[MARMAM] : Education and Outreach Assistant Opportunity – Sea Watch Foundation

Chiara Giulia Bertulli chiara.bertulli at gmail.com
Wed Jan 1 05:48:32 PST 2020

*Education and Outreach Assistant Opportunity – Sea Watch Foundation*

The Sea Watch Foundation (http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/) is seeking
an *Education and Outreach 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. 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
   education and outreach activities in New Quay (25th July – 2nd August
   - 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, Instagram, 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 Project’ (
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 2020* and has been split
into four periods of seven weeks for Research Interns. Our Education and
Outreach Assistant is required to stay for at least half of the season
(choosing Period 1-2 or 3-4) but can also choose to stay the whole season.
The assistant will be based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is
provided at a rate of approximately £73/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 2020: *

*Period 1 & 2: *13/04 – 19/07
*Periods 3 & 4:* 20/07 – 25/10

*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.bertulli at gmail.com) and Kirsten Hintner (
kirsten.hintner at seawatchfoundation.org.uk).

*Deadline: 3rd February 2020. *

subject title.*
Applicants must be available for interview via Skype between the 10th and 14
th February and will be notified of the outcomes by the 17th February 2020.

*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

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


Dr Chiara Giulia Bertulli

Sightings Officer

Sea Watch Foundation <http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/>

+44 (0) 1545 561227

ResearchGate <http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chiara_Bertulli/contributions>

Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/seawatchfoundation/>, Twitter
<https://twitter.com/SeaWatchersUK>, Instagram
<https://www.instagram.com/seawatchfoundation/>, You Tube

*What you can do to help*: Help Safeguard Britain's Dolphins! All
funds received through our Adoption Scheme
<https://www.adoptadolphin.org.uk/> go

straight into the research and conservation of the Cardigan Bay
bottlenose dolphins. It is through the dedicated

work of the Sea Watch Foundation that these dolphins remain safe,
happy and able to reproduce.
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