[MARMAM] Marine conservation volunteer positions available

Frikkie frikkie5er at gmail.com
Sun Apr 7 12:18:04 PDT 2019

The ORCA Foundation, a voluntourism division of Ocean Blue Adventures is
seeking volunteers to join its comprehensive marine conservation programme
in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.

Volunteers play a major role in the programme where they are expected to
perform a large portion of the work. Through in-field training and hands-on
assistance in a wide variety of meaningful projects you can make a valuable
contribution to increased knowledge and awareness.

Your participation in conservation and education projects will involve
regular hikes on local beaches to perform marine debris clean-ups; alien
plant eradication; river health assessments; assistance at seabird
rehabilitation and animal welfare centers; and environmental education of
pre-school children.

You will regularly assist marine biologists in the field where you will
gain valuable experience in boat-based and land-based monitoring techniques
involving some of Plettenberg Bay’s charismatic marine top predator species
(ex. southern right whales, humpback whales, Bryde’s whales, Indian Ocean
humpback dolphins, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Cape fur seals and
Great white sharks). In particular, you will assist with endangered
humpback dolphin photo-ID fieldwork and record sightings of other marine
animals during dedicated boat-based surveys. In addition, whenever there
are opportunities you will join Ocean Blue Adventures’ whale and dolphin
watching boat trips to record opportunistic data. You will also participate
in marine mammal stranding response and necropsy; seal population
monitoring; processing of prey remains from seal scats, seal-fisheries
interaction and seal-shark interaction monitoring in the Robberg Marine
Protected Area. Sample processing and data entry forms an important
component of the programme, and you will be expected to perform a large
portion of this work.

No previous experience is required to join the programme. It is however
recommended that you have the following qualities in order to make a
valuable contribution:

·           General interest in marine biology, research, conservation and

·           Enthusiastic, positive, mature and independent attitude

·           Willingness to learn and work well within our small team

·           Adaptable and patient due to the weather dependent nature of

·           Ability to work long hours on small vessels

·           Moderate fitness level to hike long distances in the field

·           Attention to detail

·           Willingness to perform tedious behavioural observations from
cliff-top vantage points

·           Willingness to perform tedious data entry duties

·           Ability to communicate fluently in English (both written and

For more information about the programme, associated fees or how to apply
please visit www.orcafoundation.com or email bookings at orcafoundation.com.


Frikkie van der Vyver, MSc
Pr.Sci.Nat. (400163/16)
Marine Biologist
Plettenberg Bay
South Africa
+21(0)76 661 5741
Plett Stranding Network: 079 463 4837
(to report marine mammals ashore, dead or alive)
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