[MARMAM] Applications for Research Interns in Cardigan Bay now open

Katrin Lohrengel katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Fri Nov 6 09:38:01 PST 2015

Sea Watch Foundation – Research Intern Opportunity in Cardigan Bay for 

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 
supports 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 vessel-based, land-based and acoustic surveys. 
Sea Watch has been monitoring these populations on behalf of the Welsh 
government (through funding provided by Natural Resources Wales) for the 
last 15 years. Cardigan Bay contains Britain’s largest coastal 
population of bottlenose dolphins, for which two Special Areas of 
Conservation have been established under the EU Habitats Directive.

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 matching
•	Data entry
•	Raising public awareness
•	Education initiatives and school visits
•	Acoustic data collection
•	Assisting with and participation in training courses and public talks.

In addition to these tasks, this year we are specifically looking for 
two interns in each period with interest in recently acquired specialist 
equipment to assist us in acoustic and aerial data collection using a 
towed hydrophone and unmanned camera drone respectively. Both drone and 
hydrophone interns will undertake all regular intern activities but will 
be expected to concentrate on acoustic and aerial data collection during 
boat based surveys. If you are particularly interested in either 
opportunity, please draw our attention to it in your covering letter and 
application form, highlighting relevant experience and by titling your 
application email Drone Research Intern or Hydrophone Research Intern.

Interns are required from mid April until the end of October 2016. The 
research season is split into four separate periods, two 8-week periods 
(periods 1 & 2) and two 6-week periods (periods 3 & 4).

Preference will be given to those applying for more than one period, 
including the whole 6.5 month field season, and particularly to 
applicants interested in working with the drone or towed hydrophone. 
Those applying for longer periods of time will be able to take on a 
personal project, potentially leading to a publication.

Interns will be based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales. Accommodation 
is provided through rental of a house that interns share at a rate of 
around £70 per person per 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.

Period dates for summer 2016:

Period 1: 18/04 – 12/06, Period 2: 13/06 – 07/08, Period 3: 08/08 – 
18/09, Period 4: 19/09 – 30/10

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 changeable Welsh 
•	good IT skills (Office package)
•	an ability to get on well with others in a small team and in shared 

•	a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans
•	a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
•	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 boat survey protocols, and photo-identification of bottlenose 

Interns in Periods 2 and 3 will be able to take part in Sea Watch’s 
annual 2-day training courses.

Internships with Sea Watch have frequently led to established posts both 
within the organisation and in other national and international research 
and conservation bodies, as well as providing a stepping stone for 
students to undertake doctoral studies in marine mammal science.

Please note that interns are responsible for their own travel and living 
expenses. 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: 10th January 2016.

Please specify NEW QUAY INTERN APPLICATION in your subject title.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 10th 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 
•	Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises in 
the Cardigan Bay SAC primarily through hydrophone data collection.
•	Setting up a library of bottlenose dolphin whistles 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. At the New Quay Office, we also run national training 
courses in cetacean identification and survey methods for the 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/
[2] https://www.facebook.com/seawatchfoundation?ref=ts&fref=ts
[3] https://twitter.com/WelshCetaceans

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