[MARMAM] LAST CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - Research Assistant and Intern Coordinator Opportunity - Sea Watch Foundation

Chiara Giulia chiara.giulia.bertulli at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Fri Jan 4 08:34:51 PST 2019

The Sea Watch Foundation <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/>, a 
non-profit organisation dedicated to marine research, conservation, and 
public education is seeking applications for the following:




This position is responsible for assisting the Monitoring Officer in the 
running of the /“Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project”/ and coordinating the 
project interns. The project is based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West 
Wales, and works towards delivering on the conservation management of 
the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of 
Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive 
success and population structure using a combination of line-transect, 
photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys.

*Start Date: April 1^st , 2019      End Date: October 27^th , 2019*

*_Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:_*

  * Coordination between the Monitoring Officer, Sightings Officer and
    project interns – in charge of the intern shared house and the
    intern weekly office rota.
  * Assisting the Monitoring Officer & Sightings Officer in training
    interns and other volunteers in land- and boat-based surveys, photo
    ID studies, database entry, and more.
  * Assisting the Monitoring Officer in all phases of the research.
  * Assisting the Sightings Officer with maintenance of the national
    sightings network.
  * Optional opportunity to undertake a personal research project
    supervised by the Monitoring Officer. Research topic will be chosen
    according to Sea Watch Foundation requirements and applicant’s


The successful applicant is expected to have completed a BSc degree (or 
higher) in biology, marine biology, zoology, chemistry, or related field 
and able to demonstrate previous experience in marine mammal research. A 
strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans and experience are 

The applicant should ideally have some experience using DSLR cameras. 
Practical experience of photo-identification (both photography and 
matching) is desirable. Experience with other equipment regularly used 
by Sea Watch Foundation such as hydrophone, theodolite, digiscope and 
aerial camera drone is advantageous.

The applicant must be proficient with database and word processing 
software and be willing to learn new software applications.

Specific experience in use of Access and GIS would be advantageous. 
Knowledge of other relevant software such as PAMGuard or Raven is useful 
but not essential.

The preferred candidate should have a proven track record as a team 
player since the project will involve working closely with other 
researchers but must also be able to supervise small groups of people 
given that they will be coordinating a team of at least 8 interns. The 
Research Assistant and interns live and work together daily which 
requires a high degree of diplomacy and interpersonal skills to maintain 
relationships and team morale. Previous experience working successfully 
in similar roles is essential.

Applicants should be aware that they will be assisting in running 
ongoing, established research projects that routinely inform government 
agencies on the status of cetaceans in the UK and accordingly are 
expected to take the internship seriously and prioritise it over 
extra-curricular activities. Working in a small NGO environment in a 
tight knit team can be a challenging experience and requires a high 
degree of flexibility, tolerance and a positive attitude.

Applicants must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to 
work independently and responsibly without direct supervision. The work 
load is varied and therefore a high degree of organisation, attention to 
detail and ability to prioritise are essential.

If a personal research project is undertaken, this brings the 
opportunity to submit work for scientific publication, and for 
presentation at the European Cetacean Society Conference. However, this 
is a challenging position and it is up to the Research Assistant to 
pursue project work while not prioritising it over existing tasks.

The Research Assistant is expected to work 6 days a week with office 
hours running from 9AM to 6PM with an hour lunch break. Field work 
regularly falls outside of office hours, particularly land-based watches 
which take place throughout the day in two hours shifts from 7AM to 9PM. 
Line transect surveys are all day surveys and will typically start in 
the early morning hours and run for at least 8 hours. The Research 
Assistant is also entitled to one week’s holiday during the season, the 
dates of which should be agreed upon at the start of placement if possible.

*This position is unpaid but (shared) accommodation will be provided in 
the intern house free of charge. *


The Research Assistant will be responsible for their own travel expenses 
to New Quay for the 2019 field season. Due to the touristic background 
of New Quay, part-time paid evening work is generally easy to find if 
required by the applicant. There are a number of external organisations 
that may offer grants to partially cover living expenses (see below).

International applications are welcome, but it is the applicant’s 
responsibility to ensure visa requirements are met and the chosen visa 
option should be highlighted in the application form.

*To apply:*

Please send your CV and application form, with a cover letter and 
contact details of two referees, reporting any relevant experience you 
have, to Katrin Lohrengel- _*katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk*_

*Deadline: 11th January 2019*.

Please specify RESEARCH ASSISTANT/INTERN COORDINATOR in your subject title.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcomes by 10^th February 


*Potential funding sources to support your internship with Sea Watch *


SWF is aware that undertaking unpaid work can be challenging. However, 
as a relatively small charity it is currently not able to offer 
compensation for internships. However, there are some outside funding 
bodies that may be able to help you fund your internship. If you are 
accepted for an internship, we are happy to provide letters to support 
your funding application.

If you are a current student or recent graduate it is worth checking 
whether your university offers financial support for students 
undertaking field work related to their degree subject.

This site offers a comprehensive list of potential grants to apply for: 
Gap Year Funding list


*About the Sea Watch Foundation*

The Sea Watch Foundation is a national marine environmental research 
charity that aims to achieve better conservation of whales and dolphins 
in the seas around Britain and Ireland, by involving the public in 
scientific monitoring of populations and the threats they face. It is 
the longest-running research charity in UK focusing upon cetaceans 
around the British Isles, and maintains a national sightings database, 
the largest in Europe. It works closely with all the UK statutory 
conservation agencies, and advises UK government, the UNEP Regional 
intergovernmental Conservation Agreement - ASCOBANS, the European 
Commission, as well as the major conservation charities and marine 
industries operating in the UK.

At Sea Watch Wales, we are dedicated to raising awareness, knowledge and 
conservation of the marine wildlife of the region. Our work is funded by 
the Countryside Council for Wales, Defra, the Joint Nature Conservation 
Committee, and Environment Wales; and we work closely with the local 
management authority, Ceredigion County Council.

Internships with Sea Watch have frequently led to established posts in 
national and international research and conservation bodies, as well as 
providing a stepping stone for students to undertake doctoral studies in 
marine mammal science.

*Public awareness*

**We aim to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of the 
local marine wildlife and the habitats supporting them, to encourage 
respect and conservation of the area and its wildlife for future 
generations. We also run training courses for the public in cetacean 
identification and survey methods.

A list of recent of recent awareness and education achievements is given 

  * Sea Watch Director, Peter Evans, received the European Cetacean
    Society Conservation Award, 2012
  * Sea Watch Foundation was recipient of the UNEP/ASCOBANS “Outreach
    and Education Award”, 2009
  * Sea Watch Foundation was voted best UK animal adoption scheme by BBC
    Wildlife, December 2008


The purpose of our research here is to monitor the marine mammal 
populations inhabiting Cardigan Bay, so as to gain information to aid 
the conservation and long-term well being of these animals and the local 
marine environment. This is achieved by conducting various projects 

  * Estimating the abundance and distribution of bottlenose dolphins,
    harbour porpoises and grey seals within Cardigan Bay using distance
    sampling and opportunistic boat surveys
  * Maintaining and updating a catalogue of photographically identified
    bottlenose dolphins in Wales in order to study their abundance,
    social structure, movements and life histories.

Dr Chiara Giulia Bertulli
Sightings Officer

Sea Watch Foundation
+44 (0) 1545 561227


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