Shorewatch Residential Volunteer & Guide

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Moray, NE Scotland

Volunteer • Full Time 01343820339 Lisa Farley

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 11th January 2019  

Your time will be divided between working ‘front of house’ in the Centre’s shop and exhibition area, engaging with and guiding visitors and working closely with the SDC Policy Officer delivering the Shorewatch Programme.


  • 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 WDC.
  • To support the Policy Officer in promoting and developing the Shorewatch community outreach programme.
  • To support the Policy Officer in developing volunteer opportunities and support for Shorewatch volunteers.

Role Includes:

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Assisting the Policy Officer with the development of the WDC Shorewatch Programme. Carrying out shore-based dolphin, whale and porpoise observations from various locations around Scotland, visiting partner organisations and cultivating relationships at these sites (1-2 days per week)
  • 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).
  • Supporting recruitment and training of Shorewatch volunteers
  • Digital Marketing – managing social media as a tool to engage Shorewatch volunteers, creating physical and digital marketing resources i.e. flyers, posters, social media posts on FB, Twitter & Instagram
  • Managing data collection and input from shore-based sites.
  • Support the organisation and delivery of community events to promote WDC in Scotland.
  • Administration duties
  • Assisting with the development, organisation and delivery of community talks.

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:
  • 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

You will gain skills & experience in:

  • Events organisation & marketing (digital & physical)
  • 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
  • Assisting in delivering educational activities
  • An increased knowledge of cetaceans & Scottish wildlife
  • Monitoring Health and Safety

Volunteers play a vital role in the work we do at the WDC, you will be expected to cover all areas of work and in return you will receive experience in many different aspects of conservation work.

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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