[MARMAM] Internship October 2023-Last two spots available

Delfini del ponente APS delfinidelponente at gmail.com
Mon Jul 31 02:02:37 PDT 2023


*Cetaceans and Marine Fauna research project*

*Delfini del Ponente is currently looking for and accepting interns to join
our research project on bottlenose dolphins and other marine fauna in the
Western Ligurian Sea, Imperia (Italy) in October**.*

*The project*

The dolphin research project “Delfini del Ponente”, started in 2018, is the
first project focused on monitoring bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops
truncatus*) occurrence and distribution in the Western Ligurian Sea. The
project is structured on an annual basis, to obtain data not only on the
distribution during the Summer but also on changes during the different
seasons. The study already provides very interesting information about this
community inside the study area, especially about its social organization,
abundance of individuals, distribution, and movements outside the region.
Moreover, our dataset includes data on several cetacean species and also
about other marine fauna such as Mediterranean shearwaters (*Puffinus
yelkouan)*, Scopoli’s shearwaters (*Calonectris diomedea*), Northern
gannets (*Morus bassanus*), Sandwich terns (*Thalasseus sandvicensis*),
sunfish (*Mola mola*) among others.

Surveys are carried out in coastal waters onboard a dedicated zodiac (6 m
inflatable boat) around 10 times per month. Training will focus on
collecting photos for photo-ID purposes, environmental, marine traffic,
geographical (GPS) and dolphins' behavioural data. Land-based surveys take
place in Imperia, in 2 different locations with the aim of collecting data
on the presence/absence of dolphins, fishing boats in activity and marine
birds. Fieldwork is an excellent opportunity to get involved and improve
skills in cetaceans and marine biodiversity research. Both land-based and
zodiac surveys are weather-dependent, and their number can change each

Office work (6 hours per day) includes training and lessons for the interns
and supervision of all the activities (photo-id work, transcription of
data, data entry, QGIS work, etc...)

*Where:* Imperia, Italy

*When:* 1-31 October 2023 (minimum 30 days)

Number of interns for the month: 2 /3


•      boat-based surveys monitoring the presence and distribution of
bottlenose dolphins

•      data collection of other cetaceans, fishes, seabirds, turtles

•      classwork, database updating

•      photo-id matching and analysis

•      land-based surveys /opportunistic surveys

•    lessons and training about cetacean ecology, biology and research

This is a great opportunity to get involved in cetacean research, encounter
marine biodiversity while gaining fieldwork experience, travel and explore
the beautiful Liguria region and support cetacean research and conservation

Interns will be involved 5 days a week, 6-8 hours/day (depending on
fieldwork or lab work)
During their free time, interns will have the opportunity to experience all
sorts of activities: swimming, diving, hiking, exploring historical sites,
visiting museums, and sailing.


·   Minimum age of 18

·   Prior experience in cetaceans or boat-based surveys is not required

·  Degree or ongoing studies in biology, natural science, veterinary or
similar (preferred)

·   Strong motivation and interest in cetaceans and research

·   Speak, read and write in fluent English

·   Be adaptable as fieldwork is weather dependent

·   Be prepared to spend many hours on a small zodiac (5-6 m) and under the
sun, be able to swim and work in harsh weather conditions both in nearshore
and offshore waters

·   Be prepared to spend many hours in the office (generally 6 hours/day)

·    Be sociable and with a positive attitude as he/she is expected to live
and work in an international team

*Internship fee*

Delfini del Ponente is a self-funded research project, so participation in
this program requires a tuition fee. The fee includes the accommodation in
an apartment in Imperia, tuition and all associated field costs during the
internship period (use of research vessel, training, use of equipment,
field trips, insurance). Transportation expenses to and from Imperia
(Italy) and food costs during the stay are not included in the fee.

*How to apply: *

Send your CV with a letter of interest to *i
<delfinidelponente at gmail.com>nfo at delfinidelponente.it
<nfo at delfinidelponente.it>*

For any further inquiries and details, please send an email to i
<delfinidelponente at gmail.com>nfo at delfinidelponente.it

*Delfini Del Ponente APS*
Via Regione Bussi, 18100 Imperia (Italy)
C.F. 91048910086
pec: delfinidelponente at pec.it
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