Marine Mammal Research Assistant

DMAD (Marine Mammal Research Association)
April 6, 2021
Antalya, Turkey
Closing date


DMAD (Marine Mammals Research Association) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that aims to create an ecological consciousness through its scientific research and outreach activities. DMAD works on 5 projects in 3 different countries with the aim to raise both scientific and public awareness of critical habitats, the problems they are facing and implement actions in order to conserve the marine biodiversity in Levantine, Aegean and Adriatic seas. DMAD have trained more than a hundred interns and volunteers to date to help build conservation capacities.

Who we are looking for

Our scientific work is supported by the help of interns and volunteers, coming from all over the world and motivated to leave a positive impact on marine wildlife protection and conservation. During your stay in Antalya, you will be involved in all of our current cetacean research projects and participate in various survey efforts from the Turkish Straits System to the Eastern Mediterranean of Turkey including sites such as Istanbul, Çeşme, Dilek peninsula and Antalya. Unlike the western Mediterranean, extensive baseline knowledge in the eastern Mediterranean has not yet been established and therefore you will be at the forefront of cetacean research in this area.

This will be a great opportunity for graduates who wish to gain practical experience in the marine mammal field and undergraduates who wish to earn extra academic credits.


-True motivation in marine conservation, maturity and ability to work responsibly

-Working language is English, so you will need to be able to write reports, collect data and communicate in English but the staff can also speak Turkish, French and a little bit of Dutch.

-Ability to live with people from multiple nationalities for an extended period of time -Respect of the organisation’s rules and willingness for the procedures

-Basic computer skills and willingness to learn new software application

-Respect and to follow Turkish culture and rules in public

- Background in marine biology is an advantage but not an obligation

Field work and responsibilities

-Performing land-based surveys, including sunrise and sunset times

-Performing boat-based surveys: boat surveys may last the entire day under different conditions (sun, rain, wind...) so be prepared to deal with all weather and motion sickness

-Collecting data on dolphins sighting and behaviour data, as well as environmental and anthropogenic data

-Operating theodolite and managing its software Pythagoras

-Data entry and analysis

-Cataloguing and matching individuals of target species for photo-ID studies via Discovery software

-Operating Acoustics toolkits and analysis acoustics data via Pamguard software

-Raising stakeholders’ awareness


DMAD in the Antalya team will provide lectures and field work training. You will be given the chance to learn the most popular methodologies used in marine mammals research such as:

-Theodolite operation and Pythagoras software

-Photo-ID and Discovery software

-Acoustic toolkits and Pamguard software

-Data entry and analysis


Project participation fee

The positions are unpaid and require a participation fee of 950 euros / month which covers:

  • Accommodation and expenses
  • Internet access
  • Training and lectures
  • Scientific support
  • Field work
  • Use of the equipment

Applicants are responsible for their transportation to/from Turkey, meals, insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel insurance), personal expenses.

Due to the covid restrictions, you will need to be in quarantine for 5 days and get tested. We can give you recommendations for the hotel and hospital for a covid test near our office. Applicants are responsible for their own hotel and PCR covid test expenses.


Please email your CV and cover letter to or explaining why you would the perfect asset for our team and what goals you hope to achieve with us!

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