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
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, Lipsi, Ikaria, Leros, Arki, Marathi and Oinousses. Placements may also include working on board of one of our research boats.
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.
Please submit CV and covering letter to email@example.com
• At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of environmental, ecological, zoological and/or related sciences
• Experience in identification of amphibians and/or lizards 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
• 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