Education Residential Volunteer & Guide

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

NE Scotland

Volunteer • Full Time +441343820339 Lisa Farley

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Friday, 11th January 2019  


  • Deliver a fun and high quality visitor experience through events and interpretation at WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre to help raise awareness of the work of Whale and Dolphin Conservation
  • To support the SDC Officer-Education to deliver the WDC Education Programme throughout North East Scotland.

Role Includes:

  • Assisting the Education Officer with the WDC schools programme including delivering talks, running workshops and assisting with group visits to the Scottish Dolphin Centre for groups of all ages from Primary School through to University (approx. 1-2 days per week)
  • Developing interpretative and educational resources to support the Education Programme and the Scottish Dolphin Centre
  • Delivering environmental interpretation - inspiring people to take an interest and care for the environment through land-based dolphin watching, tours (of the historic Tugnet icehouse), talks and guided wildlife walks.
  • Visitor engagement - raising the profile of WDC - amaze & inspire our visitors (over 95,000 every year) about the world of whales and dolphins and the work that we do to protect them, keep visitors informed of the latest WDC campaigns
  • Managing ‘front of house’ of the visitor Centre including; welcoming visitors, customer service (in the Centre’s eco-friendly gift shop), re-stocking the shop, cashing up at the beginning and end of each shift (3-4 days per week)
  • Digital Marketing – creating physical and digital marketing resources i.e. flyers, posters, social media posts on FB, Twitter & Instagram
  • Citizen Science - research in the form of hourly 10 minute land-based cetacean watches (data is collected from Spey Bay as part of the WDC Shorewatch programme).

The residential role provides the following:

  • Free onsite accommodation in an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • £30 weekly food budget per person (covering food only not toiletries or alcohol)
  • Extensive training which includes:
    • First Aid
    • Reserve training on the Scottish Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve
    • Interpretive Guiding Techniques
    • Marine Mammal Medic training (with BDMLR)
    • WDC Education & Shorewatch policy training
    • Health & Safety
    • Child Protection
  • Regular progress meetings and feed-back sessions
  • Advice & guidance on writing application forms and ‘how to present’ (towards the end of your placement)
  • Mileage expenses

Essential skills, experience and qualities:

  • Excellent command of the English language (both written and spoken)
  • Excellent communication & organisation skills
  • Must enjoy working with children of all ages
  • Creative approach to work
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm for the marine environment and terrestrial wildlife
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work unsupervised
  • Flexibility in the workplace
  • Highly motivated and eager to learn
  • Good problem solver with a ‘can do’ attitude

You will gain skills & experience in:

  • Designing resources and leading activities for school groups
  • Assisting in delivering an educational programme
  • Effective communication & public speaking
  • Project management & presentation skills
  • Developing interpretive resources and leading activities for the general public
  • Interpretive guiding - delivering interpretive workshops, talks and a variety of activities to a wide ranging audience
  • Land based cetacean monitoring
  • Running a visitor Centre
  • Volunteer supervision/training
  • An increased knowledge of cetaceans & Scottish wildlife
  • Monitoring Health and Safety

The majority of this role involves community outreach, interpretation and engaging with visitors, if you are looking for field experience this is not the opportunity for you.

Opportunities run:

  • Monday 4th March – Thursday 31st October 2019
  • Volunteering 5 days a week, including weekends.
  • Must be committed for 8 months in order to gain the full range of experience and to make a worthwhile contribution to our work.

Application packs can be downloaded at    Contact Lisa Farley for more details: 01343 820339

Please note that we are unable to accept CVs as an application, further details about the Centre can be found at please return applications to:

Closing date: 5pm Friday 11th January 2019 - interviews will be held via Skype week commencing 21st January.

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