Please submit application and necessary forms (available at www.marinemammalcare.org), as well as current cv via mail (no email) to:
Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur
3601 South Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Attn: David Bard
Manatee Tracking Project Research Intern or Volunteer
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Marine Mammal Research Group is looking for one motivated intern or volunteer to serve for the upcoming winter-spring session in St. Petersburg, FL.
The intern's primary responsibility is to assist researchers in the Manatee Behavioral Ecology and Movements Program with tracking manatees along the East Coast of Florida by following tagged individuals from land and small boats to record behavioral observations. The principle aims of this study are to characterize manatee use of warm-water refugia and essential winter foraging habitat using state-of-the-art satellite-linked GPS technology.
Other duties include telemetry equipment maintenance, data entry, miscellaneous office tasks, and public outreach as needed.
Interns are expected to work a minimum of 3 days a week. Hours are generally Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, but some evening and weekend hours may be required. Applicants should understand that this job requires them to be wet, dirty and outdoors in all weather conditions. This position is unpaid, housing is not provided and interns must provide their own transportation to and from the office.
Lodging and transportation are provided while at the field site. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in manatee captures, currently scheduled for mid-December. Field work is expected to last through March, followed by work on equipment and data in the lab. Training will be provided in operating small watercraft, radio-tracking, manatee behavioral observations, and in mapping and interpreting Argos and GPS satellite telemetry data. Opportunities to assist with other manatee research projects may be provided dependent upon the candidate's interests and abilities.
- Must be college junior or senior for internship credit; volunteers do not need to meet this qualification
- Must have basic computer proficiency
- Some field research experience with animals preferred
- Should be comfortable speaking to the public while in the field
- Ability to trailer and operate watercraft up to 22' in length is desired, but training will be provided
- Experience with radio telemetry tracking gear is desirable, but training will be provided
- Must be able to swim
- Preference given to applicants who possess a valid US driver's license
GVI is currently recruiting for the Marine Research Field Staff vacancy based at our expedition in southern Kenya where we have been undertaking population research on Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in and around the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Protected Area since 2006. The area is Kenya’s principal location for dolphin-watching tourism throughout the year and is visited by humpback whales between July and October.
GVI works in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service to monitor population size and distribution of cetaceans with the objective of supporting MPA management and related tourism activities. Additional projects assess in-water sea turtle distribution and local fishing activity. The position involves boat-based research for which RYA Powerboat handling level 2 or equivalent qualification is a requirement, management of the photo-identification catalogue, data analysis and reporting, training and supervision of international volunteers and Kenyan students, logistic and management support of the wider expedition which encompasses coastal forest research, education and sustainable development initiatives amongst rural communities.
Please visit the following link for further details and online application: http://www.careersabroad.co.uk/fulldescription.aspx?id=991
For any additional enquiries please contact Graham Corti firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenya: +254 (0) 726 769854
International: +44 (0) 7812 177551
PO Box 10 - 80409 Shimoni, Kenya