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Marine Wildlife Conservation
& Research Internship


Khmer Ocean Life is a new NGO in Cambodia, based in the coastal town of Kampot, operating in partnership with local NGO Samaky Organization. The marine conservation organisation focuses on supporting the conservation of coastal cetacean species, dugongs and turtles through scientific research, capacity building and outreach.

Khmer Ocean Life was founded by two experienced marine mammal researchers and conservationists, with support from the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration.

Through fieldwork, education and research, Khmer Ocean Life gives participants the opportunity to exchange research and work with experienced marine biologists, which enables them to broaden their perspectives and actively play a role in the future conservation of marine habitat.

What You'll be doing

  • Observational land surveys

  • Observational boat surveys with community fishers

  • Distributing and gathering C-pods for data collection

  • Photo-identification

  • Social science

  • Data entry, processing, and analysis

  • Potential for aerial surveying using drones

  • Analysing drone footage

  • Turning findings into reports and articles for peer-review

  • Responding to marine mammal strandings

  • Social media and content creation

  • Education, art workshops, and outreach

  • Conducting independent research

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intern training

  • Introduction to Khmer Ocean Life

  • Research method training on observational land and boat surveying techniques

  • Marine mammal identification and behaviour training

  • Marine vessel identification training

  • Data sheet and data entry training

  • Drone flight & footage analysis training

  • Theory test

  • Photo ID training

  • Khmer language classes

Internship Requirements

We are looking for individuals with a keen interest in marine wildlife species and their conservation. We are looking for dedicated, motivated, and hard-working interns who are likely university students, recent graduates or have a background in animal behaviour or ecology. We are looking for those who can join us for a minimum period of one month and are happy to commit to early mornings for surveys. Interns must be able to speak and understand basic English.

How to apply

Send an email to with your CV, cover letter and preferred dates to attend the internship.

After consideration and evaluation of your application, we will send you an email with the result of your application - if successful, a remote interview will be conducted to get to know you more and so we can share further information about the internship.

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