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Cetacean behaviour study in Southern Turkey

Organisation: DMAD

Country: Turkey

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Cetacean behaviour study in Southern Turkey

There is a lack of information and scientific effort in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, therefore the project aims to fulfil the gaps of missing long term studies in the area by conducting consisting and systematic research on cetacean abundance, distribution and behaviour and site fidelity. This is a great opportunity to discover the ecology and behaviour of dolphins and whales species. Be a part of a multicultural team breaking ground in cetacean research on the eastern Mediterranean.

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and hard-working individuals to join our team. We have places starting from August until the beginning of 2016. Min commitment is one month, but we recomend at least two months for a fuller experience. People who have the will to stay longer (from 3 months onward) will have a discount on the price, as well as gain training on specific subjects such as GIS for cetacean ecology and statistical softwares.

Volunteers will be responsible for collecting and entering sighting and behavioural data during boat and land surveys. Volunteers will be trained on setting up the theodolite and how to use it, taking dolphin pictures, identifying dolphin individuals and using various softwares as in Pythagoras, Logger and Imatch.

The working hours vary from 6-12 hours per day and the day starts early. The typical week is divided in 3 days of fieldwork, 1-2 days of office work.

These positions are unpaid and require a contribution fee of 700 Euro per month. This covers your accommodation, transportation during the project and project activities. Transportation to and from Antalya is the responsibility of the volunteer, as well as food costs (this is around 75 euro per month or less, per person)

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