[MARMAM] Education and Awareness Assistant opportunity - Sea Watch Foundation

Chiara Giulia chiara.giulia.bertulli at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Tue Apr 17 06:25:27 PDT 2018

*Sea Watch Foundation – Voluntary Education and Outreach Assistant 
opportunity based in Cardigan Bay for the 2018 summer season*

The Sea Watch Foundation (http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/) is 
seeking an *Education and Outreach Assistant *for the 2018 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 public. This position can be very busy so 
applicants will need to demonstrate their ability to deal with varied 
and heavy workloads.

The assistant will be responsible in aiding the Sightings Officer with 
the following duties:

  * Promoting and organising the National Whale and Dolphin Watch event
    (28^th July – 5^th August 2018)
  * Participating in presentations and creating activities to take to
    local schools
  * Researching and writing articles
  * Creating educational/promotional materials (posters, displays, flyer)

  * Assisting in the organisation of training courses
  * Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, website)
  * Raising Sea Watch Foundation’s 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 and 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 
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 2018* and has been 
split into four periods of seven weeks for Research Interns. Our 
Education and Outreach Assistant is required to stay for the second half 
of the season and will take over from a student on placement on the 
role. The assistant will be based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation 
is provided at a rate of approximately £74/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.

*Education & Outreach Assistant periods for summer 2018: *

*_Periods 3 & 4:_*16/07 – 21/10

*Important skills/qualifications*


  * 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
    the position
  * 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
    shared accommodation*


  * 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
    Welsh weather

*To apply:*
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 Chiara Giulia 
Bertulli (chiara.giulia.bertulli at seawatchfoundation.org.uk).

*Deadline: 7^th May 2017. *

*Please specify EDUCATION ASSISTANT APPLICATION into your subject title.*
Applicants must be available for interview via Skype between the 14^th 
and 18^th May and will be notified of the outcomes by the 25^th May 2018.

*The Sea Watch Foundation*

The Sea Watch Foundation is a national 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. It is 
the longest-running research charity in UK focusing upon cetaceans 
around the British Isles, and maintains a national sightings database, 
the largest in Europe. It works closely with all the UK statutory 
conservation agencies, and has provided advice to the UK government, the 
UNEP Regional intergovernmental Conservation Agreement - ASCOBANS, and 
the European Commission, as well as the major conservation charities and 
marine industries operating in the UK.

*Public awareness*

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 methods.

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

Chiara Giulia Bertulli
Sightings Officer

Sea Watch Foundation
Paragon House
Wellington Palace
New Quay
SA45 9NR

Tel: 01545 561227


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