Living Seas Volunteer

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

New Quay, Ceredigion

Volunteer • Full Time

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Thursday, 30th June 2022  

Join our Living Seas team and gain valuable experience whilst helping us to collect research data on the marine mammals of Cardigan Bay and inspire and educate the public through our visitor centre and community engagement events.

What You Will Gain

This a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out marine research and become involved in environmental education and awareness raising work. You’ll learn about the marine species of Cardigan Bay and gain experience in field work, processing data, environmental education, community engagement and more!

Past volunteers have gone on to further their academic careers, work as Marine Mammal Observers or to work for conservation or governmental organisations.

The Volunteering Role

Volunteers will assist with our vital Living Seas research and community engagement work. Volunteer tasks include (but not limited too) –

  • Land based marine mammal surveys (daily)
  • Boat based marine megafauna surveys*
  • Running our visitor centre and inspiring visitors
  • Entering and checking research data
  • Updating our website/social media
  • Assisting with community engagement events
  • Conducting beach cleans
  • There will also be the opportunity to assist with other tasks e.g. fundraising, writing articles and creating Vlogs.

*Time conducting boat surveys is subject to weather conditions and boat availability. Volunteers will take turns to be involved and during times when boat surveys aren’t scheduled you will spend more time carrying out shore-based activities.

For those able to volunteer for longer periods of time (multiple blocks) there may also be opportunities to assist with additional research activities such as our SeaSeal research project or become more involved in running community engagement events.

Volunteer Training

Our team of Living Seas experts will provide volunteers with the following training –

  • Induction to CBMWC and The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
  • Marine species identification
  • Marine survey techniques
  • Data processing
  • Community engagement

There may also be the opportunity to gain boating experience and qualifications through our partnership with Cardigan Bay Watersports.

Volunteer Qualities

  • A passion for marine wildlife and the environment
  • Enthusiastic and willing to communicate with the public and other volunteers
  • A mature and responsible attitude
  • Proactive with the ability to carry out tasks independently and unsupervised
  • Flexible approach to volunteering as tasks are weather dependant and may occur outside of normal office hours

Please note that enthusiasm and passion for our work and the marine environment is as valued as experience, since full training is provided.

Volunteer Dates 2022

Volunteer positions are available on the dates below. You must be able to volunteer for an entire block and priority will be given to those who can volunteer for more than one block.

  • Block 3 – 20th June – 5th September (11 weeks)
  • Block 4 – 5th September – 7th November (9 weeks)

Please note volunteer placements will be subject to COVID restrictions and volunteers will be expected to adhere to any regulations in place.

How to Apply

Contact [email protected] for an application pack. 

Deadline open – Suitable candidates will be offered places on a first come first serve basis.

Find out more & apply