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SeaSeal Volunteer

SeaSeal is our dedicated land-based, Atlantic grey seal photo-ID project. The aim of the project is to create a catalogue of individual grey seals in Cardigan Bay and to discover more about their travelling habits and areas that are important to them.

We are looking for two volunteers to continue the SeaSeal project for the 2020 field season.

What You Will Gain

Undertaking the SeaSeal project is a unique opportunity for you to carry out marine mammal research and contribute to marine conservation. You’ll learn about the Atlantic grey seals of Cardigan Bay and gain experience in field work, wildlife photography, photo-ID, data entry, report writing and much more. This role can be a stepping stone to a career in marine research or conservation.

Past volunteers have gone on to further education, work as Marine Mammal Observers and work for other conservation or governmental organisations.

The Volunteering Role

The SeaSeal volunteer will assist with our Living Seas research focused on the Atlantic grey seals of Cardigan Bay. Volunteer responsibilities include (but not limited to) –

Conducting land based seal surveys (weather dependant)
Photographing seals and other marine mammals
Assisting with the annual seal pup survey (During October)
Conducting photo ID – sorting/matching images
Analysing data and writing the SeaSeal report
Providing updates for our website and social media
Reporting back to the Living Seas Staff
You will also assist with other areas of our work including land and boat based surveys, running our visitor centre and community engagement activities
Volunteer Skills/Qualities

Experience with DSLR cameras and wildlife photography
Previous experience of photo-ID
ICT skills, including MS Office and GIS
Experience of data analysis and report writing
A mature and responsible attitude
Proactive with the ability to work independently and unsupervised
Flexible approach to work as you will volunteer outside of normal office hours
An interest and knowledge of British marine mammals (desirable)
A background in biology/marine biology (desirable)
Volunteer Dates 2020

We are looking for a SeaSeal volunteer for the period of 23rd March – 3rd July 2020 and another volunteer for the period 29th June – 16th November 2020. Priority will be given to those that can volunteer for the full research season from 23rd March – 16th November 2020.

How to Apply

Download an application form from the SeaSeal volunteer homepage and email it along with a CV and covering letter (no more than one side of A4) detailing your motivations for applying to volunteer@cbmwc.org with "SeaSeal App 2020" in the subject line.

SeaSeal Volunteer

Deadline for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 5th January.

SeaSeal Volunteer

SeaSeal is our dedicated land-based, Atlantic grey seal photo-ID project. The aim of the project is to create a catalogue of individual grey seals in Cardigan Bay and to discover more about their travelling habits and areas that are important to them.

We are looking for two volunteers to continue the SeaSeal project for the 2020 field season.

What You Will Gain

Undertaking the SeaSeal project is a unique opportunity for you to carry out marine mammal research and contribute to marine conservation. You’ll learn about the Atlantic grey seals of Cardigan Bay and gain experience in field work, wildlife photography, photo-ID, data entry, report writing and much more. This role can be a stepping stone to a career in marine research or conservation.

Past volunteers have gone on to further education, work as Marine Mammal Observers and work for other conservation or governmental organisations.

The Volunteering Role

The SeaSeal volunteer will assist with our Living Seas research focused on the Atlantic grey seals of Cardigan Bay. Volunteer responsibilities include (but not limited to) –

Conducting land based seal surveys (weather dependant)
Photographing seals and other marine mammals
Assisting with the annual seal pup survey (During October)
Conducting photo ID – sorting/matching images
Analysing data and writing the SeaSeal report
Providing updates for our website and social media
Reporting back to the Living Seas Staff
You will also assist with other areas of our work including land and boat based surveys, running our visitor centre and community engagement activities
Volunteer Skills/Qualities

Experience with DSLR cameras and wildlife photography
Previous experience of photo-ID
ICT skills, including MS Office and GIS
Experience of data analysis and report writing
A mature and responsible attitude
Proactive with the ability to work independently and unsupervised
Flexible approach to work as you will volunteer outside of normal office hours
An interest and knowledge of British marine mammals (desirable)
A background in biology/marine biology (desirable)
Volunteer Dates 2020

We are looking for a SeaSeal volunteer for the period of 23rd March – 3rd July 2020 and another volunteer for the period 29th June – 16th November 2020. Priority will be given to those that can volunteer for the full research season from 23rd March – 16th November 2020.

