Marine Education & Research Internship

Sea Synergy
December 2, 2019
Co. Kerry, Ireland
Closing date
15th February 2020


Marine Education & Research Internship

When: Summer 2020
Interns must be able to attend one of two scheduled weeks of orientation, dates TBA. Session 1 of the internship will take place from May to 31 July and Session 2 from 01 July to September of 2020.

Where: Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Sea Synergy is a Marine Awareness and Activity Centre set up by marine biologist Lucy Hunt in her hometown, the beautiful coastal village of Waterville, located on the picturesque Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way driving routes in SW Ireland.

The centre opened its doors in the summer of 2014 and since then has won a national Marine Tourism Award and has been shortlisted for a Maritime Industry award and an Ocean Heroes Award, as well as receiving an Irish Responsible Tourism Award in 2016. We work closely with the local community and the Irish Government to educate the public about the importance of Ireland’s marine wildlife.


Education & Research
As an education & research intern, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Educate the public about ocean health and the environment
  • Supervise marine workshops on the beach and in the centre
  • Develop sea camp curriculum and activities for day camps
  • Work with kids
  • Develop research and survey programmes
  • Record and organise data and report to relevant organisations
  • Organise, supervise, and conduct local headland watches for marine mammals and birds
  • Set up and attend boat-based surveys when possible
  • Provide talks/presentations on marine wildlife and survey involvement
  • Support, equipment, and platforms available for independent research


  • Background in marine biology/environmental science or similar (for Education & Research position)
  • Keen interest in marine conservation and education
  • First Aid skills
  • Be enthusiastic and possess a caring, patient & positive attitude, with a strong desire to learn
  • Previous boating experience (for research position)
  • Strong commitment to volunteer work
  • Must be able use to use own initiative and have desire for independent actions/thoughts and work without continuous supervision
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Confidence to interact with the public, especially children
  • Excellent verbal and writing/reporting skills
  • Good organizational and workload management skills
  • Good IT skills


  • Strong interest in and knowledge of Irish marine biodiversity
  • Previous experience snorkeling or scuba diving certificate
  • Previous experience or teaching/coaching certificate in kayak, SUP, or other water sports
  • Previous experience in public speaking
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Previous experience in survey work (e.g. headland watches, coastal surveys)
  • Previous experience in data handling
  • Previous experience with aquaria
  • Ability to work long hours outdoors in variable weather
  • Capability to work well on boats
  • Life saving and Advanced First Aid skills
  • Have own transport


  • Live in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland for the summer
  • See some of Ireland’s amazing marine life on watches and surveys
  • Snorkel, scuba dive, SUP, kayak, and observe Ireland’s coastal waters
  • Work with like-minded and enthusiastic team
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage site Skellig Michael
  • Be part of survey vessels, wildlife tour boats and Skellig trips
  • Develop your skills in marine surveying, outreach, education and awareness

If this opportunity interests you, please send your CV and Cover Letter to with the subject line “Education & Research Internship 2020" and let us know which session(s) you would like to apply for. Applications submitted without a Cover Letter will not be accepted.

Deadline for applications is Feb 15 2020, interviews will be held in March.

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