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Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers

Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers

We have all sorts of ways that you can become a volunteer or supporter of Dolphin Research Australia Inc.! 

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Current Volunteer Positions Available


Northern Rivers Dolphin Watch Volunteers

All dolphin and ocean lovers can now join in and help assist with the research by becoming part of the Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers and help increase the understanding of the ecology of dolphins and assist in protecting populations that live in our own backyard. The Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers will take part in a series of dolphin population surveys to be

conducted along the coastline at observation points between Byron Bay and Ballina. Each for three Saturdays each month, Dolphin Watchers will meet at a land observation station and complete six hour surveys, to observe and record the numbers, behaviour and movements of dolphins. To join the Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers group, simply send us an email info(at)

Check out our Northern Rivers Dolphin Watcher page for more details.

Become A Citizen Scientist

Can’t join us in the field or with the Northern Rivers Dolphin Watchers? How about becoming one of our wonderful citizen scientists with our Dolphin Sighting Network program. Simply report your dolphin sightings to us (via email or our online sighting report form). Every sighting report is useful to us and is added to our database.You sighting reports provide valuable information that assists us to monitor the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations, as well as population abundance, habitat use and so much more!

Become A Member

As a volunteer organisation, we often require helping hands to assist with events, fundraising, preparing and contributing articles to our CetusGeo Dolphin & Whale Emagazine, administration and much much more! When we need assistance for any jobs, we first ask our trusted membership! As a member, there’s no obligation to assist and you can simply enjoy the standard benefits, but you can also become an active member  when the opportunities arise. To see more details about become a member click HERE

Field Volunteering & Eco-Volunteering

Join the Research Team as an Eco-Volunteer!!

Our Eco-volunteers have a very important role during our field surveys . As our research projects are funded primarily by donations and some grants, our eco-volunteers not only assist in the research but also sponsor the projects. For each of our research projects, we offer placements for Eco-volunteers to assist in our vessel-based surveys to collect behavioural, communication and identification information. As an Eco-volunteer you’ll not only be a financial supporter of this critical research project, but also an active contributor as a field team member during our Expeditions. Our Eco-volunteer programs provide unique and provides an authentic, participatory experience for those that have a passion for the ocean, to learn and actively contribute in research that will aid in expanding the knowledge and conservation of coastal dolphin species.

We have some upcoming opportunities for those interested in becoming an Eco-Volunteer. Check out our Dolphin Research Expedition Page for further information.

Join our 2018 Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Eco-Volunteer Team

Eco-volunteer program is back for 2018! We currently have positions available on all of our expeditions. However, places are limited, so get in quick and reserve your spot. Please note there is a cost associated with this position. Check out our Eco-Volunteer page for more information HERE.

Professional Volunteering

Are you a professional in your field?  Have you ever wanted to help an organization and donate your time and skills?  We would love you to become part of our team!! We have a number of volunteer opportunities available with Dolphin Research Australia Inc.

You can become a member of our core administration team or how about joining our regional Dolphin Watchers group?

Marketing & Promotion Coordinator

The volunteer Marketing Coordinator is responsible for assisting to promote the organisations vision and mission statement through developing and implementing marketing and advertising strategies and campaigns; tracking sales and marketing data; maintaining relevant databases and records and preparing reports.

Download the Marketing & Promotion Coordinator position description here DRA marketing coordinator position description

Event Coordinator

In 2018 we have a couple of events planned and need a highly motivated, experienced person to help coordinate these events.We are hoping to have our major event of 2018 during April in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales (to coincide with the International Dolphin Day).

If you have a passion for the ocean, sharing this passion and engaging the community, this job is for you! For more information about this position, please send us an email, tell us about your event planning and management experience and what you think you can offer. (Email us: info(at)

Graphic Artists & Designers

Are you are graphic designer who would love to help a great organisation and promote marine conservation initiatives?  We are in need of a talented person to help us with some of our education and research projects.  If you would like to help to increase awareness and conservation initiatives and volunteer with us as a graphic designer or artists, please contact us directly for further details info(at)