Job: Cetaceans and turtles Line-transect visual shipboard survey observers for project Mistic Seas II
Job/Fellowship Reference: ARDITI-OOM/2017/005
In the context of Project MISTIC SEAS II, OOM-ARDITI is looking for cetaceans and sea turtles observers (level graduate students), with knowledge and experience in visual detection and data collection of the above-mentioned species, preferably with experience in distance sampling line transect surveys.
“MISTIC SEAS II – Applying a subregional coherent and coordinated approach to the monitoring and assessment of marine biodiversity in Macaronesia for the second cycle of the MSFD“, is a project financed by the DG ENV, European Commission (No. 11.0661/2017/750679/SUB/ENV.C2). The project aims at implementing the common monitoring programs designed in MISTIC SEAS project and reinforce regionally coherent, coordinated and consistent updates to the determination of GES, as well as to prepare the next steps of the 2nd cycle of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive - MSFD (2008/56/EC), including the revision of the initial assessments and the definition of environmental targets by July 2018, in accordance with Article 17(2a and 2b), Article 5(2) and Article 3(5) of the MSFD.
The observers positions are for a pilot line-transect visual shipboard survey (Distance sampling) in Madeira archipelago coastal waters for both “Abundance of oceanic cetaceans” and “Loggerhead census” sub-programs. These sub-programmes aim to estimate the number of individuals of the selected species and gather information on their distribution.
In the context of Project MISTIC SEAS II, OOM-ARDITI is looking for 4 cetaceans and sea turtles observers (level graduate students), with knowledge and experience in visual detection and data collection of the above-mentioned species, preferably with experience in distance sampling line transect surveys. The selected applicants will temporarily integrate the cetaceans team of OOM - Oceanic Observatory of Madeira, headed by Luís Freitas, scientist with decades of experience in the study of cetaceans in Madeira archipelago.
For the applicant to be considered a candidate for these scholarships it is required to have at least a degree in biology, ecology or similar field and be fluent in English, both written and spoken.
The responsibilities of the observers include, among others:
The work will be carried out at the Science Unit of the Madeira Whale Museum, Caniçal, Madeira Island, under the supervision of Luís Freitas
745.00 €/month tax free - ARDITI research fellowship (BI - Licenciado) monthly maintenance stipend and regulations are determined by ‘FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia’ (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en).
The evaluation criteria will be the following:
FS = QA + EP + ML
FS – Final Scores
QA – Qualifications
EP – Experience
ML – Motivation
Application submission and deadline
Vacant posts: 4
|Type of contract: Temporary|
|Job country: Portugal|
|Job city: Caniçal|
|Job company/institute: ARDITI|