Living Seas Education Volunteer

APPLICATIONS FOR THE EDUCATION VOLUNTEER ARE NOW CLOSED

We’re looking for a Living Seas Education Volunteer to join our volunteer team and assist with our community engagement, education and awareness raining work for the 2018 field season (12th March to 5th November 2018).

What You Will Gain

Volunteering for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales at CBMWC is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine wildlife conservation and gain valuable experience in environmental education. You will also meet new people who share your interests, learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay and experience Wales’ marine life. Past volunteers have gone on to further education, work as MMO’s and work for other conservation organisations.

The volunteer programme at CBMWC has received national recognition after achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award (IiV), the UK’s quality standard for volunteer management, in January 2017. We provide a fantastic volunteer experience!

The Volunteer Role

The Living Seas Education Volunteer will assist with the delivery of our Living Seas community engagement and education objectives.

Volunteer Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing and promoting a range of educational activities for 2018
  • Delivering education activities such as Seashore Safaris and Dolphin Detective Sessions
  • Providing talks and activities to visiting groups and schools
  • Organising and promoting events for National Marine Week
  • Representing the centre and WTSWW at external events
  • Providing engaging content for CBMWC social media and the Adopt a Dolphin scheme
  • Outside of the school holidays you will assist with other volunteer activities such as land and boat based marine mammal surveys, running our visitor centre, entering data and conducting beach cleans.

As the volunteering role will involve working with children and vulnerable adults you will be subject to a DBS check.

Important: The previous project volunteers have worked up to 6-8 hours a day 6 days a week, to ensure surveys can be conducted during periods of good weather and volunteers gain the most out of the experience. Some training and activities may take place outside of normal office hours.

The Living Seas Education Volunteer will receive training in marine species identification, survey techniques, data entry, running a visitor centre and community engagement.

Volunteer Skills/Qualities 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience of working with children and families
  • Experience in delivering educational activities
  • Enthusiastic, conscientious and hard working
  • Proactive with ability to work unsupervised
  • Responsible, flexible and mature attitude
  • Ability to work and live closely with others as part of a small team

Desirable skills:

  • A knowledge of British marine life would be an advantage
  • Experience of using social media and WordPress

Volunteering Dates

The successful applicants must be available to start on 12th March 2018 and volunteer for the entire field season until 5th November 2018.

Volunteer Fee

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

Accommodation Arrangements

Shared accommodation will be arranged for successful volunteers (where required) at a cost of £50 -£55 per week (includes bills) and a £50 refundable deposit. Deposits will be refunded if the accommodation is left in the same condition it was found in. Please be aware that volunteers share same sex bedrooms. 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. Many volunteers undertake part time, evening work 2-3 times a week alongside volunteering to help cover costs.

Further Information

For further information on the role or application process please contact Laura Evans at volunteer@cbmwc.org or on 01545 560224

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