[MARMAM] Last call for applicants for Education & Outreach Assistant & Research Intern opportunity with Sea Watch Foundation in Cardigan Bay, Wales, UK in 2016.
kathy.james at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Thu Jan 7 09:21:47 PST 2016
Please see two different internship opportunities listed below Deadline
Sea Watch Foundation Voluntary Education and Outreach Assistant
opportunity based in Cardigan Bay for the 2016 summer season
The Sea Watch Foundation <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/> is seeking
an Education and Outreach Assistant for the 2016 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 assistant will be responsible in aiding the Sightings Officer with the
· Promoting and organising the National Whale and Dolphin Watch event
(23rd 31st July 2016)
· Participating in presentations and creating activities to take to
· Researching and writing articles
· Creating educational/promotional materials (posters, displays,
· Assisting in the organisation of training courses
· Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, website)
· Raising Sea Watch Foundations profile locally (organising events,
manning the Sea Watch stand on the pier, liaising with local boat operators
to produce educational materials)
· Interacting with the media (radio, TV and newspapers)
· Representing Sea Watch at public events within the UK generally
· Liaising with the Adopt a Dolphin Coordinator for the promotion of
Sea Watch Foundation and the Adopt a Dolphin scheme
The Education and Outreach Assistant will also have some opportunity to be
involved in the fieldwork aspects of the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project
(land-based and boat-based surveys). This project, undertaken on behalf of
Natural Resources Wales, manages the conservation of a coastal 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 2016 and has been split into
two periods of 6 weeks followed by two periods of 8 weeks. One assistant is
required for each half of the season. However, preference may be given to
those who can stay for the entire seven-month field season. The assistant
will be based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is provided at a rate
of approximately £70/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 2016:
Period 1: 18/04 12/06, Period 2: 13/06 07/8, Period 3: 08/08 18/9,
Period 4: 19/09 30/10
* a strong interest in marine conservation and education
* outgoing personality with confidence to interact with the public
* excellent verbal and writing skills
* must have initiative and bring their own ideas and personality to
* strong commitment to volunteering work
* an ability to work in an organised and reliable manner and to manage
a variable workload, including appropriate delegation
* an ability to get on well with others in a small team and within
* a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
* a strong interest and some knowledge of British cetaceans
* good IT skills (Office package)
* prior experience in public speaking
* experience with postings in social media
* prior experience in boat-based survey work
* willingness to work long hours outdoors in often very changeable
Please send your CV and a cover letter reporting any relevant experience you
have and specifying the period(s) you would prefer to volunteer for, as well
as contact details of two referees, to Kathy James
(kathy.james at seawatchfoundation.org.uk).
Deadline: 10th January 2016.
Please specify EDUCATION ASSISTANT APPLICATION into your subject title.
Applicants must be available for interview via Skype between the 20th and
26th January and will be notified of the outcomes by the 29th January 2016.
Sea Watch Foundation Research Intern Opportunity in Cardigan Bay for 2016
Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (
<http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk> www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk) with
the running of the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project. The project is based
in New Quay, West Wales, and supports the conservation management of the
bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan
Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success and
population structure using a combination of vessel-based, land-based and
acoustic surveys. Sea Watch has been monitoring these populations on behalf
of the Welsh government (through funding provided by Natural Resources
Wales) for the last 15 years. Cardigan Bay contains Britains largest
coastal population of bottlenose dolphins, for which two Special Areas of
Conservation have been established under the EU Habitats Directive.
Interns will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the Sightings
Officer by taking part in the following tasks:
· Land-based surveys
· Boat-based surveys
· Photo-identification matching
· Data entry
· Raising public awareness
· Education initiatives and school visits
· Acoustic data collection
· Assisting with and participation in training courses and public
In addition to these tasks, this year we are specifically looking for two
interns in each period with interest in recently acquired specialist
equipment to assist us in acoustic and aerial data collection using a towed
hydrophone and unmanned camera drone respectively. Both drone and hydrophone
interns will undertake all regular intern activities but will be expected to
concentrate on acoustic and aerial data collection during boat based
surveys. If you are particularly interested in either opportunity, please
draw our attention to it in your covering letter and application form,
highlighting relevant experience and by titling your application email Drone
Research Intern or Hydrophone Research Intern.
Interns are required from mid April until the end of October 2016. The
research season is split into four separate periods, two 8-week periods
(periods 1 & 2) and two 6-week periods (periods 3 & 4).
Preference will be given to those applying for more than one period,
including the whole 6.5 month field season, and particularly to applicants
interested in working with the drone or towed hydrophone. Those applying for
longer periods of time will be able to take on a personal project,
potentially leading to a publication.
Interns will be based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales. Accommodation is
provided through rental of a house that interns share at a rate of around
£70 per person per week. Interns are responsible for their own travel,
accommodation and living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain
part-time paid work in the area if required.
Period dates for summer 2016:
Period 1: 18/04 12/06, Period 2: 13/06 07/08, Period 3: 08/08 18/09,
Period 4: 19/09 30/10
· an ability to work in a meticulous and reliable manner
· strong commitment to volunteering work
· willingness to work long hours outdoors in often
changeable Welsh weather
· good IT skills (Office package)
· an ability to get on well with others in a small team
and in shared accommodation
· a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans
· a background in marine biology/environmental science
· prior experience in boat-based survey work
· good verbal and written communication skills and in
· experience in interacting with the public
All interns will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in
boat survey protocols, and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins.
Interns in Periods 2 and 3 will be able to take part in Sea Watchs annual
2-day training courses.
Internships with Sea Watch have frequently led to established posts both
within the organisation and in other national and international research and
conservation bodies, as well as providing a stepping stone for students to
undertake doctoral studies in marine mammal science.
Please note that interns are responsible for their own travel and living
expenses. International applications are welcome but it is the applicants
responsibility to ensure visa requirements are met; Sea Watch cannot sponsor
Please send your CV and application form (which can be downloaded from our
website www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/internships/), with a cover letter and
contact details of two referees, reporting any relevant experience you have,
to Katrin Lohrengel- katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Deadline: 10th January 2016.
Please specify NEW QUAY INTERN APPLICATION in your subject title.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 10th February 2016.
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 inhabiting Welsh seas. Our work in Wales has been funded over the
years by Natural Resources Wales, and we work closely with the local
management authority, Ceredigion County Council.
The purpose of our research here is to monitor the marine mammal populations
inhabiting Cardigan Bay, so as to gain information to aid the conservation
and long-term well being of these animals and the local marine environment.
This is achieved by conducting various projects including:
* Estimating the abundance and distribution of bottlenose dolphins,
harbour porpoises, and grey seals within Cardigan Bay using distance
sampling and opportunistic boat surveys
* Maintaining and updating a catalogue of photographically identified
bottlenose dolphins in Wales in order to study their abundance, social
structure, movements and life histories, using mark-recapture techniques.
* Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises in
the Cardigan Bay SAC primarily through hydrophone data collection.
* Setting up a library of bottlenose dolphin whistles in Welsh waters
in order to develop bio-acoustic research in the area.
We aim to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of the marine
wildlife and the habitats supporting them, to encourage respect and
conservation of the marine environment for future generations. We also run
training courses for the public in cetacean identification and survey
A list of recent of recent awareness and education achievements is given
· Sea Watch Director, Peter Evans, received the European Cetacean
Society Conservation Award, 2012
· Sea Watch Foundation was recipient of the UNEP/ASCOBANS Outreach
and Education Award, 2009
· Sea Watch Foundation was voted best UK animal adoption scheme by
BBC Wildlife, December 2008
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