[MARMAM] New Marine Mammals Stranding Internships in Galicia (NW Coast of Spain)

Bruno Diaz Lopez bruno at thebdri.com
Mon Aug 25 11:10:28 PDT 2014


I would like to post the below advertisement to the MARMAM list serve. Please feel free to contact if have any questions.

Thank you for your efforts,

New Marine Mammal Stranding Internships in Galicia, NW coast of Spain

Due to a last minute change of dates of the Research Programs for 2014, the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) is currently accepting applications for the New Marine Mammal Stranding Internships. All interns will receive cross-training in different areas (Response, Rescue, Necropsy and data collection).

BDRI is a marine science centre with headquarters in O Grove, Pontevedra, Spain. The BDRI supports the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Networking in Galician waters (C.E.M.MA - Xunta de Galicia) a nationally authorized response program of the Galician Goverment dedicated to marine mammal stranding response along the North-western waters of the Iberian Peninsula (Atlantic Ocean, Spain). Our mission is to promote the conservation of marine mammal species and their habitat by improving the rescue of stranded marine mammals, advancing data collection, and increasing public awareness through education. Galicia is a marine mammal stranding hot spot, with over 300 strandings per year and a peak during winter months, including live and dead seals, large whales, porpoises and dolphins. 

Internship Duties: Interns should be prepared to perform in a variety of settings on any given day including beach, on water, and laboratory.
- Assist staff with all aspects of marine mammal stranding response including; live animal health assessment, biological data collection, and sampling from dead stranded marine mammals.
- Assist in maintaining preparedness for strandings including: cleaning, organizing, and maintaining stranding response gear and equipment
- Assist in organizing, cataloging, and archiving stranded marine mammal documentation including photos and video
- Assist the necropsy coordinator in performing post-mortem examinations in both field and/or laboratory settings
- Assist in photo archiving and data entry and photo-identification analysis
- Assist in the archiving, shipping and tracking of biological samples
- Assist in the preparation of necropsy reports

- Candidates must be at least 18 years old
- Must be of good physical fitness 
- Able to follow directions and protocols effectively
- Undergraduate study of biology, veterinary, zoology, ecology, marine/environmental/animal science preferred

Learning outcomes
While hands-on experience is opportunistic and the number and type of responses will be variable, most interns have the opportunity to:
- Develop skills in identifying species commonly stranded on Galicia (N-East Atlantic)
- Acquire basic stranded cetacean and pinniped assessment
- Increase knowledge of biology and anatomy of species commonly stranded on Galicia (N-East Atlantic)
- Gain knowledge of the stranding network structure and operation
- Acquire basic data collection and necropsy skills
- Participate in active research projects as appropriate

Additional Information
This internship is unpaid. The tuition fee of 210 Euros per week includes the accommodation in an apartment, tuition and a part of other expenses derived of your participation (use of equipment, transport to strandings, etc). Transportation to O Grove (Spain) is the responsibility of the intern. Internship start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum 4 weeks continuous commitment sometime between October 1st through November 30th. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10 minute presentation at the end of their internship. If the intern intends to receive academic credit, he/she will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions. 

Approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. To apply please submit:

- Completed internship application with tentative start/end dates 
- Letter of recommendation from an employer or college professor
- Resume

All internship application materials and/or questions should be submitted to:
education at thebdri.com<mailto:education at thebdri.com> (please include Strandings Internship Application in the subject line)

For more information about BDRI's research and conservation work, please visit www.thebdri.com<http://www.thebdri.com>
Bruno Diaz Lopez
Chief Biologist & Director
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
Av. Beiramar 192, 36980 O Grove, Pontevedra, Spain
tel. 0034 605 521441

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