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Saturday, April 01, 2017

INTERNS: Internship opportunity in the Azores, Pico Island: May-September 2017

Internship opportunity in the Azores, Pico Island: May-September 2017

The Nova Atlantis Foundation (www.nova-atlantis.org) is preparing its 18th fieldwork season, dedicated to studying the social ecology of the Risso´s dolphin around Pico island. Next to the continuation of the Risso project we will conduct cetacean monitoring surveys, focusing on the deep diving species such as pilot whales and beaked whales. Pico island is an excellent area to learn and gain experience at sea and to observe over 15 species of cetaceans during the summer season.
We are seeking biology students for the period May to September. Candidates should be available for at least 3 months. We may make exceptions for potential participants to apply for a shorter placement. Interns must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to work independently and responsibly, and with a true interest in marine conservation and animal behaviour.

The internship includes:
- An intensive training on monitoring protocol, cetacean identification and data processing
- Sea-surveys and land based data collection
- Data processing
- Additional work e.g. boat cleaning and preparation, maintenance of the observation post

The 3 month internship requires a payment fee of 1500 € to cover running field work costs. An external insurance to cover your internship period is highly recommended.
Expenses for travelling to and from the field worksite, accommodation and food are not included in this fee. The Nova Atlantis Foundation offers accommodation in collaboration with a local family in Santa Cruz das Ribeiras (175 EUR per month, all inclusive-ex food). Interns are free to find their own accommodation in the Ribeiras area as well.

Fieldwork is highly weather dependent and requires consecutive long days of work at sea and from land. On a typical field day we split the team in a land crew and a sea crew and work in shifts allowing all to rotate and gain experience in several methodologies. We use rough weather days for data entry or as a day off.

Application deadline is the 20th of April, 2017.  We will select the most promising students and invite these candidates  for a Skype interview during the last week of April.
To apply for this position please send a short letter (state which period you prefer) and a short CV to: oceanwatch@gmail.com.

Karin Hartman, PhD

Bestevaerstraat 124 HS
1056 HS  Amsterdam
0031-20 772 21 28
0031-618 66 78 40

Nova Atlantis Foundation
Risso's Dolphin Research Center
Rua Dr. Freitas Pimentel 11
9930-309 Santa Cruz das Ribeiras
Lajes do Pico
Azores -Portugal
www.nova-atlantis.org

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