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-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>Duties:             Field: spotting wildlife, data collection, boat driving, photo identification <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:36.0pt;text-align:justify;text-indent:36.0pt;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>Office: Data entry, fin matching, project organisation<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:72.0pt;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>Computer programs used for data are: FinBase, ACDSee, Logger, Microsoft Access, Excel and Word.</span><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:70.9pt;text-align:justify;text-indent:-70.9pt'><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>Time Period:   S</span><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>eeking skilled research assistants in the period of January 2012- March 2013. Because of the training required, applicants must be willing to commit to the project fulltime (five days a week) for a minimum of two months. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide monetary compensation or living provisions and research assistants will be responsible for their own travel to Western Australia and living expenses. Please note, the Bunbury backpackers provide good discounts for assistants of the Dolphin Discovery Centre.</span><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>Assistants should:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:70.9pt;text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>Be adaptable and patient as fieldwork is highly weather dependent. Fieldwork will vary between weekdays and weekends. When the weather permits fieldwork could be long and on consecutive days.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>Preferred   skills/traits:</span><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:white'>PRE<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:72.0pt;text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>1. Enrolled in or completed a degree in biology, marine science, animal behaviour or a related field.</span><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:72.0pt;text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>2. Previous field experience with wildlife (field data collection, photo-identification, boat handling skills). </span><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:72.0pt;text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>3. Be enthusiastic, team oriented and have a positive attitude as well as a genuine interest in wildlife science. </span><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;background:white'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:black'>If you are </span><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>interested in volunteering or interning, please provide a short CV and a cover letter to the attention of Kate Sprogis (k.sprogis@murdoch.edu.au).</span><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:red'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt'>Kate Sprogis, BMarSt Hons</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt'>PhD Candidate </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt'>Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt'>Centre for Fish and Aquatic Ecosystems Research</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt'>School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology</span><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt'>Faculty of Science and Engineering</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt'>Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia</span><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p></div></body></html>