(This is an adapted post from the Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines, on their efforts to save and preserve marine vertebrate species in the country)
Following yesterdays meeting with the LGU of Oslob, the La.Ma.Ve whale shark research project in Tan-awan will be continuing over the coming months and we are calling for more volunteers!
We are looking for volunteers for start as soon as possible until August 2012. Minimum stay is 4 weeks. Each volunteer will have one day off a week. Hours may include evenings and weekends as needed. Physalus will provide food and (mixed) accommodation for volunteers. Any insurance should be covered by the volunteers.
Whale shark research in Oslob:
The project has been running since March 2012 and has been assessing the management and potential effects of whale shark tourism and feeding. Whilst we have been working closely with the LGU there is need for continued assessment and data collection during whale shark interaction.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Volunteers may be involved in the following:
• Preparing equipment and materials for fieldwork
• Assisting researchers in whale shark photo-identification
• Observing the whale shark’s behavior during interactions
• Observing and gathering data on the implementation of the interaction guidelines and tourist compliance
• Data entry
• Conduct seminar and movie screening to raise awareness throughout the local population
Volunteers must meet the following requirements for application:
• 18 years old and above
• Interest in whale shark biology, research, and conservation
• Ability to work well both independently and in a team setting
• Ability to work for long hours, possibly up to 12 hours, including being in the water for 6 hours.
• Excellent swimmer
– Volunteers must have their own snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins) or be willing to rent. It is also advised that they bring a wetsuit, or equivalent.
To apply, please get in touch with Dr. Alessandro Ponzo and/or Ms. Samantha Craven:
President of Physalus
Principal Investigator Oslob Whale Shark Research
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