Hey there! I am looking for skilled field assistants to join me (Madda) and HEPCA team this summer.
I am doing my PhD at the University of Otago (New Zealand) with a project focussing on the potential effects of tourism activities on behaviour and ecology of spinner dolphins in the Egyptian Red Sea. I am seeking volunteers to assist me this summer (1 June to 10 August 2013) in fieldwork taking place in the area of Marsa Alam (Egypt). Volunteers will work in close collaboration with me and personnel from the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), an Egyptian leading NGO (www.hepca.org). This is a great opportunity to explore beautiful offshore reefs in the Southern Egyptian Red Sea, enjoy tropical marine biodiversity and live in a multicultural environment while gaining a solid and intense field experience.
Fieldwork consists of 3-10 day boat-based surveys organised in sites of interest and involve behavioural, acoustic and photo-identification data collection. In between surveys the team will be based in Marsa Alam and volunteers are required to assist with data entry, preliminary processing and equipment maintenance.
Life and work can be very demanding and applicants should be relatively fit. Successful candidates have (or are pursuing) a degree in zoology or related topics, are good snorkelers and have previous experience in marine mammals research. Assistants are flexible and patient, have good interpersonal skills and English proficiency, and are comfortable onboard. Candidates should be able to commit for a minimum of 5 weeks, preference is given to those available for the entire season. Volunteers should bring their own laptop computer and snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins).
This is an unpaid position. Successful candidates will need to provide their own transport to/from Hurghada and food/accommodation on site (this will be arranged through HEPCA and possibly with other team members). Accommodation is provided during the boat-based survey, but interns will be asked to contribute to food and research expenses. The final surveys schedule will be communicated to applicants as soon as possible.
With the current Egyptian political situation, plans and schedules are subject to unanticipated changes: I thank all applicants for their understanding.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
If interested in the position, I suggest you have a preliminary look at travel arrangements and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org a short CV (including references) and cover letter by the 12th May 2013. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview and final decisions will be made by the 17th of May.
PS – This was also published on MARMAM mailing list: if interested in pursuing a career in marine mammal research, you want to sign up to it!