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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

VOLUNTEERS: Dolphin Research: Volunteer Field Experience, Bimini, The Bahamas

Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) - Volunteer Field Experience
12 - 24 June 2017 Bimini, The Bahamas
The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP,
www.dolphincommunicationproject.org) is currently seeking two "Volunteer
Field Experience Participants" (VFEPs). These positions are completed
entirely at our Bimini, The Bahamas field site and include both data
collection and data processing responsibilities.

DCP looks at how dolphins communicate and attempts to shed more light on
the meaning of their interactions. With research ongoing since 1991, our
questions focus primarily on communication and behavior among dolphins.
VFEPs will spend their time at our Bimini, The Bahamas, research site,
where we study wild Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. An
abbreviated publication list is available at the end of this post.
Responsibilities --Travel to and assist our Bimini research site from 12
- 24 June 2017 (including arrival and departure days)
--Assist gathering data (general observations, photographs) during 4-6
hour/day boat excursions (weather and schedule dependent) --Complete
photo-identification of dolphins from still photography and video as
well as other data entry and analysis tasks --Assist with on-board and
outreach education as well as web-based projects --Represent DCP in an
enthusiastic, responsible, mature and respectful manner
Requirements
Successful VFEPs must have basic computer skills and working knowledge
of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Current enrollment in a
degree-seeking program, background in science and/or animal behavior and
experience on boats and/or with photo-identification are all desired,
but not necessarily required. The successful candidates will be
comfortable on a boat for several hours at a time in varying conditions,
including extreme heat. They will also be proficient swimmers with the
desire to improve snorkeling skills. They will be able to work as a team
both in a work-from-home atmosphere and in a fairly remote and isolated
field setting. Good writing and public speaking skills are a must, as is
attention to details. VFEPs must be at least 18 years of age. All
participants must have a valid passport and non-US applicants should
investigate Bahamas visa requirements prior to applying.
Expenses and Compensation
This is an unpaid, short-term volunteer position. VFEPs are responsible
for their own transportation (generally by air) to Bimini. There is a
$500.00 fee that will cover shared housing (on-island transportation not
needed), including utilities and drinking water. Food is not included
and is the responsibility of each VFEP.

Interested applicants should review information at this link:
http://dolphincommunicationproject.org/index.php/get-involved/volunteer.
Please read this page thoroughly before applying or emailing questions.
Send a completed application (downloadable and detailed at the link
above) to kelly@dcpmail.org. Note: the only supplementary materials
required are cover letter, resume and one letter of recommendation.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Due to
field schedules, only electronic applications will be accepted.
For more information, please contact Kelly Melillo Sweeting at
kelly@dcpmail.org.

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