Applying for MRIP





 There is no official opening for applications and no deadlines - we work on a first come-first served basis. There has been much interest already for summer sessions in 2018 so interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they can.

STEP ONE: MRIP's Screening Process

If you have decided to take the leap and apply to enter the world of marine ecological research through the MRIP, please follow these guidelines for applying. If you have any problems, email us at To qualify as a candidate for the MRIP, send an e-mail ( containing the 4 items below, and the subject line "MRIP Pre-Application". SEACR should receive all 4 items for an applicant to be considered for the programme.

The required items are:

1) A short essay indicating how you would benefit from the experience MRIP has to offer and any past life experiences (travel, participation in similar programs, educational interests, etc) that would enhance your contribution to the research.

2) A one page resume/CV.

3) Read about the field station and the living and working conditions (Under the 'Whale Lab tab') Indicate in your e-mail that you understand and agree to these conditions.

4) Application form, with the following sections


Section I. Research Intern Information

1. Name (first and last name)*
2. Address (mailing address)*
3. Town/City/Country*
4. Phone number (day and evening)
5. Fax number
6. E-mail address*
7. Date of Birth*
8. Gender* (for sleeping arrangement planning)
9. Height* (this is used to determine survival suit size)
10. Weight* (this is used to determine survival suit size)
11. Nationality
12. First language*
13. Other languages spoken*
14. Next of Kin (name, address, and phone number - for emergency purposes)*
15. Passport number*
16. Expiry date of passport*
17. Passport's date and place of issue*
18. Medical conditions we should be aware of


Section II. MRIP Session Preference

For 2-week internships, please indicate your first and second preference for internship date(s). Please note that these dates indicate your dates of arrival and departure from the Marine Research Field Station.
Allow yourself additional time - up to 1 or 2 full days - to arrive at the Field Station. Sessions for 2018 are June 17-July 1, July 1-15, July 15-29 2018. Two, four, or six-week sessions are available - we encourage you to state the most preferred two-week session, and then any other sessions you may be interested in. Some flexibility in dates may be available - Contact us at  There is no deadline to apply, however, approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Apply early! Applicants chosen for MRIP will receive an e-mail from SEACR stating their acceptance. You will then receive an information package about the payment schedule, payment date, transportation options, the equipment we'd advise you bring, and some background reading on the research you'll be assisting with. Then, it's on to Step 2...  **NOTE:  to hold your spot and guarantee participation in our program, a $500.00 deposit must be sent once a participant has been notified of acceptance. **


STEP TWO: Payments

We provide essential information for potential and accepted Research Interns: payment due dates, how to get to the Marine Research Field Camp, essential items to bring, and some words of advice on how to make the most of your once-in-a lifetime experience! It is important that prospective applicants understand all this information. Make sure you follow all the links and read all the information before applying to the MRIP.


MRIP Fees & Information

The internship costs stated below include accomodations and three meals per day. Cost does not include transportation to and from the research camp on Flores Island, personal items, or food snacks. A non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance to MRIP. Make sure you have read the above paragraph and understand what the cost does and does not include.
Two week Internship is $ 2,300 CDN
Four week Internship is $ 3,600 CDN
Six week Internship is $ 5,800 CDN
1 week internships can sometimes be arranged over e-mail available for a cost of $1,700 per week, please contact us with regards to availability for this option.

Payment Schedule

Please read, understand, and follow these directions carefully.
1. E-mail your application to:
2. SEACR will evaluate all applications; our managing board will then decide whether to accept applicants to MRIP. 
3. If accepted as Research Intern, you will be notified via e-mail by SEACR.
4. Accepted Research Interns are then asked to pay a $500.00 Canadian funds non-refundable down-payment. Payment must be received by SEACR within two weeks of the Intern being notified of acceptence to MRIP. A money order or certified cheque is acceptable. Note: Foreign exchange transaction fees will be added to the price of certified cheques or money orders. Cheques and money orders must be made out to the "Society for Ecological & Coastal Research" and sent to the address below. Credit cards are not accepted at this time.
Society for Ecological and Coastal Research
P.O. Box 35052
British Columbia
V8T 5G2
5. When SEACR receives the $500 Canadian funds down-payment, the Research Intern will receive an e-mail from SEACR that the down-payment has been received.
6. The remaining balance should be paid the same way as the down-payment.
7. When SEACR receives balance of payment, the Intern will receive an e-mail from SEACR that the balance of the fee has been received. We will then mail you paper receipt, and an information package on the projects you will be working on! 


STEP THREE: Travel to the Research Base

How to get to Flores Island The first thing you should do is get yourself to British Columbia! You can fly by any airline worldwide to Vancouver, BC and then take either a flight to Vancouver Island or take a bus into Victoria or travel directly to Nanaimo by ferry/bus and then on to Tofino. To get to Tofino, we suggest you take the Tofino Bus, aprivately owned bus service from Victora or Nanaimo to Tofino. This service is faster and more comfortable than the regular bus. Please see the website or call toll-free 1-886-9-TOFINO (1-886-986-3466) or locally (250) 725-2871. Reservations are recommended since it is very busy during the summer months! Once you are in Tofino, you will have to take a water taxi located on the First Street dock to the Ahousat General Store, Flores Island.Cost of taking the water taxi to Flores Island  $20 CDN (one way).


Things to Bring to the Marine Research Field Station

In the past we have found that Research Interns have not always been prepared for the field work experience. So, we have put together a list of essentials that you may not think of to bring with you. It is entirely up to you to decide what to tote along in the end, but these things will make you more comfortable and happy.
Passport (if from outside Canada)
Canadian pocket money
Warm and cold weather clothing: hat and gloves (it is cold on the water!)
Water proof jacket and pants
Thermals/ long pants socks and long underwear
Sturdy walking shoes
Note: it is usually warm on land and cold on the water.
Other waterproof stuff: water proof bag for camera, binoculars, film, batteries. Sleeping supplies: sleeping bag Other essential items: toileteries - soap, shampoo, towels, toothpaste, etc personal medical prescription), sunglasses (the sun's glare on the water can be intense) sun block lotion, motion sickness medicine (for boat time), mosquito repellent good attitude!
And Finally, A Few Friendly Words of Advice...Visit the University of Victoria Whale Research Lab web page - learn about the research projects and the researchers. Your experience will be all the richer when you know some background on the critters and the research. Do not bring anything leather - the salt water will ruin it. Bring comfortable shoes. Remember - you are at a field station in the coastal rainforest- bring clothes that are appropriate for when you go camping!  The researchers use english for all their work - so make sure you can communicate with them by brushing up on your English if it is not your first language. Have fun doing the research!