10 de abril de 2005


¡Voluntariado con ballenas!

Applications are invited from volunteers to assist with fieldwork on humpback whales as part of the Cape Byron Whale Research Project during 2005. The project is a long-term collaborative program monitoring the northern migration of humpback whales off the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. This project is coordinated by David Paton, and is supported by the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre.

This survey will run for 10 weeks from 4 June to 13 August 2005. This period incorporates the peak of the northern migration of humpback whales off the east coast of Australia. The primary focus of the survey is to conduct vessel based photo-identification of humpback whales. In addition, genetic samples and behavioural data will be collected associated with the photo-identification data. Land-based surveys will also be conducted from a high headland in the region and will complement the vessel-based survey.

Volunteers will be expected to work and live as part of a team. Individual volunteers will rotate between different aspects of the project. This will include full days (10 hours +) on the 5.5 m research vessel, undertaking land-based observations (up to 5 hours per day) counting and recording passing whales from the land station, or assisting with data entry.

Volunteers must pay for their own way to the study site but share accommodation is provided once there. They will be required to contribute to communal food (approximately $8 Australia per day - amount to be confirmed).

Volunteers will need to be available for a minimum of 3 weeks.

The project will suit young scientists with genuine interests in humpback whale behaviour, behavioural ecology and population assessment.

Successful applicants will have:

- a mature attitude to marine mammal research
- the ability to undertake small vessel surveys in the open ocean
- the ability to swim
- the ability to live and work constructively with others in a
team environment
- a good level of physical fitness
- broad and non-fussy dietary requirements
- the ability to concentrate for long periods
- fluent English

Preference will be given to those who:

- have a degree in biology, marine science, or zoology
- have previous marine mammal field experience
- have previous small vessel experience
- have previously used a theodolite
- currently hold a drivers licence for a manual vehicle (not automatic transmission)

The closing date for applications for the Cape Byron Whale Research Project is the 22 April 2005. The first round of offers will occur before the 4 May, 2005.

Applicants should send an email by way of introduction and include:

- a brief CV
- dates you are available
- contact details (including email address) of two referees

to Dave Paton

For further information in relation to the Cape Byron Whale Research Project, please see the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre web site at:

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