[MARMAM] DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN PORTUGAL

AIMM Internships interns at aimmportugal.org
Sun Apr 16 04:13:58 PDT 2023


*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. All team members and participants share accommodation, house
tasks, knowledge and experience in an friendly and multicultural
environment.

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 15tg April to 30th November 2023. The
minimum internship attendance is 7 days, preferably starting on a Monday.



*FIELDWORK: *The field trips are conducted in AIMM's research vessel,
Ketos. Fieldwork is dependent on weather conditions. The 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;

- Access and collect environmental data;

- Collect data on behavior, group size, species, etc.;

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

- Measure water visibility with the Secchi disk methodology;

- Help to collect of drone footage from the marine mammals;

- Land base monitoring of 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.

For more information on internship fees for the 2023 season, please
contact: interns at aimmportugal.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.



*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 environment;

- Be autonomous and flexible;

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

- Speak English;

- Participate for minimum 7 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: *

You can apply on AIMM website here
<http://www.aimmportugal.org/opportunities/dolphin-research-internship/>*.*

*or *

Send us an e-mail to: interns at aimmportugal.org, with the subject “*DOLPHIN
RESEARCH INTERNSHIP*” with your CV and motivation letter.

We will send you a confirmation email 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 a shorts videos about the internship in Albufeira.

You get a different perspective and feedback from old participants about
it:





http://bit.ly/aimm-movie <https://bit.ly/AIMM-movie>

https://youtu.be/hTJJQPHBdI0

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





*Contacts*: interns at aimmportugal.org | www.aimmportugal.org |

<http://aimm-marineresearch.blogspot.com/>
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