[MARMAM] Marine Education/Awareness Assistant required in Cardigan Bay

Gemma Veneruso gem_v34 at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 10 10:24:07 PST 2011

Sea Watch Foundation – Voluntary Education
and Awareness Assistant opportunity in Cardigan Bay
for 2011


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

Pilot a blog and
manage it throughout the season as part of our ‘Adopt a Dolphin’ campaign

Promote Sea Watch

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 in the field:

Land-based surveys

Boat-based surveys


may also be the opportunity to help with some other office based duties if any
are of particular interest such as:


Database entry




field season will begin in April until October 2011, 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 2011:

Period 1
25/04 – 5/06, Period 2 6/06 –
17/07, Period 3 18/07 –
28/08, Period 4 29/08 – 9/10 


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



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:


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 2011. 


your subject title.


will be notified of the outcomes by the 22nd of February 2011.






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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