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Marine Mammal Research Assistant

Organisation: Cambodia Dolphin Project

Country: Cambodia

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Marine Mammal Research Assistant

Project activities:   

  • a minimum of 3 observational land surveys per week using a Theodolite and Pythagoras software;
  • a minimum of 1 observational boat survey per week;
  • photo-identification techniques using Discovery software;
  • passive acoustic monitoring using a C-POD and CPOD.exe software;
  • social science techniques;
  • data entry, processing and analysis;
  • education and outreach; 
  • running a marine mammal stranding network;
  • scientific writing for peer-reviewed journals and government reports;
  • designing marine mammal legislation.


Basic internship training schedule

Session 1: Introduction to MCC and The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project.

Session 2: Research method training on observational land and boat surveying techniques.

Session 3: Marine mammal identification and behaviour training.

Session 4: Marine vessel identification training.

Session 5: Data sheet and data entry training.

Session 6: Drone footage analysis training.

Session 7: Training feedback and debrief.

Session 8: Practice observational land and boat survey.

Session 9: Theodolite introduction and training.

Session 10: Pythagoras and Theodolite station setting training.


Application process and fees:

There is an internship fee of $300 USD/week for the 1st and 2nd months, $250/week for the 3rd and 4th months, and $200/week for the 5th and 6th months. The fee covers:

  • all food, water, accommodation;
  • transport to and from the mainland to the project island;
  • marine mammal research training;
  • scuba diving (if qualified);
  • and the opportunity to get involved in activities and training at MCC, such as seahorse research or artificial reef management.

There are limited spaces available, if interested, please apply throug the Working Abroad system.

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    Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is an NGO based on the island of Koh Seh, in Cambodia's Kep Archipelago. The organisation has many facets, including working to stop illegal fishing practices, ecological and social science research and collecting data to use in the implementation of conservation legislation.

    In September 2017, MCC introduced The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project, aiming to collect data on abundance, distribution and residency to delineate and protect critical habitats for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin in Cambodia's Kep Archipelago.

    We are currently looking for Marine Mammal Research Assistants to join our team.

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