Archipelagos is an environmental NGO based on the beautiful Greek islands of Ikaria and Samos and aims to further the protection of the rich yet threatened marine and terrestrial environment of the Aegean Sea. Every year, a number of young scientists from a range of scientific disciplines are invited to join the activities of Archipelagos and gain work experience the hands-on way.
Archipelagos has a number of research projects running that involve GIS analysis and is currently seeking enthusiastic undergraduates and recent graduates with a fair amount of GIS experience to provide cartographic support and further develop the GIS facilities. Previous project topics have included:
- Seagrass bed mapping based on satellite imagery and field observations
- Optimising the location selection for an artificial reef using GIS data layers
- Monitoring and analysing shipping traffic routing and intensity in the Aegean Sea
- Mapping the change in vegetation cover on islands in the NE Aegean
Next to number of GIS assignments, volunteers are expected to assist in other projects and may be asked to help out conducting fieldwork that is organised during their placement with Archipelagos. Archipelagos is active on a number of islands, including Samos, Ikaria, Fourni, Patmos, Arki and Marathi and also has two sailing boats for marine research.
Starting the beginning of next year, Archipelagos is looking to take on one or two GIS analysts for a placement. The duration of the placement is at least 3 months, although longer placements are given priority. Placements starting later in spring may be arranged as well, but facilities only allow for 1-2 GIS analysts at a time. Placements usually start the first weekend of the month but can be adapted to suit the schedules of both the volunteers and the organisation. Depending on the duration of their stay, volunteers can choose to spend one or more weeks traveling in and around Greece to explore this stunning corner or the Mediterranean.
There is a participation fee of 650 euro/month, which covers all living expenses. It includes lodging, food and use of the research facilities. Funding is often available to students through international office of their college or university and sometimes covers the travel costs and travel insurance as well. Please inquire with the relevant authorities regarding funding options before applying.
Interested? Please send your personal CV, an accompanying motivation letter and two maps that are representative of your skills in computer cartography or geoinformatics to firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions are filled as soon as a suitable applicant has been found. Doctoral candidates with own funding that wish to use the research facilities at Archipelagos in pursuit of their own research projects may also seek contact with us.
For further information, visit our website: www.archipelago.gr
Marine research base
P.O. Box 152, Ormos Marathokampou 83102, Samos, Greece
Tel. +30 22730 37533
Placement position for a GIS analyst at Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation (Aegean Sea, Greece)
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