Posted on 26 July 2017
Marine Research Intern
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Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) is a UAE environmental non-governmental organization, established under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Environmental Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).
EWS works in association with WWF, one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation Organizations. EWS-WWF has been active in the UAE since 2001 and has successfully initiated and implemented several conservation and education projects and initiatives in the region.
EWS-WWF works federally and in the region with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah and is governed by a local board of directors.
Carry out research on small-scale and industrial fisheries in the UAE, using desktop research methods and existing EWS-WWF reports. Research to include information about:
Fishing effort in the UAE and other countries in the region
Fishing zones and landing ports
Fishing gears, targeted species and catch data
Gathering of any fishing activity maps available
Reports of incidental mortality of marine megafauna associated to fisheries activities
Economic value assessments of fishing industry
Cultural and traditional links to fisheries in the region
Existing polices and regulations of fishing activities in the UAE and other countries in the region
After initial literature review is completed, the intern would contribute to initial analysis of the information collected on the topic of bycatch and fisheries in the region.
Gathering of genetic data from open genetic data sources for marine turtles at selected nesting and feeding areas worldwide.
Undergo research of Universities and research institutions in the United Arab Emirates with the capacity or expertise to carry out genetic analysis and studies.
Extend research on University and research institutions in the UAE and internationally that run marine research programmes or have research capacity that is synergistic to the work EWS-WWF do.
Provide general administrative support for the marine programme as required. This could include updates to stakeholder management software used by EWS-WWF called Salesforce, preparation of documents, or support on EWS-WWF events and campaigns.
Undergoing graduate degree in Conservation Science, Marine Science or any other related discipline
Experience in carrying out research, ideally through desktop research
Familiarity with difference types of scientific publications and grey literature
Good understanding of Harvard citation and bibliography referencing system
Competent in the use of Microsoft Office applications
Skills and Competencies
Methodical and thorough approach to work with great attention to detail
Ability to filter and select relevant information generated from online search engines and journal databases
Willingness to attend training on Salesforce if necessary. This will be organised according to intern and trainer availability and will be carried out during office hours
Excellent organisational and prioritisation competence
Ability to work independently without constant supervision or direction
Fluency in English language with good written and oral communications skills. Ability to read in Arabic is desirable
Sharing WWF’s values: Together we are Stronger, Courage, Adaptable, Integrity and Impact Driven.
EWS-WWF is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and offer a flexible and diverse place of employment.
EWS-WWF staff participate wholeheartedly in general activities and events, which promotes the overall mission of EWS-WWF, whether the particular event or activity has any bearing on the job description and assigned project objectives and activities.
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