[MARMAM] Sea Watch Foundation - Research Volunteering opportunity in Cardigan Bay for 2012

Danielle Gibas danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Tue Nov 29 02:40:32 PST 2011

Sea Watch Foundation – Research Volunteering opportunity in Cardigan Bay for


Volunteers are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/> www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk) with
the running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project”. The project is based
in New Quay, West Wales, and takes care of the conservation management of
the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of
Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success
and population structure using a combination of line-transect,
photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys.


The volunteers will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the
Sightings Officer by taking part in the following tasks:

·         Land-based surveys

·         Boat-based surveys 

·         Photo-identification studies

·         Database entry

·         Awareness raising

·         Education initiatives

·         Acoustic monitoring

·         Assist with and participate in training courses and public talks.


Volunteers are required from April until October 2012 split into 5 separate
periods of 6 weeks each (the first period will consist of 5 weeks).
Preference will be given to those who can stay for more than one period,
including the whole 6-months field season. Volunteers will be based in New
Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is provided at a rate of around £55/week.
Volunteers are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living
expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid work in
the area if required.


Volunteering periods for summer 2012:

Period 1 09/04 – 13/05, Period 2 14/05 – 24/06, Period 3 25/06 – 05/08,
Period 4 06/08 – 16/09, Period 5 17/09 - 28/10 


Important skills/qualifications


·         an ability to work in a meticulous and reliable manner

·         strong commitment to volunteering work

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

·         good IT skills (Office package)

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



·         a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar 

·         a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans 

·         prior experience in boat-based survey work 

·         good verbal and written communication skills and in public

·         experience in interacting with the public 


All volunteers will be trained in cetacean observation and identification,
in 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 January 2012. 


Please specify NEW QUAY VOLUNTEER APPLICATION into your subject title.


Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 24th February 2012.



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.



The purpose of our research here is to monitor the marine mammal populations
inhabiting Cardigan Bay, so as to gain information to aid the conservation
and long-term well being of these animals and the local marine environment.
This is achieved by conducting various projects including:


*	Estimating the abundance and distribution of bottlenose dolphins,
harbour porpoises and grey seals within Cardigan Bay using distance sampling
and opportunistic boat surveys
*	Maintaining and updating a catalogue of photographically identified
bottlenose dolphins in Wales in order to study their abundance, social
structure, movements and life histories.
*	Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises in
the Cardigan Bay SAC using automated click detectors (T-PODs and C-PODS) and
*	Setting up a library of underwater sounds in Welsh waters in order
to develop bio-acoustic research in the area.


We further aim to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of the
local marine wildlife and the habitats supporting them, to encourage respect
and conservation of the area and its wildlife for future generations. We
also run training courses for the public in cetacean identification and
survey methods.

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