[MARMAM] Three volunteers are needed for cetacean research surveys in the NW Mediterranean Sea

massimiliano rosso massimiliano.rosso at cimafoundation.org
Fri Jul 3 01:28:43 PDT 2015


Three volunteers are needed for cetacean research surveys in the NW 
Mediterranean Sea (NW Italy). Period July and August 2015. Institution: 
CIMA Research Foundation (based in Savona, Italy).

First come, first serve.

In particular open positions refer to three different projects:

·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 part of the 
Marine Mammal Observer team working on the ferries.

·ZIPHIUS : this project is focused on the local Cuvier's beaked whale 
population and it foresees surveys in the Ligurian Sea onboard of a 13 m 
long dedicated research sailing vessel. Each survey usually last 2-4 
consecutive days. Interns will assist researchers with data collection, 
photo-id as well as actively participating in life on-board.

·Whale watching: this project is held in collaboration with the regional 
consortium of research institutions aiming to collect data aboard whale 
watching vessels. Surveys are usually 4-6 hours a day.

Successful applicants will be assigned to _the three projects_.

These are full-time positions requiring a 2-months commitment from July 
to August. Because of the training required, applicants must be willing 
to commit to the fulltime project: all interns will be trained in 
cetacean observation and identification, in line-transect survey 
protocols and photo-identification.

Qualifications

- Applicants must be reliable, motivated and team oriented, have a 
positive attitude as well as a genuine interest in marine mammal sciences;

- Applicants 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;

- Previous field experience is not required (but preferred).

These are unpaid positions and successful applicants are responsible for 
their own transportation expenses to and from Italy and for 
accommodation in Savona during the entire staying.

All costs related to at sea surveys will be covered by CIMA RF. If you 
are interested in applying for this position, please submit your CV and 
a cover letter via email to all the following email addresses: 
massimiliano.rosso at cimafoundation.org 
<mailto:massimiliano.rosso at cimafoundation.org>, 
aurelie.moulins at cimafoundation.org 
<mailto:aurelie.moulins at cimafoundation.org>
info at cimafoundation.org <mailto:aurelie.moulins at cimafoundation.org>

CIMA Research Foundation is a private non-profit research organization 
aimed at the advancement 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.

General details about this program can be found here:

http://www.cimafoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=895&Itemid=896&lang=en 
<http://www.cimafoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=895&Itemid=896%E2%8C%A9=en> 

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