[MARMAM] Marine biology summer volunteer opportunities

Lucy Hunt seasynergy at gmail.com
Wed Jan 28 11:00:26 PST 2015


I would appreciate it if you could circulate the below opportunities that
may be of interest to your network.

*Marine biology volunteer positions available at Sea Synergy Marine
Awareness and Activity Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland: 2015 summer

Sea Synergy is a new Marine Awareness and Activity Centre set up by marine
biologist Lucy Hunt in the beautiful coastal village Waterville located on
the famed picturesque Ring of Kerry driving route in SW Ireland. For more
info please visit www.seasynergy.ie

The marine awareness centre incorporates an interactive marine exhibition
of Irish marine life, a small gift shop and a booking office for marine
activities in the area. Marine awareness and education programmes are run
from the centre throughout the summer including children and adult beach
workshops, snorkelling, nature surveys, hatchery and lake tours, summer
camps and indoor presentations. Sea Synergy is involved in and reports to a
number of ongoing research projects such as Purse Search Ireland,
Coastwatch, Shore Thing, Seasearch, IWDG, Birdwatch reporting schemes and
involved in Clean Coasts and other marine conservation schemes.

There are three full time volunteer positions available for start June –
end Sept 2015. Preference will be given to candidates that can volunteer
for longer periods of time and who fit the below requirements. (More
positions may also be available in August so please include how long you
can come for and when you are available).

*Education and Outreach officer duties (2):*

Working alongside owner of Sea Synergy you will:

·         Develop the marine education programme

·         Supervise children and adult marine workshops on the beaches and
in the centre

·         Show people around the exhibition centre

·         Generate marine awareness presentations and games

·         Give marine wildlife presentations

·         Provide marine wildlife talks on boats when possible

·         Host travelling marine workshops

·         Create educational and promotional resources

·         Promote social networking and public relations

·         Assist in research and field survey work

·         Work in gift shop/booking office/exhibition reception

*Research development officer duties*

Working alongside owner of Sea Synergy you will:

·         Develop research and survey programme incl. Coastwatch, Shore
Thing, local nature studies & trails

·         Record, organise data and report to relevant organisations

·         Supervise local headland watches for marine mammals and birds

·         Organise and conduct public whale watches from local headland

·         Set up and attend boat based surveys when possible

·         Provide talks/presentations on marine wildlife and survey

·         Encourage the public in surveys - citizen science

·         Teach children and public survey methods

·         Promote social networking and public relations

·         Work in gift shop/ exhibition reception & centre/booking office

*Important skills/qualifications*


Age 18years+

·         Background in marine biology/environmental science or similar

·         Keen interest in marine conservation and education

·         First Aid skills

·         Be enthusiastic and possess a caring, patient & positive
attitude, with a strong desire to learn

·         Strong commitment to volunteering work

·         Must be able use to use own initiative and have desire for
independent actions/thoughts and work without continuous supervision

·         Ability to work well in a team

·         Confidence to interact with the public, especially children

·         Excellent verbal and writing/reporting skills

·         Good organizational and workload management skills

·         Good IT skills


·         Strong interest in and knowledge of Irish marine biodiversity

·         Previous experience snorkeling or scuba diving certificate

·         Previous experience in public speaking

·         Previous experience working with children

·         Previous experience in survey work (e.g. headland watches,
coastal surveys)

·         Previous experience in data handling

·         Previous experience with aquaria

·         Ability to work long hours outdoors in variable weather

·         Capability to work well on boats

·         Life saving and Advanced First Aid skills

·         Have own transport


·         Live in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland for the summer

·         See some of Ireland’s amazing marine life on watches and surveys

·         Snorkel, scuba dive and observe Ireland’s coastal waters

·         Work with like-minded and enthusiastic team

·         Visit UNESCO world heritage site Skellig Micheal

·         Be part of survey vessels, wildlife tour boats and Skellig trips

·         Develop your skills in marine surveying, outreach, education and

·         Gain experience with Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust in salmon
and seatrout conservation measures

 To view more of Sea Synergy and the area where you could be working watch
this video clip from a recent programme featured on TV3 Lucy Hunt - Sea
Synergy Waterville, Co. Kerry

Shared accommodation can be arranged with the Sea Synergy team at your own
expense (ranging from €50-70pw depending on house choice).

Please send a cover letter with your CV and available times for summer 2015
to Lucy Hunt at seasynergy at gmail.com. Application deadline is *20th of Feb*.
Interviews will be conducted in March via skype/tel or in person. For more
information please send an email to seasynergy at gmail.com  or call +353 (0)

Add us on Facebook *LH Marine & Sea Synergy*

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*www.seasynergy.ie <http://www.seasynergy.ie>*
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