How to Apply

Download an application form from the SeaSeal volunteer homepage and email it along with a CV and covering letter (no more than one side of A4) detailing your motivations for applying to volunteer@cbmwc.org with "SeaSeal App 2020" in the subject line.

SeaSeal Volunteer

Deadline for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 5th January.

CetaceaLab Volunteer Program 2018

Cetacea Lab is a land based whale research facility located along the remote north coast of British Columbia, Canada. We are now accepting applications for the 2018 field season from May until the end of September. All positions are for 1 to 2 months duration. There is a weekly fee for food. These are volunteer/intern positions to help with the collection of data on the habitat use and abundance of northern resident/transient killer whales, humpback and fin whales. Both the Lab and out camp are located in areas of high abundance of all 3 species. Due to our extreme remote location applicants need to be in good physical condition, able to participate with the daily routine of living off the grid and comfortable sleeping in a tent in the wilderness of BC. There is a lot of hard physical work that will come with this position, you must be fit without any physical injuries. There are no roads, very limited Internet access, very limited medical service and power is completely off!
the grid.

– Daily shifts involve scanning for whales, documenting all sightings and when possible to take identification pictures of whales

– Listening and recording all whale vocalizations that are transmitted to the lab facility from our network of hydrophone stations

–  Data entry from land based and marine vessel based surveys

–  Identification work of all whales from photographs taken in the field

–  There will also be a lot of heavy lifting and moving over uneven rocky terrain, chopping wood ( our only source of heat) and assistance with the physical maintenance of hydrophone stations.

– Experience with carpentry, electronics, IT, social media, website building and environmental communications would be a valuable asset. Interested applicants should send a letter describing why they would like to join our team, CV and letter of reference to Whalepoint@outlook.com<mailto:Whalepoint@outlook.com>

References will be contacted. More information about our research can be found at www.forwhales.org<http://www.forwhales.org>

All the Best, Hermann Meuter

Field Assistants Needed in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Seeking experienced field assistants for research on tropical dolphins around Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Fieldwork dates: Commences 1st April 2018 – 25thth September 2018

Application deadlineWednesday 31st January 2018

Project title: Ecology and conservation biology of the Indo Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) in the North West Cape, Western Australia

Institution: Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL); Flinders University; South Australia www.cebel.org.au<http://www.cebel.org.au

Overview:

I am seeking experienced field assistants to assist with boat-based photo-Identification and laser photogrammetry of Australian humpback and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins around the North West Cape in North-Western Australia for 6 months from the 1st of April 2018.

I am looking for four research assistants for April-June and another four for July-September. Commitment to a full 3 month/12 week period is preferred. Volunteers can apply for the whole 6-month period if they wish.

This is an opportunity to gain experience in field techniques for small cetacean research and contribute to a project with very high conservation and management value. Furthermore, it provides assistants the opportunity to conduct research in a truly unique natural setting along the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast, home to one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world, Ningaloo Reef. The region is highly abundant with marine life, including seasonal visits from whale sharks (April-August), humpback whales (June-November), Killer whales (July-August) and manta rays (June-October). It really is a spectacular research setting!

About the project:
This project is part of a PhD I am doing at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia with CEBEL.
The aim of this study is to establish baseline ecological information on the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin population in the North West Cape of WA and improve the scientific basis behind their conservation and management.

The project has four main objectives:

1.       Estimate the abundance, site fidelity and residency patterns of the bottlenose dolphin;

2.       Identify critical habitat areas for feeding, socialising, resting and breeding;

3.       Assess the social structure and home ranging patterns of the bottlenose dolphins;

4.       Estimate age and growth curves for the population and sex of individuals using laser photogrammetry

Location:

We will be staying in a spacious house in Exmouth for the duration of the field season.

