[MARMAM] Volunteer dolphin research assistant opportunities June - September 2013, Northern Aegean, Greece

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Fri Apr 5 01:11:35 PDT 2013


 

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MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal

"Northern Aegean Dolphin Project"

 

 <http://www.mom.gr> www.mom.gr

 

Dolphin research volunteer - positions available for June - September 2013

 

Volunteer research assistant positions at the "Northern Aegean Dolphin
Project" of MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk
seal have just become available for June - September 2013 to collect data on
the dolphin population of the Northern Aegean Sea.

 

About MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk seal

MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk seal is a
national Greek non-governmental environmental organization. The Society was
founded in 1988 and since then has maintained a continued presence
nationally and internationally as one of the most active NGOs in Greece. MOm
is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and has
more than 8,500 supporters in Greece and abroad. The goal of the Society is
to protect Greek marine biodiversity by protecting the critically endangered
Mediterranean monk seal, along with a healthy marine environment for the
present and future generations.

 

Position description

Volunteers are required to help with our research on the dolphin population
of the Northern Aegean Sea in Greece. The study area is located in the area
of Northern Sporades islands and within the National Marine Park of
Alonissos, Northern Sporades.

 

Volunteering at MOm is a fantastic opportunity for you to experiencing the
unique marine biodiversity of Greece and make a positive contribution to
marine wildlife conservation. The data you collect will contribute to a new
research effort on bottlenose and common dolphin site usage, abundance,
photo-identification and acoustic studies.

 

Responsibilities/duties will include (but are not limited to):

*	Boat-based surveys
*	Data entry and checking
*	Updating sightings information

 

Research assistant Training

Following the boat surveys, the research staff of MOm will present research
techniques and give specific training regarding the equipment used on the
first day. Evening lectures by experts in the field will enrich volunteer
knowledge regarding local ecology and marine mammals. In addition, the field
station will be stocked with identification books, scientific literature,
and other resources to assist with research. Participants will learn about
topics such as:

*	Cetacean life history, behavior, and identification
*	Threats faced by marine mammals
*	Photo-identification techniques
*	Fisheries/marine mammal interactions
*	How the research data will be used for conservation and management
purposes
*	Use of equipment (cameras, binoculars, GPS systems)
*	Data storage and computer software processing of digital photos for
photo-identification of individuals

 

Essential skills

*                  An interest in wildlife and conservation

*                  Positive, reliable, conscientious and mature attitude

*                  Ability to work as part of a small team

*                  Strong work ethic with an ability to work unsupervised

*                  Adaptable and patient (particularly as boat work is
weather dependent)

*                  Fluency in English

 

General requirements - Volunteer fee - How to apply

For more information on volunteer/booking fees please visit:
<http://www.mom.gr/static/project-information.html>
http://www.mom.gr/static/project-information.html

 

For further information

Visit  <http://www.mom.gr/static/northern-aegean-dolphins-project.html>
http://www.mom.gr/static/northern-aegean-dolphins-project.html

If you have any questions please email  <mailto:info at mom.gr> info at mom.gr
with an appropriate subject line.

 

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MOm, HELLENIC SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY AND PROTECTION OF THE MONK SEAL
18 Solomou Str. GR-10682 Athens, Greece 
Tel.: +30-210-5222888, Fax: +30-210-5222450 
e-mail:  <mailto:support at mom.gr> support at mom.gr, web-site:
<http://www.mom.gr> www.mom.gr

 

 

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