South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands sustains globally significant levels of biodiversity including major populations of marine mammals and seabirds. This biodiversity is supported by highly productive seas that produce a large biomass of krill on which many marine predators depend. On-going scientific research continually adds to our knowledge of the environment of the Territory. There have been significant advances in environmental management over the past five years, not least the South Georgia Heritage Trust landmark rodent eradication project and work by the Government to eradicate reindeer and designate a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The Convention on Biological Diversity has been extended to South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands which is now implementing a National Biodiversity Action Plan including work to designate terrestrial protected areas.
The fisheries of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands are among the best managed in the world and recognised as such by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). These high standards are underpinned by scientific research and precautionary management practices. Four species are currently commercially fished: Patagonian toothfish, Antarctic toothfish, Antarctic krill and mackerel icefish. The fisheries are managed within international standards set by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), on top of which further measures are applied by the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands. The fisheries operate within the context of an MPA, established in 2012, which aims to ensure that the marine environment is properly protected from human impacts. The first 5-year review of the MPA is due to take place over the next 12 months.
Director of Environment & Fisheries - Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (APP. DUE 15 Sept. 2017)
For those perhaps at the end of the "early" stage of their career and interested in environmental policy and conservation science, this opportunity could be a dream job! The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is seeking a Director of Environment & Fisheries (both terrestrial and marine systems) for a 3-year contract that will be in the Falkland Islands:
This job starts in October with a £50,000/year salary and applications are due by 15 September 2017. post of Director of Environment & Fisheries is available from the start of October. To learn more about this position, specific responsibilities or requirements for these positions, and how to apply, view the official posting. Good luck!
Registration for this event has now closed. You may sign-up to be considered for a wait list, but space is highly limited and we do not expect openings. Information submitted after July 30 will be used to gauge interest for future events. You can still register for our free Penguin Careers Workshop's weekend sessions. Please e-mail PenguinWorkshop@ipecs.org with any questions.
IPECS is excited to announce the sessions for the first day of our free International Penguin Careers workshop (2-3 September 2016), to be held the weekend before proceedings of the 9th International Penguin Conference (IPC9) in Cape Town, South Africa. On Friday, 2 September, participants will have the extraordinary opportunity to spend the day honing unique skills at Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)'s center in Table View, a short commute from the waterfront area and conference hotels.
SANCCOB is among the best rehabilitation facilities for seabirds in the world and staff are standing experts in the conservation as well as health of endangered African penguins. Attendees will gain practical skills in handling birds, observe veterinary procedures, and take part in informative discussions related to the husbandry and science of rehabilitating African penguins. Want to learn more about this organization? Download SANCCOB's 2015 Annual Report (1.3 MB) or visit their website.
Below is an example of what our schedule might look like on September 2, 2016. In this scenario, eight people are split into two groups to allow everyone to take part in as many hands-on activities as possible. Our final schedule will depend upon the number of registered participants and their interest in different sessions. If you would like to see another session offered, please e-mail PenguinWorkshop@ipecs.org before July 31, 2016, or tell us your thoughts on the sign-up form. (For those interested in learning to care for oiled animals, SANCCOB will host another workshop later in the week, during proceedings of the International Penguin Conference.)
** This is a working schedule and subject to change at the discretion of organizers.
Limited transportation will be arranged from Two Oceans Aquarium at 7:00 AM on Friday, 2 September 2016 and back again to the waterfront by 6:00 PM for participants who have received confirmation from workshop organizers. Attendees are also welcome to provide their own transportation to SANCCOB's Table View center by 8:00 AM (see map below). You must pre-register for this event to attend.
What to Bring
At this time, IPECS does not have funding to provide lunch to participants who wish to attend the session at SANCCOB. (Lunch will be provided 3-4 September for all workshop attendees.) You should plan to bring whatever food you will want on 2 September and a reusable water bottle to fill up on-site.
You will likely spend time outdoors, so please bring weather-appropriate, comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Shirts must have at least short sleeves and you should bring a pair of socks to wear with communal work boots. Other protective clothing required will be provided to you by SANCCOB, unless you prefer to work in your own gear. (Protective clothing includes: oilskins, boots, armguards, gloves, and safety glasses.) You are welcome to bring your own boots, if you prefer, or any closed-toed shoe that can get wet and dirty. Some SANCCOB volunteers prefer to wear Crocs rather than boots. As well, you should plan to bring sun protection (e.g., hat, sunscreen, sunglasses).
If you have any allergies, medical conditions, or any other concerns that may impact your ability to participate, please e-mail us at PenguinWorkshop@ipecs.org so we can try to accommodate you.
Aiuká Consultoria em Soluções Ambientais (Aiuká Environmental Consulting Services) is hiring an Administrative Assistant to work with them in Praia Grande, São Paulo, Brazil. (You must be fluent in Portuguese for this position.) Aiuká has IPECS mentors on their board of directors and is "the first fully Brazilian company to offer services documentation, rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife affected by accidents related to oil and its derivatives in ecosystems."
The full job posting is as follows:
For those looking to break into the world of rescue/rehab, wildlife medicine, or other areas of penguin science, this would be a fantastic opportunity to learn the basics and make the right connections. Applications for this position are due by Monday, 20 June 2016. Good luck!
