Monday, April 16, 2012

whale shark research volunteers needed in Oslob. food & lodging will be provided

Do you consider water as your second skin? Do you have the passion to work with the gentle giants of the ocean? An international NGO is looking for volunteers at its Oslob (Cebu) Whale Shark Research Initiative. The organization will provide food and accommodation.

the ocean as office, the gentle giants of the sea as friends
3 weeks
12 hours per day (including being in the water for 6 hours)
one enriching experience of a lifetime!

Here are the details for the volunteering opportunity with Physalus!

Whale Shark Research Volunteering

Physalus is a non-profit organization operating primarily for the protection of the environment through marine conservation initiatives. Your donation of time and skills would greatly contribute to furthering our mission.

Physalus will provide volunteering opportunities which will run from April to June 2012. Each volunteer has to stay for a minimum of 3 weeks and will have one day off a week. Hours may include evenings and holidays as needed. Physalus will provide food and accommodation for the volunteers. Any insurance should be covered by the volunteers.

Whale shark research in Oslob, Cebu

With the recent initiation of whale shark tourism in Oslob, there is now a need to assess the management and potential effect of these interactions and create sustainable and appropriate industry guidelines. Volunteers will have the opportunity to be part of the research team in Oslob from April to June 2012. They will observe and assist the lead researcher in data collection during whale shark interactions.

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

To apply, please get in touch with Dr. Alessandro Ponzo and/or Ms. Kristina Pahang:

Dr.Alessandro Ponzo
President of Physalus

Kristina Pahang
IEC Program Coordinator of Physalus

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