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Summer internship opportunity for biology students – Aeolian Archipelago, Italy

Filicudi WildLife Conservation is a non-profit association involved in the research and conservation of cetacean species (bottlenose dolphin, striped dolphin and sperm whale) and the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in the Aeolian Archipelago (Southern Thyrrenian Sea, Italy). Filicudi WildLife Conservation also manages a First Aid for Sea Turtles (Turtle Point Filicudi) located in Filicudi island. During summer Filicudi WildLife Conservation organizes research camps for students and volunteers to participate at the monitoring sessions for different research projects on cetaceans and sea turtles. In addition, in this period, naturalistic excursion, snorkeling and educational activities are performed with the tourists in the area. In the Turtle Point, an educational area is also open to the public in order to provide information on the marine biology and nature of the islands.

The Filicudi WildLife Conservation Team is seeking 2 applicants for internships working primarily with environmental and education projects and office assistant at the First Aid for Sea Turtle in Filicudi island (Italy). These positions are unpaid and applicants are responsible for their travel and food expenses. An accommodation is provided. The start date for the Summer Internship period is June 1st, with a target end date of July 1th. There is some flexibility on the starting and end dates of internships, but priority will be given to interns that may stay for 1 month.


Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications

The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field. If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution. Interns must be able to work for 1 month, 7 days a week, at least 40 hours per week. Work schedule must be flexible and may include free days for enjoying the island. This is an unpaid position and all interns are responsible for obtaining transportation. Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills (Italian and English required) and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel. Diving and Boat license are not mandatory for this position but priority will be given to more experienced applicants. This internship position involves a fair amount of hard physical activity, such as moving sea turtle from a tank to another, consequently priority will be given to strongly motivated applicants.


Internship Opportunities

The Filicudi WildLife Conservation Team Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge on dolphins and sea turtles conservation projects and the Rescue of sea turtles.
Interns will be responsible for answering service, office assistant, environmental education in the Turtle Point and naturalistic excursions by boat and along the paths of the island. Interns will also coordinate the Turtle Point Filicudi and educational activities with tourists. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in sea turtles rescues, releases and other field activity of the association. In addition, interns will be required to assist with sea turtles care duties (food preparations, cleaning tanks, water change, medical treatments). Other duties may include: participation in training classes, data entry and tracking and maintaining research equipment.

Successful applicants should have the following skills:
– strong communication skills (Italian and English required)
– focus and attention to detail
– willingness to spend long hours in working with tourists and volunteers
– ability to work independently

If you are interested in interning with Filicudi WildLife Conservation, please visit our website and send a CV and a letter of interest that describes why you are applying for the position and how the experience will help you be successful in meeting long-term goals.

Applications due by February 5st, 2018

Contact person:
Dr. Monica F. Blasi
Email: blasimf@yahoo.com