[MARMAM] Volunteer opportunity at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, Wales, UK

CBMWC info at cbmwc.org
Mon Jun 8 03:52:04 PDT 2015


WTSWW_high_res_logoCardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

CBMWC logo without boarderNew Quay



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


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



The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) is recruiting for a
volunteer for the Autumn season (7th September – 2nd November 2015), 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 22nd June. 



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

A seasonal volunteers is required for the Autumn period from 7th September –
2nd November 2015 to help with our ongoing research, education and
awareness-raising programmes concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay.


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. 


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. 

For further information and any queries, please contact 
Laura Evans, Volunteer Co-ordinator
Email: volunteer at cbmwc.org
Tel: 01545 560224

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
Patent Slip Building
Glanmor Terrace
New Quay
SA45 9PS



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