Board of Directors
Maria Assunta Ambrosio
Thaya Mirinda Dinkel
Apply for field research
Each year, Oceanomare Delphis selects the applications received for the role of Field Officer (research assistant).
We welcome on board young researchers, students, and enthusiasts who wish to learn techniques for studying cetaceans in the environment and use professional research instrumentation.
The association offers selected candidates the opportunity to embark for a month by providing free accommodation on board the laboratory sailing vessel and insurance. The only expenses are meals and travel to the project.
Field Officers receive their tasks from the project Researchers and are trained by them.
They must be able to work without constant supervision, following the protocols, procedures and policies of Oceanomare Delphis Onlus.
Field Officers are in charge of relating with volunteers and monitoring their activities.
Required knowledge, skills and experience
Field Officers must be sociable, ready to work and live in a group of about 10 people with shared cooking and cleaning duties. Required:
- A background in biology or environmental/natural sciences or similar
- A strong interest in and knowledge of Mediterranean cetaceans
- good computer skills
- good knowledge of the English language
- capacità di lavorare bene con gli altri in un piccolo team e in un alloggio condiviso
- Be enthusiastic, hard-working, team-oriented, motivated and willing to work and learn
- Be adaptable, flexible and patient, as fieldwork is highly dependent on weather conditions
- Be comfortable living on a boat for several days without the usual comforts
- Have a positive and sociable attitude toward ecovolunteers
- Be committed and able to work long hours for several weeks at a time
- be safety-conscious
- be fit and healthy
- previous sailing experience is desirable; those without experience must demonstrate a willingness to learn
Research assistants should expect to be fully trained by the researchers, who will transfer all their logistical, technical, and scientific knowledge to enable the growth and maturation of the assistants by training new potential researchers for the project. Specifically, training will focus on cetacean observation and identification, survey transects, PAMGUARD protocols, Photo-ID, behavior, and acoustics.