[MARMAM] Research assistant position Wales 2020
katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Wed Nov 20 06:43:57 PST 2019
The Sea Watch Foundation is seeking a Research Assistant/Intern
Coordinator for the 2020 summer season. This is an UNPAID position but
accommodation is provided free of charge.
The Research Assistant 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 6th 2020 End Date: November 1st 2020
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
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 interests.
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
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 on a daily basis
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 at all
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 2020 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.
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.
Please send your CV and Research assistant application form (available
from the Sea Watch Foundation website
https://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/internships/), and contact details
of two referees, reporting any relevant experience you have, to Katrin
Lohrengel- katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Deadline: 14th January 2020.
Please specify RESEARCH ASSISTANT/INTERN COORDINATOR in your subject
Successful applicants will be notified of the outcomes by 10th February
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