[MARMAM] URGENT - October Positions for Cetacean Research

Elizabeth Atchoi elizabethatchoi at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 07:10:03 PDT 2015

***Urgent October and November Positions - DMAD Seeking Volunteers***

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

URGENT placement needed for October and November, special offer: only 500
Euros per month.

*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. 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

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 day long
(12 hours), 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 75 Euro per month or less.
We have positions available all year round that require a contribution of
700 Euros per month, for people staying longer than 3 months there is a
discount price.

Expect long working days in the field, 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 45 Celcius),
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 Antalya.
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
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