Davide Ascheri davide.ascheri at gmail.com
Mon Nov 16 02:23:14 PST 2020


*Cetaceans and Marine Fauna research project *

*The project*

The dolphin research project “Delfini del Ponente”, started in 2018, is the
first project focused on monitoring bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops
truncatus*) occurrence and distribution in the Western Ligurian Sea. The
project is structured on an annual basis, to obtain data not only on the
distribution during the Summer, but also changes during the different
seasons. The study is already providing very interesting information about
this community inside the study area, especially about its social
organisation, abundance of individuals, distribution, and movements also
outside the region. Moreover, our dataset includes data on several
cetaceans species and also about other marine fauna such as Mediterranean
shearwaters (*Puffinus yelkouan)*, Scopoli’s shearwaters (*Calonectris
diomedea*), Northern gannets (*Morus bassanus*), Sandwich terns (*Thalasseus
sandvicensis*), sunfish (*Mola mola*) among others.

Surveys are carried out in coastal waters onboard a dedicated zodiac (6 m
inflatable boat) around 10 times per month. Training will focus on
collecting photo for photo-ID purposes, environmental, marine traffic,
geographical (GPS) and dolphins' behavioural data. Land-based surveys take
place in Imperia, in 2 different locations with the aim of collecting data
on the presence/absence of dolphins, fishing boats in activity and marine
birds. Fieldwork is a great opportunity to get involved and improve skills
on cetaceans’ and marine biodiversity’s research. Both land-based and
zodiac surveys are weather dependent, and their number can change each

Office work (6 hours per day) includes training and lessons to the interns
and supervision of all the activities (photo-id work, transcription of
data, data entry, QGIS work, etc...)

*WHERE:* Imperia, Italy

*WHEN:* 1 March-30 October 2021 (minimum 4 months)

*Preference will be given to candidates that can guarantee a minimum of 4
months or a longer period. The intern coordinator will be asked to join the
research team one week earlier than the actual start of the programme,* to
gain all the necessary skills and information needed.

The intern coordinator will be responsible for:

●        Assisting the researchers during all the research activities

●        Coordinating the interns and volunteers participating in the
project with the help of the Project Coordinators

●        Be responsible for the cleaning schedule and maintenance of the
shared apartment with the volunteers

●        Assist with the training of the interns both during office work
and fieldwork

●        Carry on land-based surveys

●        Driving the zodiac and photo-id collection

●        Responsible for an own project with the data collected


●        Minimum age of 18

●        Degree or on-going studies in Biology, Natural Sciences,
Veterinary or similar (preferred) with strong motivation to work in marine
mammals’ research

●        Speak, read and write in fluent English

●        Be adaptable and flexible as fieldwork is weather dependent

●        Have 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, be able to swim and work in harsh weather conditions both in
nearshore and offshore waters

●        Be prepared to spend many hours in the office (generally 6

●        Be sociable and with a positive attitude as he/she is expected to
live and work in an international team

●        Boat driving licence or experience in handling small boats

●        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 interns.
He/she must also be self-motivated and eager to work independently and

*Other Information*

*This position is unpaid, but accommodation is provided*. The successful
applicant will be responsible for organising and paying for his/her own
travel arrangements to and from Imperia.

Website: http://delfinidelponente.costabalenae.it/

*How to apply: *

Send your CV and  a cover letter, specifying your period of availability,
to delfinidelponente at gmail.com   *no longer than the 12th of December. *

Successful applicants could be contacted for a skype interview in

For any further enquiry and detail, please send an email to
delfinidelponente at gmail.com

Elena Fontanesi and Davide Ascheri

*Delfini Del Ponente APS*

Via Regione Bussi, 18100 Imperia (Italy)

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