jueves, 15 de enero de 2009

Voluntariado: WDCS!

Marine Mammal Internship with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society WDCS North America (NA), headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is accepting applications for internships.

WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, is the leading international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

WDCS (NA) offers a volunteer / intern program to qualified applicants throughout the year in a uniquely designed rolling internship program, allowing each participant / student to customize their learning experience based on their interest. Although all accepted interns would be expected to fulfill basic training in research, education and conservation of marine mammals; WDCS will also provide more detailed training and provide oversight for specific projects of interests. WDCS is willing to help qualified students obtain credits for the program through their college or university.

The program typically requires minimum commitment of 3 months, with the possibility of extended the term. All interns are trained in photo-identification, data-collection and management, identification catalog maintenance, public speaking, and marine mammal policy. Based on time of year (due to field season constraints and the varying conservation / management duties), and the motivational level of successful applicants; the intern program may include all or some portion of the following:

Education and Outreach:
-Whale Watch Naturalist Training.
-Outreach to local schools and the general public.
-Assisting with and learning about the importance of ecotourism and bestpractices.
-Writing up a synopsis of the work you conduct while interning with WDCS
-Helping to plan and execute fundraising events.
-Attendance at conferences and meetings.

-Cataloging individually identifiable humpback whales.
-Collection of distributional data of marine mammals in, and around, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
-Researching and submitting grant applications.
-Preparing a report of the previous season´s whale sightings with historical analysis, risk issues and the impact of cumulative developmental threats.
-Attendance and participation in stranding training and events.

-Supporting WDCS personnel at key conservation meetings.
-Literature research for written and oral comments submitted to federal agencies.

This type of diversity will provide interns with breadth of experience of working for an international organization in the conservation area. It may also open doors to other opportunities within WDCS as it continues its development and growth.

There is no compensation for these internship positions and each volunteer is responsible for providing their own food as well as $500 per month housing fee. Interns share a house in Plymouth, each intern having their own room.

WDCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. No prior experience is necessary, training will be provided. However, preference will be given to individuals involved in marine mammal science courses or related institutions and/or with prior volunteer marine mammal field experience.

Candidate Requirements:
-Fluency in English.
-Must be 18 years or older, preference given to students matriculated in appropriate graduate or under graduate degree programs.
-Must be able to show proof of valid health insurance.
-Ability to work on sea going vessels for long hours that may require physical labor.
-Ability to work effectively as a member of a close-knit team.
-Open to work long days (sometimes 12 hours or more) in the field or lab.
-Good computer skills: familiarity with operating PCs and MACs.
-Good verbal and written communications skills.
-Familiar with literature research protocols, and research methods and design.
-Ability to work well under pressure.

How to Apply:
Email a covering letter, the completed Volunteer application form
two letters of reference, along with a resume of no more than 3 pages along with a supporting document of no more than 500 words on one of the following subjects:
-Do whales die through human´s knowledge or ignorance?
-Preservation or conservation. Which offers the best route to a sustainable population of an endangered species and why?
-How do you convert apathy into interest and then into action?

Please submit your application by email only to sue.rocca@wdcs.org
making sure you clearly indicate your availability.

Sue Rocca
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, North America
7 Nelson St.Plymouth, MA

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