Bottlenose Dolphin Research Volunteering

On behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI), I am pleased to announce that we are currently accepting volunteer applications for our research project along the North-western coast of Spain.  There are vacancies available in September and October 2016 (a minimum of  days of participation).  Volunteers can expect to gain a solid foundation in cetaceans conservation behavior with a focus on dolphins ethology, habitat use and communication.  BDRI offers volunteers the chance to work with through the many steps of research.  Your participation means that you will not only be observing the studied animals at sea, but you will also be collecting different types of scientific data, using various research methods, and helping on board the research vessel in general.  When back in the lab, you will participate in the transcription of collected data, with the database work, you will use various softwares, perform photo identification analysis, use of GIS and more.  Furthermore, as the Galician coastline is known for frequent strandings of various marine mammals species, you will be a part of an important network for rescue and data collection from these stranded animals.  

The BDRIL is a private and self-funded centre, hence, there is no compensation for the volunteering positions.  There is a participation fee that includes the accommodation in an apartment, tuition, and other expenses derived of your participation (housing, free wifi, use of equipment, field trips by car, and use of research vessel).  Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses two and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain). 

Approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Prior field research experience is recommended but not required.  Please download the general infomration and application form at: <><>.

Send application form by email to: For more information about BDRI's research and conservation work, please visit or our Facebook page.


See you on site!
Bruno Diaz Lopez
Chief Biologist and DirectorBottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI)
Beiramar 192, O Grove CP. 36980Pontevedra-Spaintel. 00 34 684 248552