miércoles, 27 de mayo de 2009

Voluntariado: centro de Varamientos en California!

The Stranding Department of The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for internships working with stranded pinnipeds, cetaceans and sea otters. These positions are unpaid.

Program Description:
The Stranding Department Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammal behavior and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Interns will be responsible for answering the animal hotline and rotating the after hours on-call. Interns will coordinate rescue and triage response throughout the Center's 600-mile rescue range. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in marine mammal rescues and releases. In addition, interns will be required to assist with animal care duties (feed preparations, medical charting, and pen cleaning) for all on-site pinnipeds. Other duties may include: participation in training classes, data entry and tracking, maintaining rescue equipment and assorted miscellaneous tasks.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field. If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution. Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week. Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays. This is an unpaid position and all interns are responsible for obtaining housing and transportation.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel. This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals and other physical tasks.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a r?sum? that includes the names of three references, and a cover letter detailing interests, experience, housing accommodations, and availability. Please forward all application materials to the following address:

The Marine Mammal Center
Marin Headlands
2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, California 94965
Attn: Erin Brodie

Or via email to: BrodieE@TMMC.org

There is some flexibility on the start date of each position, with the earliest start date of August 1 and the last available internship beginning October 12.

Internship Period

Application Deadline


Notification of acceptance

Approximate Internship Time


June 15, 2009

June 18-19, 2009

June 23, 2009

August - October


August 1, 2009

August 6-7, 2009

August 15, 2009

October - December

Celebrating its 34th year in 2009, The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit hospital dedicated to the rescue and release of sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals, and to research about their health and diseases. Volunteers and staff have treated more than 13,000 California sea lions, elephant seals, porpoises, and other marine life. The Center uniquely combines its rehabilitation program with scientific discovery and education programs to advance the understanding of marine mammal health, ocean health and conservation. For more information, please visit our website at www.marinemammalcenter.org.

* Note new address and fax number effective 1/15/09

Erin Brodie
Stranding Coordinator
The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, Ca 94965
phone: 415-289-7371
fax: 415-754-4050
email: brodiee@tmmc.org

Empleo: Georgia del Sur!

The British Antarctic Survey are recruiting Zoological Field Assistants to work at Bird Island, South Georgia.
Apply before May 31st, 2009

Bird Island is home to:
700,000 nocturnal petrels
65,000 breeding fur seals
50,000 pairs of penguins
14,000 pairs of albatrosses

With room for 2 more Zoological Field Assistants on 32 month contracts!

Take your career to the extreme and work in one of the most challenging and amazing places on earth. Antarctica is where cutting edge scientific investigation - on issues such as global warming and environmental change - is happening right now.

It's where your curiosity, ambition and sense of adventure will surely lead you and we're the team to take you there.

At Bird Island, South Georgia, two field assistants will be recruited by BAS to help carry out fieldwork on seabirds and seals. Bird Island is small (just 6 Km long) and forms part of the South Gerogia archipelago where it is buffeted by prevailing westerlies and cold winds from Antarctica to the South. It has a high annual rainfall and variable snow cover during winter. In summer tens of thousands of seals and hundreds of thousands of seabirds breed there (including 3 species of penguins and 4 species of albatrosses). Up to 10 staff (ferried in and out by ship) live in a modern research station. There is a satellite link to the outside world and comfortable accommodation.

The successful candidates will work and live on Bird Island continuously between October or November 2009 and April 2012. They will each be partly responsible for one element of a monitoring program (seals, penguins or flying birds). The learning curve is very steep and so all candidates must have previous experience of handling appropriate wild animals. BAS will provide a finishing school (at Bird Island) to hone these skills.

Fieldwork in the breeding season at Bird Island will be very intensive with long hours of data preparation afterwards, so it is important to be organised. The data will be finalised using databases and by submitting reports, observing strict deadlines at frequent intervals. These, the assistant's finished products, will underpin key research into regional and global change processes based on seabird and seal life histories, reproductive success, behaviour and diet.

The successful applicants will remain on Bird Island continuously for 30 months, where they will live with 2 other residents and up to 6 summer only visitors. Whilst everyone will be assigned duties to keep the research station running (including cooking and cleaning), the residents will have extra responsibilities (after essential pre-deployment training), such as helping to provide medical cover.

The position of zoological field assistant offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated and disciplined individuals with relevant fieldwork skills and a keen interest in wildlife that will adapt well to small island living in a challenging sub-Antarctic environment.

Qualifications and experience:

Minimum of a science degree in biology or zoology, experience of remote, unsupervised fieldwork and animal handling skills (i.e. of appropriate wild animals in their natural habitat).

Applicants must be competent and efficient managing, analysing and reporting large data sets.

Meticulous time management, attention to detail and effective communication are important attributes.

Candidates should also be able to mix well in a small and vibrant science community.


Appointments will be for a period of approximately 32 months.

Salary will be in the range of ? 20,424 - ?28,091 pa pro-rata (depending on qualifications and experience).

Please quote reference: BAS 30/09

Closing date for receipt of application forms: 31st May 2009.

Interviews are to be held on 16th June 2009.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Personnel Section, British Antarctic Survey, High
Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: +44 (0)1223 221508.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

Dirk Briggs
British Antarctic Survey

Empleo: Carolina del Sur!

Job Description: 2 field assistants are needed for a project in bottlenose dolphin strand-feeding behavior in Bull Creek, South Carolina. Bull Creek is a part of a Spartina marsh system, located west of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and is home to a variety of animals in addition to dolphins. Assistants will be in the field every day that weather allow. Hours in the field vary daily as we follow the tide. Successful applicants will help with data collection and entry and photo-identification. Positions will run from June 1 through the end of August. While these positions are unpaid, housing and food will be provided in Bluffton with PI.

Qualifications: Assistants will be expected to work on a boat 6 to 7 days per week, for 6 hours at a time, in mostly hot and humid weather. Assistants should be hardworking, flexible, easy-going, work well in a team, and willing to work early morning. Preference will be given to assistants who have prior experience working on dolphins, photo-identification, or boating. To apply please send the following: (1) cover letter describing your interest in the position, (2) CV or resume and (3) contact information for 2 references to Teresa Gisburne at g_tgisburne@umassd.edu.

Teresa Gisburne
Masters Graduate Student
Department of Biology
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

martes, 26 de mayo de 2009

Actividades: taller de necropsias!

La Universidad de La Liège organiza el taller de necropsias "oído interno y zifios" los días 17 y 18 de Junio. En el documento adjunto se encuentra toda la información.

Gracias por leer!

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