[MARMAM] Education & Outreach Assistant internship

katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk katrin.lohrengel at seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Mon Jan 18 08:02:43 PST 2021


Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, the Sea Watch Foundation is seeking 
an Education and Outreach Assistant for the 2021 season at its field 
office in Cardigan Bay.

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 from all age groups. This position can 
be very busy, so applicants will need to demonstrate their ability to 
deal with varied and heavy workloads, and to multi-task. They will be 
encouraged to take initiatives with education & outreach activities in 
the region which due to its natural beauty and accessible dolphin 
population receives large numbers of visitors during the summer.

Important Note: We have a wide-ranging Education & Outreach Programme 
beyond Cardigan Bay which we are continually trying to improve and 
develop. For that, we welcome remote-working volunteers from the 
education sector and related interests.

For the past 20 years, Sea Watch Foundation 
(http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/) has been monitoring the 
dolphins, porpoises and whales that inhabit Cardigan Bay in West Wales, 
documenting abundance trends, identifying conservation threats, and 
advising on the best ways to protect the populations both within and 
outside the Special Areas of Conservation. 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.

The assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Running the Visitor Centre/Education Hub. This is your workspace (your 
domain); you will be based here during your time with us, and will need 
to keep it clean and presentable for the public. Become familiar with 
it, the content, displays, merchandise etc. so you can talk easily to 
the public about what goes on here
Raising Sea Watch Foundation’s profile locally (organising events, 
organising & manning the Sea Watch stand on the pier, liaising with 
local boat operators to produce educational materials)
Working closely with our main boat operator in New Quay, Dolphin 
Spotting Boat Trips, on occasions presenting our Boat Talk on their 1 & 
2hr trips, and otherwise organising interns to do so, and visiting their 
office regularly to check that our leaflets and cards are displayed 
properly and stocked up
Promoting and organising the National Whale and Dolphin Watch education 
and outreach activities in New Quay (24th July – 1st August 2021)
Participating in presentations and creating activities to take to local 
schools/groups, as well as using our specialised talks within the 
Visitors Centre and within schools/groups
Creating educational/promotional materials (posters, displays, flyers), 
and maintaining external signage and a daily sightings board 
Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, website) on a 
routine basis
Interacting with the media (radio, TV and newspapers), including 
preparing press releases
Participating in training courses in New Quay
Representing Sea Watch at public events in New Quay
Liaising with the Sightings Officer, Chiara, and Adopt a Dolphin 
Coordinator, Kirsten, for the promotion of NWDW and our Adopt a Dolphin 
scheme, respectively. Kirsten and Chiara will provide training and 
supervise the chosen EA for the duration of their stay.

The field season will run from April to October 2021 and for Research 
Interns it has been split into four periods of seven weeks. 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 can be provided in a house shared with the Research 
Interns (in those circumstances, cost of accommodation for the Education 
& Outreach Assistant will be subsidised by Sea Watch). The assistant is 
responsible for their own travel and other living expenses. However, 
local volunteers with an interest in education and outreach are strongly 
encouraged to apply, particularly given the possibility of the covid-19 
situation extending through 2021.

Education & Outreach Assistant periods for summer 2021: 

Period 1 & 2: 
12/04 – 18/07
Periods 3 & 4: 19/07 – 24/10

Important skills/qualifications

Essential:
a strong interest in marine conservation and education
outgoing personality, confidence and experience in public awareness
some experience of working with children/young people
excellent verbal and writing skills and some experience of public 
speaking
experience with postings on social media
must have initiative, motivation, the ability to bring their own ideas 
and personality to the position and be able to think on your feet
strong commitment to volunteering work
work independently, in an organised and reliable manner and to manage a 
variable workload.
the ability to delegate, get on well with others in a small team and 
within shared accommodation
should always represent SWF and AAD professionally, always wear branded 
clothing when at work (in the centre and when involved in outreach work)

Desirable:
a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
a strong interest and some knowledge of British marine mammals
good IT skills (Office package)
willingness to work long hours, sometimes outdoors in very changeable 
Welsh weather

To apply: 
Please send your CV and a cover letter reporting any relevant 
experience you have, specifying the period(s) for which you would prefer 
to volunteer, as well as contact details of two referees, to:

Dr Chiara Giulia Bertulli (Sightings Officer) - 
chiara.bertulli at gmail.com and
Kirsten Hintner (Adopt a Dolphin Manager) - 
kirsten.hintner at seawatchfoundation.org.uk.

Deadline: 1st February 2021. 

Please specify “EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ASSISTANT APPLICATION” in your 
subject title.
Applicants must be available for interview via Skype 
between the 8th and 12th February and will be notified of the outcomes 
by the 15th February 2021.


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