Sri Lankan Marine Conservation Internship

Price
£2,149.00 /PP
Highlights
  • Conservation Careers Kick-Starter Course
  • Cultural integration
  • Data/statistical skills
  • Field research skills
  • Gain a qualification or credit
  • Scenic location
  • Community awareness projects
  • Interactions with marine life in its natural environment
  • Habitat restoration/management
  • Species identification training
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Overview

Do you love the ocean? As a key member of our Sri Lankan Marine Conservation Project, you will gain valuable experience in marine conservation. We value teamwork, creativity, and making a meaningful difference. Our project is a combination of science and community action, both aimed at protecting our beautiful marine environments.

Why is this important? Sri Lanka's waters are teeming with life, including colourful coral reefs and majestic whales. However, they face significant risks such as pollution, overfishing, and climate change. If we do not act quickly, we risk losing these wonderful ecosystems forever.

That's where you come in. By participating in our research, you will become part of a dedicated community committed to understanding and conserving our marine resources. Whether you're gathering data, raising awareness, or implementing sustainable practices, your contribution is invaluable.

Picture yourself contributing to research that helps protect endangered species and restore damaged ecosystems. Your work could lead to breakthroughs in sustainable fishing practices or innovative solutions to combat marine pollution. The skills and experiences you gain here will not only benefit your career but also make a lasting impact on the health of our oceans.

Join us in this crucial endeavour. Together, we can create a future where our oceans are thriving, diverse, and resilient. Your passion for the sea and commitment to marine conservation in Sri Lanka can drive real change. Dive in and make a difference today!

Benefits of Joining Our Sri Lankan Marine Conservation Project:

Hands-on Experience: Engage directly in marine conservation activities and field research in Sri Lanka.
Skill Development: Learn valuable skills in data collection, environmental assessment, and sustainable fishing practices.
Community Impact: Work with local communities to implement solutions for marine pollution and ecosystem restoration.
Career Advancement: Build a robust portfolio of experience that can enhance your career in environmental science and conservation.
Global Contributions: Be part of a global effort to protect our oceans, contributing to research that informs international marine policies.

By joining our project, you are not only enhancing your own skills and career but also playing a critical role in the conservation of Sri Lanka’s unique marine environments. Together, we can make a lasting impact.

Itinerary

Kalpitiya, where our project is based, like much of Sri Lanka's coastline, is home to a diverse range of marine species and vibrant coral reefs. Here are some of the notable marine inhabitants you might encounter on your internship around Kalpitiya:

1. Coral Reefs: As a marine conservation intern, you will be able to explore and monitor the health of Kalpitiya's coral reefs. These undersea habitats support a diverse range of coral species, including hard and soft corals, which provide shelter and food for a variety of marine organisms.

2. Reef Fish: Your internship will entail investigating the behaviour and ecology of reef fish that live on Kalpitiya's coral reefs. Each species, from colourful angelfish to sleek barracudas, contributes significantly to the reef ecosystem's delicate balance.

3. Sea Turtles: Monitoring and protecting sea turtle populations will be an important part of your internship in Kalpitiya. You will be able to engage in turtle nesting surveys, track nesting activity, and apply conservation strategies to protect these beautiful creatures and their nesting environments.

4. Dolphins and Whales: As part of your internship, you will help perform surveys to determine the distribution and behaviour of dolphins and whales off the coast of Kalpitiya. Collecting data on species abundance and travel patterns can help conservation efforts to protect these fascinating marine mammals.

5. Mangrove Ecosystems: Your internship will also include researching the role of mangrove ecosystems in Kalpitiya's coastal landscape. From completing biodiversity surveys to participating in mangrove restoration projects, you'll get a personal look at how important these habitats are for marine life and coastal communities.

We have teamed up with Conservation Careers to including their flagship Conservation Career Kick-Starter this tour. We want to make conservation more mainstream and give everyone the chance to learn more and have a great impact not only on their CVs but also on our world. The Conservation Career Kick-Starter is a comprehensive programme of training, support communities, and jobs designed to get you hired quicker as a professional wildlife conservationist. Within the programme are three career-boosting elements to turn your dreams into reality. You can read more about the kick-starter here.

Morning:

 

You will have tea & briefing at 5:30am and leave for the boat jetty by 6am.

This morning, you will take part in seabird observations and take 15-minute video recordings.  As part of the data collection, you will be participating in fauna and fouling identification and taking photographs. Water samples will also be collected.

