Archipelagos Institute

Jackals Research and Conservation Internship

Pythagorio, Samos, Greece show on map

Samos is the only Mediterranean island that still supports an established population of the golden jackal.

The presence of the golden jackal (Canis aureus) in and around the Samos International Airport (SMI) has given way to an increased risk of jackal / aircraft collision.

Description: Archipelagos Institute collaborates with Samos Airport and the University of the West of England (UK) to establish the population and distribution of the golden jackal at Samos Airport. Data on the population, home range, activity patterns and use of the airport habitat will inform an exclusion process that aims to decrease the threat of jackal / aircraft collision. 

This study aids in the development of animal exclusion processes in airports around the world, in an ecologically sustainable manner. Other research focuses on regular surveys on a number of sites in order to determine the extent of anthropogenic disturbance on the habits and ecology of the jackals. Research activities include: 

  • Capturing and analysing jackal audio and visual data through camera traps and acoustic devices
  • Mapping jackal presence through tracking 
  • Carrying out nocturnal visual and acoustic surveys
  • Analysing jackal diet through scat sampling and camera traps
  • Collaborating with Samos Airport, Fraport Greece and the University of West England to help design aircraft-jackal collision mitigation measures

Typical day

Field-work: placement and retrieval of camera traps and acoustic deviced; surveys; 
Lab-work, analysing scatsamples
Office-work, organising and analyising data collected from surveys.
Online literature and internet research

Details on Arrival

On-going, throughout the year

Free-time activities

Swimming, hiking, exploring ancient ruins, camping, touristic activities.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
Environmental, Ecological, Zoological Sciences at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of environmental, ecological, zoological and/or related sciences
Knowledge of terrestrial mammal behaviour preferred
Ability to write scientific reports and papers
Capacity for accurate and consistent data collection and analysis
Comfortable working under low supervision as well as leading a project independently
Ability to write scientific reports and papers
Ability to work both individually and as part of a team
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Archipelagos Institute (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Archipelagos Institute

Monthly fees of 650 euro include:

  • Living expenses (shared accommodation, all meals, wi-fi)
  • Use of equipment & research boats
  • Transport for working purposes
  • Greek language lessons

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

*Travelling costs are NOT included and are covered by the participant.

Accommodation
Dorm room with between 3 and 7 other roommates and a bathroom for each room.

Outdoor kitchen.
Hanging out/meeting area in the base.
Washing machine
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Samos Airport (SMI) in Samos. We assist you to find cheap flights to Greece.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Greece provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.
Costs (Prices in USD)
12 weeks (min. stay)
$2,626.00
13 weeks
$2,808.00
14 weeks
$2,990.00
15 weeks
$3,172.00
19 weeks
$3,901.00
27 weeks
$5,357.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$9,545.00
Average fees
$205.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Pythagorio, Samos/Greece between 12 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Archipelagos Institute will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Greece.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Archipelagos Institute during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Europe Southern Europe Greece  Pythagorio, Samos, P.O.Box 42

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