Duties:

The season will be split into “boat days” and “land days” which is purely dependant on weather.
“Boat days”: Boat work is conducted 7 days a week (often for extended hours) throughout the entire field season depending on weather conditions. Boat days will consist of preparing and cleaning of the boat and field equipment, boat based transect surveys searching for dolphin groups, taking images of dorsal fins and recording information on group size, composition, behaviour and environmental data. At times, there will be opportunities to drive the boat. At the conclusion of the day, photo-id images will be loaded onto the CEBEL computer and cameras will be charged and set up for the next morning. In order to keep on top of data entry, it is expected that some work will be done in the evenings on returning to the house. A structured schedule will be set up with rotations of field duties, time off and specific duties for each person.

“Land days”: when conditions are less than ideal, expect to spend time in the office doing data entry, scoring photographs and fin matching. During these days, there will be also plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area, which is an ideal location for those who enjoy scuba diving, surfing, hiking and wildlife.

Cooking and housekeeping will be shared among participants.

What to expect:

Field assistants need to be available full-time, including weekends, and be prepared for early morning departures (6-7AM), long days (8-10 hours) on the water in warm weather for multiple consecutive days, and lengthy days transcribing data. Fieldwork is weather dependant. If the weather is not right, we will not be conducting surveys and could spend several days in a row on land. However, if the weather is good it could be several days before we get a day on land. Bring some books or movies to watch in the down time.

Ningaloo is home to a large array of marine fauna so expect to see whales, sea turtles, whale sharks, dugongs, manta rays, sharks, and crystal clear waters over beautiful tropical reefs. Most of all, expect to learn a lot while having an awesome time.

Prerequisites:

*          Enrolled in or completed a degree in marine science, ecology, biology, animal behaviour, life sciences or a related field (highly desirable);

*         Experience in working on a small boat and no history of sea sickness (essential);

*         Experience in photo-ID survey techniques (highly desirable);

*         Experience in field research on small cetaceans (highly desirable);

*         Experience in working in remote areas (highly desirable)

*         Be team-oriented and have an enthusiastic and proactive attitude to hard work, long hours and collecting data on the natural environment (essential);

*         Proficient use of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access (highly desirable);

*         Experience in using DISCOVERY photo identification software (highly desirable);

*         Fluent in English (highly desirable)

Expenses:

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide monetary compensation or living provisions and research assistants will be responsible for their own travel to Exmouth (direct flights available from Perth) and living expenses. Costs for accommodation and food will be split among the research leader and participants.

How to apply:

If you are interested to be part of ‘Team Tursiops’ please send a CV (max. 3 pages), a 1-page cover letter outlining your relevant experience in regards to the above prerequisites, and contact details of two relevant referees to rebecca.haughey@flinders.edu.au<mailto:rebecca.haughey@flinders.edu.au> by Wednesday 31st of January 2018. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.
For more information on the project and associated fieldwork contact Rebecca on the above email or please check out the field blogs from previous field seasons at http://www.cebel.org.au/field-blog/north-west-cape-dolphin-project or check out the NWCDRP album on the CEBEL Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CEBELresearch<http://www.facebook.com/CEBELresearch<http://www.facebook.com/CEBELresearch%3chttp:/www.facebook.com/CEBELresearch>.

Research Assistants for Gray Whale Count in California

RESEARCH ASSISTANT (RA) POSITIONS AVAILABLE – seeking volunteer Research Assistants in winter/spring to participate in Gray Whales Count (GWC) 2018 survey of the northbound migration of Gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) migrating through the nearshore of the Santa Barbara Channel.

GWC is seeking Research Assistants (RA) to work with Project Coordinator and team of observers to assist in our annual survey, conducted from shore at Counter Point, in the Coal Oil Point Reserve, Goleta, California, USA, adjacent to the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

This position is open to citizens of the United States of America and those authorized to work in the United States with an appropriate visa in hand.

The 2018 survey begins Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and continues every day through May 27, from 9 AM to 5 PMMonday through Sunday. If Gray whale calves are continuing, we may need to extend the survey through May 31.

We are looking for passionate, caring individuals who are willing to commit for the entire survey, ~100 survey days, and be available to begin Saturday, February 10 to train and assist with preparations.

