Whale & Dolphin Expedition Internship (onboard)

Indigo Blue Sailing
February 6, 2019
Tivat, Montenegro
Job Type
Closing date
Until filled



Indigo Blue Sailing recently advertised the position of our onboard marine biologist for the 2019 whale and dolphin expedition aboard our 55-foot ocean-going sailing yacht. This covers > 3,000 nm from Montenegro to the UK.
We are now offering work experience opportunities on the expedition alongside our Captain and Marine Biologist.

Indigo Blue Sailing a commercial organisation based in Montenegro and part of our profits helps fund our non-profit, non-governmental organization - INTO THE DEEP BLUE.

INTO THE DEEP BLUE is focused on the preservation of the living seas by reducing the chemical and plastic pollution of the Adriatic Sea with plans to fund the building of a solar powered, electrically driver 10m trimaran designed to collect plastic waste from the sea and to be used as a stable platform for other marine preservation activities. We need to raise €50,000 before commencing the build of the vessel.

As part of our mission to raise public awareness to the plight of our seas and their marine biodiversity, we have decided to offer 2 of the 4 places on the expedition to pre and postgraduates. The other 2 places will be for members of the general public.

Participants can use the opportunity to gain field experience along-side our Captain and experienced onboard marine biologist / cetacean tour guide. This is an extremely valuable opportunity prior to embarking on your chosen career path. Our Captain is Yacht Master Offshore qualified and experienced in cetacean surveying.  Our Tour Guide holds a 1st class Hons MSci in Marine Biology and Oceanography and is experienced in boat-based cetacean surveys, data entry and analysis and training new students.


The 2-month trip is divided  into one-week legs as follows:

Leg 1 Montenegro to the Greek Ionian to Sicily departing 01.09.19

Leg 2 Sicily to Corsica departing 09.09.19

Leg 3 Corsica to the Ligurian Sea departing 17.09.19

Leg 4 Ligurian Sea to Balearics departing 25.09.19

Leg 5 Balearics to Gibraltar departing 03.10.19

Leg 6 Gibraltar to Northern Spain departing 11.10.19

Leg 7 Northern Spain to UK departing 19.10.19

The trip should provide a unique opportunity to see a variety of cetaceans during the trip. Typically these could be Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) Short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), Atlantic White sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus), White Beaked Atlantic dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris), Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus), Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), Long finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala melas) Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus),  Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus), Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Killer Whale (Orcinus orca), Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae).

Applications for a place are invited from hard-working individuals who are willing to contribute to the expedition and use it for their own career development. You can participate in all aspects of the trip and use the opportunity to learn or improve your fieldwork at sea, cetacean identification and data collection. Or hone your photographic / video skills and / or learn or improve on sailing and boat handling.  The trip could also be used to develop a scientific project for a BSc or MSc thesis.  Our Captain and Tour Guide are there to help and assist you. Participants will share accommodation, boat tasks, knowledge and experience in a friendly and multicultural environment.

This promises to be a learning experience of a lifetime for anyone wishing to pursue their career. You can join for a minimum of one week or for multiple legs if you wish.  Certificates of attendance will be provided


Placements require a contribution fee and we are offering a 50% discount for qualifying students.  There are only 2 places available at the student discounted rate of €725.00 / week. The other 2 places are being made available to the general public at the standard price of €1,500.00 per week.

Included in the price;

  • Accommodation on board on a shared cabin basis
  • All meals on board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Transportation between land location and boat

Not included in the fee are costs for

  • Travel to and from the point of embarkation / disembarkation
  • Meals and drinks ashore
  • Personal insurance (all participants should have their own health and/or travel insurance)
  • Personal expenses

You are expected to:

  • Have a mature and responsible attitude towards marine mammals, the ocean environment and marine conservation
  • Be autonomous, flexible and have respect for safety standards and procedures
  • Be able to live with and work in a team in close environment, outdoors at sea in the presence of the paying public
  • Speak English to a proficient level


Non-smokers only please. Participants must be suitably qualified and hold the requisite passport and / or visas for the country to be visited.

Further information about the trip / vessel can be seen on our website  https://indigobluesailing.co.uk. If interested in participating please send an e-mail to:

Captain Richard George: richard@indigoblue.sailing.uk . Please also clarify which Leg or Legs you wish to join.

Early application is recommended due to limited vacancies.


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