Research Technical Officer

       Email:  pwasiak@penguins.org.au

       Phone: + 61 (3) 59512800

       Mail:     Phillip Island Nature Parks, PO Box 97, Cowes Vic. 3922, Australia


Duties

  • Co-ordinate and conduct fieldwork component of research projects involving penguins and other wildlife (e. g.  monitoring of breeding, satellite/GPS tracking, blood sampling)
  • Maintain biological data bases.  Prepare and check data & provide internal reports & information
  • Train students and staff in field and rehabilitation techniques
  • Assist with emergency wildlife response procedures including oil spills, cetacean strandings and natural disasters.
  • Provide technical advice to other staff, departments and agencies on penguin welfare and management. Liaise with marketing department and create protocols regarding media filming involving wildlife. Appear in and/or supervise media filming when deemed necessary
  • Provide administrative support where necessary
  • Perform duties in accordance with directions of Deputy Research Manager and the provisions of relevant legislation, policies and codes of practice

Bibliography

During her university years, Paula volunteered in a number of research and conservation projects, including traveling to Costa Rica for sea turtle conservation work. Paula completed her Honours degree through Monash University, in conjunction with the Phillip Island Nature Parks, investigating the role of shell grit ingestion on the reproductive success of little penguins. After completing her degree, Paula did a brief stint educating children about Australian wildlife. Currently, Paula’s position sees her undertaking large amounts of fieldwork as well as taking care of the day to day needs of the research department.


Education


Honours (Zoology) – 2008, Monash University, Melbourne
B.Sc. (Zoology & Conservation Ecology) – 2007, Monash University, Melbourne