[MARMAM] DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN PORTUGAL

AIMM Internships interns at aimm-portugal.org
Thu Jan 21 04:33:38 PST 2021


*DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN PORTUGAL*



*BACKGROUND:* The Marine Environment Research Association - AIMM, is a
non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the research and
conservation of marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in
southern Portugal (Algarve). This project aims to obtain baseline
information on species occurrence, behavior, and social structure of the
local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support
conservation measures and inform marine management policies.

The main species observed are Short-beaked common dolphins (*Delphinus*
* delphis*), Bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops truncatus*), and Harbour
porpoises
(*Phocoena phocoena*), although other species such as Minke whales
(*Balaenoptera acutorostrata*) and Fin whales (*Balaenoptera physalus*) can
also be sighted.


AIMM Interns are young, hard-working individuals who are willing to
contribute to the association and support on-going activities, while
experiencing fieldwork at sea, learning data collection and processing
methodologies, and being a part of AIMM's team of researchers and marine
biologists for a period of time. All team members and participants share
accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an friendly and
multicultural atmosphere.

Interns have the additional option to enrich their time with AIMM by
beginning or improving their SCUBA skills with a PADI-certified instructor,
hiking, kayaking, surf classes and others.



*WHERE:* Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

*WHEN:* The field season lasts from 1st of May to 30th November 2021. The
minimum internship attendance is 14 days, preferably starting on a Monday.

*FIELDWORK: *The field trips are conducted in AIMM's research vessel,
Ketos, or in opportunistic platforms (commercial dolphin-watching boats).
Fieldwork is dependent on weather conditions and seat availability in the
dolphin-watching boats. Field days can be intense, especially in the peak
of summer, but are fulfilling and good fun.

The interns will be *trained to*:

- Conduct on-board surveys of marine species occurrence;

- Record effort tracks on a handheld GPS;

- Collect data such as behavior, group size and species;

- Collect photos for photo-identification, acoustic recording and
underwater videos;

- Secchi disk methodology;

- Help to collect drone footage and data from the marine mammals.



*DATA ANALYSIS:* This will be conducted on a daily basis and will entail
entering data into established databases and spreadsheets,
photo-identification processing, and preliminary data interpretation.



*INTERNSHIP FEES:* AIMM is a non-profit organization that relies on
donations from our volunteers, partners, and conservation-minded people
like you so that we may continue our important research and education
programs in the Algarve. This internship requires a monetary contribution
which is used to off-set the cost of accommodation and running a
non-profit organization. For more information on internship fees for the
2021 season, please contact: interns at aimm-portugal.org


*INCLUDED IN THE FEE IS:*

- Accommodation in the research house;

- Transportation to/from the marina;

- Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner);

- Fieldwork in the research vessel or commercial dolphin-watching vessels.



*NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE IS:*

- Transportation to/from Albufeira;

- Meals in restaurants and snacks;

- Free time activities;

- Personal insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel
insurance);

- Personal expenses.



*INTERNS ARE EXPECTED TO:*

- Be above the age of 16;

- Have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research and the environment;

- Be autonomous and flexible;

- Be able to live and work in an international team, specially outdoors at
sea;

- Speak English;

- Participate for minimum 14 days.



*PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE:*

- Relevant marine mammal field experience

- Working experience on research vessels

- Experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms

- Experience in photo-identification

- Professional cameras that can be used for photo-ID

- Availability to stay for longer periods of time




*INTERNSHIP APPLICATION:*

Applicants should fill up the online application at:
https://www.aimmportugal.org/application-form

Applicants should send an e-mail to: interns at aimm-portugal.org, with the
subject: DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP. You will receive and e-mail with
the availability and all the other details.



Applications will be accepted during all season. However, early application
is recommended due to limited vacancies.



The follow links are shorts videos about the internship in Albufeira, where
you get a different perspective and feedback from old participants about it:

https://youtu.be/hTJJQPHBdI0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zTIEQEsftA


*CONTACTS: *

interns at aimm-portugal.org | www.aimmportugal.org |




*AIMM Portugal* - Ass. Investigacao do Meio Marinho | Marine Environment
Research Association

*Website*: www.aimmportugal.org

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