Training Internships & Volunteering

Sea Search offers a range of opportunities in Cape Town & Namibia for students and young researchers to work with us. Participants will have the opportunity to join an active research team, learn field and analytical skills and take part outreach activities.

Training Internship

Training Internship

Join the Namibian Dolphin Project during the core fieldwork season for an intensive month (or more) of ‘on-the-job’ training.  Ideal for students wanting to learn the real skills needed for field research. 

The  Namibian Dolphin Project internship program is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students and enthusiasts to join dedicated scientists who are conducting marine research in some of the world’s most challenging, beautiful and remote environments.

The projects demand much from participants with a substantial amount of dedicated field work. However, with great demand comes great reward. Students work hard but when the work is as fun and exciting as this – it makes it all worth the effort. As part of this program, interns are important members of a focused and dedicated research team and will be immersed in pioneering research.

This is an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to exciting marine research, as well as experience the highs, lows and achievements associated with ambitious marine research in Africa. There is a strong focus on skills training and formal talks throughout the internship ranging from seamanship to ‘how to publish science’.

Minimum One Month commitment. — Jun, Jul, Aug 2019

Brochure and Pricing here

Classroom training

Classroom training

Marine Mammal Research Techniques 

04 to 29 November 2019, Cape Town, South Africa

Course Summary. This academically intensive course is targeted at students and postgraduates with a strong interest in a career marine mammal research.

Based on decades on cumulative experience this course will provide you with a sound knowledge of data collection methods, research tools and design considerations to enable you to effectively set up and conduct a research study on whales and dolphins and efficiently analyse your data.

Course leaders: Dr Simon Elwen & Dr Tess Gridley.

Course Content

– Survey & Experimental Design

– Photographic  & Video Methods

– Acoustic research methods

– Shore based tracking

– Behavioural data collection

– Intro to GIS / Telemetry / Strandings / Boat skills

Modules consist of a combination of lectures, computer based and field-based practical exercises, including several days at sea.

For more details, see the flyer under “Upcoming  Events” below or contact



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Long-term Volunteering

Long-term Volunteering

Join the Sea Search main office in Cape Town, or the Namibian Dolphin Project office in Walvis Bay as a long-term volunteer. Participants will be involved in the day-to-day running of a research NGO. This provide a great opportunity to ‘live the life’ of a researcher.

Volunteers are accepted year round in both Cape Town and Namibia, although places are limited. During your time with us you will work on a research dataset, help out with office admin and education activities and will be involved in local fieldwork when it’s taking place. For more information about Sea Search Volunteer opportunities please contact us including a cover letter and CV.

Participants are encouraged to develop their own projects with the possibility of continuing these projects as part of their own studies. Placement may be undertaken as credit towards your under- or post-graduate degree (course dependent).

Minimum Two Month commitment – Year round except Jun, Jul, Aug 2019

Brochure and Pricing here