[MARMAM] FALKLAND ISLANDS - MARINE MEGAFAUNA - FIELD HELPERS WANTED

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Wed Sep 5 11:09:10 PDT 2018


  FALKLAND ISLANDS - MARINE MEGAFAUNA - FIELD HELPERS WANTED


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 PROJECT: Long term study of
MARINE MEGAFAUNA of the FALKLAND ISLANDS.

 POSITION: Volunteer (unpaid)
field helper.

 DURATION: about 3 months, two shifts: 1) late September
2018 (arriving to the Falklands September 29th) to early December 2018,
and 2) early December 2018 to late March 2019

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

 DUTIES:

 -
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: we have urgent need to fill up a few positions for the first
shift, so the soonest the better. For the second shift deadline is
September 23rd

 DESCRIPTION

 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 at Sea Lion Island.

 Previous experience of field
work is appreciated but not essential.

 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.
The ESRG is a small independent organization, so we are asking
volunteers a 300 GBP contribution to help us with management expenses
and individual research equipment repair/maintenance.

 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, 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 watching in the
Falklands, it is an Important Birds Area, a RAMSAR convention site, and
a National Nature Reserve.

 APPLICATION

 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
ask.
 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. Simona Sanvito (simo_esrg at eleseal.org).

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

 Thanks

 The ESRG team 



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