[MARMAM] VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY LAST CALL: Operation 3Seas

Jack Clarkson jclarkson25 at aol.com
Sun Feb 10 01:17:36 PST 2019


Marine Mammals Research Association and Project Manaia are offering a unique 
opportunity to join the ‘Operation 3Seas’ expedition. In a collaborative 
research effort, our exploration will reach regions where little is known about 
the cetaceans of the Eastern Mediterranean. Sailing from Lignano, Italy, to 
Plakias, Greece, you will experience close encounters with magnificent 
creatures and participate in scientific data collection such as visual 
sightings, behavioural recognition and drone and ROV recordings.We are pleased to announce that following a successful partnership on a two-day 
survey as of August last year on a project in Montenegro, we are again working 
together and this time advertising for both volunteers and a Team Leader. This 
sailing expedition will provide a unique learning experience for those 
passionate about cetaceans and the marine environment. Through this expedition, 
you will contribute towards the increase in knowledge, awareness and ongoing 
conservation efforts while supporting research efforts.
The research conducted by Marine Mammals Research Association will focus on 
mapping the distribution and behaviour of cetaceans encountered in the 
Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Sea, using the most up to date methodologies in 
marine mammology. Photo-identification of such species will be integral to the 
study, alongside drone and ROV analysis. As such is the collaboration of the 
two organisations, all members on board the expedition will also be responsible 
for assisting with the invasive species project run by Project Manaia. This 
part of the research will contribute towards the community outreach within 
marinas and dive centres requesting for photo-identification of invasive 
species in the Mediterranean.

The expedition will be conducted in two separate studies, both of which will be 
conducted using the exact same methodologies.
Study A will be conducted in the *first two weeks of April, departing from 
Lignano, Italy and finishing in Bar, Montenegro. Study B will be conducted in 
the *final weeks of April to early May, departing from Bar, Montenegro and 
finishing in Plakias, Greece.
No previous experience is required for volunteers wishing to undertake the 
expedition as all training will be provided at the beginning of studies A and 
B. Candidates wishing to partake should however have the following:
-          Enthusiastic and Positive attitude
-          Willingness to work and learn in a small team
-          The ability to work in remote environments, especially at sea
-          General interest in Marine Ecology
-          Be able to work long hours (sunrise to sunset) on a Sailing boat 
(i.e. not susceptible to chronic sea sickness)
-          Ability to communicate fluently in English (both orally and written)
-          Good fitness levels in order to work on a Sailing boat
Candidates who wish to apply for the Team Leader position should have the 
following:
-          Team leadership experience
-          Previous experience in working with Marine Mammals
-          Previous experience in working on boats
-          Previous experience in working in remote environments
-          Species and behavioural identification knowledge
-          Enthusiastic and Positive attitude
-          Ability to communicate fluently in English (both orally and written)
Positions Available and Costs:
-         Volunteer for Study A (1500EURO excl. flights)
-         Volunteer for Study B (1500EURO excl. flights)
-         Volunteer for studies A+B (2500EURO excl. flights)Dates: 
- Study A; 1st April - 15th April

- Study B; 19th April - 3rd May 
For more information regarding the positions available, prices or to organise a 
non-obligatory informal meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us at 
i... at dmad.org.tr<mailto:i... at dmad.org.tr> with the subject heading ‘Enquiries – 
Operation 3Seas’.
To apply, please send over your CV and Cover Letter to 
i... at dmad.org.tr<mailto:i... at dmad.org.tr> with the subject heading titled as 
the position you wish to apply for, i.e. ‘Study A+B – Operation 
3Seas’.
Jack ClarksonResearch Associate and Supervisor at Marine Mammal Research AssociationDeniz Memelileri Araştırma Derneği (DMAD)jclarkson25 at aol.cominfo@dmad.org.trwww.dmad.org.tr
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