[MARMAM] Sea Watch Foundation - Voluntary Education and Awareness Assistant opportunity in Cardigan Bay for the 2013 summer season

Danielle Gibas danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Thu Nov 8 03:16:18 PST 2012

The Sea Watch Foundation (www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk) is seeking an
education and

awareness assistant for the 2013 season. This position will suit a volunteer
who 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:


• Promoting and organising the National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2012 event
(27thJuly to

4th August)

• Participating in presentations and creating activities to take to local

• Researching and writing articles

• Creating educational/promotional materials (posters, displays, flyers)

• Assisting in the organisation of training courses

• Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, website)

• Raising Sea Watch Foundation profile within the New Quay community
(organising events,

manning the Sea Watch stand on the pier at weekends etc.)

• Representing Sea Watch at public events around the UK (boat shows etc.)

• Liaising with the Adopt a Dolphin Coordinator for the promotion of Sea
Watch Foundation

and Adopt a Dolphin


The education and awareness assistant will be based in the New Quay, West
Wales and will also

have the opportunity to be involved in the field work aspects of the
“Cardigan Bay Monitoring

Project” (land-based and boat-based surveys). The project 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.


The field season will run from April to October 2013 and has been split into
one period of 6

weeks followed by three periods of 7 weeks. 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

seven 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 the
research interns. 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.

Intern periods for summer 2013:


Period 1 15/04 – 26/05, Period 2 27/05 – 14/7, Period 3 15/07 – 01/09,
Period 4 02/09 – 20/10


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

• strong commitment to volunteering work

• an ability to work in an organised and reliable manner and to manage a
variable workload

• 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

• 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


To apply:

Please send your CV, covering letter reporting any relevant experience you
have and specifying

the period(s) you would prefer to volunteer for and contact details of two
referees, to Danielle

Gibas (danielle.gibas at seawatchfoundation.org.uk)

Deadline: 31st of January 2013.


Please specify EDUCATION ASSISTANT APPLICATION into your subject title.

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 24th of February 2013.


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 Coun


Danielle Gibas

Sightings Officer

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Sea Watch Foundation 

Paragon House

Wellington Place

New Quay


SA45 9NR


Tel: 01545 561226



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