[MARMAM] Internship opportunity in the Azores- Pico Island (Nova Atlantis Foundation)

Nova Atlantis oceanwatch at gmail.com
Tue Feb 22 00:43:50 PST 2022

*Internship opportunity in the Azores**-** Pico Island** -Nova Atlantis

The Nova Atlantis Foundation  is preparing its 23rd fieldwork season,
dedicated to studying the social ecology of the Risso´s dolphin around Pico
island. Next to the continuation of the Risso project we will conduct
cetacean monitoring surveys, focusing on the deep diving species such as
pilot whales and beaked whales. Pico island is an excellent area to learn
and gain experience at sea and to observe over 15 species of cetaceans
during the summer season.

We are seeking interns for the period May/June to September.

Candidates should be available for at least 2 months. We may make
exceptions to apply for a shorter placement for potential participants and
in particular an acoustics specialist.

Interns must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to work
independently and responsibly, and with a true interest in marine
conservation and animal behaviour.

The internship includes:

- An intensive training on monitoring protocol, cetacean identification and
data processing

- Sea-surveys (using a drone) and land based data collection

- Data processing

- Additional work e.g. boat cleaning and preparation, maintenance of the
observation post

The 2-month internship requires a payment to cover running field work
costs. Expenses for travelling to and from the fieldwork site,
accommodation and food are not included in this fee. The Nova Atlantis
Foundation offers accommodation in collaboration with a local family in
Santa Cruz das Ribeiras. Interns are free to find their own accommodation
in the Ribeiras area as well.

Fieldwork is highly weather dependent and requires consecutive long days of
work at sea and from land. On a typical field day, we split the team in a
land crew and a sea crew and work in shifts allowing all to rotate and gain
experience in several methodologies. We use rough weather days for data
entry or as a day off.

Application deadline is the 21st of March 2022.

To apply, and for further information, please send a short letter (state
which period you prefer) and a short CV to: oceanwatch at gmail.com.

Karin Hartman, PhD
Nova Atlantis Foundation
Risso's Dolphin Research Center
Rua Dr. Freitas Pimentel 11
9930-309 Santa Cruz das Ribeiras
Lajes do Pico
Azores -Portugal
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