Land-based photo-ID volunteer position

We are recruiting a volunteer to run our land-based photo-ID project for the 2014 season (April to November). This role is responsible for conducting opportunistic land-based photo-ID of bottlenose dolphins from New Quay harbour and then sorting, matching and cataloguing the images. At the end of the project you will be expected to produce a detailed report.

The successful applicant will receive full training in the form of a three day professional photography course “Documenting coastal species through photography” being hosted by CBMWC. The course is run in association with Aberystwyth University’s School of Life Long Learning and is tailored to meet the requirements for this project. Please note that your costs of participating in the course will be covered.

Role description:
• Be responsible for photographing the bottlenose dolphins (and other marine mammals) in the New Quay harbour survey area
• Be responsible for sorting, matching and cataloguing bottlenose dolphin photographs
• Supervise CBMWC volunteers taking part in the land-based photo-ID project, disseminating information gained during the photography training
• Assist with sorting, matching and cataloguing additional photographs of bottlenose dolphins
• Assist in training volunteers in the analysis of photo-ID images
• Maintain up to date procedures for all aspects of the photo-ID work
• Assist with compiling the CBMWC bottlenose dolphin photo-ID catalogue
• Provide regular project updates to CBMWC Science officer
• You may also be requested to help with other aspects of our work, such as research data collection and entry and staffing the visitor centre.

Essential skills and qualifications:
• Fluency in English
• Mature and responsible attitude as you will be using expensive camera and computer equipment
• Proactive and ability to work independently and unsupervised
• Ability to work closely with others as part of a small team
• IT skills
• An interest in wildlife and conservation
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desirable skills:
• Experience with digital SLR cameras and wildlife photography
• Experience using ArcGIS
• An interest and knowledge of British cetaceans
• A background in biology/marine biology/environmental science

The successful applicant must be available to start on 7th April and commit for the entire field season until 3rd November. Flexibility in working hours is essential as the photography work will need to be undertaken opportunistically when the dolphins are in the New Quay harbour area so you must be prepared to work outside of normal working hours.

Accommodation and expenses:
A double room with en suite is available in a private house in New Quay for £60/week, including bills and wifi. You will be responsible for all accommodation, travel and other expenses incurred however it is relatively easy to find a part-time evening job.

To apply:
Please email a CV and covering letter outlining your experience and motivations for applying to by 17th March. Interviews will take place on 24th March at CBMWC.

For further information and any queries, please contact
Laura Mears, Project Officer
Tel: 01545 560224