads.co.nz <cat at awads.co.nz>
including: your CV and a cover letter detailing why you would like to
volunteer for Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, the dates you would be
available and relevant experience. Applications will be examined in order
of reception.*
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