[MARMAM] Summer Volunteer Placements with Cetus’ Robson Bight Warden & Straitwatch Programs!

Nicola Rammell nicola.rammell at cetussociety.org
Tue Feb 22 17:47:30 PST 2022


*Summer Volunteer Placements with Cetus’ Robson Bight Warden & Straitwatch
Programs!*

Cetus Research & Conservation Society is a non-profit marine conservation
organization. Cetus is dedicated to protecting the lives of whales in the
wild through research, education, and direct intervention. Founded in 2005,
Cetus addresses the increasing endangerment of BC's killer whales due to
human activities. We focus on one of three key contributors to killer whale
endangerment: vessel traffic disturbance. We work in the field to protect
whales and other marine mammals from harassment and harm. As vessel traffic
in the region increases, our work becomes more and more crucial to their
survival. For more information, visit www.cetussociety.org.



Cetus is seeking to fill the following volunteer placements:



*Robson Bight Warden Program/Straitwatch Quadra*



Four placements will be based out of a rustic Robson Bight Warden field
camp on West Cracroft Island located near Alert Bay, BC and two placements
will be based on Quadra Island, BC. We require a commitment to the full
season, which runs from approximately mid-June to early-September 2022.



Our programs focus on protecting British Columbia’s marine mammal
populations and encouraging others to do the same. Successful applicants
will have the opportunity to be involved with a variety of tasks ranging
from community outreach and education to marine mammal response and data
collection. Students will have the opportunity to work aboard our
monitoring vessels where they will participate in data collection and
on-the-water boater education. Students based in Robson Bight will also
monitor vessel traffic and killer whale presence from our land-based
observation platform on West Cracroft Island.



*Responsibilities include:*


   - Educating boaters, kayakers, and members of the public about the
   marine mammal viewing guidelines, marine species at risk, and the
   conservation issues they face
   - Collecting and entering data on marine mammals and vessel activity
   - Public interpretation and participation in community events
   - Observing and recording cetaceans for the BC Cetacean Sightings Network
   - Potentially helping to respond to injured, sick, or dead marine
   mammals in support of the BC Marine Mammal Response Network
   - Assisting with general administrative duties
   -  General duties including cooking, cleaning, and general upkeep of
   accommodations

*What skills and experience will students gain? *


   - Experience working aboard a monitoring vessel in coastal BC
   - Experience participating in land-based marine conservation efforts
   - Data collection and data entry using Microsoft Access
   - Interpretive skills and techniques
   - Experience educating the public on marine conservation issues
   - Experience with fundraising and community outreach
   - Potential for experience in marine mammal response
   - Extensive remote fieldwork experience
   - Training opportunities such as Small Vessel Operator course (SVOP),
   Small Domestic Vessel Safety course (SDV-BS), Marine VHF course (ROC-M),
   Marine First Aid and/or Wilderness First Aid certifications

*Essential Requirements:*


   - Interest in marine wildlife and conservation
   - Flexibility
   - Strong communication skills
   - Strong observation skills and careful attention to detail
   - Ability to work long hours, outdoors, in all weather conditions
   - Ability to live and work comfortably in a remote coastal wilderness
   camp setting with staff and volunteers (Robson Bight team only)
   - Ability to carry 45 lbs of gear between vessels and base camps - this
   varies from across the street to down a rocky shoreline and up steep trails
   (Robson Bight team only)
   - Ability to hike from the base camp to the observation site on
   alternate days on a rugged hiking trail (3.2 km each way) which takes
   approximately 1 hour each way (Robson Bight team only)

*Additional Information:* Students based on Quadra Island will be provided
with accommodation while students based at Robson Bight will be camping in
a rustic base camp for the duration of their placements. Those
participating in Robson Bight placements will need to bring their own tent,
sleeping mat, and sleeping bag. Tent pads and tarps are provided as well as
cooking equipment. Communal dinners are prepared by the field team each
evening. Please note these are unpaid positions. Successful candidates will
be eligible for funding covering all participant costs associated with
travel, living expenses, training opportunities, and personal gear for the
duration of the placement through Ocean Bridge Direct Action (
https://education.ocean.org/directaction/assignments/1117747).



*Eligibility:*


   - Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person granted refugee status
   in Canada
   - Living in Canada for the duration of the program and cannot be out of
   the country for more than one month consecutively
   - 18 to 30 years old at the start date of the program

*How to apply:* Candidates will be placed through Ocean Bridge Direct
Action. Apply to Ocean Bridge Direct Action (
https://education.ocean.org/directaction/assignments/1117743) and express
your interest in being placed with Cetus’ Robson Bight Warden or
Straitwatch Programs. *Application deadline is March 11th, 2022 (11:59
PST).* Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for
interviews and asked to provide contact details for two references. Thank
you for your interest!






-- 
Nicola Rammell (she/her)
Program Coordinator
Robson Bight Marine Warden Program
Cetus Research & Conservation Society
nicola.rammell at cetussociety.org <marie.fournier at cetussociety.org>

www.ProtectOurWhale <http://www.cetussociety.org/>s.com
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