Education Officer - Brighton Dolphin Project

World Cetacean Alliance

Brighton, East Sussex

Volunteer • Full Time 01273 355011 Dylan Walker

Sectors: marine conservation, environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 18 December 2017


An initiative of the World Cetacean Alliance, the Brighton Dolphin Project and associated Visitor Centre will be launched in March 2018. We require a dedicated volunteer able to work full time for 2 months beginning Monday 8 January 2018 in preparation for the launch. Following launch there will be an opportunity to apply for the paid post which will follow. The person in this role will report directly to the CEO, work closely with colleagues at WCA HQ, and will directly manage a team of volunteers.

The goal of the Brighton Dolphin Project is to:

1) Further our understanding of cetaceans off the coast of Brighton/Sussex through dedicated research and the collection of anecdotal sightings.

2) Improve awareness of the importance of local marine ecosystems and species through educational experiences and outreach. This will include dolphin watching simulations at the new visitor centre on Brighton beach, and activities including classroom sessions and visits to marine protected areas and nature reserves within the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere Reserve, engaging children and young people.

3) Link with local stakeholders to encourage sustainable practices in local communities such as low carbon usage, reductions in plastic use and ghost fishing gear, and responsible tourism.


Community Engagement

  • Build relationships, engage community, and represent the Brighton Dolphin Project and our partners, colleagues and supporters. Conduct educational workshops and visits.


  • Encourage and support collaborations with local stakeholders, including fishers and recreational boat users to gather effort and sightings-related data, photographs, and video footage of cetaceans and other megafauna off the Sussex coast.
  • Set the framework for developing a long-term dataset using standardized methodology.
  • Analyse data and disseminate all findings through displays and activities at the Visitor Centre, on social media, through the press and publications when possible.


  • Work alongside WCA staff to set strategy and guide the project in the achievement of its mission.
  • Develop an annual budget and fundraise through educational outreach in compliance with WCA policies and procedures and in coordination with the Office Manager.
  • Liaise with WCA staff to ensure coordinated planning, collaborative work efforts, integrated programming and shared success towards agreed goals.
  • Lead, supervise and support the dynamic development of the Visitor Centre, working with a dedicated team of volunteers.


  • Lead and coordinate communication among Brighton Dolphin Project volunteers.
  • Foster and develop community engagement and awareness in Brighton and along the Sussex coast.
  • Collaborate with local media to promote communication of research and conservation messaging.
  • Represent the Brighton Dolphin Project to the press, local businesses, donors, staff, volunteers, and the public.

Funding Development

  • Partner with colleagues to support and lead efforts to raise funds through donor cultivation, donor events, retail sales, public and corporate funding opportunities.


  • Experience and knowledge of cetaceans and marine conservation issues.
  • Track record in teaching and training.
  • Very strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to advance the mission of the Brighton Dolphin Project.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with a strong ability to prioritize and deliver against responsibilities and duties.
  • Strong management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team through shared mission and goals.
  • Ability to thrive in a multi-tasking, high energy environment with shifting priorities.
  • Ability to excite and engage prospective supporters of the organisation through public speaking, meetings, and personal outreach.
  • Track record of success in solicitation of funds from a diverse range of donors.


  • Degree or higher qualification in environmental / biological / educational subject.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to supervise and motivate volunteers and team members.
  • A proven track record of communicating with different audiences and age groups.

TO APPLY: Please send your Resume and a Cover letter to:

Applications must be sent in electronic form no later than 18th December 2017.

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