[MARMAM] Applications for Research Assistant/Intern Coordinator in Cardigan Bay, Wales now open

Katrin Lohrengel katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Fri Nov 6 09:40:51 PST 2015

The Sea Watch Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to marine 
research, conservation, and public education is seeking applications for 
the following:

This position is responsible for assisting the Monitoring Officer in the 
running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project” and coordinating the 
project interns. The project is based in New Quay, Ceredigion, 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.

Start Date: April 11th 2016      End Date: November 6th 2016

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
•	Coordinate between the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer and the 
project interns – in charge of the intern shared house and the intern 
weekly office rota.
•	Assisting the Monitoring Officer/Sightings Officer in intern basic 
training of land- and boat based surveys, photo ID studies, database 
entry and more.
•	Assisting the Monitoring Officer in all phases of the research.
•	Assisting the Sightings Officer with maintenance of the national 
sightings database.
•	Optional opportunity to undertake a personal research project 
supervised by the Monitoring Officer. Research topic will be chosen 
according to Sea Watch Foundation requirements and applicant’s 
The successful applicant is expected to have completed a BSc degree (or 
higher) in biology, marine biology, zoology, chemistry, or related field 
and able to demonstrate previous experience in marine mammal research. A 
strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans and experience are 

The applicant should ideally have some experience using DSLR cameras. 
Practical experience of photo-identification (both photography and 
matching) is desirable. Experience with other equipment regularly used 
by Sea Watch Foundation such as hydrophone, theodolite, digiscope and 
camera drone is advantageous.

The applicant must be proficient with database and word processing 
software and be willing to learn new software applications. Specific 
experience in use of Access and GIS would be advantageous. Knowledge of 
other relevant software such as PAMGuard and Raven is useful but not 

The preferred candidate should have a proven track record as a team 
player since the project will involve working closely with other 
researchers, but also must be able to supervise small groups of people 
as they will be coordinating a team of at least 6 interns.

They must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to work 
independently and responsibly. If a personal research project is 
undertaken, this brings the opportunity to submit work for scientific 
publication, and for presentation at the European Cetacean Society 

This position is unpaid, but accommodation will be heavily subsidised 
and will not exceed £10 per week should a charge be made at all.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for their own travel expenses 
to New Quay. Due to the touristic background of New Quay, part-time paid 
evening work is generally easy to find if required by the applicant. The 
Research Assistant will have one day of every weekend free and may take 
a week’s vacation. Dates for this week should be previously agreed if 

International applications are welcome but it is the applicant’s 
responsibility to ensure visa requirements are met; Sea Watch cannot 
sponsor visa applications.

To apply:
Please send your CV and application form (which can be downloaded from 
our website www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/internships/), with a cover 
letter and contact details of two referees, reporting any relevant 
experience you have, to Katrin Lohrengel- 
katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk

Deadline: 3rd January 2016.


Successful applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 3rd 
February 2016.

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 inhabiting Welsh seas. Our work in 
Wales has been funded over the years by Natural Resources Wales, and we 
work closely with the local management authority, Ceredigion County 

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 

•	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, using mark-recapture techniques
•	Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises in 
the Cardigan Bay SAC using automated click detectors (T-PODs) and 
•	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, and to 
encourage respect and conservation of the area and its wildlife for 
future generations. At the New Quay office, we also run national 
training courses in cetacean identification and survey methods for the 
general public.


Katrin Lohrengel / Wales Development Officer
katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk

Sea Watch Foundation
Paragon House, Wellington Place, New Quay, Wales, SA45 9NR
http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/ [1]

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[1] http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/
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[3] https://twitter.com/WelshCetaceans

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