[MARMAM] Cetaceans Research Assistant South of Portugal

Joana Augusto augustojoana at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 04:30:16 PDT 2011

Dear all,

AIMM - Marine Environment Research Association is seeking applications 
as research assistant to help with fieldwork related with the *study on 
cetaceans* we undertake in the South of Portugal (Algarve). This project 
intends to continue the work AIMM has been developing in collaboration 
with several dolphin watching companies present in the area. *Fieldwork 
will take place from 31 of July to 30 of October 2011*. All participants 
will be trained by AIMM researchers.

Participants interested will join the team for 7 days period but 
preference will be given to applicants able to stay for longer periods. 
Participation includes boat surveys on the research vessel and on 
opportunistic platforms (dolphin watching boats). Data collection will 
include species behaviour/group size, photo-identification, lectures, 
training and how to operate as researcher in dolphin watching trips. You 
will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the main 
AIMM station. We will provide accommodation although there is a fee for 
basic maintenance of the station (300€ per week). Transport will be 
provided to the harbour most of the time. Food will be at your own 
expenses except breakfast, but communal shopping will keep the expenses 
low. Apart from research activities, participants will share everyday 
duties and chores with the team members.

Successful applicants will:

- have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research

- be autonomous and quickly operational

- be able to live and work constructively with others in a team

- speak fluently Portuguese and/or English/Spanish

Preference will be given to those who:

- have previous experience in photo-identification

- have previous experience on research boats

- have previous experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms

- have previous relevant marine mammal field experience

- have professional cameras that can be used for photo-ID

_No previous experience is required. Anyone above the age of 16 can 
participate, regardless of nationality or field of expertise._

Applications will be accepted during all period although, early 
application is recommended as applications will be examined in order of 

Applicants should send an email introducing themselves to 
aimm.direccao at gmail.com <mailto:aimm.direccao at gmail.com>. The email 
should include an outline of why you would like to work on this project, 
your qualifications and previous experience. Please also attach a brief CV.

For further information, please check 

All the best,

André Cid

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