Living Seas Volunteering

Living Seas Volunteers beach cleaning in New Quay

Volunteers play a vital role in our marine conservation work, helping us to collect valuable data on Welsh marine life as well as engaging with and inspiring the public. Without the continued hard work and support from dedicated volunteers our work would not be possible! We welcome volunteers, of all ages and backgrounds, with a passion for the marine environment and conservation. You don’t need a background in science to become involved as full training is provided.

The Living Seas volunteer programme at CBMWC has received national recognition after achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award, the UK’s quality standard for volunteer management, in January 2017. The award demonstrates that we provide an outstanding volunteer experience!

Why Volunteer?

Joining the Living Seas Volunteer Team is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience Wales’ amazing marine life and contribute towards marine conservation. Volunteering is a great way to boost your CV, gain new skills and increase your confidence. You’ll also meet new people and have fun!

Volunteer Opportunities

 We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available whether you live in Ceredigion or are from further afield and would like to join us as a seasonal volunteer. See below for more information.

Do you live locally to New Quay? You can volunteer from our office and visitor centre. Click here to find out more.

Are you aged 9-24 and living in coastal Ceredigion? Click here to discover more about the Stand For Nature Wales project!

If you live further afield you can still volunteer with us through a seasonal volunteer position. Click here to find out more.















· Visitor centre operation, including dealing with enquiries and taking boat bookings

· Land-based surveys in conjunction with Ceredigion County Council

· Boat-based surveys*

· Educational and awareness raising activities with children and the general public

· Data entry and checking

· Updating daily sightings information

· Beach cleans

· Aquarium maintenance

· Cleaning and general upkeep of CBMWC premises

* Boat surveys are weather dependent and volunteers take turns to join trips to act as onboard researcher. During times of bad weather, you will spend more time carrying out shore-based activities.

Important: You may be expected to work up to 8 hours a day, six days a week. Some training and activities may take place outside of normal office hours. Field work can involve long periods outdoors and in inclement weather. All volunteers are expected to contribute to all CBMWC activities, tasks and field work and to attend all training sessions provided.

Person specification:

Essential skills

· Positive, reliable, responsible, conscientious and mature attitude

· Ability to work and live closely with others as part of a small team

· Strong work ethic with an ability to work unsupervised

· Adaptable and patient (particularly as boat work is weather dependent)

· Confident in dealing with the public both face to face and over the telephone

· Fluency in English

· Willing to ask for help if unsure and admit mistakes

Desirable skills

· Interest and/or experience of working with children in environmental education

· Research and surveying experience

· IT skills, including Microsoft Office and GIS

· Interest and or/experience in salt water aquaria

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

Student projects

We welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students who require field work support – including boat time and office space to conduct their research projects. Please note that we do not have a list of specific project ideas but if you have a project idea in mind, please contact us to discuss whether your ideas are feasible.

Time commitment

Volunteer positions are available from 23rd March until 2nd November 2015 for five separate blocks ranging from 4 to 9 weeks. You must be able to commit to an entire block and priority will be given to volunteers who are able to commit to more than one block. Applications are encouraged from volunteers who would like to join the team for the entire season and would like gain additional experience in photo-ID analysis, environmental education and volunteer training and coordination. Volunteers living locally who are available on a part-time basis are welcome year round and are greatly appreciated.

2015 volunteering dates

· Block A: 23/03/2015-19/04/2015 (4 weeks)

· Block B: 20/04/2015-17/05/2015 (4 weeks)

· Block C: 18/05/2015-05/07/2015 (7 weeks)

· Block D: 06/07/2015-06/09/2015 (9 weeks)

· Block E: 07/09/2015-02/11/2015 (8 weeks)


Volunteer fee

An administration fee of £45 will be required from all successful applicants.

Accommodation and expense arrangements

Shared accommodation in a comfortable and fully equipped house will be arranged for successful volunteers (where required) at a cost of £55 per week, including fuel bills. Volunteers are responsible for their own food, travel and accommodation costs.

Due to payment arrangements with the house owners, accommodation costs are required in advance to cover the cost of each block so before applying please ensure that you can cover this and all other expenses.