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Behalf Of Alex Brown
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:43 AM
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Subject: [MARMAM] Seeking field assistants for research on tropical dolphins
in north-west Australia
Seeking field assistants for research on tropical dolphins in north-west
Dates: April - June 2012. Assistants must be available for the full duration
of the field season.
Project title: Abundance estimation, residency and genetic connectivity of
snubfin and humpback dolphins in the Kimberley region, Western Australia.
Institution: Cetacean Research Unit, Murdoch University - www.mucru.org
Overview: I am seeking experienced field assistants to assist with
boat-based photo-ID and biopsy sampling in north-west Australia over the
period April-June 2012. This project, funded by the Australian Marine Mammal
Centre, aims to collect baseline data on the local abundance, residency and
genetic connectivity of Australian snubfin (Orcaella heinsohni) and
Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) in the Kimberley region of
Western Australia. This is an opportunity to gain experience in field
techniques for small cetacean research, while contributing to a project with
a high conservation and management value.
Location: Two or three sites between the Dampier Peninsula and Wyndham will
be visited over the course of the field season. Accommodation will comprise
shared basic cabins or similar with camp kitchen and bathroom facilities.
These are remote locations far from urban areas and amenities.
Duties: Searching for dolphins, driving the boat, taking photos, making and
recording field observations, equipment cleaning and basic maintenance, data
entry, a fair share in communal cooking and housekeeping duties, and
generally working hard and having a great time. Expect long hours on the
water for work multiple days in a row, and up to a week between days off.
Prerequisites: Experience of working on and driving, to some extent, a small
boat (essential); no history of debilitating seasickness (essential); be
team-oriented, have a good sense of humour, patience, and an enthusiastic
attitude to hard work, long hours and collecting data on the natural
environment (essential); experience of photo-ID survey techniques (highly
Logistics: Departing from the city of Perth in early April, the team (3-4
people) will travel by vehicle to study sites on the north-west coast some
2,500 km away. Approximately 4 weeks will be spent at each field site
conducting boat-based surveys whenever weather conditions permit. The team
will then return to Perth in mid/late June. An exact end date will be
unavailable until nearer the time, so assistants should assume commitment to
the project until the end of June.
Expenses: This is an unpaid position. However, food and accommodation at
field sites are provided at no cost to assistants. Assistants are
responsible for their own travel costs to Perth, although travel to/from
field sites (by car) is provided.
To apply, please send a CV, brief covering letter and contact details of two
relevant referees to [log in to unmask] by Fri 17th Feb 2012.
Alex Brown <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]
PhD Candidate, Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)
Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystem Research
Faculty of Sustainability, Environmental and Life Sciences
Murdoch University, South Street, Perth WA 6150