[MARMAM] Final Call for Shannon Dolphin Project Internship Applications

Mags Daly mags.daly at iwdg.ie
Mon Feb 12 09:15:12 PST 2024

The Shannon Dolphin Project (SDP) is offering several volunteer internship
positions during the 2024 field season.  The internship runs from May -
September 2023 and the minimum duration for successful applicants is 10


The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is a registered charity and NGO in
the West of Ireland. The group has been running the SDP photo ID catalogue
since 1993, focused on monitoring Ireland’s only resident population of
bottlenose dolphins.  The internship is based in Kilrush, Co. Clare,

*Successful applicants will gain experience in*

*Field skills: *Collecting photo, environmental and behavioural data at sea
during dedicated dolphin surveys on IWDG’s RIB. The internship will also
include at least one week of surveying the population's home range on the
IWDG’s research vessel, Celtic Mist. Multiple land watches per month from
local headlands.

*Photo- ID techniques.* Recording dolphins and collecting photo ID data at
sea and on land. Processing photo data, matching images collected to the
known Shannon Dolphin catalogue. Processing historical data and updating

*Education and Outreach: *Providing free tours to the public of our visitor
centre. Assisting with public events.

*Miscellaneous:* Assisting SDP Officer with occasional post-mortems or
sampling of stranded cetaceans. Responding to local strandings.


*Applicants should be enrolled or have completed a BSc. in biology,
ecology, or marine science program.*

Applicants should also have a strong work ethic and the ability to work
well with others, especially when working in close quarters at sea

The following experience or skills may be an advantage when applying for
this internship

·       Previous data collection experience in any research setting.

·       Education and outreach experience.

·       Knowledge of marine mammals.

·       Small power boat handling.

·       Photography

·       Driver’s License: Several of the headlands for watches are not
within walking distance of the office therefore, some intern positions
require a full, clean driver's license, valid in the Republic of Ireland,
and applicants who are over 26 years of age, to be covered under our motor
insurance policy.

*Expenses and housing*

This is an unpaid internship. Successful applicants are responsible for
their living expenses. However, the IWDG will help organise accommodation.
Rent and expenses for the 2023 season were ~ €400 per month.

There will be no fee for Celtic Mist surveys, your food onboard will be
covered. Any food purchased while on land will be at the intern's own

*Start Dates:* 1st of May or 1st of June 2024.

*To apply: *Please send a letter of interest and CV in pdf format to
luisa.lopez at iwdg.ie <mags.daly at iwdg.ie> with Shannon Dolphin Project Intern
as the subject line. Please also advise for provisional dates you are
available for an online interview and if your preferred start date is 1st
May or 1st June 2024.

*The closing date is close business on the 29th of February 2024*

Mags Daly
Shannon Dolphin Project Officer
Irish Whale & Dolphin Group
Merchants Quay, Kilrush, Co. Clare

Tel: +353 (0) 838401102
Email: mags.daly at iwdg.ie
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