domingo, 31 de enero de 2010

Volunteering: photoID in Cardigan Bay!

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (New Quay, West Wales, UK) is seeking a Voluntary Assistant Photo-ID Catalogue Officer for the 2010 field season.

The primary purpose of our ongoing research, supported by Environment Wales and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is to monitor the marine mammal populations found within Cardigan Bay´s Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and beyond. Using non-invasive photo-identification techniques, we are endeavouring to establish the size and health of the population as well as reproductive and survival rates.

We need a committed volunteer to work at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre between April and October 2010.

Post description:

- Main responsibility will be to assist with the cataloguing of the bottlenose dolphin photographs for the photo-ID purposes of the CBMWC, including matching individuals to previous year?´ images.

- Giving talks on the photo-identification work conducted at the CBMWC to interested parties.

- Co-ordinate and organise other volunteers participating with the photo-ID work at CBMWC, to tie in with the daily rota.

- Be responsible for training new volunteers in the analysis of photo-ID images, transferring images from memory cards to the Photo-ID computer and ensuring that all images are stored in the correct folders on the computer, e.g. week, date and trip folder and encounter folder if there is more than one per trip.

- Production of up to date procedures for all aspects of the photo-ID work in order that other volunteers can use them in order to complete any photo-ID tasks required of them.

- Ensure that all 2010 images and data are backed up on a regular basis throughout the season (external hard drive, DVDs or CDs) so that there is more than one copy in existence in case of computer failure.

- At the end of the 2010 season help to compile a photo-ID catalogue that includes images from 2009 and 2010 and information and data on what, where and when animals were seen.

There will also be the opportunity to assist with the boat and land-based dolphin surveys and help in the Visitor's Centre.

Desired skills and qualifications:

- Fluency in English (essential)
- IT skills
- Able to work well in a small team and independently without supervision
- Willingness to work in a conscientious, responsible and reliable manner
- Enthusiastic and hard working
- An interest in wildlife and conservation
- Experience working with the public, and public speaking would be useful
- An interest and knowledge of British cetaceans would be an advantage
- A background in biology, particularly marine biology/environmental science would be useful
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Time commitment:

The Voluntary Assistant Photo-ID Officer role requires a commitment of at least four months, including July to October. Preferably you would be able to commit for the entire field season April-October. Volunteers living locally who are available on a part time basis are also welcome to apply.

Accommodation and expense arrangements:

Basic, shared accommodation can be arranged for approximately ?55 per week. Volunteers are responsible for their own food, travel and accommodation costs.

About the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (Est.1996):

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is a non-profit organisation
dedicated to promoting public awareness of the marine species, habitats and conservation of the marine wildlife in Cardigan Bay through research and education. The group is affiliated to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and supported by Environment Wales. The centre is in the heart of New Quay overlooking the beautiful beach and harbour. It is used as a base for our research and also includes our Visitor Centre.

Further information:

Contact Laura on 01545 560032 or
Visit our website

How to apply:

Please contact us by e-mail to request an application form and further details.

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
Patent Slip Building
Glanmor Terrace
New Quay
Wales, SA45 9PS
Ffon/Phone: 01545 560032

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