[MARMAM] Sea Watch Foundation: Voluntary Education and Awareness Assistant required for 2010 field season

Gemma Veneruso gem_v34 at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 17 14:14:31 PST 2009

Sea Watch Foundation – Voluntary Education and
Awareness Assistant opportunity in Cardigan Bay
for 2010


The Sea Watch Foundation (www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk)
is seeking an education and awareness assistant to take part in the “Cardigan
Bay Monitoring Project” in New Quay, West Wales
which manages the conservation of a resident population of bottlenose dolphins,
the largest in the UK.
Monitoring of harbour porpoise and grey seal populations is also part of the
project. This position will suit a volunteer that has a strong interest in
marine conservation and recognises the importance of educating and raising
awareness by involving the public.


The assistant will be responsible in aiding the
Sightings Officer with the following duties:

Participate in presentations
and create activities to take to local schools

Write news reports and

Assist in the
organisation and participation of annual event, National Whale and Dolphin

Come up with new
educational initiatives

Talk to the public about
the marine environment and conservation of cetaceans

Assist in the
organisation of training courses


assistant will also have the opportunity to be involved in the research, helping
the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the Sightings Officer, and will be expected
to take part in the following tasks:

Land-based surveys

Boat-based surveys 


Database entry

Acoustic monitoring

Behavioural studies


field season will begin in April until October 2010, which has been split into
four separate periods of six weeks each. One assistant is required for each
period however preference will be given to those who can stay for more than one
period, including the whole six month field season. The assistant will be based
in New Quay, West Wales.
Accommodation is provided at a rate of approximately £55/week in a house
sharing with marine research volunteers. The
assistant is responsible for their own travel and living expenses, but it is
generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid work in the area if


Volunteering periods for summer 2010:

Period 1
26/04 – 6/06, Period 2 7/06 –
18/07, Period 3 19/07 – 29/08,
Period 4 30/08 – 10/10 


Important skills/qualifications


a strong interest in
marine conservation and education

confidence to interact
with the public

good verbal and writing

must have initiative and
bring their own ideas and personality to the position

strong commitment to
volunteering work

an ability to work in an
organised and reliable manner

an ability to get on well
with others in a small team and shared accommodation



a background in marine
biology/environmental science or similar 

a strong interest and
knowledge of British cetaceans 

good IT skills (Office

prior experience in
public speaking

prior experience in boat-based
survey work 

willingness to work long
hours outdoors in often very changeable Welsh weather



Assistants also
have the opportunity to learn about other research aspects such as cetacean observation
and identification, line-transect survey protocols and photo-identification of
bottlenose dolphins and grey seals.




Please send your CV, covering letter and contact
details of two references, reporting any relevant experience you have and specifying the period(s) you would prefer
to volunteer for to Gemma Veneruso (gemma.veneruso at seawatchfoundation.org.uk)


31st of January 2010. 


specify EDUCATION ASSISTANT APPLICATION into your subject title.


Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 22nd of February 2009.






The Sea Watch Foundation


The Sea Watch Foundation is a registered marine
environmental research charity that aims to achieve better conservation of
whales and dolphins in the seas around Britain
and Ireland,
by involving the public in scientific monitoring of populations and the threats
they face. At Sea Watch Wales,
we are dedicated to raising awareness, knowledge and conservation of the marine
wildlife of West Wales.
Our work is funded by the Countryside Council for Wales,
Defra, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and
we work closely with the local management authority, Ceredigion County Council.




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