The purpose of this is to:

  • Identify and monitor long-term bird species in the lagoon and their feeding and breeding patterns.
  • Identification of seagrass, species, and distribution.
  • Monitor water quality.

Afternoon:

You will firstly evaluate the seagrasses and other flora and fauna. This is to categorise photos and data sheets for future reference in order to prepare field guides.

In the late afternoon, you will take beach observations along the coastline. This is to observe sea turtles, nests and identify threats. Identification and long-term monitoring of bird species in the lagoon, their feeding and breeding patterns.

Night:

After dinner, you will help with data input and discuss your findings. The input of data helps to understand how research helps conservation efforts.

First, you will start by doing beach observations. The purpose of this is to patrol and assess situations that need attention and identify threats, if there are any. Identification and long-term monitoring of bird species in the lagoon and their feeding and breeding patterns helps us identify signs of change and evaluate the threats they pose.

After breakfast, for the rest of the morning, you will participate in a beach clean-up. In the afternoon, you will be sorting the photos from the field visits and, in the late afternoon, observing along the coastline for sea turtles, nests, and threat identification.

In the evening, we will record the data and discuss the findings of the day.

This morning, you can participate in dolphin and whale watching. We will head out by boat and identify species, observe them, and record their behaviours.

After lunch, you will be species mapping, identifying species, their locations, and mapping them.

After dinner, you will help with data input and discuss your findings. The input of data helps to understand how research helps conservation efforts.

This morning, you will be taking beach observations along the coastline and taking a 15-minute video of birds. After breakfast, you will then sort photos and information, cataloguing the photos and data sheets for future reference in order to prepare field guides.

In the afternoon, you will be species mapping, identifying species, their locations, and mapping them.

In the evening, you will take beach observations along the coastline. This is to observe sea turtles and nests and identify threats. Identification and long-term monitoring of bird species in the lagoon, their feeding, and breeding patterns.

After dinner, you will help with data input and discuss your findings. The input of data helps to understand how research helps conservation efforts.

This morning, you will be taking observations in the mangroves in canoes. This is to monitor the water quality and observe the mangrove ecosystem. This data will then be sorted and recorded for future reference.

In the afternoon, you will participate in a weekly summarisation of the data collected and discuss the findings.

The first thing you will do is participate in beach observations. Later in the morning, you will be monitoring marine debris in the lagoon. This is conducted every two weeks, alternatively on both sea and lagoon beaches. Measuring the accumulation of marine debris over a two-week period helps us understand factors contributing to increased or decreased marine debris.

After lunch, you will be sorting the photos and information and filing this for future reference. Later in the afternoon, you will take observations along the coastline of sea turtles and their nests and identify threats.

After dinner, you will help with data input and discuss your findings. The input of data helps to understand how research helps conservation efforts.

This morning, you will start by visiting local fish landing centres. This will contribute to a community survey on large and small-scale fishing.

After lunch, you will be sorting the photos and information and filing this for future reference. Later in the afternoon, you will take observations along the coastline of sea turtles and their nests and identify threats.

After dinner, you will help with data input and discuss your findings. The input of data helps to understand how research helps conservation efforts.

This morning, you can participate in dolphin and whale watching. We will head out by boat and identify species, observe them, and record their behaviours.

After lunch, you will help organise and analyse the data collected, including the videos of birds and recordings of their behaviour.

In the late afternoon, you will be lagoon monitoring by canoe, observing and collecting water samples.

After dinner, you will help with data input and discuss your findings. The input of data helps to understand how research helps conservation efforts.

This morning, you will be taking beach observations along the coastline and taking a 15-minute video of birds. After breakfast, you will then sort photos and information, cataloguing the photos and data sheets for future reference in order to prepare field guides.

In the afternoon, you will be species mapping, identifying species, their locations, and mapping them.

In the evening, you will take beach observations along the coastline. This is to observe sea turtles and nests and identify threats. Identification and long-term monitoring of bird species in the lagoon, their feeding, and breeding patterns.

After dinner, you will help with data input and discuss your findings. The input of data helps to understand how research helps conservation efforts.

This morning, you will take part in seagrass associated fauna and fouling identification and take photographs. You will take observations on marine mammals and sea turtles, seagrass and flora monitoring in the lagoon, seabird observations, and collecting water samples.

In the afternoon, you will participate in a weekly summarisation of the data collected and discuss the findings.

Price Includes

  • Conservation Careers Kick-Starter Course
  • Conservation Training
  • 100% financial protection & Security with TTA
  • Responsible Travel
  • All Meals Whilst on the Program

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Optional excursions
  • Sri Lanka Tourism Visa