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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">Enthusiastic
individuals with a keen interest in dolphin studies are invited to assist with
a PhD study investigating common dolphin ecology (<i>Delphinus</i> sp.) in the
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. This PhD project is part of the ongoing research of
the New Zealand Common Dolphin Project (NZCDP) and the Coastal-Marine Research
Group (C-MRG) at Massey University Albany, Auckland. (</span><a href="http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:blue" lang="EN-AU">http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">).</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>


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BACKGROUND:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

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This project aims to explore the distribution, habitat use and site fidelity of
common dolphins (<i style>Delphinus</i> sp.) in an
oceanic environment: the East Coast Bay of Plenty, and assess the effects of local
tourism on dolphin population.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Photo-identification is used to
assess common dolphin abundance and site fidelity in the region.</span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">DATES: </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>


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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">November
2013  February 2014. A minimum commitment of 2 months is requested. Priority
will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">LOCATION: </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>


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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">Tauranga,
New Zealand</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12pt;line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">RESPONSIBILITIES
& FIELD WORK OPPORTUNITY:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">Analysis of
photo-identification data, including assistance with photo sorting, grading,
and matching, sighting data entry, maintenance of long-term photo-id catalogue
using a MS Access database. Research assistants should be prepared to work long
days analysing photographs and matching them with the existing photo-identification
catalogue.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU"></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>


<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">PREREQUISITES:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>


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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">. Be
meticulous, reliable, adaptable, hardworking and patient.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">. Have a
mature and independent attitude towards marine mammal research.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">. Speak
fluent English</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">. Be
sociable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">. Strong
interest in the marine environment and conservation</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12pt;line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Previous experience in photo-ID on small cetaceans will be
considered.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
but no required:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">. Photo-identification
experience </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">APPLICATION
PROCESS:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>


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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">This is a volunteer position, so
there is unfortunately no monetary compensation or living provisions. However,
help can be provided to find accommodation. Assistants will be responsible for
travel to Tauranga and their own living expenses.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Applicants should email a letter of
interest outlining relevant experience and motivation for participation, as
well as a CV and the contacts for referees to Anna Meissner</span> <a href="mailto:a.m.meissner@massey.ac.nz" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:blue">a.m.meissner@massey.ac.nz</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>


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</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU">Early
application is recommended as applications will be examined in order of
reception.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"" lang="EN-AU"></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p>


<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Kindest regards,<br>
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Anna Meissner</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal"><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal">
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Anna M. Meissner<br>
PhD student<br>
Coastal-Marine Research Group<br>
Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences<br>
Massey University<br>
Private Bag 102 904<br>
North Shore City, 0745<br>
Auckland, New Zealand<br>
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Tel: +64 9 414 0800 ext 41520<br>
Cell: +64 22 603 6646<br>
Fax: +64 9 443 9790<br>
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Email: <a href="mailto:a.m.meissner@massey.ac.nz">a.m.meissner@massey.ac.nz</a><br>
Web: <a href="http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz">http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz</a><br>
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