[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Internship in Samos, Greece -- Start April 2015

archi admissions admissions at archipelago.gr
Mon Feb 2 08:57:26 PST 2015

Dear All,

*Marine Mammal Placements*

We are currently accepting internship applications for placement in marine
mammal research for the season 2015. Archipelagos is a Greek non-profit,
non-governmental organization committed to researching and defending the
rich biodiversity of the Greek seas and islands, as well as of the NE
Mediterranean region overall. The eastern Aegean region is home to a large
number of endangered species and marine mammals. These critical habitats
are in desperate need of protection as they are actively being threatened
by harmful anthropogenic activities!

The aim of this placement is to better understand and monitor habitat use,
structure and population dynamics of cetaceans around eastern Aegean
islands. As Interns, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice
techniques during the scientific data collection. You will participate with
multiple projects involving native populations of the common dolphin
(Delphinus delphis), sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) and bottlenose
dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Occasional visiting populations such as
cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), risso’s dolphin (Grampus
griseus) and striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) will also be surveyed.

Interns will be responsible for:

·      Weekly boat and land-based surveys (weather dependent)

·      Performing photo-identification and matching techniques

·      Collecting environmental and anthropogenic data

·      Gathering acoustic data

·      Data entry and analysis

·      Raising awareness

·      Utilizing ArcGIS to map populations

·      Responding to animal first aid, which includes the rescue, necropsy
and data collection of stranded animals (e.g., cetaceans, seals and sea

Essential requirements:

·      A minimum duration of 3 months

·      Minimum of 18 years of age or older

·      Willingness to work hard and have a genuine interest in marine

·      Background in Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology, Environmental
Sciences, Geosciences, Oceanography or related field

·      Must be able to spend many hours on the boat. Field days might
exceed eight hours and occur at least two or three times a week (weather

·      Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·      Fluent in English

·      Must be able to work efficiently individually and as part of a team

·      Enthusiastic, responsible, diligent, detail oriented and flexible

·      Prior field research experience preferred, but not required

This placement combines time at sea on Archipelagos’ research sailing boat,
with time on land, on the Greek island of Samos where our marine research
base is located. Possible relocation of the team might take place on the
surround bases on the islands of Lipsi, Fourni and Ikaria. Applicants must
be able and willing to fulfill all duties outlined for this program, and
must be prepared to spend some nights onboard when required. Participants
should expect to spend some of their time in the field and in the lab
working and analyzing data or maintaining the equipment.

Archipelagos is a Greek non-profit, non-governmental organization, hence,
there is no compensation for this internship positions. The internship’s
fee (650 euros/month), which covers accommodation in the base’s guesthouse,
food (3 meals/day), tuition, and other research related expenses throughout
your participation (use of equipment, field trips, use of research vessel).
Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation
expenses to and from the research centre (Pythagorio, Samos,
Greece). Internship start and end dates are flexible.

Starting date for the field season 2015 is the 20th of April. There is no
deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a
first-come, first serve basis. Positions are open until filled (maximum 16

To apply:

-       Send your application together with your CV, a cover letter, and a
recommendation letter via email to:  admissions at archipelgo.gr

-       *Please specify MARINE MAMMAL PLACEMENT 2015 into your subject

For more information about Archipelagos’ research and conservation work,
please visit: www.archipelago.gr or our Facebook page.

Thank you,

Kiara Gomez
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