[MARMAM] HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH & LEARNING PROGRAMME IN CAPE VERDE, AFRICA

AIMM Internships interns at aimm-portugal.org
Sat Jan 20 23:26:00 PST 2018


*HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH & LEARNING PROGRAMME IN CAPE VERDE, AFRICA*



*BACKGROUND: *The Marine Environment Research Association is a non-profit,
non-governmental organization focused on the research and conservation of
marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in southern Portugal
(Algarve) and Boa Vista, Cape Verde. This project aims to obtain baseline
information on species occurrence, behavior, and social structure of the
local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support
conservation measures and inform marine management policies.

The main species observed are Humpback whales (*Megaptera novaeangliae*)
and the rough-toothed (*Steno bredanensis*) although more than 14 species
of cetacean were describe to the Cape Verde region. Sea turtle could be
also find in the ocean, mostly the Green turtle (*Chelonia mydas*),
Loggerhead turtle and Leatherback turtle (*Dermochelys coriacea*)

AIMM participants are hard-working individuals who are willing to
contribute to the association and support on-going activities, while
experiencing fieldwork at sea, learning data collection and processing
methodologies, and being a part of AIMM's 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.



*WHERE:* Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde, África



*WHEN:* The field season lasts from 1st of March to 31st of May, 2018. The
minimum attendance is 14 days, preferably starting on a Monday.



*FIELDWORK: *The field trips are conducted in an opportunistic platforms
(commercial whale-watching boats). Fieldwork is dependent on weather
conditions and seat availability in the whale-watching boats. Field days
can be intense, especially in the peak of season, but are fulfilling and
good fun. The interns will be trained to:

·        Conduct on-board surveys of marine species occurrence;

·        Record effort tracks on a handheld GPS;

·        Collect data on behavior, group size, species, etc.;

·        Collection of photos to photo-identification and underwater videos
while on-board.



*DATA ANALYSIS: *This will be conducted on a daily basis and will entail
entering data into established databases and spreadsheets,
photo-identification processing, and preliminary data interpretation.



*FEES:* AIMM is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from our
volunteers, partners, and conservation-minded people like you so that we
may continue our important research and education programs. This program
requires a monetary contribution which is used to off-set the cost of
accommodation and running a non-profit.

For more information on fees for the 2018 season, please contact:
interns at aimm-portugal.org with the title “CAPE VERDE LEARNING PROGRAMME”



*Included* in the fee is:

·        Accommodation in the research house;

·        Fieldwork on a commercial whale-watching vessels.



*Not included* in the fee is:

·        Transport to/from Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde;

·        Transport from the Airport in Rabil to Sal Rei Village;

·        VISA;

·        Meals / food;

·        Free time activities;

·        Personal insurance (all participants should have health and/or
travel insurance);

·        Personal expenses.



*PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO:*

·        Be above the age of 18;

·        Have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research and
environment;

·        Be autonomous and flexible;

·        Be able to live and work in an international team and mainly
outdoors at sea;

·        Speak English;

·        Participate for minimum 2 weeks.



*Preference will be given* to those who have:

·        Relevant marine mammal field experience

·        Availability to stay for longer periods of time

·        Experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms

·        Experience in photo-identification



*PROGRAMME APPLICATION: *

Applicants should send an e-mail to interns at aimm-portugal.org, subject “*CAPE
VERDE LEARNNING PROGRAMME*” with your Resume/CV, personal statement on
which are your expectations and the period of time that you want do the
program.

You will receive an e-mail with the availability and all the others 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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