[MARMAM] IschiaDolphin Project 2020 - Internship in Mediterranean Sea

Barbara Mussi barbara at oceanomaredelphis.org
Mon Mar 2 07:34:36 PST 2020


Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (ODO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the conservation of cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea. Since 1991, ODO
runs the Ischia Dolphin Project, a field research project on cetaceans in
the waters of the Campanian and Pontino Archipelagos. The Ischia Dolphin
Project is funded through the participation of eco-volunteers coming from
all over the world.

The waters around Ischia are part of a marine protected area (“Regno di
Nettuno” MPA, established in 2007); the region has also been listed in the
IUCN Cetacean Action Plans as a critical habitat for the Mediterranean
common dolphin, an endangered species. In addition, in 2017, the IUCN
Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force recognized the waters of Ischia
and Ventotene (with common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and fin whale as
qualifying species) together with the Campanian and Pontino archipelagos
(with sperm whale as qualifying species) as Important Marine Mammals Areas
(IMMAs).

We are currently looking for FIELD INTERNS to join our expeditions.

The aim of the internship is to provide a hands-on experience on cetacean
surveys, including the collection of data on acoustic, behaviour and
habitat use.
Students willing to write a thesis or an internship report may ask for
supervision.

Target species of the project are the sperm whale and the bottlenose
dolphin. Surveys are conducted daily onboard of our research vessel from
May to September. Interns will assist the research team with both data
collection and boat chores (cooking, cleaning and so on).
A minimum of three consecutive weeks onboard is required.

Prerequisites are:

   - a background in biology/environmental science or similar
   - a keen interest and knowledge of Mediterranean cetaceans
   - good computer skills
   - good English language skills
   - ability to get on well with others in a small team and shared
   accommodation
   - be enthusiastic, hard-working, team-oriented, motivated and willing to
   work and learn
   - be adaptable, and flexible and patient, as fieldwork is highly
   weather-dependent
   - be comfortable with living on a boat for several days without the
   usual commodities
   - have a right and sociable attitude towards the eco-volunteers


This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students
interested in pursuing a career in marine mammal research to strengthen
their skills and to gain practical experience in the field.
This is an unpaid position and successful applicants are responsible for
their own transportation expenses to and from Italy. Oceanomare Delphis
Onlus will cover accommodations (on board our research vessel) and meals
during the entire staying.

If you are interested, please submit your CV and a cover letter to Barbara
Mussi barbara at oceanomaredelphis.org by 30th March 2020.
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