[MARMAM] Cetacean Research Assistant position in Portugal

AIMM Internships interns at aimm-portugal.org
Mon Jan 25 07:35:00 PST 2021

*Cetacean Research Assistant – Portugal*


The Marine Environment Research Association – AIMM, is a non-profit,
non-governmental organisation founded in Portugal in 2010, focused on the
research and conservation of marine species and running an ongoing study of
cetaceans in southern Portugal (Algarve). This project aims to obtain
baseline information on species occurrence, behaviour and social structure
of the local cetacean populations.

Each year, from the 1st of May until the 31st of October, AIMM
operates a Dolphin
Research Internship Programme
our summer field season. We receive interns of all ages from across the
globe to participate in this programme and are currently looking for
applicants to fill two Volunteer Research Assistant positions for the
forthcoming field season in 2021. You will be joining a small and dedicated
team of scientists and researchers to provide vital support to the ongoing
success of our data collection and internship programme. All team members
and participants share accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience
in an environmentally friendly and multicultural environment.


Ideal candidates for this *volunteer position* will:

·        be at least 21 years of age;

·        be fluent in English (*mandatory*) and Portuguese (*highly

·        have previous experience with cetaceans and/or marine sciences (

·        hold a full, manual Driving License, valid in the EU (*mandatory*);

·        have a valid skippers powerboat license and boating
experience (*highly

·        be able to commit to until the end of the season (October);

·        have proven experience in team leadership and group supervision;

·        be highly motivated, responsible and organised with genuine
attention to details;

·        have a friendly, patient and tolerant personality, and be capable
of dealing with people from different cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds.


The Research Assistants will participate directly in our fieldwork and will
receive training and supervision in species identification, research & data
collection methods, photo-identification and the use of GPS and camera
equipment. In turn, you will be responsible for supervising the interns
while conducting surveys in AIMM's research vessel, Ketos, and on the
commercial dolphin watching boats. You will also have to ensure that data
is collected and entered accurately and according to AIMM's established
methodologies. Field days can be long and intense, especially in the peak
of summer, but are always fulfilling and good fun!

Additionally, you will also receive 3 meals a day and accommodation in
AIMM's shared research house with all the other members of the team. Each
assistant will be entitled to 1 day off per week when you may explore the
local area or simply rest with a good book by the pool!

More Info: www.aimmportugal.org/cetacean-research-assistant

To apply please send CV and motivation letter to info at aimm-portugal.org  with
the subject "*RA Albufeira 2021*".

Thank you!


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

*Website*: www.aimmportugal.org

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