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Friday, March 25, 2016


Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation  ( and Marine Mammals Research Association ( is currently seeking for volunteers, based in the beautiful island of Samos, Greece. The project is focused on the conservation of marine mammals through combining research and education. Therefore, while marine mammal abundance, distribution, behaviour and threats will be monitored through boat and land surveys, active involvement of stakeholders to the projects will also be supported. This project provides an excellent opportunity for post-grads, students and individuals interested in getting more experience and knowledge in the field of marine mammal research.
VOLUNTEERS are primarily responsible for behavioural data collection, theodolite operation, photographing cetacean individuals and cataloguing dolphin/monk seal pictures, data entry. Training will be provided beforehand. In addition, there will be ArcGIS and SPSS courses running which will be free for volunteers during their stay. There will be an opportunity to undertake a personal research project supervised by the project director.
The base of project activities will be in Samos however there will be an opportunity to join the cetacean surveys in Fethiye and Antalya, Turkey carried by Marine Mammals Research Association. The enrolment on these surveys depends on the volunteer background and on the time of the year when they will participate.
Applicant are expected to be graduates or students of a BSc degree in biology, marine biology or zoology and able to demonstrate previous experience in the field of research and conservation. Knowledge on marine mammal species of Mediterranean is advantage. Practical experience of photo-identification (both photography and matching) and theodolite operation is desirable. The applicant must be fluent in English, proficient with database and word processing software and be willing to learn new software applications.
Volunteers must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to work independently and responsibly, and with a true interest in marine conservation.
The minimum duration of the placements is normally 3 complete months. We may make exceptions for potential participants to apply for a shorter placement.
This position is unpaid and requires a contribution fee of 650 euro per month, which covers the accommodation, meals, equipment, training and working expenses for the participants, as well as work insurance and Greek language lessons.
Participants should cover their own travel expenses to Samos island where all projects start/end.
Send CV and cover letter by e-mail to
Deadline for Applications: Monday 15th March 2016.
Dr. Aylin Akkaya Bas
Marine Mammal Research Coordinator of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
Project Director of Marine Mammals Research Association
 Marine Research Base: P.O. Box 42, Pythagorio, Samos 83102

Dr. Aylin Akkaya Ba
Marine Mammal Research Coordinator of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
Project Director of Marine Mammals Research Association
Marine Research Base: P.O. Box 42, Pythagorio, Samos 83102
Tel. +30 2273061147,  +30 2273061191

VOLUNTEERS - Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Cetus’ Robson Bight Warden Program - Deadline March 31st

Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Cetus’ Robson Bight Warden Program!

Cetus is a non-profit, marine conservation society, which operates in the waters around Victoria and Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada. Since 2005 we have worked to reduce disturbances to marine mammals on the British Columbia coast and promote respect for our marine environment through on-the-water and land-based education, outreach and direct monitoring activities. 
The Robson Bight Marine Warden Program operates in Johnstone Strait, in the waters around the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. The ecological reserve is designated for the protection of critical habitat of the Northern Resident killer whales. This is a unique area where the whales often come to rub their bodies along the underwater beaches. Our marine wardens monitor vessels and marine mammal populations, and educate boaters and kayakers about the reserve and their impacts around it. The Robson Bight Marine Warden Program is comprised of a water based monitoring and educational component and a land based monitoring station called Eagle Eye, situated on a cliff opposite the ecological reserve.

Cetus is looking for enthusiastic and hard working individuals to fill the Robson Bight Marine Warden Program Summer Volunteer positions:
Volunteer positions will be based out of a rustic field camp in Boat Bay on West Cracroft Island located near Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada. Positions will be offered between June 27th and September 10th 2016. We require a minimum 3-week commitment. Preference will be given to those who are able to stay for the full 11 weeks. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be involved with a variety of possible tasks ranging from community outreach and education to marine mammal response and data collection. Our programs focus on protecting British Columbia’s marine mammal populations and encouraging others to do the same. Interns may also have the opportunity to spend time on our monitoring vessels in which case they will participate in data collection, data entry and on-the-water boater education. 

Responsibilities include:
  • Educating boaters, kayakers, park visitors, and members of the public about the marine mammal viewing guidelines, marine species at risk, the conservation issues they face and the boundaries of the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve
  • Collecting and entering data on marine mammals and vessel activity  
  • Public interpretation in the form of dock talks and participation in community events 
  • Potentially helping to respond to injured, sick or dead marine mammals in support of the BC Marine Mammal Response Network
  • Observing and recording cetaceans in support of the BC Cetacean Sightings Network
  • Assisting with general administrative duties  
  • Camp duties, which includes cooking, cleaning, general maintenance and heavy lifting 

What skills and experience will volunteers gain?:Â
  • Experience educating the public on important conservation issues
  • Experience with field data collection and entry 
  • Interpretive skills and techniques
  • Potential for experience in marine mammal response 
  • Experience with fundraising and community outreach 
  • Experience working with Microsoft Access
Essential Requirements:
  • Fluent spoken English
  • Interest in marine wildlife and conservation
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work long hours, outdoors, in all weather conditions
  • The ability to live & work comfortably in a remote coastal wilderness camp setting with staff & volunteers
  • The physical ability to carry 40lbs of gear to and from the vessel to base camps (this varies from across the street to down a rocky shoreline). In addition to this volunteers are required to hike, 3km (each way), from the base camp to the observation site on alternate days, which takes approximately 1 hour (one way)
Additional Information:These positions are unpaid and carry a cost to the interns of $125/ week to cover accommodations, extra fuel and dinners (volunteers will be responsible for their own breakfasts and lunches). Warden volunteers will need to bring their own tent and sleeping bag. Tent pads and tarps will be provided as will camp cooking equipment etc.  

How to apply: Please forward your cover letter, resume and two references via email by March 31st, 2016.  Please indicate your availability. Only successful applicants will be contacted. 

Contact: Marie Fournier, Cetus Research & Conservation Society, Email:

For more information please visit our website

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Internships 2016 for Bottlenose Dolphin Research off Istria, Croatia mag. Darja Ribaric Vivamar
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CRRU Internship Programme 2016, Moray Firth, Scotland Dr Kevin Robinson
Summer Internship - Provincetown, MA USA Stephanie Richardson
Fellowship opportunity for polar and subarctic scientists Lauren Bell
Job Posting: Associate Stranding Biologist Kerry Sanchez
Marine Mammal Field Techniques internship program in Puerto Rico, USA Mithriel MacKay
CETASMUS 2016 – Internship in North Western Mediterranean Sea – LAST PLACES AVAILABLE Pao Tepsich
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

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