GWC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for research and education. The primary goal of research is to estimate the number of Gray whales and Gray whale calves migrating northbound through our corridor and to share our data to complement similar sampling-studies along the California coast.

A secondary goal is to document the variety and quantity of other marine mammals in the ocean area around our site, which is now a Marine Protected Area. We are able to monitor human activity, including interactions with marine mammals, including Gray whales.

Goals of education are to teach the process of scientific research to Counters and to give them the opportunity to conduct a meaningful study, to experience marine mammals in their natural environment, and to share this process and our enthusiasm with publics through direct interchange, outreach, and various media.

RAs will be trained by the Project Coordinator and, in-turn, share the responsibility for training new volunteers and conducting research and education.

Applicable skills learned and achieved include:

> Process, concepts, and protocols of the survey, including use of equipment and data-entry.

> Ability to identify a multitude of marine mammal species from a distance, including but not limited to: Gray whales, Humpback whales, Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Harbor seals, California Sea lions, Sea otters, etc.

> Identify behaviors of these marine mammals

> Distinguish calves from juveniles and adults

> Identify vessels and vessel operations

> Gather detailed, consistent data, with ability to teach and check others? work

> Learn about marine mammals in their natural environment and the forces that affect them, both natural and anthropogenic

> Developing responsibility and a working relationship within a team

Because of the training required, applicants must be willing to commit full-time to the project for the time period involved, approximately 100 days, which can be extended if the applicant desires to be involved with data entry and analysis).

This will entail up to 9 hours of work a day for at least 5 days a week. (With training, RA?s are required to work everyday the first two weeks.) The Count is 7 days per week and the RA may commit additional hours to the Count as desired. The more time you can put in, the more you will get out of your experience.

Priority will be given to those candidates with associative career goals. Previous experience is a plus but not a condition.

This is an invaluable opportunity to gain extensive experience in real-time, scientific fieldwork in an environment rich with diverse populations of marine mammals. You will work with equally diverse individuals who are caring, attentive, and curious. Gray whales are a sentinel species traveling from temperate lagoons in Mexico, along the dynamic California Current at the eastern edge of the North Pacific Ocean to the Arctic waters of northern Alaska in one of the longest marine mammal migrations.

Requirements:

> Even though we are situated in Southern California, you must be able to withstand harsh weather conditions.  Fieldwork can be, at times, physically and mentally demanding.

> Willingness to work long hours.

> Commit for a minimum of 100 days, full time (minimum five days per week).

> Enrolled in or completed a degree in biology, marine science, zoology, environmental science, animal behavior or a related field.

> Previous field experience with marine wildlife and observation is a plus but not required.

> Ability to work in a team environment to produce consistent, high quality results. We cannot stress this enough. You will be trained to be a leader of an operation with people of differing experience and dedication.

> Be enthusiastic and possess a caring, positive attitude, with a strong desire to learn.

> Be adaptable and patient. The migration is characterized by pulses rather than a steady stream; and weather is the unknown factor: wind, rain, and fog can shut us down.

> We strive for a perfection that cannot be attained. We are forgiving and learn from experience.

This is a volunteer position. The selected RAs will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Santa Barbara/Goleta, California and daily to the survey site. Recognizing that living costs are high in this area, Gray Whales Count will award a $500 stipend to assist each RA with expenses upon successful completion of the RA position. RAs will be responsible for all for living expenses while volunteering for Gray Whales Count.

To apply: Please send cover letter/resume to Project Coordinator, Michael Smith michael@graywhalescount.org <mailto:michael@graywhalescount.org>.

We strongly recommend you look over our website: graywhalescount.org <http://www.graywhalescount.org/GWC/The_Count/The_Count.html> to familiarize yourself with our operation. In the cover letter, please address why you wish to participate in Gray Whales Count; how this particular experience will be meaningful to you; and how this might advance your career goals.

