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

Photographic Identification & Mark-Recapture – An Introductory Course

22 & 23 October 2018

Muizenberg, Cape Town.     Cost: R1800


We are running a two-day course on “Introduction to Photo-Identification”, the course will provide a broad introduction to the topic (but with a general focus on marine wildlife) and include a range of hands on exercises to familiarise students with the challenges and analytical implications of conducting a photo-ID study.

History of mark-recapture and photo ID

Introduction to cameras and photography for photo ID

    Practical exercises

Challenges and considerations of natural versus artificial marks

Dealing with mis-identifications and unmarked animals

Study design considerations & implications for analysis

Introduction to theory and analysis of mark-recapture data

Introduction to analysis in R and Mark – closed and open models

    Practical exercises with available data sets

Mark-recapture is a widely used technique for the study of wild animals at the individual level. The approach allows researchers to investigate abundance, survival, movements, habitat use, social relationships and more. Historically branding, numbered tags, PIT tags and other forms of artificial identification have been used to identify individuals, but with the advent of digital cameras and camera traps, invasive marking is increasingly being replaced by photographic mark-recapture which takes advantage of natural colouration or scarring to identify individuals. Photographic mark-recapture (or photo ID as it is often called) is widely used on dolphins, whales and sharks and increasingly on terrestrial animals like zebras, leopards, wild dogs and some bird species like African penguins.

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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