Cetacean Survey Techniques and Habitat Mapping

OUR PROJECT

The Montenegro Dolphin Research is a scientific project run by Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD).

Our study is the first and only long term research study of marine mammals in Montenegrin coastal waters, with recent surveys covering until to the central coastline of Albania.
We aim to address questions about marine mammal abundance, distribution and behavior, define critical habitats and investigate the impact of major threats, ranging from tourism to seismic practices. The advertise course fall under to develop necessary research/scientific/analysis skills to reach the aim of the project.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE COURSES

This is a 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 and willing to learn about research and analysis techniques. Opportunities are available starting from May 2019 until September 2019. The minimum duration of the course is 2 MONTHS, with possible exceptions for skilled candidates.

REQUIREMENTS

  • True interest for marine conservation, self-motivation and maturity;
  • Ability to cohabit in a dynamic and multicultural environment;
  • Respect for the organization’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;
  • Willingness to learn new software applications.

Background in marine biology and previous fieldwork experience are an advantage

COURSE INCLUDES:

  • ArcGIS mapping with real life data
  • Theodolite operation and performing land-based surveys at least three times a week, including sunrise and sunset hours;
  • Boat-based survey protocols and performing boat-based surveys once a week
  • Collecting dolphins sighting and behavior data, as well as environmental and anthropogenic data;
  • Software knowledge on Pythagoras, Logger 2010 and Distance that are essential to know for field research;
  • Data entry and analysis protocols
  • Cataloging and matching individuals of target species for photo-ID studies via Discovery and Darwin software;
  • Visual and acoustic behaviour of marine mammals
  • Scientific manuscript and technical report writing skills

PROJECT PARTICIPATION FEE

The positions require a contribution fee of 700 Euros/ month which fully goes to support the project and the participation fee includes:

  • Accommodation and expenses
  • Transportation between the project sites within and between Montenegro and Albania
  • 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.

How to Apply

Email your CV and cover letter to akkayaaylinn@gmail.com (Aylin Akkaya Bas) and info@dmad.org.tr, explaining why you are the perfect asset for our course and which goals you hope to achieve with us! Please mention the PERIOD OF INTEREST AND DURATION OF AVAILABILITY!
If you wish to have more info about our work and get to know us better follow our websites:
https://www.dmad.org.tr/volunteering
www.cetazoom.org
https://sancet.wixsite.com/sancet
https://www.instagram.com/marinemammalsresearch/
https://www.facebook.com/DMADforNature/

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Cost:

700 Euros p/m

Organisation:

Marine Mammals Research Association

Type:

Full Time

Qualification:

Degree

Sectors:

Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Education, Environment, Marine Conservation, Nature & Wildlife, Research, Workshop & Practical Skills

Location:

Bar, Montenegro, Montenegro