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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

VOLUNTEERS: CETACEAN MONITORING PROJECT IN THE MACARONESIA

The Faculty of Sciences from University of Porto (FCUP) / Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) is in its 6th year of cetacean monitoring in cargo ships from Continental Portugal (Porto/Lisbon) to Madeira (Caniçal), Azores (Ponta Delgada/Horta/Praia da Vitória) and to Canary and Cape Verde Islands (Las Palmas/Sal/Boavista/São Vicente/Mauritania).
We are seeking for volunteers for the 2017 MMOs team for the following survey periods: 1. Mid-June to August; 2. Mid-August to October 2017.
For 2.5 months, the internship includes:
- An intensive training on monitoring protocol, cetacean identification and data processing and analysis;
- Round-trip sea-surveys departing from Mainland Portugal in the routes stated above;
- Educational activities in local schools (when possible);
- Data processing and analysis;
- Free time to visit Mainland Portugal and the Islands.
We encourage the use of this experience for university reports or internships (given that the course director allows it) or for other scientific results (presentation at conferences, scientific papers, ...).
The 2.5-month internship requires the payment of 350€ and includes accommodation for the full period, as well as living expenses when on-board (expenses to and from the ports are not covered).
Requirements:
- Accident or travel or university insurance that cover foreign countries (specifically Portugal and African Countries);
- Yellow fever vaccine.
Successful applicants should possess or be enrolled in a BS or MS course in biology or related, be reliable, dedicated, adaptable and patient, as this work is highly weather dependent and requires consecutive days of work at sea. Relevant experience at sea and with cetacean monitoring is preferable.
Application deadline is 21st April. A few volunteers will be selected for Skype interview before final decision.
To apply please send a Motivation Letter and a Short Curriculum Vitae (highlight experience in cetacean monitoring) to: ispinto@ciimar.up.ptanamafaldacorreia@gmail.com and cetusproject.pt@gmail.com. If the email is not sent to the 3 emails requested, the applicant will automatically be excluded from the selection process.
For more information feel free to contact us through email (cetusproject@gmail.com), facebook (www.facebook.com/CetusProject/) and check our website (cetusproject.com).
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Prof. Dr. Isabel Sousa Pinto
Prof. Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto
Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research - Director of Coastal Biodiversity Lab
Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões, Avenida General Norton de Matos, S/N 4450-208 Matosinhos
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