Local Volunteers

CBMWC Local Volunteer Land Watch
Local Volunteer conducting a land based survey in New Quay

Do you live locally to New Quay and want to become involved in our research and community engagement work? Living Seas Local Volunteers are welcomed to our team all year round. You don’t need a background in science to become involved as full training is provided.

Volunteering is a fantastic way for you to contribute to marine conservation, gain new skills, meet people with similar interests and experience our amazing marine life!

Volunteer Tasks

Local Volunteer running our Discovery Stall

Volunteers assist with a range of activities including –

  • Land based marine mammal surveys
  • Boat based marine megafauna surveys (weather dependent)
  • Manning our visitor centre – inspiring visitors
  • Entering and checking data
  • Updating sightings information on our website/social media
  • Assisting with community engagement events e.g. rock pooling
  • Conducting beach cleans
  • There may also be the opportunity to assist with other tasks e.g. acoustic analysis and writing articles for our website

Please note some volunteer tasks such as boat surveys and office based tasks are dependant on COVID-19 restrictions.

Our Current Local Volunteers

Sue and Barry Davies (Retired) “We joined the centre initially as ‘something to do’, but quickly found it so interesting and such a worthwhile project. Helping at the centre and collecting survey data all helps to bring awareness to so many people of the importance of maintaining our precious marine wildlife and we get to meet some great people along the way!”

Jess Lewis (Freelance Graphic Designer) “Working from home on my own can be quite lonely so I have really enjoyed meeting and working alongside other people at the centre. The work is interesting and varied and I have had the opportunity to put my design skills to good use as well as learning new ones.

James Harvey (Renewables Industry) “I decided to join CBMWC as I wanted to get involved with a local conservation group. I have a background in science and I currently work in the renewables industry. I felt I wanted to help out at a local conservation group & gain some conservation research experience, just in case I choose to change my career path.


We ask local volunteers to commit to a couple of hours (2+) a week (Monday-Sunday), or more if available. Most of our local volunteers come in on the same day every week e.g. Monday 10am-3pm. However, we can be very flexible with days and can work around your schedule. There is a minimum commitment of 8 weeks due to time needed to train new volunteers.

Please be aware that over the winter (November-March) we are only open on weekdays. 


Please fill in a CBMWC Living Seas Local Volunteer Registration Form and return to volunteer@cbmwc.org .

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