[MARMAM] Seeking volunteer research assistants for the forthcoming 2019 field season in Shark Bay

Pernille Meyer pernille2301 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 06:38:50 PST 2019

Dear MARMAM Community,

We are seeking two full-time volunteer research assistants for the Dolphin
Alliance Project’s (http://www.sharkbaydolphins.org/) forthcoming field
season in Shark Bay, Western Australia, a remote World Heritage Area.

Specifically, you will assist one of two PhD students. Both assistants are
needed from August/September through November (13 – 17 weeks). One project,
running from May through August, investigates thedevelopment of alliance
behaviour and juvenile males’ social bonds. The other project, running from
August through November, investigates the effects of habitat configuration
and acoustic detection range on male alliance behaviour.

Fieldwork is based at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort in the eastern gulf of
Shark Bay. You will assist with boat-based surveys, and the collection of
photo-ID, behavioural, acoustic, genetic, and ecological data from the
resident dolphins and their environment.

Assistants should be adaptable and patient, as our fieldwork schedule is
highly weather dependent: when the weather permits, we will work long hours
on the water and on consecutive days; when the weather does not permit
fieldwork, we will be working on photo-matching and processing, data entry,
and our long-term database. The effort is well worth it, as you will gain
insight into the behaviour of an incredible population of dolphins that
form multi-level alliances, and those that exhibit foraging specialisations
(including sponging tool-use), as well as a diverse array of other wildlife
(e.g. sharks, rays, turtles, dugongs).

We seek dedicated, hard-working individuals with the willingness and
ability to acquire new skills, as well as work diligently on routine tasks.
As we live and work closely in small teams for extended periods, we need
easy-going, team players who maintain a mature and positive attitude. Prior
field experience with cetaceans, including familiarity with conducting
photo-ID and the handling of small (<6m) boats are highly desirable

Please note that these are volunteer positions. You will need to make your
own way to Shark Bay, but food and shared accommodation (in the Monkey Mia
Dolphin Resort backpackers) on-site are covered. Only those who can commit
to the entire field season will be considered.

Applicants should send a CV (max 3 pages), including contact details of two
referees, and a short (max 1 page) cover letter in a single PDF to Kathryn
Holmes (kathryn.holmes at research.uwa.edu.au) and Pernille Sørensen (
pernille.sorensen at bristol.ac.uk). The application deadline is Friday, 8th
of March 2019.

Best wishes, Kathryn and Pernille


Kathryn Holmes, PhD Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
University of Western Australia
Crawley WA 6009

Email: kathryn.holmes at research.uwa.edu.au

Pernille Meyer Sørensen, PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Life Sciences Building | 24 Tyndall Avenue

University of Bristol | Bristol BS8 1TQ | U.K.

Email: pernille.sorensen at bristol.ac.uk
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