DOLPHIN RESEARCH IN MONTENEGRO

Location
Montenegro (ME)
Posted
Apr 15, 2017
Closes
Jun 14, 2017
Ref
DOLPHIN PROJECT
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Internship, Volunteer
Salary Type
Unpaid

We offer several volunteering and internship positions: this is an extremely valuable opportunity for graduates, that wish to gain experience in the marine mammal research field, and undergraduates, that would like to obtain internship academic credits. It could be used to develop a scientific project for BSc and MSc thesis. However, we are also open to accept applications from anyone whose love for dolphins is strong and sincere.

Opportunities are available between MAY – SEPTEMBER 2017. The minimum duration of the placements is normally 2 MONTHS, but we may make exceptions for shorter periods for skilled candidates.

One of these positions will be given to a graduate or student with background in media communication, who will be responsible to strengthen the "social face" of our project, including website, advertisement, videos and much more. For this position, the proven knowledge and experience in website creation, photo and video editing and graphic design are required.

REQUIREMENTS

  • True interest for marine conservation, self-motivation, maturity and ability to work responsibly;

  • Ability to cohabit in a dynamic and multicultural environment;

  • Respect for the organisation's rules and willingness to follow standards and procedures;

  • Proven experience of working effectively as part of a team;

  • Fluent English (both spoken and written) and good communication skills;

  • High computer literacy and willingness to learn new software applications.

Background in marine biology and previous fieldwork experience are an advantage.

FIELD WORK AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performing land-based surveys at least three times a week, including sunrise and sunset hours;

  • Performing boat-based surveys at least once a week: boat surveys can be long and often tiring, so you are expected to feel comfortable on board and prepared to handle motion sickness.

  • Collecting dolphins sighting and behavior data, as well as environmental and anthropogenic data;

  • Operating theodolite and managing its software Pythagoras;

  • Data entry and analysis;

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

  • Raising stakeholder awareness.

TRAINING

The Montenegro Dolphin Project 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;

  • Data entry and analysis;

  • ArcGIS

PROJECT PARTICIPATION FEE

The positions are unpaid and require a participation fee of 600 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 Montenegro, meals, insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel insurance) and personal expenses.


 

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