Applications for 2013 summer internships are now closed – please check this page again in November 2013 for applications for the 2014 summer season.
Research interns are invited to assist with the running of the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project. The project is based in New Quay, West Wales and takes care of the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success and population structure using a combination of line-transect, photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys.
All interns will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in line-transect survey protocols and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphin and grey seals and will be involved in a variety of tasks:
- Conducting land-based surveys of dolphins and porpoises
- Conducting line-transect and ad-libitum surveys onboard our research vessels
- Collecting data on marine mammal sightings onboard local tourist boats
- Data entering of land- and boat-based sightings, and assisting with the National Whale and Dolphin Watch
- Assisting with the update and maintenance of the bottlenose dolphin photo-identification catalogue
- Assisting with awareness raising and education initiatives
- Assisting with acoustic monitoring, using T-PODS and hydrophones
- Participation in training courses and public talks
Interns are required from April until October for periods of 6 or 7 weeks. Preference is given to those who can stay for more than one period, including the whole 7 month field season. Volunteers are based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is provided at a rate of £55 per week. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid work in the area if required.
Research assistant and intern coordinator
This position is responsible for assisting the Monitoring Officer in the running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project” and coordinating the project interns. The project is based in New Quay, West Wales, and takes care of the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success and population structure using a combination of line-transect, photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys.
Education and awareness assistant
This position will suit a volunteer who has a strong interest in marine conservation and recognises the importance of educating and raising awareness by involving the public.The education and awareness assistant will be based in the New Quay, West Wales and will also have the opportunity to be involved in the field work aspects of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project” (land-based and boat-based surveys).