May 2013-Sept 2013 and May 2012-Oct 2012: Research Assistant, Aberdeen University Lighthouse Field Station
Research assistant on the long-term bottlenose dolphin photo-identification project. Further developed boat-based marine mammal observation skills and extensive practical experience in cetacean photo-ID work, both taking and grading pictures. Pro-actively participated in other research projects, such as land-based observations, harbour seal photo-identification studies and PAM studies in order to broaden my skills base.
Oct 2011-Dec 2011: Oiled Wildlife Responder, Maritime New Zealand
Contracted member of the oiled wildlife response unit following the grounding of the cargo ship Rena. Assisted vets in the general care of little blue penguins. Gained experience handling wild birds, preparing medication, analysing blood work, assisting in triage of contaminated birds and identifying species during post-mortem examinations.
Sept 2011-March 2012: Volunteer Research Assistant, Massey University, NZ
Field assistant on a PhD project investigating the effects of commercial tourism activities on bottlenose and common dolphin populations in the East Coast Bay of Plenty. Extensive experience driving boats around cetaceans and in all aspects of photo-identification techniques. Responsible for training inexperienced volunteers, promoting teamwork and liaising with tourism operators and the public developing excellent communication skills.
August 2010: Volunteer, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
March 2011: Volunteer, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
July 2010: Volunteer, Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit.
July 2008: Volunteer Research Assistant, Kenna Eco Diving.
2007-2010: Sales Assistant, Waterworld Aquatics.
2004-2007: Sales Assistant, Pets at Home.