[MARMAM] Seeking Volunteers for Marine Mammal Reserach at DMAD

Elizabeth Atchoi elizabethatchoi at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 01:44:46 PDT 2015

***Seeking Volunteers***

There are new positions available on marine mammal research in the Antalya
Bay, Turkey

*The Project:
Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) founded for the purpose of
contributing to the scientific knowledge on marine mammals for the
conservation and sustainable management of marine biodiversity and
increasing the public awareness in the area. Despite the large cetacean
biodiversity, there haven’t been any long-term studies on this region.
Therefore, the project aims to fulfil the gaps of missing long-term studies
in the area by collecting data on cetacean abundance, distribution,
behaviour and site fidelity. This project provides an excellent opportunity
for post-grads, students and individuals interested in getting more
experience and knowledge in the field of marine mammal research.

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and hard-working individuals to
join our team. Minimum commitment is one month, although for a fuller
experience we recommend two or more.
A biology background is not mandatory but advantageous, as well as an
ability to dedicate yourselves to the study. We will be on the field early
in the morning or until late in the afternoon, boat trips can be a day
long, and there is much data to process and enter.
A good level of endurance is necessary as well as the ability to live and
work in a multicultural team, sharing the same home.

*Your Duties include:
Collecting sighting and behavioural data (using binoculars, theodolite and
different software’s) both during land and boat surveys
Organizing photo-ID catalogue
Entering data
House cleaning and up keeping duties

This position is unpaid and requires a contribution from the volunteers
which covers the accommodation and project related activities. Food will be
at each one’s responsibility, although in Turkey food isn´t expensive and
should be around 75Euro per month or less.
The required contribution is of 700euros/month, for people staying longer
than 3 months there is a discount price.
We have positions available from September onwards. There are only two
positions left for September and October, so apply soon if you wish to come
in these months.
Expect long working days in the field (from 6 to 12 hours per day), and to
wake up very early (around 4:30 a.m.). The work will be carried under
adverse weather conditions, in the summer: under the sun with very high
temperatures (up to 45celcius), in the winter: windy and cold days. The
typical week is divided in 3 days of fieldwork 1-2 days of office work and
1-2 days for you to enjoy the lovely Turkish Riviera and the city of
You will learn about different software’s used in cetacean research,
techniques and tools for spotting dolphins/whales, identify individuals,
amongst other things. There will also be space and opportunity for you to
suggest and create your own project, as well as contribute to publications
we might be working on. There may be opportunities to join into offshore
surveys or other projects while you are here.

*How to apply
Please send a cover letter and CV to info at dmad.org.tr. For more information
please visit www.dmad.org.tr or email us.
Have a good day,
Aylin Akkaya Bas

Elizabeth Atchoi
Project Supervisor at DMAD
Website <http://dmad.org.tr/> // Facebook

Elizabeth Atchoi
Project Supervisor at DMAD
Website <http://dmad.org.tr/> // Facebook
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