ESAS Surveys Coordinator


Home based
£9.56/hour (£4,125 pa)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 2nd August 2018  

MARINElife ESAS Surveys coordinator in partnership with the CalMac Marine awareness programme

Location: Home based. Some minimal office hours may be required during training (Bridport/West Dorset)

Weekly Hours: 8 Hours per week. Flexible days

Position commences: September

Salary: £4,125.96 per annum, payable monthly in arrears. This includes a home working allowance of £12.50 pcm

Application Deadline: 02/08/2018

To commence: 10/09/2018

2 Year fixed position

MARINElife’s core work since 1995 has been researching the distribution, abundance and population trends for whales, dolphins, seabirds and other marine wildlife from vessels of opportunity. MARINElife currently operate year-round surveys on a monthly bases, along 17 ferry routes across the English Channel, Bay of Biscay, North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, along with small vessel survey programmes off the North East and South West coasts..

The data collected continues to be used to determine seasonal, annual and long-term population trends for individual species. This baseline data is necessary in order to be able to detect changes in species' numbers and to be used for cetacean conservation and marine biodiversity policy, designation and management.

In the last year MARINElife have joined other partners organisations such as the JNCC, Marine Scotland, RSPB, BTO and CalMac Ferries to develop and coordinate the CalMac Marine Awareness programme.

This is a CalMac Ferries initiative to raise awareness of the marine environment and monitor marine species on the west coast of Scotland. MARINElife will be leading on the coordination of ESAS certified mentors and volunteer surveyors conducting monthly European Seabirds At Sea Surveys on board 3 Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services. This will be coordinated separately to our ongoing ferry survey network and include the development of a separate pool of volunteers of both existing and newly trained surveyors and mentors, in close association with the JNCC.

With the support of Marine Scotland and the JNCC, MARINElife is now advertising for a part-time member of the surveys team, to undertake a variety of organisational and administrative tasks to coordinate this programme. This role is responsible for ensuring that voluntary surveyors have all the materials and route specific information they require to conduct their surveys, along with maintaining the researcher database, development records and vessel metadata up to date.

Key roles of this position include:

  • Ensuring surveyors are supplied with and using up to date materials i.e. protocols, record forms.
  • Maintaining and providing survey and vessel instructions and general survey pack materials.
  • Updating and maintaining the CALMAC Marine awareness programme Seabird survey researcher database and CALMAC vessel Metadata database.
  • Distribution and processing of volunteer agreements.
  • Processing surveyor training and development appraisals.
  • Maintaining a close relationship with CALMAC ferries to schedule survey dates and bookings.
  • Reviewing new and current volunteer training and development and allocating team roles, liaising with volunteers to allocate balanced teams to survey dates.
  • Liaising with volunteers to update and maintain volunteer records.
  • Liaising with survey teams to ensure timely submission of survey data.
  • Liaising directly with the Conservation Science Manager
  • Liaising with the JNCC regarding digitised data submission

Candidate requirements:


  • IT skills (Office package)
  • Experience in handling and managing large databases
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexibility in working time in response to the demands of the job
  • Enthusiastic, hard-working and self-motivated
  • A strong commitment to volunteer work
  • An interest and knowledge of British cetaceans and seabirds Desirable:
  • Experience in conducting scientific surveys The successful candidate will be given a full introduction and training will be provided for all tasks they’re expected to undertake.

How to Apply : Please send your C.V., a covering letter detailing any relevant experience and contact information of two referees by 3rd August

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