[MARMAM] The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project

Sarah Tubbs sarahtubbs123 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 17 19:14:30 PDT 2018

The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project

Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is an NGO based on the island of Koh Ach
Seh, in Cambodia's Kep Archipelago. The organisation has many facets,
including working to stop illegal fishing practices, ecological and social
science research and collecting data to use in the implementation of
conservation legislation.

In September 2017, MCC introduced *The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation
Project,* in collaboration with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s
Fisheries Administration. The project's primary aim is to collect data on
abundance, distribution and residency to delineate and protect critical
habitats for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin in Cambodia's Kep

We are looking for marine mammal research interns to join the team for
either a three-month or six-month period, starting 14th October 2018.

*Project activities:   *

·  a minimum of 3 observational land surveys per week using a Theodolite
and Pythagoras software;

·  a minimum of 1 observational boat survey per week;

·  aerial surveys using a DJI drone;

·  photo-identification techniques using Discovery software;

·  passive acoustic monitoring using a C-POD and CPOD.exe software;

·  social science techniques;

·  data entry, processing and analysis;

·  education and outreach;

·  running a marine mammal stranding network;

·  scientific writing for peer-reviewed journals and government reports;

·  designing marine mammal legislation.

*Basic internship training schedule*

Session 1: Introduction to MCC and The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation

Session 2: Research method training on observational land and boat
surveying techniques.

Session 3: Marine mammal identification and behaviour training.

Session 4: Marine vessel identification training.

Session 5: Data sheet and data entry training.

Session 6: Drone footage analysis training.

Session 7: Training feedback and debrief.

Session 8: Practice observational land and boat survey.

Session 9: Theodolite introduction and training.

Session 10: Pythagoras and Theodolite station setting training.

You will also become involved in other project related activities,
depending on your interest, skill set and length of stay.

*Internship requirements:*

We are looking for dedicated, motived and hard-working interns, ready to
commit to early mornings and late nights, with a keen interest in marine
mammals and their conservation. Ideally, we are looking for university
students or recent graduates.

*Project site description:*

The project is based on the island of Koh Ach Seh, a 40-minute boat trip
from Kep Town, Cambodia. The island is inhabited only by MCC, a team made
up of a mixture of interdisciplinary international and local staff. The
accommodation and facilities on the island are basic but well-maintained.
You will be in shared and catered accommodation with fellow interns and
staff members. All project related resources are provided.

*Application process and fees:*

There is an internship fee of $300 USD/week for the 1st and 2nd months,
$250/week for the 3rd and 4th months, and $200/week for the 5th and 6th months.
The fee covers:

·         all food, water, accommodation;

·         transport to and from the mainland to the project island;

·         marine mammal research training;

·         scuba diving (if qualified);

·         and the opportunity to get involved in activities and training at
MCC, such as seahorse research or artificial reef management.

Discounts are available for those individuals with significant relevant
experience.  There are limited spaces available, if interested, please send
a CV/resume and covering letter tocambodiadolphinproject at gmail.com to apply.

*Sarah Tubbs*
Project Coordinator of 'The Cambodian Dolphin Project', Marine Conservation

+855 97 642 5886 | cambodiadolphinproject at gmail.com

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