[MARMAM] Fwd: Namibian Dolphin Project Research Internship Opportunity

Namibian Dolphin Project nam.dolphin.edu at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 23:42:37 PST 2015

The Namibian Dolphin Project research internship is a once in a lifetime
opportunity for students and enthusiasts to join dedicated scientists who
are conducting marine research in a challenging, beautiful and
remote environment. The Namibian Dolphin Project focuses its research along
the desert coast of Namibia at Walvis Bay, within the highly productive
Benguela upwelling system.

As part of this program, interns are extremely important members of a
focused and dedicated research team and will be immersed in pioneering
research. This is an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to exciting
marine research, as well as experience the frustrations, the highs, lows
and achievements associated with ambitious marine research in Africa.

Job Role:

Intern activities include but are not limited to:

•Assisting in running research vessel (6m RIB) and research station

•Visual surveys to investigate dolphin distribution

•Above-water photo ID of cetaceans and photo processing for analysis

•Above water genetic sampling of dolphin and whale species* and basic
processing of samples for storage

•Behavioural sampling of bottlenose dolphins

•Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphin vocalisations

•Static acoustic monitoring of dolphins using CPOD’s to monitor presence
and behaviour in key habitats

*Actual taking of skin samples will be limited to NDP scientists, and
interns will assist in the processing of samples

Interns will be directly involved in the collection of photo
identification, behavioural and acoustic data in the field, and will gain
skills in photograph grading, data input, processing and analysis. Interns
would be expected to attend any strandings that may occur. When not in the
field interns will also be involved with the development of educational
materials or working on a small research project of their choosing. Interns
would primarily be assisting in data collection of Heaviside's (Cephalorhychus
heavisidii) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and humpback
whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).

Qualifications, knowledge & experience:

A maximum of five interns will be accepted per month between March and
August 2015. As such we limit applications to current students or recent
graduates with a College or University degree (BSc or MSc) in biology or

Personal skills and attributes:

1) Organised and conscientious

2) Enthusiastic, self-motivated and willing to get involved with all
aspects of the research

3) Able to work as a member of the team or alone

4) Patient and flexible to changes

Cost: USD 2100 per month


Prospective interns should send a letter of motivation and their CV/resume
to nam.dolphin.edu at gmail.com to apply to the program.

For further information, please visit our website:


Namibian Dolphin Project
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