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
These projects provide field-work and hands-on research opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students who have achieved a bachelor’s or master’s 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 environmenal and/or zoological research and conservation fields.
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.
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.
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• At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of environmental, ecological, zoological and/or related sciences
• Knowledge of European bird species
• Experience in bird identification preferred
• Ability to write scientific reports
• Capacity for accurate and consistent data collection and analysis
• Comfortable working under low supervision as well as leading a project independently
• Ability to work both individually and as part of a dynamic, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team
• Excellent organizational and time-management skills
• Fluency in English
• Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos’ conservation efforts
• Motivation to live in a small island community