Dolphin Research Internship

Marine Conservation Cambodia
April 8, 2019
Koh Ach Seh, Cambodia
Closing date
ASAP - until position is filled


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 Archipelago.

We are currently looking for dolphin research interns to join the team from May – August 2019!

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 Project.
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, motived 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 of $300 USD/week for the 1st and 2nd months, $250/week for the 3rd and 4th months, and $200/week for the 5th and 6th months.

The fee covers:

  • All food, water, accommodation;
  • Transport to and from the mainland to the project island;
  • Dolphin research training;
  • Scuba diving (if qualified);
  • 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, stating your available dates and desired length of stay, to

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