[MARMAM] BRIGHTON DOLPHIN PROJECT – Volunteer Project and Research Lead

Dylan Walker dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org
Wed Jun 20 03:23:46 PDT 2018

Dear Marmamers,

An initiative of the World Cetacean Alliance, the Brighton Dolphin Project
Discovery Centre, (United Kingdom), was launched on 26th May 2018.  We
require a dedicated volunteer able to work full time for 12 weeks beginning
Monday 9th July 2018 to manage the centre and grow the citizen science
research programme over the summer period.  The person in this role will
report directly to the CEO, work closely with colleagues at WCA HQ, and
will manage a team of volunteers and volunteer assistants.

The goals of the Brighton Dolphin Project are to:

1) Further our understanding of cetaceans off the coast of Brighton/Sussex
through photo-identification and the collection of anecdotal sightings by
growing a citizen science research programme.

2) Improve awareness of the importance of local marine ecosystems and
species through educational experiences and outreach.

3) Link with local stakeholders to encourage sustainable practices in local
communities such as low carbon usage, reductions in plastic use and ghost
fishing gear, and responsible tourism.


*Community Engagement*

·         Build relationships, engage community, and represent the Brighton
Dolphin Project and our partners, colleagues and supporters.

·         Link with local boat users to discuss possibilities of carrying
out boat surveys and placing marine educators on existing tours.


·         Encourage and support collaborations with local stakeholders,
including fishers and recreational boat users to gather effort and
sightings-related data, photographs, and video footage of cetaceans and
other megafauna off the Sussex coast.

·         Expand on the framework for developing a long-term dataset using
standardised methodology.

·         Work with experts to analyse data and disseminate all findings
through displays and activities at the Visitor Centre, on social media,
through the press and publications when possible.

·         Expand on photo ID catalogue of Brighton dolphins using dorsal
fins for identifcation.


·         Guide the project in the achievement of its goals.

·         Manage the Brighton Dolphin Project budget in coordination with
the Office Manager.

·         Liaise with WCA staff to ensure coordinated planning,
collaborative work efforts, integrated programming and shared success.

·         Lead, supervise and support the dynamic development of the
Discovery Centre, working with a dedicated team of volunteers.


·         Lead and coordinate communication among Brighton Dolphin Project

·         Foster and develop community engagement and awareness in Brighton
and along the Sussex coast.

·         Collaborate with local media to promote communication of research
and conservation messaging.

·         Represent the Brighton Dolphin Project to the press, local
businesses, donors, staff, volunteers, and the public.

*Funding Development*

·         Partner with colleagues to support and lead efforts to raise
funds through donor cultivation, donor events, retail sales, public and
corporate funding opportunities.


·         Experience and knowledge of cetaceans and marine conservation

·         Track record in handling data and building on existing data sets.

·         Experience in creating methodologies for new data sets.

·         Very strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a
multidisciplinary team to advance the mission of the Brighton Dolphin

·         Highly organized and detail-oriented with a strong ability to
prioritize and deliver against responsibilities and duties.

·         Strong management experience.

·         Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team through shared
mission and goals.

·         Ability to thrive in a multi-tasking, high
energy environment with shifting priorities.

·         Ability to excite and engage prospective supporters of the
organisation through public speaking, meetings, and personal outreach.


·         Degree or higher qualification in environmental / biological /
educational subject.  Applicants still studying will be considered.

·         Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to supervise and
motivate volunteers and team members.

·         A proven track record of communicating with different audiences
and age groups.


The status of cetaceans off the Sussex Coast remains poorly understood.
Sightings are irregular and often go unreported, and there is no
information on site fidelity or population parameters for key species,
including bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) or harbour porpoise
(Phocoena phocoena). Local communities would benefit from increased
understanding of marine megafauna present in the area, as a way to
encourage further pride and care for marine conservation.

Please send applications to Dylan Walker with the title 'BDP Lead' to:

dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org no later than Friday 29 June.


*Dylan Walker*Chief Executive Officer

*World Cetacean Alliance*
Studio 3, Lower Promenade
Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1ET, UK.
t: +44 (0) 1273 355011
c: +44 (0) 7900 471490
e: dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org <sophie.lewis at worldcetaceanalliance.org>

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The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is a Partnership of over 100
organisations and individuals in 40 countries worldwide working
collaboratively to protect cetaceans and their habitats. World Cetacean
Alliance, the Secretariat to the Partnership, is a UK registered Charity
no. 1160484.

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