[MARMAM] National Whale and Dolphin Watch: volunteer "citizen scientist" needed!

Nicholas Horne nicholas.horne at myport.ac.uk
Thu Feb 13 07:22:03 PST 2020

National Whale and Dolphin Watch Assistant
The Sea Watch Foundation is seeking a voluntary National Whale and Dolphin
Watch Assistant for
the 2020 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.
The assistant will be responsible in aiding the Sightings Officer with the
following duties:
 Promoting, organising and running the National Whale and Dolphin Watch
event (25 th  July –
2 nd  August 2020)
 Creating promotional materials (posters, displays, flyer) for
dissemination around the UK
 Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website) before and
during the event
 Interacting with the media (radio, TV and newspapers), including
preparing press releases
 Using initiative and creativity to reach out to wider audience
 Keeping records of planned events
 Updating webpage with events
 Posting observer packs to participants in a timely manner
 Encouraging data submission and website updates during the event
 Collating data and imagery from the event
 Entering event data on to database template

The National Whale and Dolphin Watch Assistant will also have some
opportunity to be involved in
land-based and boat-based watches. However, this will be dependent on
workload and will be
agreed between the Assistant and the Sightings Officer each time the
opportunity arises.
The field season will run from April to October 2020 and has been split
into four periods of seven
weeks for Research Interns. Our National Whale and Dolphin Watch Assistant
is required to stay for
the middle two periods of the season. The assistant will be based in or
around Bangor, North Wales,
and he/she will be helped in finding suitable accommodation. The assistant
is responsible for their
own travel and living expenses.
National Whale and Dolphin Watch Assistant periods for summer 2020:
Periods 2 & 3: 01/05 – 04/09
Important skills/qualifications
 a strong interest in marine conservation and education
 strong commitment to volunteering work
 excellent verbal and writing skills
 an ability to work in an organised and reliable manner and to manage a
variable workload,
including appropriate delegation
 good IT skills (Office package)
 a careful, meticulous worker comfortable with entering quantities of
sightings data
 outgoing personality with confidence to interact with the public

 experience of events organising
 experience with postings on social media
 prior experience in public speaking
 a strong interest and some knowledge of British cetaceans
 willingness to work outdoors in often very changeable Welsh weather

To apply:
Please send your CV and a cover letter reporting any relevant experience
you have, and contact
details of two referees, to: Dr Chiara Giulia Bertulli (
chiara.bertulli at gmail.com) and
Dr Peter G.H. Evans (peter.evans at bangor.ac.uk)
Deadline: 8 th  March 2020 at midday.
Please specify “National Whale and Dolphin Watch Assistant” into your
subject title.
Applicants must be available for interview via Skype between the 9 th  and
13 th  March and will be
notified of the outcomes by the 15 th  March 2020.

Find out more about National Whale and Dolphin Watch:
If you want to download a copy of our previous National Whale and Dolphin
Watch reports:

The Sea Watch Foundation

For the past 30 years, Sea Watch Foundation (
http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/) has been
monitoring the dolphins, porpoises and whales around the UK, documenting
abundance trends,
identifying conservation threats, and advising on the best ways to protect
regional populations.
Alongside its own scientific surveys and research, Sea Watch has for more
than a quarter of a
century pioneered citizen science as well as run a range of education and
outreach programmes.
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
A list of some science, awareness and education achievements is given below:
 Sea Watch Director, Dr Peter Evans, received the European Cetacean
Society Conservation
Award, 2012

 Sea Watch Foundation was recipient of the UNEP/ASCOBANS Outreach and
Award, 2009
 Sea Watch Foundation was voted best UK animal adoption scheme by BBC
December 2008
 Publication of Evans, P.G.H. (2019) European Whales, Dolphins and
Porpoises. Marine
Mammal Conservation in Practice. Academic Press, London & San Diego.
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