[MARMAM] Volunteers Sought to Assist Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Scotland

Conor Ryan miolmor at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 07:01:31 PST 2015


*Volunteers Sought to Assist HWDT *


The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) are recruiting volunteers to
assist with a variety of tasks over the forthcoming field season – between
May and September.  HWDT is a small, dynamic conservation organisation
based on the Isle of Mull  in Scotland which relies on the help of
volunteers to accomplish tasks and activities. Shore-based volunteers
contribute to the overall operation of the Trust, while paying volunteers
assist with data collection aboard *Silurian*, the Trust’s research
yacht. Volunteer tasks will include:

·         Attending events; raising the profile of HWDT through engagement
with the public and distribution of HWDT resources

·         Assisting in HWDT’s Visitor Centre and shop; the premises are
located on Tobermory’s busy Main Street and have a high footfall over the
season.  Tasks will include manning the shop, updating information
displayed and engaging with visitors.

·         Assisting with educational activities

·         Coordinating beach cleans and cetacean watches

·         General office tasks; updating databases, sending out resources,
etc.

·         Potentially assisting with strandings.

Volunteers must be aged 18 or older.  Volunteers do not need to have any
prior knowledge of cetaceans - although this would be of benefit - as
training will be provided.  Volunteers must offer a minimum of 16 hours a
week to HWDT and are expected to commit to a period of at least one month.
HWDT's season runs from May until September and volunteers will be sought
throughout.  Unfortunately HWDT cannot offer to cover any expenses incurred
during your time spent volunteering.  However, Morven will be on hand to
assist you with finding accommodation in Tobermory and help finding paid
work if need be.

*Requirements*

*Essential:*

   - An ability to work in a conscientious and reliable manner
   - Enthusiastic, hard-working and self-motivated
   - A strong commitment to volunteer work
   - Excellent verbal and communication skills (engaging with the public is
   central to the role)
   - Basic IT skills (MS Office package, including Access)
   - An ability to get on well with others in a small team.


*Desirable:*

   - A background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
   - A strong interest in and knowledge of British cetaceans
   - Experience in interacting and engaging with the public
   - A driving licence and own transport



The closing date for applications is Friday 27th February with Skype
interviews conducted in the week commencing Monday 9th March. Please submit
your application, comprising a CV and cover letter, to


Morven Russell volunteercoordinator at hwdt.org
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