The Namibian Dolphin Project | Internship programme

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Join our team as an intern and take an active role in 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:

1. One month Training Internships during our main field season  Jun-Aug 2018 and 2019) – 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, education events and 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. Further information here 


2. Long-term volunteer placements (2 months minimum stay Oct 2018 – May 2019 and Sep 2019 onwards)  – targeted at more experienced students 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 here




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