Seeking Field Assistants for Research on Dolphins in the Central
Visayas, Philippines

Project Title: Delphinid Conservation Ecology Project.

This project aims to assess dolphin population size and parameters of the 4 most commonly observed species; their social dynamics, spatial and temporal distribution, ranging patterns and ecology of mixed-species groups in Tañon Strait from March 31 to July 18 2015 to improve the existing conservation measures in the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape. Location: Dumaguete City, Philippines

Duties:
– Assisting with boat-based photo-identification surveys of various species of dolphins, collecting environmental, location, and behavioral data for dolphin groups. Expect early starts, hot weather, up to 10 hours on the water for multiple consecutive days, and up to a week between days off.
– Data consolidation and subsequent analysis of photo-identification data on land
-Assistants are encouraged to stay for a minimum of 4-weeks, but those who can commit longer or the entire field season are preferred. Those who do not have any experience are highly encouraged to stay for the
entire duration as it will serve to train you and improve your skills.

Prerequisites:
– Enthusiasm for field work on a boat is essential (long hours and natural environment conditions);
– Experience of working on a small boat (highly desirable);
– Experience of photo-ID survey techniques (not required, but highly desirable);
-Interest in research on dolphin behavioral ecology
– No history of debilitating seasickness (essential).

Qualifications:
-The project is well suited, but not required, to upper level undergrads, recent grads and graduate students who have some background in biology, marine biology, ecology, zoology or related fields

Expenses:
This is an unpaid position. Travel to/from the field site will be at their own expenses. However, basic accommodation will be covered and a modest food allowance for those staying for the entire duration of the
project.

Please submit your CV and cover letter specifying when you could start and for how long you would like to commit to this project, and other inquiries to likko.tiongson@gmail.com

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