*VOLUNTEER AND INTERN RECRUITMENT FOR THE MONTENEGRO DOLPHIN PROJECT (SOUTH
The Montenegro Dolphin Project is a scientific project born from the
partnership between the Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) and the
Natural History Association of Montenegro. Our project is the first long
term research study of marine mammals in Montenegrin coastal waters. We aim to
address questions about marine mammal abundance, distribution and
behaviour, define critical habitats and investigate the impact of major
threats. Our wider attention focuses on the promotion and implementation of
awareness initiatives targeted at the local community, particularly youth.
*WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR*
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 with a passion for cetaceans, that is eager
to learn and contribute to research.
Opportunities are available immediately, between *OCTOBER 2017 ? JUNE 2018*
. The minimum duration of the placements is *2 MONTHS*, with possible
exceptions for skilled candidates.
-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 organization’s rules and willingness to follow standards
-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
*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 dolphin sighting and behaviour 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.
The Montenegro Dolphin Project team will provide lectures and field work
training as well as constant mentoring.
You will be given the chance to learn some of the most widely used
methodologies in marine mammal research such as:
-Theodolite operation and Pythagoras software;
-Photo-ID and Discovery software;
-Data entry and analysis;
-R for statistical analysis
*PROJECT PARTICIPATION FEE*
The positions are unpaid and require a contribution fee of* 600 euros /
month *which includes:
-Accommodation and expenses
-Training and lectures
-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.
Where possible, we will do our best to help future volunteers explore their
options for funding or fundraising to help cover the program fee.
*HOW TO APPLY*
Email your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org (Jessica Rayner)
explaining why you are the perfect asset for our team and which goals you
hope to achieve with us! Please mention the PERIOD OF INTEREST AND DURATION
If you wish to have more info about our work and get to know us better
follow our websites:
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