Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

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Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary


The mission of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary is to:

  • Operate as a first-of-its-kind veterinary clinic and rehabilitation centre where sick or injured marine animals (dolphins, sea turtles, monk seals), can receive critical clinical care and rehabilitative treatment in a “teaching marine mammal hospital” in a pristine natural location far away from any human impacts.
  • Provide a solution-based alternative offering long-term care and refuge for dolphins that are displaced, or at risk from mistreatment or the closure of a marine park.
  • Promote biodiversity conservation through innovative habitat enhancement techniques including installation of artificial reefs and experimental replantation of vulnerable seagrass meadows.
  • Take a One Ocean and One Health scientific approach using marine mammals as “Sentinels of Ocean and Human Health”.

The AMLS model is a cost-effective, sustainable and innovative solution to a global problem and is both replicable and scalable.
Construction of the Sanctuary began in Vroulia Bay on Lipsi Island in 2016. The aim is for it to be fully operational in 2021.

Program Description

Interns who join this project will take part in numerous research and communication projects related to the creation of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary, while they are also welcome to take part in the actual construction process if interested!

As this facility is not yet operational as a rehabilitation centre, this internship will not involve animal care but instead will be focusing on the crucial tasks in preparation of its operation.

Thus, the interns would be involved in helping with a variety of activities with a focus on:

    • Veterinary and marine mammal research: including assisting the process, preparing the operations and protocols for the operation of the AMLS
    • Innovative coastal habitat research in preparation of the operation of the AMLS, including underwater replanting of seagrass meadows, camera-based monitoring of coastal ecosystems, design and installation of artificial reefs, monitoring blue carbon of Posidonia seagrass, how Posidonia may reverse the effects of climate change, and many more.
    • PR & Communications: 
      • Strengthening PR by creating social media content and public awareness campaigns
      • Assisting with fundraising efforts by searching for partners/sponsors, applying for grants, and organizing fundraising events
      •  Creating educational material for the facility

Applicant profile

• Applicants can have a wide range of backgrounds: marine biology, education, social sciences, marine biology, art, communications, and/or related fields
• Comfortable working under low supervision as well as leading a project independently
• Proficiency in using and managing social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram)
• Experience in public relations and/or journalistic writing
• Experience in scientific writing
• Experience in fundraising
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work both individually and as part of a dynamic, multicultural, multidisciplinary team
• Excellent organizational and time-management skills
• High standard of work
• Fluency in English
• Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos’ conservation efforts
• Motivation to live in a small island community

Additional Information

Internship duration normally ranges between 3 - 12 months, although shorter or longer internship periods may be arranged to cover the needs of groups or individuals.

Archipelagos’ research bases and stations are in the Eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos and Lipsi as well as onboard the research vessels. Interns often move between research bases and boats depending on where the surveys will take place.

As a non-profit research institute, the internships we offer are unpaid. This educational/research experience requires a monthly fee of 650 euro to cover living expenses, the cost of training, use of research equipment and travelling with the research vessels, use of the office facilities, as well as insurance.
For internships of less than 3 months in duration the participation fees are raised to 780 euro per month.

Please note that travel costs to and from the research base are not included in the fees and are covered by the participant.

Students and recent graduates and researchers are advised to search for possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the International Office/ Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.

To apply, please send your motivation letter, your CV, a copy of your resume, cover letter and one reference letter (if available) to [email protected]