Marine and Conservation Volunteer

Manx Wildlife Trust

Peel, Isle of Man

Volunteer • Full Time 01624 844432 Lara Howe

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 7th June 2019  

Background to role

Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) is the largest conservation charity on the Isle of Man, protecting our wildlife since 1973. As 87% of the Isle of Man is our marine territory, our conservation work for our coast and seas is hugely important to us. MWT’s work covers a range of marine and terrestrial research and activities from rock pooling, to monitoring invasive species, recording dead mammal strandings, butterfly and beetle surveys and much more.

The role is part of Wildlife Counts, funded by the Manx Lottery Trust, and aiming to put wildlife on the map it is all about generating useful wildlife data, putting it to conservation use, and communicating to people about what it all helps to achieve.


The role will give a real chance to gain first-hand experience in marine and terrestrial conservation across our breadth of work. It will be varied and involve working closely with MWT’s Marine Officer (also the supervisor for this volunteer placement) and Education Officer (who leads on many of the citizen science projects).

What will the role involved, and what will you get out of it?

The tasks that may be involved in the placement are highlighted below, this will involve working with the Marine and Education Officers, other volunteers and other staff on projects. Important projects include the annual Small Shark Tagging, our annual Festival of the Sea, saltmarsh and sand dune surveys and public engagement events and citizen science.


Benefits and Competency

  • Wildlife Data, GIS and its communication
  • Use and communication of wildlife information, potentially including the use of personally gathered marine and terrestrial wildlife data. Skills: Data management; mapping and GIS (ArcGIS and QGIS); Recorder 6; Excel and Access use.
  • Species and Habitat Monitoring
  • Monitoring protocols and species identification, plus the management/implementation of monitoring projects. Skills: Invasive species ID and monitoring; Small shark tagging; beetle and butterfly ID.
  • Strandings and volunteer network
  • Monitoring of dead mammal strandings and the coordination of a volunteer network. Skills: mammal stranding ID and monitoring; volunteer leadership.
  • Citizen Science and Awareness Raising
  • Building participation in marine citizen science projects, such as the Manx Nurdle Hunt and Seal Sightings. This area of our work also includes communicating with the public and other audiences, and so may include events, social media campaigns, marketing material production and report writing. Skills: report writing; communication planning; project planning for public participation; event leadership; health and safety.
  • Event support
  • Helping at events and promoting Manx wildlife and communicating with the public.

Personal specifications


  • Relevant degree or experience in marine and terrestrial science
  • Previous experience of report writing
  • IT and computer literate
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Keen interest in wildlife
  • Knowledge in marine and terrestrial conservation
  • Knowledge of habitats and ecosystems
  • Experience in public engagement and awareness raising
  • Access to own vehicle for transportation


  • Use of Access, ArcGIS and InDesign
  • Knowledge in protected areas
  • Previous experience in photo ID work
  • Wildlife survey experience
  • First Aid qualified

What we can offer you

What we can offer is a professional, friendly and inclusive environment to put your skills to great use protecting Manx wildlife. The placement will give hands on experience of marine and terrestrial conservation in a supportive environment to learn. This is a great opportunity to get to explore the Manx coastline from a different perspective and learn about our marine wildlife.

Volunteer expenses for travel, equipment and other relevant out of pocket costs will be covered.

Details and Length of Placement

Ideally a full-time commitment for the placement is desired but a part time position will be considered. The role will last from 1st July until the end of August 2019. The role will need some flexibility as some evening and weekend work will be required.

Reporting and Supervision

The role shall report directly to MWT’s Marine Officer, Lara Howe.


The role will be based at MWT’s office in Peel but travel around the Island will be necessary, so access to transport is necessary.


Initial enquiries and questions about the role can be sent to the Marine Officer, Lara Howe at


Please send in your CV and cover letter (no more than one side of A4), stating how you meet the role specifications by email, to Deadline for applications is 5pm on 7th June 2019. A Skype interview will be arranged for shortlisted applicants, date to be confirmed.

Please note that due to the number of application, we may not be able to notify all applications about the result. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has not been successful on this occasion.

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