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Volunteer position for seabirds / Cetaceans (Andalusia)

Grant RW Humphries, September 13, 2012

One volunteer needed to help with seabird and cetacean fieldwork in South of Spain (Andalusia)

CIRCE ( is seeking applications from one volunteer to help in the motorboat ELSA in the study of abundance and distribution of seabirds and cetaceans in the Gulf of Cadiz (Andalucia - Spain) from 17 September to 26 October.

Volunteers should be available for the entire period. You will be responsible for your transport to and from the main centre, but once here, we will provide accommodation, transport to the different harbors and food expenses (communal shopping/cooking will be arranged).

The main port will be Chipiona and all the volunteers and research team will be based there, although other ports (Barbate, Isla Cristina) could be used during the surveys (in that case everyone will sleep in the boat). We have planned to do lineal transect to cover the coastal area of the Gulf of Cadiz (12 nautical miles) with the motorboat ELSA (10 meters) with an observation point at 5 meters above sea level to monitor seabirds, cetaceans and anthropogenic activities.

Volunteers should be prepared to long working days (some days more than 10 hours) under the sun, the wind and cold weather and to help with data entry and office duties during bad weather days.

Successful applicants will:

  • have previous experience in seabirds identification at sea.
  • have a mature attitude towards seabird and marine mammal research.
  • be autonomous and quickly operational
  • be able to live and work constructively with others in a team
  • be able to live in a small boat (10meters) for some days
  • speak fluently Spanish and/or English
  • be available for the entire one month period

Applicants should send an email introducing themselves to: .

The email should include an outline of why you would like to work on this project, your qualifications and previous experience. Please also attach a brief CV, detailing your previous experiences relevant to this project.

Applications will be considered in order of arrival.