[MARMAM] Fwd: Marine Internships Portugal

Ana Catarina Henriques anac.henriques at aimm-portugal.org
Fri Jul 3 03:32:08 PDT 2015



The Marine Environment Research Association – AIMM – is a non-for profit,
non-governmental organization focussed on the research and conservation of
marine species that inhabit the Atlantic Ocean, running an ongoing study of
cetaceans in the South of Portugal (Algarve). This project aims to obtain
baseline information on species occurrence, behaviour and social structure
of the local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to
support conservation measures and adequate policies to marine management.

The main species observed are short beaked common dolphin (*Delphinus
delphis*), common bottlenose dolphin (*Tursiops truncatus)* and harbour
porpoise (*Phocoena phocoena*), although other species such as minke
whale (*Balaenoptera
acutorostrata*) and fin whale (*Balaenoptera physalus*) can also be sighted.

The participants in our internships are young hard working individuals, who
are willing to contribute to the association and support on-going
activities, while experiencing fieldwork at sea, learn data collection and
processing methodologies and be part of AIMM team of researchers and marine
biologists for a period of time. All team members and participants share
accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental
friendly and multicultural environment.

*WHERE:* Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

*WHEN:* Field season starts in the 1st May and ends in 31st October 2015,
the minimum internship attendance is 7 days starting preferably on Mondays.

*FIELDWORK *(at sea in opportunity & dedicated platforms) is dependent on
weather and seat availability in the dolphin watching boats. Field days can
be intense, especially in the peak of Summer but are fulfilling and good
fun. The interns will be train to:

·      On-board surveys of marine species occurrence.

·    Record track on GPS

·    Collect data on behaviour, group size, species, etc.

·       Photo-identification.

*DATA ANALYSIS *(in the accommodation and marina) will be in a daily basis
and related to:

·       Entry data on databases and spread cheats.

·     Photo-identification processing.

·     Preliminary data interpretation.

Interns are *EXPECTED* to:

·       Be above the age of 16.

·     Have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research and environment.

·     Be autonomous and quickly operational.

·     Be able to live and work in an international team and mainly outdoors
at sea.

·     Speak English.

·     Participate for minimum 7 days.

*CANDIDATE PREFERENCE CRITERIA* *for internship dates availability:

·       Relevant marine mammal field experience

·     Working experience on research vessels

·     Experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms

·     Experience in photo-identification

·     Professional cameras that can be used for photo-ID

·     Availability to stay for longer periods of time


Applicants should fill up the online application form in our website at:

After the confirmation e-mail, send your CV with updated photo and personal
statement on which are your expectations and why do you want to work with
AIMM to: interns at aimm-portugal.org with the subject “Internship 2015”.

Applicants will be contacted to arrange internship dates and details.

Applications will be accepted during all season, however, early application
is recommended due to limited vacancies.

*Contacts*: interns at aimm-portugal.org | www.aimmportugal.org | *f* AIMM


Ana Catarina Henriques
Investigadora & Coordenadora de Campo
*Researcher & Field Coordinator*

AIMM Portugal - Associação para a Investigação do Meio Marinho
              - *Marine Environment Research Association*
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