Dolphin Research Project, Namibia

Join a team of dedicated scientists on our Dolphin Research Project in Namibia and enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to marine research in a beautiful and remote environment.  

By joining the team as an intern you will get the opportunity to gain in depth practical training in marine research techniques to study whales, dolphins and turtles. Working closely with principle investigators, interns will gain experience in:

Interns will also have the opportunity to join the community outreach programme, visiting local schools to increase marine awareness and education. 

Founded in 2008 the project conducts research on coastal dolphins and whales with the ultimate aim of providing high quality data for science and management. Working closely with the Namibian government, NGO's and the tourism industry ensures that the projects results reach all the right people. Adding to this, the project has now begun engaging with the local community through the Community Outreach Programme.

Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to volunteer with dolphin research and be involved in most of the daily research activities including boat work, photograph grading, data collection/input and attending strandings. While with us in Walvis Bay you will be helping to collect and process data on bottlenose and Heaviside’s dolphins from our photo-identification and behavioural surveys. You may also have the opportunity to be involved with our bottlenose dolphin acoustic project, recording dolphin sounds. If you are with us at the right time of year you may also be lucky enough to help collect data on marine turtles and on humpback whales for inclusion in the humpback whale photo identification catalogue.

More information is available here