[MARMAM] Sea Watch Foundation – Research Intern Opportunity in Cardigan Bay for 2013

Danielle Gibas danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Thu Nov 8 03:13:58 PST 2012

Sea Watch Foundation – Research Intern Opportunity in Cardigan Bay for 2013 

Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk) with the running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project”. The project is based in New Quay, West Wales, and takes care of the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success and population structure using a combination of line-transect, photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys. 

Interns will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the Sightings Officer by taking part in the following tasks: 

 Land-based surveys 

 Boat-based surveys 

 Photo-identification studies 

 Database entry 

 Awareness raising 

 Education initiatives 

 Acoustic monitoring 

 Assist with and participate in training courses and public talks. 


Interns are required from April until October 2013 split into 4 separate periods of 7 weeks each (the first period will consist of 6 weeks). Preference will be given to those who can stay for more than one period, including the whole 6-months field season. Interns will be based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is provided at a rate of around £55/week. Interns are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid work in the area if required. 


Intern periods for summer 2013: 

Period 1 15/04 – 26/05, Period 2 27/05 – 14/7, Period 3 15/07 – 01/09, Period 4 02/09 – 20/10 

Important skills/qualifications 


 an ability to work in a meticulous and reliable manner 

 strong commitment to volunteering work 

 willingness to work long hours outdoors in often very changeable Welsh weather 

 good IT skills (Office package) 

 an ability to get on well with others in a small team and shared accommodation 



 a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar 

 a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans 

 prior experience in boat-based survey work 

 good verbal and written communication skills and in public speaking 

 experience in interacting with the public 


All interns will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in line-transect survey protocols and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins and grey seals. 


To apply: 

Please send your CV, covering letter and contact details of two references, reporting any relevant experience you have and specifying the period(s) you would prefer to volunteer for to Daphna Feingold – daphna.feingold at seawatchfoundation.org.uk 


Deadline: 31st January 2013. 

Please specify NEW QUAY INTERN APPLICATION into your subject title. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 24th February 2013. 


The Sea Watch Foundation 

The Sea Watch Foundation is a registered marine environmental research charity that aims to achieve better conservation of whales and dolphins in the seas around Britain and Ireland, by involving the public in scientific monitoring of populations and the threats they face. At Sea Watch Wales, we are dedicated to raising awareness, knowledge and conservation of the marine wildlife of West Wales. Our work is funded by the Countryside Council for Wales, Defra, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and we work closely with the local management authority, Ceredigion County Council. 



The purpose of our research here is to monitor the marine mammal populations inhabiting Cardigan Bay, so as to gain information to aid the conservation and long-term well being of these animals and the local marine environment. This is achieved by conducting various projects including: 

 Estimating the abundance and distribution of bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and grey seals within Cardigan Bay using distance sampling and opportunistic boat surveys 

 Maintaining and updating a catalogue of photographically identified bottlenose dolphins in Wales in order to study their abundance, social structure, movements and life histories. 

 Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises in the Cardigan Bay SAC using automated click detectors (T-PODs and C-PODS) and hydrophones. 

 Setting up a library of underwater sounds in Welsh waters in order to develop bio-acoustic research in the area. 


We further aim to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of the local marine wildlife and the habitats supporting them, to encourage respect and conservation of the area and its wildlife for future generations. We also run training courses for the public in cetacean identification and survey methods.


Danielle Gibas

Sightings Officer

See them… Report them… Save them…


Sea Watch Foundation 

Paragon House

Wellington Place

New Quay


SA45 9NR


Tel: 01545 561226



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