Marine Mammal Research Internship

Internship position (12 ECTS)
Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation Team is pleased to announce that the recruitment process for our Spring/Summer 2017 Internship projects has just begun. Students and recent graduates are invited to join our research efforts in the Aegean Sea islands. For the marine mammal internship, students will have the opportunity to gain a variety of different experiences and enhance their skills, both in boat and land- based surveys, lead by our staff. Moreover students, will have the option to experience field survey’s most weeks and see cetaceans in the wild. The team is split between the following research areas: • Photo ID Collection of bottlenose and common dolphins data using a software program this was started in 2015 with this program; so far we have 97 individuals identified and are currently working to get the photos from previous surveys into the database and identified. The intern is expected to help with the on-going project to take pictures of individuals during the boat surveys. As sperm whale surveys begin in 2016, we will begin photo ID of this species as well. Further work with the database is filling in data immediately after each land or boat survey. • Strandings database- individuals will have the oppurtunity to help in the stranding database/binders and the necropsy data collection. This is a data processing project and helps our on-going effort as strandings occur. • Mediterranean monk seal, Argiro is the semi-domesticated seal that has been appearing on the beaches of Samos for the past three years. It is an ongoing team monitoring project, for which all volunteers are commited in her protection also, writing "internal seal reports", along with updating the database of all pictures of Argiro. As Argiro continues to appear in Samos, interns record behavioral data and human interactions as they are called to observe her. • Necropsy- Interns can dissect dolphin stomachs that are currently in the freezer at the Vathi lab. They will be following protocol from a partnering scientist along with the micro-plastic fish dissection protocol, in order to investigate micro-plastic presence in the food chains of marine mammals. The Interns are expected to do follow some of the following routines: • Boat-based surveys (weather dependent) monitoring populations of 3 dolphin species in the eastern Aegean Sea • Photo-identification and matching techniques • Collecting environmental and anthropogenic data • Gathering acoustic data • Data entry and analysis • Raising awareness • Utilizing ArcGIS to map species models • Questionaire-based surveys • First aid of stranded animals (e.g., cetaceans, seals and sea turtles). For all the essential information about our internship programs visit our site :
The work of Archipelagos; Institute of Marine Conservation, is built upon a strong and enthusiastic team of volunteer researchers and young scientists. We are therefore seeking applicants that are motivated and have a strong desire to protect and conserve the natural environment. You must be conscientious and highly motivated, able to work both individually and as part of a dynamic, multi-cultural team of people from around the world. You will be working on a variety of projects related to your placement type and so must have good time management skills, with the ability to meet deadlines, along with excellent organizational and self-management skills. Candidates must have a good eye for detail and have a high standard of work presentation. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the English language and grammar system, being able to speak, read and write confidently is crucial. Further essential requirements include computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs. Previous experience relating to your placement is preferable, but not required. *As a non-profit organization Archipelagos cannot cover the living and working cost of the interns. Therefore, all interns will need to cover the monthly placement fees of 650 euros. This covers accommodation, full board, use of equipment, use of the research boats, transport for working purposes, Greek language lessons etc. Travelling costs are NOT included in this price and are covered by the participant. Please send us your cv and a cover letter at
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Marika Panagiotou
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Reference Number: RP-47791