Here's an exciting opportunity for South African citizens to work as a full-time Bird Rehabilitator for the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) at their center in Table View on the Western Cape! The non-profit is a global leader in seabird and marine life conservation, and have a particular emphasis on the rehabilitation and management of threatened African penguins.
To learn more about this opportunity, including qualifications and contact information, visit SANCCOB's job opportunities webpage and select 'Bird Rehabilitator.' If this opportunity does not work for you, you can check out other intern and volunteer positions with SANCCOB. Applications for this position are due by Friday, 24 June 2016. Good luck!
APECS representative for SCAR Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM) (App. due 6 June 2016)
Sorry for the last-minute notice, but this volunteer opportunity only came to our attention today! The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is seeking a new representative to the Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM) for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR):
You can learn more information about this unpaid opportunity at APECS' News Blog. But hurry - applications are due by 6 June 2016! Good luck!
IPECS is excited to provide Early Career Scientists (ECS) the opportunity to present their penguin-related research and receive feedback from both mentors and peers at our 1st Early Career Forum (ECF). The ECF will be held during the first session of our International Penguin Careers workshop on 4 September 2016, in conjunction with the 9th International Penguin Conference (IPC9). Thanks to the Global Penguin Society, our Major Sponsor, this workshop is free-to-attend.
Whether you submitted an abstract for the main conference and were rejected or just missed the deadline, this is your chance to present at an international event, then receive personalized feedback. We anticipate providing five different ECS 10-minutes each for an oral presentation, which will be followed by both a Q&A session and constructive critiques from IPECS mentors. Each presenter will also be provided with more detailed feedback after the conference from mentors as well as comment cards from attendees.
To be considered for one of the speaking slots at IPECS' ECF this September in Cape Town, please e-mail your complete application to PenguinWorkshop@ipecs.org by 30 June 2016 and include:
* Presentation title
Aside from career-level, this was the same information requested by the IPC9 organizing committee for oral or poster presentations. Only one application will be accepted per ECS author. We will confirm receipt and plan to have all decisions sent out by the second week of July 2016. If we receive more abstracts than speaking opportunities available, we will remove all identifying information aside from career-level and send applications to an outside committee of IPECS mentors to decide. Preference will be given to those applicants who have registered to attend our International Penguin Careers workshop as well as students currently enrolled at a university. All questions should be directed to PenguinWorkshop@ipecs.org.
Interested in attending, but not presenting? Learn more about IPECS' free International Penguin Careers workshop and register today!
Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies - University of Canterbury (App. due 1 August Annually)
IPECS' friends at Gateway Antarctica - Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research have asked for our help advertising their Postgraduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies (PCAS) program. Researchers at the University of Canterbury (the program's home university based in Christchurch, New Zealand) include penguin scientists with whom you could develop your own study, which may be a stand-alone project or included as part of the requirements for a Master's degree.
You can learn more about the Gateway Antarctica and their PCAS program by downloading this brochure (196kb) or visiting their website. Scholarships are available for participants from National Antarctic Programs. Applications close 1 August annually. Good luck!
Research Assistants (2) for Seabird Monitoring - Tristan da Cunha Conservation Dept. (App. due 17 June '15)
IPECS' mentor Dr. Alex Bond has posted an exciting job opportunity for two Research Assistants on Gough Island with the Tristan da Cunha Conservation Department. In this remote region of the South Atlantic Ocean, you'll find a unique environment home to 99% of the world's breeding population of endangered Northern Rockhopper penguins! You must be committed for the long-haul as this job means 14 months "living with the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) overwintering team of 8-9 people."
For the two seabird monitoring positions, you should have experience safely handling and ringing birds, conducting surveys and managing large amounts of data, as well as be physically fit with a strong work ethic in inclement environmental conditions. One of the two Research Assistants will be trained to work alongside island restoration crew, including rope-access work. (Dr. Bond is also seeking a Senior Research Assistant for control and eradication of birdeye/procumbent pearlwort, an invasive plant.)
A long-running research and conservation management project requires three people to work on Gough Island in the central South Atlantic Ocean for 13 months, with an additional month for training prior to departure. These contract positions are designed primarily to conduct annual monitoring of breeding seabirds (2 positions), and control an invasive plant, Sagina procumbens (1 position; one of the other Research Assistants will also be trained in Sagina work, including rope access).
To learn more about the project on Gough Island, specific responsibilities or requirements for these positions, and how to apply, view the official posting. Please note that all application materials must be submitted to Dr. Bond by midnight GMT on 17 June 2015.
You can also learn more about Dr. Bond and other IPECS advisors on our "Find a Mentor" page!
The Pew Charitable Trusts has listed an opening for a Washington, D.C.-based Senior Associate with their Global Penguin Conservation Campaign:
Global Penguin Conservation Campaign
To learn more about Pew and the responsibilities and requirements for this position, view the official posting. Fluency in other languages Russian, French, Chinese, Korean, Norwegian, Japanese or Spanish a plus and international traveled is required. (Note: this position is only funded through December 31, 2015.)
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