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diving intern for expedition in Chilean Patagonia

We are planning a 9 day sampling and inventory expedition of the marine benthic fauna of the Golfo de Penas and surrounding areas. The project is carried out within an inventory of the fauna of Chilean Patagonia, and a zoogeographis analysis of the same area, with a focus on anthozoans. We are looking for 2 interns to help with diving (each once a day), taking CTD measurements, sampling, labelling and preserving and adding the taken data into Excel tables. We will be 5 people plus 3 crew. During the 9 days on the boat, we are working intensely to get as much done as possible since the trip is very expensive, and the area very isolated.
We will need 2 days in each direction to travel with the NAVIMAG from Puerto Montt to Puerto Eden (and back) where the expedition starts and ends. The spectacular trip which is mainly done for tourists is free for us. Then we will pass 9 days on a beautiful sailing vessel, however, have to work hard and have to save energy and water (regular showers are not possible). Thus we need easy going and enthusiastic people, who dont get sea sick easily and bring good mood.
The interns should come to Huinay (www.huinay.cl) approx. 1 week before and 1-2 weeks after the trip to help with preparations and unpacking/sorting samples. 
Experience with sampling and preserving invertebrates is of advantage.
Looking forward to applications including your CV and a letter of interest. You will get to areas of spectacular beauty where no or few scientists have been before.

  We are a private Foundation that is operating a scientific field station in Chilean Patagonia. Huinay Scientific Field Station was inaugurated in 2001 and is situated 100 km south of Puerto Montt, in the fjord Comau; it is the only scientific station in a Chilean fjord. The surroundings are characterized by steep mountains and volcanoes. Nearly 6000mm annual precipitation gives rise to extremely lush vegetation characterized by extra-tropical rain forests.
The small village Huinay with its approx. 25 inhabitants can only be accessed by a 1-1.5 hour boat-trip (speed boat) from Hornopiren. Most infrastructure - except some small shops and a rural hospital in Hornopiren - is located in Puerto Montt, a 3 to 4 h drive or bus trip from Hornopiren.
Knowledge on organisms and ecological functioning of the fjord ecosystems is very poor in Chilean Patagonia especially in the marine environment. The goal of the station is-besides carrying out some own projects- to attract national and international projects which help to fill the existing gaps.
To accomplish this, the field station has basic infrastructure: a dry and a wet laboratory, diving and lodging facilities (8 rooms for up to 16 scientists/interns/assistants).
  Projects involve all kinds of terrestrial and marine base-line research but main focus is on the marine environment and counseling for the establishment of a network of marine protected areas. In this context we are mainly promoting inventory studies of the fjord ecosystems and we generally organize one expedition to remote areas of the fjord region each year.
We recently finished a major project, a scientific field guide for marine benthic fauna of Chilean Patagonia (see www.PatagoniaMarina.info).
We have telephone and internet access via satellite (rarely good enough for voice or video skype) and power supply by a hydroelectric plant. The assistants are supervised and report to two biologists in charge of the scientific operation who are approximately a third of the time on the station, but can be contacted practically at any time. Besides these two scientists (the scientific director and a research coordinator) the permanent staff consists of the two scientific-technical assistants, one GIS/data base assistant, an administrator, his wife (and assistant), a replacement of the administrator, two boat captains, 1-2 persons in charge for cooking and cleaning, and approx. 3 auxiliary administrative workers. We try to have 1-2 interns at any time at the station who help the scientific-technical assistants. Scientists can visit throughout the year, but mostly come between December and April (in the last years we had approx. 15 groups with a total of 40-50 scientists yearly)

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How to apply:
by e-mail
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Please send an e-mail including your CV and a letter of interest to Vreni Häussermann: v.haussermann@gmail.com

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Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
Internship & Working student
Work experience
job experience is not required
Working place
5502822 Puerto Montt
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences