[MARMAM] Job vacancies: UK Marine Wildlife Education Officers required

Dylan Walker dylanhwalker at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Jan 9 11:01:20 PST 2009

Organisation: ORCA – Organisation Cetacea
Posts:           Wildlife Education Officers (ferry-based)
Number of posts:Five
Closing date:  9 February 2009 (interviews start week beginning 16  February)
Website: www.orcaweb.org.uk
Five ORCA Wildlife Education Officers (WO’s) are required to work on three UK ferry routes operating throughout summer 2009. The posts are:
1. One WO required to work onboard DFDS Seaways Newcastle – Amsterdam (Holland) ferry from 1st April – 30th September. Full-time contract. £14,000 - £15,000 per annum, pro rata (depending on experience). Food included onboard the ferry. 
2. Two WO’s required to work onboard DFDS Seaways Harwich - Esbjerg (Denmark) ferry from 1st April – 30th September. Unsalaried, commission-based only, to be advised. Food included onboard the ferry.
3. Two WO’s required to work onboard Brittany Ferries Plymouth – Santander – Portsmouth ferry from 1st April – 30th October. Unsalaried, commission-based only, to be advised. Food included onboard the ferry. 
Responsible to: ORCA and the relevant ferry company 
Hours: Two week shifts out of every four.
ORCA is a whale and dolphin conservation charity that has been promoting wildlife watching and research onboard ferries since 1996, developing a network of whale and dolphin survey routes and educational platforms to raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment. ORCA has been working in partnership with DFDS Seaways and Brittany Ferries for several years, developing research, education and conservation projects. ORCA’s WO’s are at the very heart of the charity’s work, working with the general public to promote a sustainable future for whales, dolphins and marine habitats.  
Each WO will aim to: 
1 Provide an educational service that will encourage a better understanding of the living sea as an environment and resource, the ferry company and the importance of its partnership with ORCA.

2 Provide a new dimension to the entertainment available for both adult and child passengers.

3 Create significant additional publicity by alerting press and the public to this innovative resource, providing blog stories, and reporting any unusual wildlife encounters that will result. 

4 Enhance the green credentials of the ferry company.

5 Promote membership of ORCA, donations, and sales of merchandise.
This will be achieved by offering the following opportunities available daily during all seasons: 
1 Auditorium presentation: Enlivened and fun talks about whales, dolphins and seabirds, with a strong emphasis on audience participation. Three separate one hour presentations will be shown during each cruise.
2 Children’s story-telling and activities: An opportunity to enthral the younger generation with stories about the sea, and activities using recycled materials.
3 Wildlife watching (weather dependent): Assist the public with spotting, identifying and discussing the birds, whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals present on the route.  
4 The Hands on Experience: The WO will provide a range of ‘sea creatures’ for passengers to touch, pick up, and discuss. Bones, whale baleen, shells etc are an instant attraction to children. This pioneering idea for a ferry will be the ideal mobile presentation, luring people from around the ship and out on deck. 

ORCA is keen to hear from candidates who can energise and enthuse the general public. Experience of sales, and a knowledge of the marine environment, particularly, whales, dolphins and/or seabirds, is considered an advantage. 
The post-holder should be confident of being able to work at sea and alone, and outside of normal working hours. Knowledge of the language of the destination country for each ferry (Danish, Dutch or Spanish) is considered an advantage, though not essential. Good English language and written skills are essential. 

Please send your CV with a covering letter describing why you are interested in the post of ORCA Wildlife Education Officer, and which ferry routes interest you, by email to: 
Dylan Walker
Project Development Manager
ORCA - Organisation Cetacea
17 Embassy Court
Kings Road
Tel: +44 (0)1273 739284
Email: dylan at orcaweb.org.uk
Web: www.orcaweb.org.uk


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