Davide Ascheri davide.ascheri at gmail.com
Tue Nov 6 08:00:10 PST 2018



*The project*

The dolphins research project “Delfini del Ponente” is the first project
focused on monitoring bottlenose dolphins in the Western Ligurian Sea. Due
to the morphology of the seafloor, this area is not a usual habitat for
this species and historically, sightings have a been more rare and sporadic
than in the Levantine side of the region. The continental shelf is, in
fact, very short and high depths (around 2000 m) are reached quite close to
the shore making the area suitable for other cetacean species but not for
bottlenose dolphins, which tend to remain in waters with depth not
exceeding 200 m.

Despite this knowledge of the range of the species, an interesting change
has been noted in recent years in the area. Reports of bottlenose dolphins
by boats, fishermen and whale watching vessels are almost tripled compared
to previous seasons. Therefore, the project aims to monitor bottlenose
dolphins in the region to understand the extent of this change and what
drove it. It is structured on an annual basis, in order to obtain data not
only on the distribution during the summer, but also changes during the
different seasons.

*WHERE:* Imperia, Italy

*WHEN:* 1 February – 30 November 2019

Minimum required: *3 months*

The intern coordinator is responsible for assisting biologists during all
the research activities and coordinating the interns and high school
students participating in the project.


·  Minimum age of 18

·  Degree or on-going studies in biology, natural science, veterinary or
similar (preferred) with strong motivation to work hard in marine mammals

·  Speak, read and write in fluent English

·  Be adaptable as fieldwork is weather dependent

·  Prior experience in cetaceans or boat-based surveys

·  Be prepared to spend many hours on a small zodiac (5-6 m) and under the
sun, able to swim and work in hard weather condition both in nearshore and
offshore waters

·  Be prepared to spend many hours on the office (generally 6 hours per

·  Be sociable and willing as they are expected to live and work in an
international team

·  Boat driving licence or experience in handling small boats (preferred)

·  The preferred candidate should have a proven track record as a team
player as the project will involve working closely with other participants
but also must be able to supervise small groups of. They must also be
self-motivated with the drive and determination to work independently and

This is a great opportunity to get involved in cetacean research, enjoy
marine biodiversity while gaining fieldwork experience, travelling and
exploring the beautiful Liguria region while supporting
cetacean research and conservation.

Fieldwork will be made in coastal waters (Western Ligurian Sea). Surveys
will be conducted onboard dedicated vessels (5-6 m inflatable boat) 10-12
times per month.  Training will focus on collecting photo for photo-ID
purposes, environmental, geographical (GPS) and dolphins' behavioural data.
Fieldwork will help participants in gaining first-hand experience in
collecting data on free-ranging cetaceans and improve skills on cetaceans
boat-based surveys as well as on the use of the photo-ID technique. Surveys
are weather dependent and they can change during the period.

*Other Information*

 This position is unpaid but accommodation is provided. The intern
coordinator will share an apartment with the interns. Successful applicants
will be responsible for organising and paying for their own travel
arrangements to and from Imperia of their own travelling to and from

*How to apply: *

Send your CV and  a cover letter (please indicate the preferred period,
date of arriving and departure, previous experience and skills , and at
least one letter of reference) to *info at costabalenae.it
<info at costabalenae.it>* addressed to Davide Ascheri *no longer than the
5th of December.*

Successful applicants could be contacted for a skype interview.

For any further enquiry and detail, please send an email to
*info at costabalenae.it
<info at costabalenae.it>*

Davide Ascheri

Biologist - Costa Balenae Whale and Nature Watching

*info at costabalenae.it <info at costabalenae.it>*
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