[MARMAM] URGENT: Volunteers required in Portugal for cetacean monitoring campaigns in the Atlantic Ocean (Projet Cetus - Isabel Sousa Pinto)

Ana Mafalda Tomás Correia anamafaldacorreia at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 05:43:48 PST 2016

URGENT: Volunteers required in Portugal for cetacean monitoring campaigns
in the Atlantic Ocean (Project Cetus  - Isabel Sousa Pinto)

The Faculty of Sciences from University of Porto / Interdisciplinary Centre
of Marine and Environmental Research is preparing its 5th year of cetacean
monitoring in cargo ships from Continental Portugal (Porto/Lisbon) to
Madeira (Caniçal), to Azores (Ponta Delgada/Horta/Praia da Vitória) and to
Canary and Cape Verde Islands (Las Palmas/Sal/Boavista/São

We are seeking volunteers for the 2016 MMOs team for the following periods:

1. 15th June to 31st August

2. 15th August to 31st October

Sea-surveys will include an educational component when the ship is at the
port in the islands, where volunteers, accompanied by a member of the team,
will visit local schools and give a lecture or an activity to the children.

For 2.5 months, the internship includes:

-       - An intensive training on monitoring protocol, cetacean
identification and data processing and analysis;

-       - Sea-surveys from Mainland Portugal to the Islands (in the routes
stated above);

-       - Educational activities in local schools (when possible);

-       - Data processing and analysis;

-       - Free time to visit Mainland Portugal and the Islands.

We encourage the use of this experience for university reports or
internships (given that the course director allows it) or for other
scientific results (presentation at conferences, scientific papers, …).

The 2.5-month internship requires the payment of 300€ and includes
accommodation for the full period, as well as food when on-board. Accident
insurances for European volunteers are covered but travel expenses (travel
insurances and trips) aren’t. Non-European volunteers have to pay for their
own accident/travel insurance.

Successful applicants should possess or be enrolled in a BS or MS course in
biology or related, be reliable, dedicated, adaptable and patient, as this
work is highly weather dependent and requires consecutive days of work at
sea. If you are an undergraduate or graduated student interested in
pursuing a careen in marine mammal research, this is an excellent
opportunity to learn and gain experience at sea.

Application deadline is 31st March. A few volunteers will be selected for
interview. Skype interviews will be undertaken during the first 2 weeks of
April and final decision will be communicated by the end of April.

*To apply please send a Motivation Letter (state which period you prefer)
and a Short Curriculum Vitae (highlight experience in cetacean monitoring)
to: ispinto at ciimar.up.pt <ispinto at ciimar.up.pt> and
anamafaldacorreia at gmail.com <anamafaldacorreia at gmail.com>**. *


Prof. Dr. Isabel Sousa Pinto

Prof. Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto

Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research - Director
of Coastal Biodiversity Lab

R. dos Bragas, *289. 4050-123* Porto, Portugal

Email: *ispinto at ciimar.up.pt <ispinto at ciimar.up.pt>*
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