Skomer Island Long Term Volunteer x4

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Volunteer • Full Time Leighton Newman

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 26 January 2018

Skomer Island is situated just a mile off the coast of Pembrokeshire and is a haven for incredible wildlife. It is the most important seabird colony in Southern Britain, supporting thousands of Guillemots, Puffins, Razorbills and the worlds largest population of Manx Shearwaters, 316,000 pairs, not to mention the Fulmars, Kittiwakes and other seabirds. In the peak season we welcome up to 250 people per day who all come to witness the incredible wildlife on the island. Volunteers will become an integral part of the Skomer Island team helping to work with visitors, conduct species monitoring, maintain visitor accommodation, lead educational activities, carry out maintenance work and other tasks where necessary.

Four placements are available, two running from 01/04/18 until 15/07/18 and two running from 15/07/18 until 30/09/18.

Candidates will have a love and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation, have a hardy nature, and be willing to work in all weathers with unsociable hours in remote locations. They will also have a high level of motivation, be happy to work independently, be physically fit and happy to spend long periods of time on the island without visiting the mainland.

The main benefit for the applicant will be the experience of island living and working on a high profile conservation site. The applicant will gain knowledge in people engagement, monitoring techniques (seabirds, moths, breeding birds, butterflies, cetaceans and more), practical wardening, use of the tractor, boat, VHF radio and other tools.

Accommodation on Skomer is provided as is boat transport to and from the island as well as relevant training.

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