[MARMAM] INTERN COORDINATOR 2022- Marine fauna research Italy

Delfini del ponente APS delfinidelponente at gmail.com
Sun Dec 12 13:37:51 PST 2021



*Cetaceans and Marine Fauna research project *

*Delfini del Ponente Association is looking for an Intern Coordinator to
join the team for the upcoming season.*

*The project*

Started in 2018, Delfini del Ponente research project is the first 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 across 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 cetacean 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 photos for photo-ID purposes, environmental, marine traffic,
geographical (GPS), and dolphins' behavioural data. Land-based surveys take
place in Imperia, in 2 different locations around 8-10 times/month 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 in cetaceans’ and marine biodiversity research.
Both land-based and zodiac surveys are weather-dependent, and their number
can change each month.

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, possibly March-June;

*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 knowledge.

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

●       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’

●       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 responsibly.

*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.it/ <http://delfinidelponente.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 31st of December. *

Successful applicants could be contacted for a skype interview in January.

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)
C.F. 91048910086
pec: delfinidelponente at pec.it
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