[MARMAM] The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project

The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project cambodiadolphinproject at gmail.com
Wed Oct 26 00:20:35 PDT 2022

*Irrawaddy Dolphin Research Internship – Coastal 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 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 and Kampot provinces.

We are currently looking for dolphin research interns to join the team from
now until December 2023!

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

   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 8: Theory test

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, motivated and hard-working interns, able to
commit for a minimum internship period of one month. Please note, priority
will be given to those who can commit to 2 or more months. We are looking
for those who will 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 associated with this internship, covering:


   all food, water, accommodation;

   transport to and from the mainland to the project island;

   dolphin 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.

There are limited spaces available, if interested, please send a CV/resume
and covering letter to Rose, stating your available dates and desired
length of stay, to cambodiadolphinproject at gmail.com

Rose Ellis
Coordinator of The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project
*Marine Conservation Cambodia*
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