HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY
The marine mammal research group at Stockholm University, Sweden, will conduct boat based humpback whale research between July and September 2008 in the coastal waters of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The overall aim of the study is to initiate a long term monitoring program of humpback whales in Tanzania and provide a good basis for management and conservation.
There is an opportunity for one person to participate in this research as a research assistant during July and August 2008. The research assistant will assist in collecting photo-ID data, biopsy sampling; behavioural and environmental data and acoustic recordings. The research assistant will also assist in other tasks, both at sea and on land.
The successful candidate will have a strong interest in cetacean research and conservation. Prior fieldwork and/or boating experience are desired. The candidate must be able to work for long hours (up to 10 hours a day) in rough weather conditions in a hot and humid tropical climate and be robust against sea-sickness. The candidate must also be able to cope with basic living conditions (no air condition and cold showers) in a developing country. Previous experience of similar sort will therefore be given preference. The candidate must be available between around the 10th of July and the 15th of August, but is welcome to stay on for longer after this date.
Unfortunately, this is not a paid position and the successful candidate must be able to afford his/her own flight ticket, tourist VISA (50 USD), vaccinations, insurance and food. Accommodation will be provided.
This is a good opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of cetacean research, suitable for anyone that is planning to pursue a career in cetacean research or similar fields.
Zanzibar and its surrounding waters host a beautiful nature and a rich marine life. Living in a local village at the south coast of Zanzibar also provides a unique opportunity to get in close contact with the local community and residents in this region of Africa.
Anyone interested should email Fredrik Christiansen (see below) immediately, with a cover letter, CV and the names of two referees and contact details. Any questions regarding the research can be sent to the same address. Please, make sure to be specific about your previous experiences in cetacean research, living/visiting developing countries, previous boat experience (sea-sickness etc).
I am looking forward to receiving your application.
Department of Zoology