AIMM Internships interns at aimm-portugal.org
Thu Mar 18 04:33:29 PDT 2021


*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 are 7 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


- 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.


- Transportation to/from Albufeira;

- Meals in restaurants and snacks;

- Free time activities;

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

- Personal expenses.


- 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

- Speak English;

- Participate for minimum 7 days.


- 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


Applicants should fill up the online application at:

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:



interns at aimmportugal.org | www.aimmportugal.org |


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

*Website*: www.aimmportugal.org

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