Host Organization: Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society
Organization Profile: Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society is an independent, scientific, non-profit, non-governmental organization that combines scientific research, monitoring, education, public awareness, capacity building and management, to achieve effective conservation of the marine environment and biodiversity. The organization was established in 2001 and is carrying out several projects in the field of scientific research, education, public awareness and conservation.
The central activity of Morigenos is the Slovenian Dolphin Project, a long-term research, monitoring and conservation programme, focusing on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Slovenian and adjacent waters in the northern Adriatic Sea. It is the first systematic and long-term study of any cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Slovenia.
The team has 11 members and is composed of biologists, nature protection engineers, educators, journalists, chemists, etc. The work of Morigenos involves people from all over Europe and Morigenos team members are actively participating in several research projects and organizations all over the world, for example the European Cetacean Society.
Work description: Interns will be included in all aspects of the data collection in the Slovenian Dolphin Project, including work on land, work on the boat and office work. This includes surveying for the animals using naked eyes and binoculars, recording data onto data sheets, timing dive profiles, participating in estimation of group size, calling out surfacing bouts of animals, taking temperature measurements, other aspects of data collection, helping with equipment, etc. Daily surveys are conducted from boats and from land observation points. Surveys are only done in good weather (no strong wind, no rain, and no fog). Interns will also be part of data entry and processing and photographic processing and matching.
Additional knowledge in programs like GIS and coding in R are welcome but not mandatory. There is also a possibility for project assignments on different topics (e.g. dolphin ecology, social interactions, impacts of marine traffic, etc.). Our latest study on dolphin face recognition also has potential in upgrading with computer-based recognition, and potentially other species.
Besides the research work, interns could also potentially be involved in possible stakeholder interviews or assisting with the educational programme, depending on the ongoing activities. They could participate in presentations and educational activities for local schools, community groups and tourists, as well as help in public awareness activities by involvement in preparations and assistance in awareness events in the local community. Much depends on the personality and motivation of applicants themselves. Training, proper supervision and tutoring will be provided.
Duties also include daily household chores, shared by everyone in the team.
Number of Opening(s): 1
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June
22 –August 14, 2020): Fulltime/Five days a week
Work Attire: Casual
Local Language: Slovenian
Local Language needed: Not required
Additional desired intern qualification:
- Fluency in English
- Ability to work in a team
- Ability to work long hours outdoors
- Commitment to voluntary work
- Adaptable and comfortable with shared accommodation
- Be able to swim
- Good communication skills
- Strong interest in marine mammal research and marine conservation
- Attention to detail
- Good IT skills
- Basic knowledge in R, GIS (not mandatory)
- Background in biological/environmental sciences is desirable, but not mandatory.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. MA students in the Center for East Asian Studies are also eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
- Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the spring quarter.
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