Marine Mammal Research Assistant
Dolphin Research Opportunity in Cambodia.
Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is Cambodia's longest running volunteer marine conservation organisation, pioneering and leading ocean conservation in Cambodia. MCC have new internship positions available on cetacean research.
The Cambodia Dolphin Project was established for the purpose of contributing to scientific knowledge on cetaceans for the conservation and sustainable management of marine biodiversity. Despite high cetacean biodiversity in the region, no long-term studies have taken place here. Therefore, the project aims to fulfill the gaps of missing long-term studies by collecting data on cetacean abundance, distribution and residency patterns in order to delineate critical habitats within Cambodia’s Kep Archipelago. The project provides an excellent opportunity for post-grads, students and individuals interested in gaining more experience and knowledge in the field of cetacean research.
We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and hard-working individuals to join our team. The minimum commitment is one month, although for a fuller experience we recommend two or more. A biology background is not mandatory but advantageous, as well as an ability to dedicate yourselves to the study. We will be in the field early in the morning or late into the evening, boat trips can be day long (12 hours), and there is a large amount of data to process and enter. A good level of endurance is necessary as well as the ability to live and work in a multicultural team, living on a basic camp.
You will learn about different software used in cetacean research, boat and land survey techniques and photo identification methods amongst other things. There will also be the opportunity for you to contribute to publications we might be working on, get involved in other MCC projects such as our coral garden or sea horse project and various scientific outreach events.
This position is unpaid and requires a contribution fee of US$300/week from the volunteers which covers accommodation, food and project related activities. The reason for this is the remote location of the project, requiring transportation of supplies via boat. MCC does not take any profits from this sum, with all money being fed directly back into the project. We have positions available year round and for people staying for longer durations there is a heavily discounted price available.
For more infomation please see http://www.marineconservationcambodia.org/
If interested, please send a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org