Gemma Veneruso gem_v34 at hotmail.com
Sun Jan 17 16:46:21 PST 2010


From: gem_v34 at hotmail.com
To: marmam-bounces at lists.uvic.ca
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 01:07:20 +0000

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 articles
·         Assist in the organisation and participation of annual event, National Whale and Dolphin Watch
·         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
The 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 
·         Photo-identification studies
·         Database entry
·         Acoustic monitoring
·         Behavioural studies
The 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 required.
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 skills
·         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 package)
·         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.

To apply:
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)
Deadline: 31st of January 2010. 
Please specify EDUCATION ASSISTANT APPLICATION into your subject title.
Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 22nd of February 2010.
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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