[MARMAM] Final call for bottlenose dolphin research volunteers at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

CBMWC info at cbmwc.org
Tue Jan 20 04:52:35 PST 2015



WTSWW_high_res_logoCBMWC logo without boarderCardigan Bay Marine Wildlife

New Quay



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


Bottlenose dolphin research volunteers


Dedicated to conserving Cardigan Bay’s marine wildlife through education and


The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) is recruiting volunteers for
the 2015 season (March to November) to collect data on the marine wildlife
of Cardigan Bay and to help run our visitor centre, educational and
awareness raising activities. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 25th



The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is based in New Quay, west Wales, UK
and is the marine wing of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Since
1996 we have been dedicated to raising awareness of the local marine
environment through education and research. Using boat-based and land-based
surveys, photo-ID and acoustic studies we monitor bottlenose dolphin,
harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seal populations in the Cardigan Bay
Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the wider Irish Sea. We also run a
busy visitor centre as well as an education and activity room which offers
marine educational and awareness raising activities for families with young


Position description

Seasonal volunteers are required for specific periods from 23rd March
through to 2nd November 2015 to help with our ongoing research, education
and awareness-raising programmes concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan


As CBMWC is run almost entirely by volunteers, this is a fantastic
opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine wildlife
conservation and meet new people who share your interests. You will learn
about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain experience in field
work, research methods, data processing, public awareness and education
programmes. The data you collect will contribute to long running research
studies on bottlenose dolphin site usage, abundance, photo-identification
and acoustic studies. There may also be additional opportunities to gain
experience in boat handling and seamanship skills.


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*

·          Educational and awareness raising activities with children and
the general public 

·          Data entry and checking

·          Updating daily sightings information

·          Beach cleans

·          Aquarium maintenance

·          Cleaning and general upkeep of CBMWC premises


* 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 shore-based activities.


Important: You may be expected to work up to 8 hours a day, six days a week.
Some training and activities may take place outside of normal office hours.
Field work can involve long periods outdoors and in inclement weather. All
volunteers are expected to contribute to all CBMWC activities, tasks and
field work and to attend all training sessions provided. 


Person specification:

Essential skills

·          Positive, reliable, responsible, conscientious and mature

·          Ability to work and live closely with others as part of a small

·          Strong work ethic with an ability to work unsupervised 

·          Adaptable and patient (particularly as boat work is weather

·          Confident in dealing with the public both face to face and over
the telephone

·          Fluency in English

·          Willing to ask for help if unsure and admit mistakes


Desirable skills

·          Interest and/or experience of working with children in
environmental education

·          Research and surveying experience

·          IT skills, including Microsoft Office and GIS

·          Interest and or/experience in salt water aquaria


Please note that enthusiasm for our work and the marine environment is as
valued as experience, since full training is provided. 


Student projects

We welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students who require field work
support – including boat time and office space to conduct their research
projects. Please note that we do not have a list of specific project ideas
but if you have a project idea in mind, please contact us to discuss whether
your ideas are feasible.


Time commitment

Volunteer positions are available from 23rd March until 2nd November 2015
for five separate blocks ranging from 4 to 9 weeks. You must be able to
commit to an entire block and priority will be given to volunteers who are
able to commit to more than one block. Applications are encouraged from
volunteers who would like to join the team for the entire season and would
like gain additional experience in photo-ID analysis, environmental
education and volunteer training and coordination. Volunteers living locally
who are available on a part-time basis are welcome year round and are
greatly appreciated.


2015 volunteering dates

·          Block A: 23/03/2015-19/04/2015 (4 weeks)

·          Block B: 20/04/2015-17/05/2015 (4 weeks) 

·          Block C: 18/05/2015-05/07/2015 (7 weeks)

·          Block D: 06/07/2015-06/09/2015 (9 weeks)

·          Block E: 07/09/2015-02/11/2015 (8 weeks)


Volunteer fee

An administration fee of £45 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.

Due to payment arrangements with the house owners, accommodation costs are
required in advance to cover the cost of each block so before applying
please ensure that you can cover this and all other expenses.


How to apply

Download a seasonal volunteer application form from our website
www.cbmwc.org/volunteer/ and email it along with a CV and covering letter
(no more than one side of A4) outlining how you meet the personal
specification and your motivations for applying to volunteer at cbmwc.org with
‘Volunteer application 2015’ in your subject line. 

Incomplete applications will not be assessed so please make sure you
complete the form fully, including availability and be sure to attach your
CV and covering letter. 


The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 25th January 2015


For further information

Visit 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.


Laura Mears

Project Officer


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Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Patent Slip Building

Glanmor Terrace

New Quay


SA45 9PS

Wales, UK


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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 and

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