Aylin Akkaya a.akkaya at archipelago.gr
Thu Jan 28 23:06:58 PST 2016


Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is currently seeking for
volunteers, based in beautiful island of Samos, Greece. The project is
focused on the conservation of marine mammals through combining research
and education. Therefore, while marine mammal abundance, distribution,
behaviour and threats will be monitored through boat and land surveys,
active involvement of stakeholders to the projects will also be supported.
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 research.

Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation (www.archipelago.gr) is a
Greek non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the
conservation of the marine and terrestrial environments of the Greek seas
and islands for over a decade. Previously, bottlenose dolphins, common
dolphins, striped dolphins, Risso's dolphins, sperm whales, beaked whales,
fin whales, false killer whale, harbour porpoises and Mediterranean monk
seals were documented in the Aegean Sea.

VOLUNTEERS are primarily responsible for behavioural data collection,
theodolite operation, photographing individuals and cataloguing
dolphin/monk seal pictures, data entry. Training will be provided
beforehand. In addition, there will be ArcGIS and SPSS courses running
which will be free for volunteers during their stay. There will be an
opportunity to undertake a personal research project supervised by the
project director.
The base of project activities will be in Samos however there will be an
opportunity to join the cetacean surveys in Fethiye and Antalya, Turkey
carried by Marine Mammals Research Association. The enrolment on these
surveys depends on the volunteer background and on the time of the year
when they will participate.

Applicant are expected to be graduates or students of a BSc degree in
biology, marine biology or zoology and able to demonstrate previous
experience in the field of research and conservation. Knowledge on marine
mammal species of Mediterranean is advantage. Practical experience of
photo-identification (both photography and matching) and theodolite
operation is desirable. The applicant must be fluent in English, proficient
with database and word processing software and be willing to learn new
software applications.

Volunteers must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to work
independently and responsibly, and with a true interest in marine
conservation. The position is open starting from March 7th throughout the

The minimum duration of the placements is normally 3 complete months. We
may make exceptions for potential participants to apply for a shorter

This position is unpaid and requires a contribution fee of 650 euro per
month, which covers the accommodation, meals, equipment, training and
working expenses for the participants, as well as work insurance and Greek
language lessons.
Participants should cover their own travel expenses to Samos island where
all projects start/end.

Send CV and cove rletter by e-mail to a.akkaya at archipelago.gr
Deadline for Applications: Monday 15th February 2016.

Dr. Aylin Akkaya Bas
Marine Mammal Research Coordinator
Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
 Marine Research Base: P.O. Box 42, Pythagorio, Samos 83102
Tel. +30 2273061147,  +30 2273061191
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