[MARMAM] Cetacean Research Internship Announcement - Spring/Summer 2017

bruno at thebdri.com bruno at thebdri.com
Fri Dec 16 07:55:17 PST 2016

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Cetacean Research Internship Announcement - Spring/Summer 2017

The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI <www.thebdri.com> is seeking applicants for internships working with marine mammals along the North Western coast of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain). The BDRI was originally founded in Sardinia, Italy in 2005 and, since 2014 has commenced new research projects on the shores of Southern Galicia in Spain. This transformation has considerably improved our ability to carry out research on wild bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, and other cetacean species, providing a collaborative work environment for staff, researchers, and students from all over the world.

Program Description: 
The BDRI internship program is an exciting opportunity for students and recent graduates interested in a career in marine science to obtain field and laboratory training in marine mammals research. Interns can expect to gain a solid foundation in dolphin behavioural ecology and sociobiology with a focus on cetaceans ethology, habitat use, and communication. Interns will be trained to participate with multiple projects involving a combination of boat-based and land-based surveys, laboratory work (photo-identification, GIS, bioacoustics, diet analysis, database work, etc), and cetacean strandings (response, rescue, necropsy, and data collection). The BDRI is a very international environment, and the everyday working language is English. 

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internship is open to all applicants 18 years of age or older. An academic background in biology, veterinary or natural science, coupled with motivation, willingness to work hard and interest in marine mammals research make the most qualified individuals. As an intern, you will be encouraged to work hard and gain an insight of what it is actually like to work as a marine mammal researcher. If the intern intends to receive academic credit, he/she will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions. Undergraduate and postgraduate student thesis projects can also be supported with boat time and office space. 

Internship start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum of 30 days continuous commitment sometime between January through to November. The BDRI is a private and self-funded centre, hence, there is an internships/tuition fee including the supervision, training, accommodation in an apartment, and other expenses derived of your participation (use of equipment, lab work, field trips, use of research vessel). Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain). 

Approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Positions are open until filled (maximum 9 vacancies). 

Please download the internships general information and application form at:


Send the application form, resume, recommendation letters, and cover letter by email to the email: severine at thebdri.com

For more information about BDRI's research and conservation work, please visit www.thebdri.com or our Facebook page.

See you on site!
Mr. Bruno Diaz Lopez
Chief Biologist & Director
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
Avenida Beiramar 192
36980 O Grove, Spain
tel. +34 684 248552

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