The Namibian Dolphin Project | Internship programme

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Join our team as an intern in 2020 and take an active role in long-term field research in Namibia.

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On our internship program, interns will receive in-depth practical training in marine research techniques to study mega-fauna including whales, dolphins and turtles. Interns will work closely with the principle investigators of the project during research activities in the field and will learn skills including small boat skippering around wildlife, taking photo-ID pictures, collecting behavioral data, making acoustic recordings, shore based tracking of animals and attendance at whale and dolphin strandings.  Additionally, interns will join our community outreach programme on visits to local schools to increase marine awareness and education.  Many of our previous interns have gone on to further study are careers in working with marine mammals.

We offer two types of opportunities to volunteer with us here in Namibia.  we also offer similar opportunities in CAPE TOWN, South Africa with over NPO – Sea Search.  Information for all options is available on the the linked pdf here.

1. Training Internships – One month minimum (up to the full 3 months) during our main field season  Jun-Aug 2020 – targeted at students looking to get field experience and training in marine mammal research techniques. These internships are intense and interns are busy 6 days a week with field work, data processing, attending whale and dolphin strandings and necropsies and education events. Importantly there is a focus on active training in  field techniques including photo-ID and line-transect, acoustic data processing, boat skills as well as discussion groups on scientific ethics and the scientific publication process. Most of the training is provided by project PI’s Dr Simon Elwen and Dr Tess Gridley. 

2. Long-term volunteer placements (2 months minimum stay Oct 2019 – May 2020)  – targeted at more experienced students and graduates looking for experience in the day-to-day running of a small research NGO such as the NDP. Volunteers with work closely with project students and research assistants. Field work is less and but volunteers will get a broad range of experience in field work, necropsies, education events as well as play a greater role in conservation activities such as attending environmental impact assessment meetings and fund raising.


Further information on the Internships and Volunteer opportunities on our brochure here or email on 

Note that the brohure also includes options at the main Sea Search base in Cape Town, South Africa



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