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:

  • Taking photo-ID pictures
  • Collecting behavioural data
  • Data input
  • Making acoustic recordings
  • Shore based tracking of animals
  • Attendance at whale and dolphin strandings
  • Working with archived skeletal material
  • Small boat skippering 

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.

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What to Expect?

Internship opportunities are open to current students (BSc or MSc) studying towards a biology or zoology related degree and recent graduates looking to gain experience in field work and research. Interns are expected to approach their duties with a mature and responsible attitude. 

Accommodation for the project is located in Walvis Bay on the Flamingo Cottages Estate. The nearby Walvis Bay Lagoon is home to dolphins and a variety of birds. The house has 3 bedrooms all of which are shared. 

All meals will be provided and any additional luxury items such as crisps and chocolate are at your own cost. Interns are expected to get involved with the cooking and help to keep the house clean tidy. 

Internet access is limited and often pricey but there are several internet cafes in town. Internet access at the office is available for work purposes and emails, but if you wish to use it at the house, then you can buy a Sim card for mobile phones, which are available at most supermarkets and you can easily buy pre-paid airtime. Walvis Bay has ATMS, a bank, food and clothing shops, restaurants and pubs. 

  • Program ID: # 2584
  • duration:
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Walvis Bay
    United States
    22° 57' 43.8732" S, 14° 31' 3.8856" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Walvis Bay (WVB)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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