Published: May 8, 2024

Location: Cambodia


Closing Date: Ongoing

Intern Coordinator

About the organisation

Khmer Ocean Life (KOL) is a non-profit organisation, registered in the UK (registration number 14857387), partnered with local NGO Samaky Organization in Kampot, Cambodia. KOL’s mission is to promote the conservation of Cambodia’s marine ecosystems and marine megafauna through encouraging and highlighting research, capacity building, outreach, and community collaboration.

KOL’s main focal species are the Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris), Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis), Indo-Pacific finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides), and dugong (Dugong dugon).

Current projects include (i) ongoing ecological research through land, boat, and aerial surveys; (ii) the Cambodian Marine Mammal Bycatch and Stranding Network (CMMBSN); and (iii) KOL’s outreach programme to spread awareness in schools. The team consists of a small, tight-knit mix of international and local Khmer staff.

About the role

The intern coordinator is responsible for:

  • Recruiting and coordinating the interns and volunteers participating in the project – advertising, emails, interview calls, and onboarding
  • Assisting during all research activities – marine mammal land, boat, and aerial surveys
  • Assist with the training of the interns both during office work and fieldwork – using training presentations provided
  • Coordinate data entry and data proofing
  • Personal research project, based on feasibility
  • Assisting with marketing e.g. website updates and social media content creation
  • Building positive relationships and work effectively with international and Khmer team members and colleagues
  • Upholding organisation values to support biodiversity and conservation goals: Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Diversity, Transparency, Accountability, Animal Welfare
  • Work alongside the Khmer team in conducting outreach in schools – give marine lessons
  • Be responsible for the tidying schedule of the shared volunteer apartment


Essential requirements of the applicant:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Strong motivation to work in marine mammal research and conservation
  • Speak, read, and write in fluent English
  • Be adaptable as fieldwork is weather dependent
  • Prior experience in marine mammal or boat-based surveys
  • Be prepared to spend many hours on a small boat and under the sun, able to swim and work in harsh weather conditions both in nearshore and offshore waters
  • Be prepared to spend many hours in the office (generally 6 hours per day)
  • Be sociable with a positive attitude
  • Good teamwork skills, and ability to work independently

Desirable requirements of the applicant:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in marine science, or similar
  • Motivation to learn the local Khmer language
  • Previous experience managing volunteers or interns
  • Previous experience managing data, conducting outreach, marketing and social media content creation
  • Previous experience living abroad

Salary and benefits

This position is unpaid but accommodation and a motorbike for personal use is provided. The intern coordinator will share an apartment with the interns. Successful applicants will be responsible for organising and paying for their travel arrangements to and from Kampot.

Start date


How to apply

Send your CV and a cover letter (please indicate the preferred period, date of arrival and departure, previous experience and skills, and at least one reference contact) to addressed to Rose Ellis