aylin akkaya akkayaaylin at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 12 21:14:56 PST 2019

The Montenegro Dolphin Research is a scientific project run by Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD). Our study is the only long term research study of marine mammals in Montenegrin and Albanian coastal waters.  We aim to address questions about marine mammal abundance, distribution and behavior, define critical habitats and investigate the impact of major threats, ranging from tourism to seismic practices.  Our wider attention focuses on the promotion and implementation of awareness initiatives targeted at the local community, particularly youth and women. 
We offer several volunteering and internship positions: this is a valuable opportunity for graduates, that wish to gain experience in the marine mammal research field, and undergraduates, that would like to obtain internship academic credits.  It could be used to develop a scientific project for BSc and MSc thesis. However, we are also open to accept applications from anyone whose love for dolphins is strong and sincere.
Opportunities are available starting from February 2019 onwards. The minimum duration of the placements is 2 MONTHS, with possible exceptions for skilled candidates.
FIELD WORK AND RESPONSIBILITIES-Performing land-based surveys at least three times a week, including sunrise and sunset hours;-Performing boat-based surveys once a week, weather allowing-Collecting dolphins sighting and behavior data, as well as environmental and anthropogenic data;-Operating theodolite and managing its software Pythagoras;-Data entry and analysis;-Cataloging and matching individuals of target species for photo-ID studies via Discovery software;-Raising stakeholder awareness through conservation actions.-Promoting citizen-science activities
TRAININGThe Montenegro Dolphin Research team provides intensive lectures and field work training as well as constant mentoring every week.You will be given the chance to learn the most popular methodologies used in marine mammals research such as:-ArcGIS mapping-Theodolite operation and Pythagoras software;-Photo-identification;-Discovery and Logger 2010 software;-Systematic data collection and data analysis;-Visual and acoustic behaviour of marine mammals-Scientific manuscript and technical report writing skills
PROJECT PARTICIPATION FEEThe positions require a contribution fee of 700 Euros/ month which fully goes to support the project and the participation fee includes:-Accommodation and expenses-Transportation between the project sites within and between Montenegro and Albania-Training and lectures-Scientific support-Field work-Use of the equipmentApplicants are responsible for their transportation to/from Montenegro, meals, insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel insurance) and personal expenses.
HOW TO APPLYEmail your CV and cover letter to akkayaaylinn at gmail.com (Aylin Akkaya) and info at dmad.org.tr, explaining why you are the perfect asset for our team and which goals you hope to achieve with us! Please mention the PERIOD OF INTEREST AND DURATION OF AVAILABILITY!If you wish to have more info about our work and get to know us better follow our websites:DMAD - Marine Mammals Research Associationhttps://www.instagram.com/marinemammalsresearch/https://www.facebook.com/DMADforNature/All the best,Dr. Aylin AkkayaScientific Director of Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) 

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