Become a CBMWC Volunteer

Becoming a Volunteer

Do you live locally, near to New Quay? Do you want to support a local project, if so find out more here.

We welcome volunteers, students and Interns to assist with the ongoing bottlenose dolphin research, education programmes, and other projects concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay.

As a volunteer or intern you would be involved in all aspects of our work.

It is a great opportunity to meet likeminded people, learn new skills essential for a career in the environment or conservation and make new friends!

Volunteering at CBMWC

Volunteers are needed year round and more specifically from April until November, during our field season. We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 weeks, ideally volunteers would be able to commit longer. Volunteers living locally who are available on a part-time basis are also welcome year round and are greatly appreciated.

Basic accommodation can be arranged for committed volunteers (approx 50 GBP per week). Volunteers are responsible for all their own food, travel and accommodation costs.

The Importance of Volunteers & Interns

We rely on the generous help of volunteers & Interns to help undertake our work and we greatly appreciate your time. We welcome people with all sorts of skills to offer, and enthusiasm is as valued as experience, since training is provided.

As a volunteer you would be involved in all aspects of our work including awareness raising through our visitor centre that is open and manned by volunteers 7 days a week from April until October. The centre relies entirely on donations and sales from its small shop to keep it open and running, as a volunteer you would help man the centre, carry out land based surveys from New Quay pier, carry out boat based research on board a local charter boat and assist with our on-going photo-identification work.

You can download our latest catalogue from our Photo-id research page.

We may also have fundraising and other awareness raising events throughout the season, and we often have school and University groups visiting which you may be asked to help out with.

Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine wildlife conservation and to gain knowledge and experience of the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay. It can be a great chance to gain experience of field work, research methods and public awareness and education programmes. You can gain essential skills for a career in the environment or conservation such as developing your interpersonal, fundraising and data processing skills as well as meeting and socialising with people who share your interests.

Without the continued hard work and support from dedicated volunteers the work of the marine wildlife centre would not be possible.

If you have any specific skills or experience such as in website creation, fundraising, the media, DIY skills, accountacy, exhibition, interior or graphic design and would like to help with project development, please contact Sarah Perry (Project Manager):


Phone: 01545 560032

Land-based work

  • Assisting with the day-to-day operation of our visitor centre, including staffing the front desk, taking boat bookings and answering enquiries.
  • Advising visitors to the centre about local marine wildlife and our research work
  • Regular updating of our website with sightings, articles and other information
  • Conducting land based mammal surveys from New Quay
  • Recording sightings information, updating sightings boards and database
  • Assisting with analysis & cataloguing of photo identification of the bottlenose dolphins
  • Assisting development of our education programme and interpretational materials
  • Training new volunteers in collection of data and survey work

Boat-based work

  • Assisting with boat based photo-identification surveys of bottlenose dolphins.
  • Assisting with collection of data on marine mammals and other wildlife in Cardigan Bay
  • Educating boat passengers about the wildlife in Cardigan Bay
  • Enjoy the chance of experiencing pods of Dolphins metres from you as you click away with your camera!