[MARMAM] Sea Watch Foundation Internship Opportunity

katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Mon Nov 29 06:46:47 PST 2021

Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) 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 and 
land-based surveys. SWF has been monitoring these populations on behalf 
of the Welsh government (through funding provided by Natural Resources 
Wales) for two decades. 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 assist New Quay staff by taking part in the following 
Land-based surveys
Boat-based surveys
Photo-identification matching
Data entry
Raising public awareness
Education initiatives and events
Assisting with and participation in training courses and other needs of 
the charity.

In addition to these tasks, we have some specialist equipment: a 
hydrophone, a polecam, and an aerial drone to opportunistically collect 
acoustic, video and aerial data during boat-based surveys. Sea Watch has 
also been contributing to a project to collect dolphin blow samples for 
population genetics and microbiome analyses. Interns interested in these 
subjects may also have the opportunity to assist in data collection for 
these projects.

Interns are required from early April until the end of October 2022. The 
research season is split into four separate periods, each lasting 7 
weeks. The research periods for the 2022 season are:
Period 1: April 11 - May 29

Period 2: May 30- July 17

Period 3: July 18 - September 4

Period 4: September 5- October 23

Interns are expected to arrive on the first day of their chosen period 
and depart on the first day of the next period. Unfortunately these 
dates are not flexible.

Preference will be given to those applying for more than one period.
Interns will be based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales. Accommodation 
is provided by a private landlord through rental of a house that interns 
share at a rate of around £74 per person per week. Rooms are shared 
between two or three people, with a total of nine people in the house at 
any given time.

Please be aware that while every effort is made to accommodate interns 
in single sex rooms, in some cases it might not be possible. If you have 
a strong preference, please indicate so in the application form and we 
will try our best to accommodate this.

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.

Important skills/qualifications
an ability to work independently 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 some 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 

Normal office hours are from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs, but field work 
regularly falls outside these hours.

Please note that while we are hopeful that the field season will 
progress as planned, if new COVID restrictions are imposed in 2022, 
internships may need to be postponed or suspended, although there are 
various home based volunteering roles that can be undertaken should this 
International applications are welcome but it is the applicant’s 
responsibility to ensure visa requirements are met and we ask applicants 
to highlight their chosen visa option in their application. Please note 
that Sea Watch Foundation is unable to sponsor visa applications for 
Research Interns. 

If you are interested in this position, please contact Katrin 
on katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk with a completed Research 
Intern application form (available on the Sea Watch website) and CV 
by 31st January 2022. Decisions will be made by 21st February 2022.

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