We are looking for volunteers to participate in the Sperm Whales and Tourism research project at Kaikoura, New Zealand. Data are collected from multiple platforms including shore, tour vessels, aircraft, and research vessel based platforms. Skills that will be obtained include behavioural and acoustic data collection from a research vessel, behavioural data collection from shore using a surveyor's theodolite, collection of photographic, video and behavioural data from aircraft and tour vessels, and additional research tasks and data entry and analyses.
No prior experience is necessary and training will be provided by research team leaders. You must be comfortable working in the field in a variety of conditions and with a large, international team of scientists and students.
The next field season begins January 5th and runs through February 2011. An additional field season begins April 1 and runs through June 2011. Minimum duration to volunteer is one month, with a 3-month commitment preferred.
Project funding is limited and you must be able to provide your own transportation to the field site, housing, food and cell phone. Information on the cost of housing in New Zealand can be found at http://www.kaikoura.co.nz.