Marine Mammal Foundation – Volunteer Call Out April 2018
The Marine Mammal Foundation is a small not-for-profit research, education, and conservation organisation, based in Mentone, Victoria (Australia). We conduct internationally recognised applied scientific research on marine mammals and environments across Victoria, and apply our research learnings to educate and inspire the community. MMF began in 2013, after MMF’s Founding Director and Head of Research Dr Kate Charlton Robb discovered, named, and formally described a new species of dolphin in south-east Australian waters; the Burrunan dolphin. MMF is a registered ACNC charity, and DGR entity. Our work is reliant on funding from grants, philanthropy, or generous donations from the community.
The Foundation has numerous applied marine mammal research projects covering robust population modelling, population genetics/phylogenomics, geospatial mapping, social structure and alliance, acoustics, toxicology and other threatening processes. Whilst our research focus is marine mammals, we take a holistic approach to marine biodiversity using new and innovative research tools to investigate environmental variables and drivers, food-web interactions, and ecological processes. In addition, we communicate our research findings through informative and interactive outreach and education programs to community groups, schools and special interest groups.
We encourage the next generation of marine biologists and offer career and volunteer opportunities.
MMF has a very active volunteer program which allows hands on experience with our team. Volunteers become involved with all aspects of the Foundation from applied research through, assisting with education and outreach initiatives, through to fundraising. We encourage people from all walks of life, with a whole manner of interest and skills, from University students, science communicators, legal experts to graphic designers!
Roles and requirements will differ depending on your area of interest but may involve photographic fin identification processing, individual dolphin cataloguing, seal photographic processing, data entry, video editing (underwater and top-side footage), assisting with outreach/education programs, assisting at community events, fundraising activities, and field-work (skills dependent). Full training will be given for all aspects of the work.
We ask volunteers to commit time on a regular basis (one day per week/fortnight) to really make it beneficial for everyone. The Marine Mammal Foundation is located in Mentone (3194) and we primarily conduct our work across Victoria (Australia).
The current MMF Volunteer Pool is now closed. Thank you to all who applied. For those looking to get involved with the MMF, please check back again for our next Volunteer Callout in September 2018.