There is no deadline to apply. The position will remain open until it is filled. Please consider applying early in order to arrange travel plans and to secure room and board

Dolphin Research Internship in Portugal

*DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN PORTUGAL*

*BACKGROUND: *The Marine Environment Research Association – AIMM, is a
non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the research and
conservation of marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in
southern Portugal (Algarve). This project aims to obtain baseline
information on species occurrence, behavior, and social structure of the
local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support
conservation measures and inform marine management policies.

The main species observed are Short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus
delphis), Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), and Harbour porpoises
(Phocoena phocoena), although other species such as Minke whales
(Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) can
also be sighted.

AIMM Interns are young, hard-working individuals who are willing to
contribute to the association and support on-going activities, while
experiencing fieldwork at sea, learning data collection and processing
methodologies, and being a part of AIMM’s team of researchers and marine
biologists for a period of time. All team members and participants share
accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental
friendly and multicultural environment.

Interns have the additional option to enrich their time with AIMM by
beginning or improving their SCUBA skills with a PADI-certified instructor.

*WHERE:* Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

*WHEN:* The field season lasts from May 1 – October 31, 2017. The minimum
internship attendance is 7 days, preferably starting on a Monday.

*FIELDWORK: *The field trips are conducted in AIMM’s research vessel,
Ketos, or in opportunistic platforms (commercial dolphin-watching boats).
Fieldwork is dependent on weather conditions and seat availability in the
dolphin-watching boats. Field days can be intense, especially in the peak
of summer, but are fulfilling and good fun. The interns will be trained to:

– Conduct on-board surveys of marine species occurrence;

– Record effort tracks on a handheld GPS;

– Collect data on behavior, group size, species, etc.;

– Collection of photo to photo-identification, acoustic recording, and underwater videos while on-board.

*DATA ANALYSIS: *This will be conducted on a daily basis and will entail
entering data into established databases and spreadsheets,
photo-identification processing, and preliminary data interpretation.

*INTERNSHIP FEES:* AIMM is a non-profit organization that relies on
donations from our volunteers, partners, and conservation-minded people
like you so that we may continue our important research and education
programs in the Algarve. This internship requires a monetary contribution
which is used to off-set the cost of accommodation and running a
non-profit. For more information on internship fees for the 2017 season,
please contact: interns@aimm-portugal.org

*Included* in the fee is:

– Accommodation in the research house;

– Transportation to/from the marina;

– Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner);

– Fieldwork in the research vessel or commercial dolphin-watching
vessels.

*Not included* in the fee is:

– Transportation to/from Albufeira;

– Meals in restaurants and snacks;

– Free time activities;

– Personal insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel insurance);

– Personal expenses.

*INTERNS ARE EXPECTED TO:*

– Be above the age of 16;

– Have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research and environment;

– Be autonomous and flexible;

– Be able to live and work in an international team and mainly outdoors at sea;

– Speak English;

– Participate for minimum 7 days.

*Preference will be given* to those who have:

–  Relevant marine mammal field experience

–  Working experience on research vessels

–  Experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms

–  Experience in photo-identification

–  Professional cameras that can be used for photo-ID

– Availability to stay for longer periods of time

*INTERNSHIP APPLICATION:*

Applicants should fill up the online application at:

http://www.aimmportugal.org/#!internship-aimm/cw7b

After the confirmation e-mail, send your Resume/CV with updated photo and
personal statement on which are your expectations and why do you want to
work with AIMM to: interns@aimm-portugal.org with the subject “Internship
2017”.

Applicants will be contacted to arrange internship dates and details.

Applications will be accepted during all season, however, early application
is recommended due to limited vacancies.

*Contacts*: interns@aimm-portugal.org | www.aimmportugal.org |

Hawaiian Humpback Whale Field Research Internship

Ocean Mammal Institute (OMI) is a non-profit organization that pioneers the way in two of the most important fields of study in the 21st century: Environmental Studies and Ecological Psychology (Ecopsychology).  Together we can turn the tide of extinction.
Dates: 2 Jan 2018 arrive, 19 Jan 2018 depart
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Internship title: Hawaiian Humpback Whale Field Research Internship

Internship description: Get out into nature in beautiful Maui and learn how to conduct field research on humpback whales.  Research the impact of boats on these magnificent mammals and how boats change whale habitat and behavior.  The reading material covers whale behavior, how humans affect that and all environmental issues around the oceans.  Additionally, we look at other human impacts on the oceans and how human psychology affects the decisions we make about the environment.  Learn how we can create meaningful change and raise consciousness about environmental issues.

