[MARMAM] Cetacean Research Internship in the Mediterranean - Summer 2012

Pao Tepsich paola.tepsich at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 00:37:12 PST 2012

*Cetacean monitoring in the Ligurian Sea (North Western Mediterranean) –
Internship 2012*
CIMA Research Foundation is a private non-profit research organization
aimed to the advance of science and engineering in environmentally related
fields, focusing on public health and safety, civil protection and the
preservation of terrestrial and water-related ecosystems. CIMA RF is based
in Savona, Italy, and it is seeking  *4 interns* for the field season 2012.
This is a full-time position requiring a* 5 months commitment from May
through September.*
This internship is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate
students interested in pursuing a career in marine mammal research to
strengthen their skills and above all to gain practical experience in the
We also encourage the use of this internship as the basis for the
development of bachelor as well as master thesis.

This is an unpaid position but CIMA RF will cover expenses related to the
internship like accommodation, food expenses, traveling to-from departing
harbors. Interns will be responsible for their own travels to Italy.
Housing will be offered in the Savona University Campus (accommodation will
be in a double room with other intern).

Interns will assist researchers during the whole internship, being directly
involved in surveys at sea as well as in post-survey data entry. The
projects aim to collect baseline data on the distribution and behavior of
the eight different cetacean species inhabiting the Mediterranean Sea. In
particular, interns will be responsible for data collecting and data entry
of two projects:

i) *Monitoring Cetaceans from Ferries* – this project is held in
collaboration with a national ferry company. Interns will be on board of
ferries operating between Italy and Corsica / Sardinia at least twice a
week and they will be responsible of the Marine Mammal Observer team
working on the ferry.

ii) *Ziphius Project* – this project is focused on the local Cuvier’s
beaked whale population and it foresees weekly surveys in the Ligurian and
Corsica Seas on board of a 18m long sailing vessel. Each survey usually
last 2 to 4 consecutive days. Interns will assist researchers with data
collecting, photo-id as well as actively participate in life on-board.

Interns will work equally on both projects. The internship foresees also a
large amount of time to be dedicated to data entry and data analysis in the
office. Because of the training required, applicants must be willing to
commit to the project fulltime: all interns will be trained in cetacean
observation and identification, in line-transect survey protocols and

*Qualifications : *Applicant must be reliable, motivated and team oriented,
have a positive attitude as well as a genuine interest in marine mammal
science; Applicants should possess or be enrolled in a BS or MS course in
biology, environmental sciences or a related major;
Applicant must be adaptable and patient as fieldwork is highly weather
dependent. This means a lot of data-entry work during bad weather and long
consecutive days in the field when weather permits;
Knowledge of MS Office software and data entry skills are highly
desired; Previous experience in the field is advantageous but not required.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover
letter and your CV via email to Paola Tepsich
paola.tepsich at cimafoundation.org

*Application deadline : 29th February 2012*

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information!

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