[MARMAM] 2012 marine research volunteer opportunity, Wales, UK

CBMWC info at cbmwc.org
Thu Nov 24 01:14:48 PST 2011

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

New Quay


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


Bottlenose dolphin research assistant volunteers


Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) is recruiting volunteer visitor
centre and bottlenose dolphin research assistants for the 2012 season (March
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 research and education.
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 specific dates from 28th March through
to 6th November 2012 to help with our ongoing research, education and
awareness-raising programmes concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay.


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 and photo-identification studies.


We welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students who need field work
(including boat) support and office space to conduct their research
projects. Dedicated boat time can be made available. 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 carrying out data entry and visitor centre
work. You will be expected to work up to 8 hours a day, six days a week.
Field work can involve long periods outdoors, in often inclement 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

*          Positive, 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

*          Excellent communication skills and confidence in dealing with the
public both face to face and over the telephone

*          Fluency in English

*          Willingness to ask for help if unsure and admit mistakes


Desirable skills

*          Research and surveying experience

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

*          IT, design, videography (own equipment necessary) and fundraising


Time commitment

Volunteers are needed in blocks from March 28th until 6th November 2012.
Priority will be given to volunteers who are able to commit to more than one
block and we encourage applications from volunteers who would like to join
the team for the majority of (or entire) season and would like gain
additional experience in photo-ID, volunteer training and coordination.


Volunteers living locally who are available on a part-time basis are also
welcome year round and are greatly appreciated.


Volunteering dates 2012

*          Block A: 28th March to 24th April (4 weeks)

*          Block B: 25th April to 22nd May (4 weeks)

*          Block C: 23rd May to 3rd July (8 weeks)

*          Block D: 4th July to 11th September (10 weeks)

*          Block E: 12th September to 6th November (8 weeks)


Volunteer fee

An administration fee of £35 will be required from all successful


Accommodation and expense arrangements

Shared accommodation in a comfortable and fully equipped house will be
arranged for successful volunteers (where required) at a cost of £55 per
week, including fuel bills. 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 http://www.cbmwc.org/?page_id=455 complete it and email it to
volunteer at cbmwc.org with ‘Volunteer application 2012’ in your subject line.
Electronic applications are preferred but you can print and post your
application form. 

Please make sure you fill in your availability. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 10th February 2012


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

If you have any questions please email volunteer at cbmwc.org with an
appropriate subject line or call Laura on +44 (0)1545 560224






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Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Patent Slip Building

Glanmor Terrace

New Quay


SA45 9PS

Wales, UK


Ffon/Phone: 01545 560224

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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

Helpu i warchod bywyd gwyllt morol Bae Ceredigion drwy addysg ac ymchwil




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