An OMI research intern is expected to do the following:
1. Study the biology and behavior of humpback whales while you observe and record their spectacular behaviors.
2. Learn and apply the principles of field research design.
3. Gain a personal understanding of the politics of protecting endangered species.
4. Learn about current research on whales and dolphins around the world and related conservation issues.
5. Be introduced to the field of Ecopsychology, which studies the relationship between humans and the natural world.
6. Learn how we can create meaningful change and raise the consciousness about environmental issues.

What a typical day is like:
– As part of a team, conduct shore-based data collection. This involves tracking whales and boats with a theodolite and recording whale behaviors. All this is conducted approximately 4 hours every day in the Maui sun.
– As part of a team, plot and graph the field data daily.
– Read and discuss articles for the evening class. There are about 70 short articles in addition to the paperback text. Evening discussions are conducted every night and last approx 2 hours.

Additional requirements:
– Take 2 written exams (midterm and final).
– Write a team research paper using the field data your team obtained.

Living arrangements:
– 4 to 5 students in a beautifully furnished condo on the ocean.
– Condos have a full kitchen, living area, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms.

Administrative Info:
– Take this course as an Independent Study or Internship Course, through your college. If taking this course for credit you receive your credit from your school, not OMI.
– Arrive in Maui 2 Jan 2018, depart Maui 19 Jan 2018
– Price – $2850.00  (Includes rental of research equipment, transportation, and accommodations in peak tourist season.) This fee does not include airfare or food.

Requirements:
This is a basic field research course open to any college student, any major may apply.
Students must be able to walk up a hill and sit in the Maui sun 4 hours a day as they gather field data on the whales.

Application:
Online application is available on our website at:  www.oceanmammalinst.org
Limited slots available.  If not selected deposit is refunded.
Applications will be accepted until all the slots are filled.
Questions contact:
Chelsey Gloor
Chief Operations Manager
Ocean Mammal Institute
Email: chelseyg956@hotmail.com

Research Internships in Maui, Hawai’i

Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF), based in Maui, Hawai’i, is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting whales and other marine life through research, education, and conservation.  Our researchers have studied whales and dolphins throughout the Pacific for over 30 years and currently conduct projects in Hawai’i, Australia, and Ecuador.  For more information about Pacific Whale Foundation and our research please visit www.pacificwhale.org

*Commitment*

PWF seeks performance-driven and dedicated individuals for long-term internships based out of our Maalaea, Maui offices. Interns are expected to be available on a full-time basis, including weekends as needed.

*Responsibilities*

Primary responsibilities are office-based and may include:
– Photo-identification matching of whale flukes and/or dolphin dorsal fins;
– Data entry and archival tasks;
– Data processing and analysis;
– General operational tasks.

Additional responsibilities include field work: year-round boat surveys for odontocetes and marine debris, and, during the winter, land-based surveys for humpback whales using a theodolite.

Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in sometimes extreme weather conditions, including high temperatures, hiking into remote areas, and carrying heavy loads of equipment. Field days typically exceed eight hours and occur approximately 1-3 times per week.

Each intern may be assigned to a specific project according to skill set and availability. Interns also assist staff with other projects, such as outreach events, as the need arises.

*Requirements*
– Be advanced undergraduates or recent graduates in biology or a related field (if you are seeking college/university credit please indicate so in your application);
– Be available to volunteer on a full-time basis for the entire internship period and must be available for all field work;
– Have a mature attitude towards research;
– Be proficient with computers and data entry; specifically using PCs and the Microsoft Office suite of products;
– Willingness to spend long hours in front of a computer doing repetitive tasks;
– Have a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and superior organizational skills;
– Have the ability to work well both in a team and independently;
– Have the ability to admit to mistakes;
– Be adaptable and a fast-learner;
– Be able to collect data in a detail-oriented manner;
– Have experience collecting data in the field;
– Speak, read and write English fluently;
– Must be a U.S. citizen or legally authorized remain in Hawai’i for the internship period. International applicants will be considered, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire necessary visas and documentation.

