[MARMAM] River dolphin internships in Brazil

Tony Martin boto at live.co.uk
Wed May 25 16:26:37 PDT 2011


RIVER DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS IN BRAZIL STARTING SOON
 
Once
 again, Projeto Boto is recruiting for 9-month internships in the 
Mamirauá Reserve, Brazil. We require fit, enthusiastic, hard-working 
fieldworkers who will carry forward our long-term study of botos (Amazon
 river dolphins). Due to close involvement with local communities, 
interns are required to have at least moderate Portuguese language 
skills, or to speak fluent Spanish, in addition to English. There are no
 exceptions.
 
Projeto
 boto was established in 1994. To date it has hosted more than 50 
interns of many different nationalities. The Project's objective is to 
conserve the boto, and the sympatric tucuxi, through research leading to
 greater understanding of the biology and ecology of these dolphins. In 
recent years we have also spent considerable time investigating the 
impacts of fisheries on these species, and especially the relatively new
 harpoon hunt, in which thousands of botos are killed each year for fish
 bait.
 
We
 are seeking 2 people to commence work as soon as possible, ideally in 
July or Aug 2011. But we would also like to hear from people 
available later in 2011 or early 2012.
 
Our
 work is centred on a floating lab/accommodation base, moored in the 
flooded forest. The research team comprises 3-5 people, who maintain 
daily observational boat-based research effort year-round. The basis of 
the work is the piecing together of the lives of over 450 individually 
recognisable dolphins, to provide publishable information on such 
diverse topics as growth, reproduction, habitat use, social system, 
seasonal movements, survival rates, causes of mortality etc.
 
Interns
 are provided with free accommodation and food, and receive a small 
monthly stipend. Transportation to the fieldsite (near the town of Tefé,
 Amazonas) from Manaus is provided, but interns must arrange and pay for
 their own transportation to Manaus. All necessary training is provided 
on site.
 
Further information on all aspects of the work is available at www.projetoboto.com
 
Successful applicants will:
 
be aged 21-35
speak at least moderate Portuguese or fluent Spanish, in addition to English
be available for 9-12 months
have completed a university degree, preferably in zoology or biology
preferably have some fieldwork experience
 
Applicants should please provide:
 
Full CV, complete with age, nationality, linguistic skills, educational and fieldwork experience
A letter explaining why you are prepared to dedicate 9 months of your life to this study.
The names and email addresses of 3 referees who are familiar with you and your work.
The date on which you would be available to start work in the Amazon.
 
Send this information by email to both of the Project co-ordinators, Prof. Tony Martin (boto at live.co.uk) and Dr Vera da Silva (vmfdasilva at gmail.com).
 
Closing
 date is 6 June 2010. Applications fulfilling the above criteria will 
be acknowledged within 3 days, but there will be no further 
communication unless the applicant is short-listed. Short-listed 
applicants will be notified by 11 June latest. 		 	   		  
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