[MARMAM] Research Internships Opportunities - Sea Watch Foundation

Kathy James kathy.james at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Fri Nov 28 01:59:17 PST 2014

Sea Watch Foundation – 2015 

VOLUNTEER Research Internships Opportunities for Cardigan Bay Marine Mammal
Monitoring Project, New Quay, Wales 


Field season: 13th of April 2015 - 18th of October 2015 

Application deadline: 31st of January 2015


On behalf of Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) staff (www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/> ), I am pleased to announce that we
are currently accepting internship applications for our field season 2015.
SWF is a registered marine environmental research charity whose mission is
to achieve a better understanding and conservation of the marine mammal
populations in the seas around Britain and Ireland. Led by Director Prof.
Evans since 1991, the Cardigan Bay Marine Mammal Monitoring Project,
provides invaluable scientific information about the natural history,
distribution, habitats and short and long term conservation threats of
marine mammal populations (bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey
seal), through continuous research and education. SWF Director, received the
European Cetacean Society Award for his research in 2012 and SWF was the
recipient of the UNEP/ASCOBANS “Outreach and Education Award” in 2009. Our
work is funded by the Countryside Council for Wales, Defra, Joint Nature
Conservation Committee and the Heritage Lottery Fund. We work closely with
the local management authority, Ceredigion County Council, and have the
support numerous volunteers in the office and in the field. 


The project offers the participants the opportunity to learn and practice
techniques used in scientific data collection and the study of marine mammal
populations (e.g. land observations, boat-based surveys,
photo-identification, line-transects, theodolite, cybertracker and acoustic


The interns’ responsibilities will be to support the SWF staff by taking
part in the following tasks:


·         Daily land-based surveys

·         Daily two hours boat-based surveys conducted with the support and
generosity of “Dolphins Spotting Boat Trips”

·         Weekly boat based dedicated surveys, including line-transect
(weather dependent)

·         Photo-identification studies

·         Acoustic monitoring

·         Theodolite and digiscope surveys

·         Data entry

·         Awareness raising

·         Education initiatives

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



Research interns can expect to gain a solid foundation in collecting
scientific data to be used by our staff in peer reviewed publications.  This
is an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into the work conducted by
marine mammal scientists. SWF staff is committed with the importance of
giving the participants of our internship programme the knowledge and
experience necessary in their continuation towards higher education or a
future job in the field of marine mammals research.


The field season will be split into four separate periods of seven weeks
each (the first period will consist of six weeks). Preference will be given
to those who can stay for more than one period.  Accommodation will be
provided in the interns’ house at a rate of approximately £60/week. Interns
will be responsible for their own travel expenses, visa requirements and
living expenses.  Due to the touristic back-ground of New Quay, part-time
paid work it is generally easy to find if required by the intern. Interns
will generally have two days off per week, although not necessarily
consecutive days and usually just one during each weekend.


Intern periods for summer 2015:


Period 1 13/04 – 24/05, Period 2 25/05 – 12/7, Period 3 13/07 – 30/08,
Period 4 31/08 – 18/10 


Essential requirements:

·         background in Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology, Environmental
Science or similar 

·         willingness to work long hours outdoors sometimes in harsh weather

·         strong commitment to volunteer work 

·         self-motivated with the drive and determination to work
responsibly and independently 

·         an ability to get on well with others in a shared office and home



To apply:


-Download the research internship application form from our web page

-Send your application together with a cover letter and CV to Dr.
Dussán-Duque- salome.dussan-duque at seawatchfoundation.org.uk 


Please specify NEW QUAY INTERN APPLICATION 2015 into your subject title.


ONLY successful applicants will be notified of the results of their
application by the end of February 2015. 






Kathy James

Sightings Officer


Sea Watch Foundation

Paragon House

Wellington Place

New Quay


SA45 9NR


Tel: 01545 561227



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