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Terrestrial Research and Conservation, Internship in Greece

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Golden Jackal Research and Conservation 

Background: Samos is the only Mediterranean island that still supports an established population of the golden jackal (Canis aureus). However, their presence in and around the Samos International Airport (SMI) has given way to an increased risk of jackal / aircraft collision. 

Description: Archipelagos Institute collaborates with Samos Airport and the University of the West of England (UK) to establish the population and distribution of the golden jackal at Samos Airport. Data on the population, home range, activity patterns and use of the airport habitat will inform an exclusion process that aims to decrease the threat of jackal / aircraft collision. This study aids in the development of animal exclusion processes in airports around the world, in an ecologically sustainable manner. Other research focuses on regular surveys on a number of sites in order to determine the extent of anthropogenic disturbance on the habits and ecology of the jackals. Research activities include:

• Capturing and analysing jackal audio and visual data through camera traps and acoustic devices 
• Mapping jackal presence through tracking 
• Carrying out nocturnal visual and acoustic surveys
• Analysing jackal diet through scat sampling and camera traps 
• Collaborating with Samos Airport, Fraport Greece and the University of West England to help design aircraft-jackal collision mitigation measures
Mediterranean Chameleon Research and Conservation

Background: Samos is the only part of Greece which still supports an established population of the Mediterranean chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon). However, threats to this fragile population are increasing drastically due to anthropogenic factors. 

Description: In order to monitor the status and the habitat of the chameleon population, the Archipelagos terrestrial conservation team carries out surveys throughout the year. Furthermore, the data gathered on chameleon and other herpetological species populations is used towards Archipelagos’ conservation initiatives and efforts. Project activities include:
• Determining the chameleon population size and distribution using mark-recapture techniques and morphometrical analysis
• Carrying out observational surveys of various lizard, snake, tortoise and amphibian species
• Carrying out research on the extent of anthropogenic impacts and their influence on chameleon and other reptile populations 
• Assessing seasonal variation of habitats and vegetation type preferences
• Developing population and habitat conservation measures 
• Participating in awareness-raising projects aiming to develop community engagement
Bird Research and Conservation 

Background: The small islands of the eastern Aegean are crucial feeding, breeding and wintering grounds for a large number of rare and protected bird species. More than 200 species have been reported on Samos up to this point, constituting up to 50% of all bird species found in Greece. 

Description: The Archipelagos bird research team collects avian data related to marine habitats and threatened wetland habitats in and around Samos island, as well as other eastern Aegean islands. This information is gathered with the purpose of improving site protection and ecological status of these areas, as well as for contributing to educational and public awareness projects. Project activities include:
• Collecting data on bird population through standardised point count methods and transect surveys on the islands as well as through boat-based surveys 
• Analysing migratory and non-migratory bird populations throughout the year
• Studying nesting behaviour with the use of camera traps
• Caring for injured birds before releasing them back into the wild
• Providing the education and the media teams with information on local and regional birds and their habitats
Island Flora Research and Conservation

Background: The islands of the eastern Aegean are home to a rich flora biodiversity, yet our knowledge of these species is still limited. The unique environment of Samos allows for a great assortment of over 1500 plants. Unfortunately, this extraordinary flora biodiversity is threatened by numerous factors such as overgrazing, wildfires, logging and diseases.

Description: The island flora team gathers and analyses data on eastern Aegean vegetation, including rare plant species. By collecting and analysing data on plant diversity throughout the year as well as threats to Aegean island plant life, Archipelagos will be able to design and implement effective flora conservation strategies. Project activities include:
• Monitoring vegetation species on Samos and Lipsi by gathering habitat information using transect surveys 
• Completing database indicating distinct habitats as well as common vegetation species at specific transects
• Collecting data on rare flora using transect surveys
• Completing database indicating abundance and locations of alpine and coastal rare flora species
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.
Archipelagos’ research bases and stations in the eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos and Lipsi..
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

Candidate Requirements:

• At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of environmental, ecological, zoological and/or related sciences 
• Knowledge of terrestrial mammal behaviour preferred
• Ability to write scientific reports and papers
• 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

Source: Company
Posted on: 30 Nov 2018
Type of job: Internship
Industry: Government / Non Profit
Job starts on: As soon as possible
Compensation: Unpaid
Languages: English (fluent)
Study areas: Astronomy / Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geodesy - Cartography - Remote Sensing, Geography, Geology, Marine Science / Oceanography, Meteorology, Microbiology, Natural Sciences, Nuclear and High Energy Physics, Physics, Soil and Water Sciences
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