Marine Conservation Volunteer

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

New Quay, West Wales

Volunteer • Full Time

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Join the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Marine Conservation Team at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre and gain valuable experience whilst helping us to collect research data on the marine mammals of Cardigan Bay and inspire and educate the public through our visitor centre and community engagement events.

What You Will Gain

This a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out marine research and become involved in environmental education and awareness raising work. You’ll learn about the marine species of Cardigan Bay and gain experience in field work, processing data, environmental education, community engagement and more!

Past volunteers have gone on to further their academic careers, work as Marine Mammal Observers or to work for conservation or governmental organisations.

The Volunteering Role

Volunteers will assist with our vital marine megafauna research and community engagement work. Volunteer tasks include (but not limited too) –

  • Land based marine mammal surveys (daily)
  • Boat based marine megafauna surveys *
  • Running our visitor centre and inspiring visitors
  • Entering and checking research data
  • Analysing bottlenose dolphin photo identification images
  • Analysing bottlenose dolphin acoustic recordings
  • Producing content for our social media
  • Assisting with community engagement events
  • Conducting beach cleans
  • There will also be the opportunity to assist with other tasks e.g. fundraising, joining our Living Seas youth forum (ages 9-24).

* Time conducting boat surveys is subject to weather conditions and boat availability. Volunteers will take turns to be involved and during times when boat surveys aren’t scheduled you will spend more time carrying out shore-based activities.

Volunteer Training

Our team of experts will provide volunteers with the following training –

  • Induction to CBMWC and The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
  • Marine species identification
  • Marine survey techniques
  • Data processing
  • Community engagement

Volunteer Qualities

  • A passion for marine wildlife and the environment
  • Enthusiastic and willing to communicate with the public and other volunteers
  • A mature and responsible attitude
  • Proactive with the ability to carry out tasks independently and unsupervised
  • Flexible approach to volunteering as tasks are weather dependent and may occur outside of normal office hours

Please note that enthusiasm and passion for our work and the marine environment are as valued as experience, since full training is provided.

Volunteer Dates 2024

Volunteer positions are available on the dates below. You must be able to volunteer for an entire block.

  • Block 4 – 8th July – 2nd September (8 weeks)
  • Block 5 – 2nd September – 4th November (9 weeks)

How to Apply

Download an application form from our website here and email it to [email protected] with "Marine Seasonal Volunteer App 2024" in the subject line.

Please provide as much detail as possible, highlighting your experience and skills gained, in the application form. Incomplete applications will not be assessed so please make sure you complete the form fully, including availability.

Deadline - No deadline, places will be offered to suitable candidates on a first come first serve basis.