[MARMAM] DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN PORTUGAL

AIMM Internships interns at aimm-portugal.org
Sun Mar 20 16:22:20 PDT 2016


*DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN PORTUGAL*



*BACKGROUND:*

The AIMM – Associação para a Investigação do Meio Marinho (Marine
Environment Research Association) is a non-for profit, non-governmental
organization focussed on the research and conservation of marine species,
running an on-going study of cetaceans in the South of Portugal (Algarve).
This project aims to obtain baseline information on species occurrence,
behaviour and social structure of the local cetacean populations in order
to obtain scientific data to support conservation measures and adequate
policies to marine management.

The main species observed are short beaked common dolphin (*Delphinus
delphis*), common bottlenose dolphin (*Tursiops truncatus)* and harbour
porpoise (*Phocoena phocoena*), although other species such as minke
whale (*Balaenoptera
acutorostrata*) and fin whale (*Balaenoptera physalus*) can also be sighted.

The participants in our internships are young hard working individuals, who
are willing to contribute to the association and support on-going
activities, while experiencing fieldwork at sea, learn data collection and
processing methodologies and be part of AIMM team of researchers and marine
biologists for a period of time. All team members and participants share
accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental
friendly and multicultural environment.

To turn your experience with AIMM even more fulfilling, it is possible to
start or improve your scuba diving skills (PADI).



*WHERE:* Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal



*WHEN:* 1st May and ends in 31st October 2016, the minimum internship
attendance is 7 days starting preferably on Mondays.



*FIELDWORK: *The field trips are conducted in AIMM’s research vessel,
Ketos, or in opportunistic platforms (commercial dolphin watching boats).
It is dependent on weather conditions and seat availability in the dolphin
watching boats. Field days can be intense, especially in the peak of Summer
but are fulfilling and good fun. The interns will be train to:

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   On-board surveys of marine species occurrence;
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   Record track on GPS;
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   Collect data on behaviour, group size, species, etc.;
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   Photo-identification;
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   Acoustic records;
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   Underwater and aerial videos.



*DATA ANALYSIS: *will be in a daily basis and related to:

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   Entry data on databases and spread cheats.
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   Photo-identification processing.
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   Preliminary data interpretation.



*INTERNSHIP FEES:* AIMM is a non-profit organization that relies on
donations from our volunteers, partners and people like you so that we may
continue our important research and education programs in the Algarve! This
internship and requires a contribution fee, to know about the fees for 2016
please contact: interns at aimm-portugal.org



*Included* in the fee is:

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   Accommodation in the research house;
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   Transportation to/from the marina;
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   Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
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   Field work in the research vessel or commercial dolphin watching vessels.



*Not included* in the fee is:

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   Transportation to/from Albufeira;
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   Meals in restaurants and snacks;
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   Free time activities;
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   Personal insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel
   insurance);
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   Personal expenses.





*INTERNS ARE EXPECTED TO:*

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   Be above the age of 16;


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   Have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research and environment;
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   Be autonomous and quickly operational;
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   Be able to live and work in an international team and mainly outdoors at
   sea;
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   Speak English;
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   Participate for minimum 7 days.



*Preference in internship dates availability will be given* to those who
have:

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   Relevant marine mammal field experience
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   Working experience on research vessels
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   Experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms
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   Experience in photo-identification
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   Professional cameras that can be used for photo-ID
   -

   Availability to stay for longer periods of time





*INTERNSHIP APPLICATION: *Applicants should fill up the online application
at: *http://www.aimmportugal.org/#!internship-aimm/cw7b
<http://www.aimmportugal.org/#!internship-aimm/cw7b>*



After the confirmation e-mail, send your CV with updated photo and personal
statement on which are your expectations and why do you want to work with
AIMM to: interns at aimm-portugal.org with the subject “Internship 2016”.



Applicants will be contacted to arrange internship dates and details.



Applications will be accepted during all season, however, early application
is recommended due to limited vacancies.





*Contacts*: interns at aimm-portugal.org | www.aimmportugal.org |
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