[MARMAM] Call for Marine Mammal Research Interns in Kep, Cambodia.

Sarah Tubbs sarahtubbs123 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 12 21:17:09 PDT 2018


Call for Marine Mammal Research Interns in Kep, Cambodia.



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 *DMAD Marine Mammals Research
Association <http://dmad.org.tr/>* and the Dolphin Division 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
Archipelago.



We are looking for marine mammal research interns to join the team between
August and December 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
Project.

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.



Depending on your skill set and interest, you may want to become involved
in other project related activities, however this will be dependent on the
length of your internship.





*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. You must be:

·         positive;

·         adaptable;

·         self-motivated;

·         resourceful;

·         a team player;

·         eager to learn;

·         good at time management;

·         and comfortable living in shared accommodation within a
multicultural team.





*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 $400 USD/week, which will cover:

·         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 committing to longer durations or for
individuals with significant relevant experience.  There are limited spaces
available, if interested, please send a CV/resume and covering letter
to *cambodiadolphinproject at gmail.com
<cambodiadolphinproject at gmail.com> * to apply.


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

+855 97 642 5886 | cambodiadolphinproject at gmail.com

https://www.marineconservationcambodia.org/
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