*Compensation*

There is no financial compensation for these positions and no housing is provided. Interns are responsible for their own travel and living expenses. There is public transportation available on the island.

*Application process*

Interested candidates should submit an application with the following:
– A cover letter including your availability, i.e. preferred time period (1 page only);
– A resume describing training, experience and relevant skills (2 pages only);
– Names and contact information of three references.

Please specify in your cover letter which internship period you are applying for.

Season: Winter-Spring
Internship period: January 1 – April 30
Application deadline: September 30

Season: Summer
Internship period: May 1 – August 31
Application deadline: February 28

Season: Fall
Internship period: September 1 ? December 31
Application deadline: June 30

Please send these items as e-mail attachments (PDF preferred) to research@pacificwhale.org – No phone calls or drop-ins, please!

Undergraduate or Master’s Level Student Needed for Beluga Acoustics Research Project

The research team at Oceanographic (Valencia, Spain) is in need of a highly motivated undergraduate or Master’s level student to assist in the development of a large scale beluga acoustics research project. Candidates will be working closely with Ph.D. students and experts in the field of bioacoustics, and may use an aspect of the project as a Master’s thesis or undergraduate honors project. The accepted student would need to be self funded, and able to make a six month commitment to living and working in Valencia. Students with previous bioacoustics experience will be strongly considered, however, bioacoustics experience is not necessary.

Project specifics will be provided to interested candidates upon inquiry. If interested, please email Audra Ames at audra.ames@usm.edu for more information. Please include any questions, as well as a CV and previous bioacoustics experience/skills (if any).

Internship and Volunteer Positions Available at Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Get involved in Hong Kong¹s longest running ex-situ research program, be part of our international team of students and scientists and experience what it takes to work in the research field!

Full-time and part-time unpaid internship and volunteer positions are currently being offered by the Acoustic Research Laboratory, Tropical Marine Science Institute of the National University of Singapore in collaboration with Ocean Park Hong Kong. For the last 12 years the Acoustic Research Laboratory has been conducting studies on the cognitive and sensory capabilities of bottlenose dolphins living at Ocean Park with a focus on echolocation and underwater acoustics.

Interns and volunteers receive intensive hands-on experience by participating in all aspects of the ongoing research and laboratory activities, including assistance in the daily research sessions with the dolphins, data processing and analysis, and also assisting with the projects administrative and maintenance requirements.

Our Internship program provides an intensive, full time (5 days/week) research experience. Our students have a chance to closely follow the day-to-day progress of the ongoing projects and to gain deeper understanding of experimental design and execution. This position is ideal for graduate students and candidates that are looking for comprehensive internship experience. The proposed period for interns is minimum of three months.

Volunteers join our team on a weekly basis (1-3 days/week). They gain valuable insight to daily operation of the research program and able to follow the progress of the experiments throughout an extended period of time. It is an ideal position for students that are currently studying or candidates with part time jobs looking to get experience on the research field. The time of the volunteer period is flexible, depending on the volunteer¹s weekly schedule and the level of involvement.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Have at least 2 years of university experience

Have a positive attitude and obtain a strong willingness to learn
Good oral/written communication skills in English

Basic computer knowledge
Must be able to maintain a high energy level throughout the workday
Must be at least 160 cm tall and able to lift at least 10 pounds

Must be able to work unpaid
Must be responsible for food, accommodation and transportation
Past experience with animals preferred, but not required
Successful visa application to HKSAR (this applies for International applicants only)

International applicants must apply for a training visa to Hong Kong (for details please contact us).

TO APPLY PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
Statement of Interest
Period of availability
Academic records
Letters of reference
Curriculum Vitae

Please send applications to eszter.matrai@oceanpark.com.hk with “Dolphin Research Internship” in the subject line.