Seal Survey Volunteer - Photo ID

Manx Wildlife Trust

Calf of Man

Volunteer • Full Time 01624 844432 Lara Howe

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 26th July 2019  

For six weeks every autumn, Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) sends volunteers to the Calf of Man to conduct seal surveys, to monitor the number of births and take a photographic record of adults, with the aim of better understanding the Isle of Man’s seal population. The surveys start at the end of September, to enable the survey to capture information about the pups and adult seals. Manx Wildlife Trust is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to part-take in the whole 6 weeks of surveying and the following 2 weeks to complete the data analysis. This is an exciting opportunity to study these unique mammals for someone already with or wanting to develop their photo ID skills.

The role will be based at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory for 6 weeks and then 2 weeks on the Isle of Man. Availability needs to be flexible, as the boat trips on/off the Calf of Man are very weather dependent. Shorter periods would be considered based on experience.

Tasks may include:

  • Daily visits to pupping sights to count the number of births
  • Photographing each pup with its mother (and all adult seals) and comparing photos with our existing photo ID catalogue
  • Recording the developmental stage of the seal pup
  • Monitoring mortality rate of the pups

Ideally experience in photo ID of seals would be preferable but training can be provided. Applicants must be comfortable walking 4 miles a day on variable terrain.

There is some financial support for this role. Travel on island will be covered. Accommodation will be provided on the Calf of Man and on the Isle of Man for last 2 weeks collating the data. A £30 per week food allowance will also be provided.

The role shall report directly to MWT’s Marine Officer, Lara Howe and enquiries should be directed to

If applying, a CV should be sent, along with a cover letter, to the Marine Officer, Lara Howe at 

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