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Biosphere Expedition Placements
Biosphere Expedition Placements

Biosphere Expedition Placements

Biosphere Expeditions is offering free placements to conservation enthusiasts and early career scientists to take part in studying basking sharks, whales, dolphins and other cetaceans around the Hebridean Islands of Scotland (see

The placements will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a genuine interest in marine monitoring and conservation or those looking to establish a career in this field. Successful applicants will then take part in one rotation of the expedition with dates as specified on, depending on availability.

The expedition will provide applicants with a unique opportunity to gain experience aboard a working research vessel, assist with valuable data collection, learn about the local marine environment and biodiversity, consider an alternative career, work as part of a team, gain scientific and sailing skills and travel to remote and beautiful areas of the Hebrides (with time ashore).

The successful applicant(s) will use their experience to the benefit of Scotland’s marine biodiversity; championing the sustainable management and conservation of fragile coastal environments and encouraging local people to consider their actions and responsibilities in relation to the environment ultimately taking ownership of its management.


• Over 18 years of age;
• Fluent English;
• A genuine interest in marine monitoring and conservation or a career in this field;
• After the expedition, the successful applicant will hold two talks or events about his or her experience on the expedition, one to his peer group and one to the general public, and
• Preference will be given to residents of Scotland.

Application process

Your application can take many forms; it can be a letter, poem, drawing, video or any other medium that conveys your interest. With your application you should include the following details: who you are, where you are from, why we should consider your application, what the experience would mean for you and how you are going to use it. The application should also describe how you plan to fulfil the requirement of holding two talks or events as described above.

Please send your application to Olivia Harries at The application must be in English.

The application deadline is 13 May 2013.