[MARMAM] 2011 marine research volunteer opportunity, Wales

CBMWC info at cbmwc.org
Thu Nov 25 02:42:37 PST 2010

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

New Quay

Wales, UK

www.cbmwc.org <http://www.cbmwc.org/> 


Marine research volunteer opportunity


Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) is recruiting volunteer visitor
centre and bottlenose dolphin research assistants for the 2011 season (April
to November). 


The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is a non-profit organisation based
in New Quay, west Wales, UK and since 1996 has been dedicated to raising
awareness of the local marine environment through education and research.
Through boat-based and land-based surveys we monitor bottlenose dolphin,
harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seal populations, with a focus on the
photo-identification of the semi-resident population of bottlenose dolphins
in the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC).  

To learn more, please visit www.cbmwc.org <http://www.cbmwc.org/>  


Volunteer positions are available for a minimum of four weeks from 6th April
through to 1st November 2011 to help with our ongoing research, education
and awareness-raising programmes concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan


This is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to
marine wildlife conservation and meet new people who share your interests.
Learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain experience in
field work, research methods, data processing, public awareness and
education programmes. Contribute to long running studies on bottlenose
dolphin site usage and abundance research, photo-identification studies and
act as a research assistant for a PhD project being undertaken by CBMWC’s
associate researcher.


We also welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students who need boat
support and office space to conduct their research projects. Please contact
us to discuss whether your project ideas are feasible.


Volunteers play a vital role in the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre’s
work. The centre relies on the generous help of volunteers to undertake its
work and greatly appreciates your time. Please note enthusiasm for our work
and the marine environment is as valued as experience, since full training
in species identification, data collection/entry and visitor centre
operation is provided. 


Position description

Responsibilities/duties will include (but are not limited to):

*          Visitor centre operation, including dealing with enquiries and
taking boat bookings

*          Land-based surveys in conjunction with Ceredigion County Council

*          Boat-based surveys

*          Data entry and checking

*          Updating sightings information

*          Beach cleans

*          Educational activities with children and the general public


Please note that boat surveys are weather dependent and volunteers take
turns to join trips to act as onboard researcher. During times of bad
weather, you will spend more time doing data entry and visitor centre work.
You will be expected to work up to 8 hours a days, six days a week. Field
work can involve long periods outdoors, in often inclement Welsh weather.
All volunteers are expected to contribute to all CBMWC activities, tasks and
field work and to attend all training sessions provided. As such, if you are
only looking to gain field experience, this is not the opportunity for you. 


Essential skills

*          An interest in wildlife and conservation

*          Reliable, conscientious and mature attitude

*          Ability to work as part of a small team 

*          Self-motivated with an ability to work unsupervised 

*          Adaptable and patient (particularly as boat work is weather

*          Confident in dealing with the public both face to face and over
the telephone

*          Fluency in English

*          Willing to ask for help if unsure and admit mistakes


Desirable skills

*          Experience working with children, the public or in environmental
interpretation or education

*          Good verbal and written communication skills

*          IT, design and fundraising skills are useful but not essential


Time commitment

Volunteers are needed from April 6th until 1st November 2011 for six
separate four week blocks and one block of six weeks. Priority will be given
to volunteers who are able to commit to more than one block. Volunteers
living locally who are available on a part-time basis are also welcome year
round and are greatly appreciated.


Volunteering dates 2011

*          Block A: 6th April to 3rd May 

*          Block B: 4th May to 31st May 

*          Block C: 1st June to 28th June

*          Block D: 29th June to 26th July

*          Block E: 27th July to 6th September (6 weeks)

*          Block F: 7th September to 4th October

*          Block G: 5th October to 1st November 



Accommodation and expense arrangements

Basic, shared accommodation can be arranged for committed volunteers (approx
£55 per week). Volunteers are responsible for their own food, travel and
accommodation costs.


How to apply

It’s easy to get involved - simply download an application form from our
website www.cbmwc.org/volunteer/become_vol.asp, complete it and email it to
volunteer at cbmwc.org with ‘Volunteer application 2011’ in your subject line
or alternatively post your application form. 

Please make sure you fill in your availability. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 25th February 2011


Postal address:

FAO: Laura Mears 

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Patent Slip Building

Glanmor Terrace

New Quay


SA45 9PS



For further information

Visit www.cbmwc.org/volunteer/become_vol.asp

If you have any questions please email volunteer at cbmwc.org with an
appropriate subject line or call Laura on +44 (0)1545 560032.






Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Patent Slip Building

Glanmor Terrace

New Quay


SA45 9PS

West Wales, UK


Ffon/Phone: 01545 560032

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Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is supported by the Cardigan Bay Marine
Wildlife Group, a marine interest group of the Wildlife Trust of South and
West Wales.


Helping to conserve Cardigan Bay's Marine Wildlife through education,
interpretation and research.

Cynorthwyo i gadw Bywyd gwyllt Moral Bae Aberteifi trwy addysg as ymchwil.




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