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 acaemics 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 using underwater camera sampling
- Real-time marine traffic monitoring
- Land cover change analysis
- Distribution maps for cetaceans and other marine species
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.
Archipelagos is currently looking to take on one or two GIS analysts for a placement starting this autumn. The duration of the placement is at least 3 months, although longer placements are preferred. New trainees are welcomed the first weekend of each month. 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 and young professionals through the international office of their college or university and sometimes covers the travel costs and travel insurance as well. Other funding options include the European Voluntary Scheme (EVS) or similar funding mechanisms. Please inquire with the relevant authorities regarding funding options before applying.
Skills & Qualifications
Good proficiency in English
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 email@example.com. Doctoral candidates with own funding that wish to use the research facilities at Archipelagos in pursuit of their own projects may also seek contact with us. A special (reduced) fee applies.
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