[MARMAM] MARINE MAMMALS RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN TURKEY

Enorha Guimard enorha at dmad.org.tr
Mon Mar 22 01:47:22 PDT 2021


MARINE MAMMALS RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN TURKEY



*BACKGROUND : *Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) is a non-profit
and non-governmental organization that aims to create an ecological
consciousness through its scientific research and outreach activities. DMAD
works on 5 projects in 3 different countries with the aim to raise both
scientific and public awareness of critical habitats, the problems they are
facing and implement actions in order to conserve the marine biodiversity
in Levantine, Aegean and Adriatic seas. DMAD has trained more than a
hundred interns and volunteers to date to help build conservation
capacities.

The main species studied and observed in our projects with DMAD are
bottlenose dolphin (*Tursiops truncatus*), striped dolphin (*Stenella
coeruleoalba*), common dolphin (*Delphinus delphis*), Cuvier’s beaked whale
(*Ziphius cavirostris*) and sperm whale (*Physeter macrocephalus*). Other
species like fin whale (*Balaenoptera physalus*) and Risso’s dolphin (*Grampus
griseus*) can also be sighted.



Who we are looking for?

Our scientific work is supported by the help of interns and volunteers,
coming from all over the world and motivated to leave a positive impact on
marine wildlife protection and conservation. During your stay in Antalya,
you will be involved in all of our current cetacean research projects and
participate in various survey efforts from the Turkish Straits System to
the Eastern Mediterranean of Turkey including sites such as Istanbul,
Çeşme, Dilek peninsula and Antalya. Unlike the western Mediterranean,
extensive baseline knowledge in the eastern Mediterranean has not yet been
established and therefore you will be at the forefront of cetacean research
in this area.

This will be a great opportunity for graduates who wish to gain practical
experiences in the marine mammals field and undergraduates who wish to earn
extra academic credits.



*REQUIREMENTS*

-True motivation in marine conservation, maturity and ability to work
responsibly

-Working language is English so you will need to be able to write reports,
collect data and communicate in English but the staff can also speak
Turkish, French and a little bit Dutch.

-Ability to live with people from multiple nationalities for an extended
period of time

-Respect of the organisation’s rules and willingness for the procedures

-Basic computer skills and willingness to learn new software applications

-Respect and follow Turkish culture and rules in public

Background in marine biology is an advantage but not an obligation



*FIELD WORK AND RESPONSIBILITIES*

-Performing land-based surveys, including sunrise and sunset times

-Performing boat-based surveys: boat surveys may last the entire day under
different conditions (sun, rain, wind…) so be prepared to do with the
weather and motion sickness;

-Collecting data of dolphins sighting and behaviour data, as well as
environmental and anthropogenic data;

-Operating theodolite and managing its software Pythagoras;

-Data entry and analysis;

-Cataloguing and matching individuals of target species for photo-ID
studies via Discovery software;

-Operating Acoustics toolkits and analysis acoustics data via Pamguard
software

-Raising stakeholders’ awareness



*TRAINING*

DMAD in the Antalya team will provide lectures and field work training. You
will be given the chance to learn the most popular methodologies used in
marine mammals research such as:

-Theodolite operation and Pythagoras software;

-Photo-ID and Discovery software;

-Acoustic toolkits and Pamguard software;

-Data entry and analysis;

-ArcGIS



*PROJECT PARTICIPATION FEE*

The positions are unpaid and require a participation fee of* 950 euros /
month *which covers:

·         Accommodation and expenses

·         Internet access

·         Training and lectures

·         Scientific support

·         Field work

·         Use of the equipment

Applicants are responsible for their transportation to/from Turkey, meals,
insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel insurance),
personal expenses.

*Due to the covid restrictions*, you will need to be in quarantine *for 5
days* and get tested. We can give you recommendations for the hotel and
hospital for a covid test near our office. Applicants are responsible for
their own hotel and PCR covid test expenses.

*HOW TO APPLY*

Please email your CV and cover letter to enorha at dmad.org.tr or
info at dmad.org.tr explaining why you would be the perfect asset for our team
and which goals you hope to achieve with us!


-- 
Enorha GUIMARD
*Marine Mammals Consultant at Marine Mammals Research Association*
*Deniz Memelileri Araştırma Derneği (DMAD)*
*MMO/PAM operator*
www.dmad.org.tr
Phone : +33 6 51 84 03 57
Skype : enorha.guimard1
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