lunes, 7 de septiembre de 2009

Voluntariado: elefantes marinos!

POSITION: Volunteer field helper for elephant seal research

DURATION: 3 months, September-November 2009

CONTACT: Filippo Galimberti,

We have an urgent needing for an extra volunteer field helper for the 2009 field season of a long term project on southern elephant seals carried out by the Elephant Seal Research Group. The field work site is Sea Lion Island (Falkland Islands). More details on the project are available on the research team web site:

One of our field helper had a serious family problem and so is not able to come. The field work season starts very soon, and the other helpers are arriving in the Falklands on September 5th. We are looking for candidates wishing to arrive the same date, or with a maximum delay
of one week. There is only one flight per week, from Santiago (Chile) on Saturday.

Successful applicants will receive adequate training and will help with tagging, marking, counts, behavioral observations, handling of pups, and collection of biological sampling. Volunteers will be
supervised by the PIs and/or by trained technicians. Previous experience of field work is appreciated but not essential. The field season runs for approximately 3 months, from the beginning of September to the end of November. Only applicants who can stay for the whole season can be taken into consideration. Applicants should pay all expenses required to get to the field work site, and telephone/Internet expenses while at Sea Lion Island. Accommodation at Sea Lion Island is rather basic and self-catering. Applicants will be required to work for the whole length of the day, seven days per week (with half day per week of rest). The work is physically demanding, and it is often carried out in rather bad weather conditions. People without a good tolerance to cold are discouraged to apply. The island is a wonderful place with a rich and tame wildlife.

To apply please send a cover letter describing your interest in the position and a CV or resume to Filippo Galimberti at, and copy to Contact information for one or more references is appreciated but not essential. Due to the very close deadline, the first candidate with an acceptable CV will be selected.


The ESRG team

Filippo Galimberti, PhD
Elephant Seal Research Group

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