Volunteers required for work on Australian fur seals (Arctocephaluspusillus doriferus).
Volunteers are required to assist PhD students from Deakin University,Victoria, Australia on projects studying the foraging behaviour and disease prevalence of/in Australian fur seals.
Volunteers will gain experience in the capture and restraint of adult female, juvenile and pup Australian fur seals. Volunteers will also assist in gas anaesthesia, the attachment and removal of data loggers and the collection of biological samples.
Fieldwork will be conducted on Kanowna Island, a remote island off the coast of Wilsons Promontory, Victoria. Life as well as work on the island can be physically demanding and as such volunteers should be relatively fit and healthy.
Volunteers will need to provide their own transport to and from Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory; alternatively, carpooling may be able to be arranged with other volunteers travelling down. Food and accommodation are provided, it should be noted that accommodation is basic (sleeping in tents etc). Volunteers will need to bring personal items such as clothes and sleeping bags.
The length of field trips will vary from 14 days to up to 20 days and will be conducted during the months of May and September.
Please direct all expressions of interest coupled with a short CV;
Deakin University, Australia