[MARMAM] Research Assistant and Volunteer positions are available for land and boat based cetacean monitoring in Antalya, Turkey

aylin akkaya akkayaaylin at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 2 10:50:28 PDT 2015

There are new positions available on cetacean monitoring in the Antalya Bay, TurkeyTHE PROJECTMarine 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 have not been any long-term studies on this region. Therefore, the project aims to fulfill the gaps of missing long-term studies in the area by collecting data on cetacean abundance, distribution, behavior and site fidelity. This project provides an excellent opportunity for cetologists, students and individuals interested in getting more experience and knowledge in the field of marine mammal research.OPEN POSITIONSRESEARCH ASSISTANT (R.A.)We are looking for one research assistant starting from the end of July for 5 months, and you must have some experience with marine mammals or animal ecology. As a R.A., you will have access to intensive training on; GIS, Basic statistics and SPSS, DISTANCE and other softwares (Pythagoras, Logger, Imatch).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 the offshore surveys.The project contribution is 500Euro per month, which covers the accommodation (food cost will be at each responsibility, although this is a low expense and should be around 75Euro month or less).VOLUNTEERWe 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.This position is unpaid and requires a contribution which covers the accommodation and side activities. Food cost will be at each responsibility, although this is a low expense and should be around 75Euro month or less.The available months are: August (850Euro One position left!!), September (850Euro One position left!!), October (700Euro Open), November (700Euro Open), December (700Euro Open) FOR BOTH POSITIONSREQUIRED ABILITIESEnthusiasm to learn, Good motivation, Endurance, Being able to live and work in a multicultural team sharing the same home.DUTIESCollecting sighting and behavioral data (using binoculars, theodolite and different softwares) both during land and boat surveys, organising photo-ID catalogue, entering dataWORKING CONDITIONSExpect 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, particularly under the sun with very high temperatures (up to 45 degrees Celsius). The typical week is divided in 4 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 Antalya.HOW TO APPLYPlease 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

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