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Research in Coastal Biodiversity and Invasive Species


  • Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
  • 10/27/19
  • Greece
  • 83103
  • Full-Time
Description: For almost 20 years, Archipelagos has been monitoring the biodiversity of shallow, littoral zone ecosystems of the eastern Aegean Sea. The data collected enables us to get an understanding of local conditions, ecosystem changes, processes and threats. Projects have a wide range of focus, including:
Conducting biodiversity assessments of fish, invertebrates and algae, according to international protocols
Collecting data on invasive species via underwater visual census surveys and questionnaires in order to understand the factors influencing the species distribution as well as the impacts on the ecosystem
Creating GIS maps which provide an overview of species distribution
Determining impacts of the factors threatening protected species and ecosystems using bio-indicator species
Experimental installation of artificial reefs and sustainable mooring systems

These projects provide field-work and hands-on research opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students who have achieved a bachelors or masters degree, and who are looking to gain experience outside of the classroom. The skills and expertise acquired through this internship are useful towards a professional career in marine biology and environmental management.

Applicant profile:
At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of marine, environmental, geographical and/or related sciences
Experience in identification of fish, invertebrates and/or marine flora preferred
Experience in snorkeling, free-diving and/or kayaking
Capacity for accurate and consistent data collection and analysis
Comfortable working under low supervision as well as leading a project independently
Ability to write scientific reports and papers
Ability to work both individually and as part of a dynamic, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team
Excellent organizational and time-management skills
High standard of work
Fluency in English
Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos conservation efforts
Motivation to live in a small island community

Duration:
A minimum duration of 3 months is highly recommended for all participants, although shorter placements can be tailored to the needs of groups and individuals. Placements can last as long as 12 months.

Location:
Archipelagos research bases and stations in the eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos, Lipsi, Ikaria, Leros, Arki, Marathi and Oinousses. Placements may also include working on board of one of our research boats.

Placement fee:
Monthly fees of 650 euro include:
Living expenses (shared accommodation, all meals, wi-fi)
Use of equipment & research boats
Transport for working purposes
Greek language lessons

Students and recent graduates are advised to explore possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the Finance / International Relations / Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.

Travelling costs are NOT included and are covered by the participant.

Application details:
Please submit CV and covering letter to admissions@archipelago.gr


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