Research Assistant (Voluntary)


We are looking for a Living Seas Research Assistant (voluntary) to join our volunteer team and assist with our research work throughout 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 meet new people who share your interests as well as others working in the environment sector. You will learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain experience in field work, research methods, data processing, volunteer coordination and leadership skills. Past volunteers have gone on to further education, work as Marine Mammal Observers and to work for other conservation or Government organisations.

The Volunteer Role  

The Research Assistant will contribute to the delivery of our Living Seas research objectives focused on marine megafauna in Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea.

Volunteer Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting the Living Seas Science Officer with a range of research projects including assisting with research equipment maintenance and data analysis
  • Conducting land and boat based* marine megafauna surveys
  • Data entry and maintenance of CBMWC research databases
  • Assisting the ShoreFin and SeaSeal volunteers with their project
  • Assisting with volunteer coordination and training – responsible for shared volunteer accommodation
  • You may also be asked to assist with other aspects of our work including manning our visitor centre and assisting with community engagement activities

* Boat trips are run by an external company who we collaborate with. They are weather dependent and volunteers take turns to join trips to act as on-board researcher.

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 Research Assistant will receive training in marine species identification, survey techniques, data entry, running a visitor centre and community engagement.

Volunteer Skills/Qualities 

  • Fluency in English
  • Research and surveying experience
  • IT skills, including Microsoft Office
  • 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)
  • Experience of working in a small team

Desirable skills

  • Leadership experience
  • Experience of GIS and Word Press

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.

How To Apply

Download a CBMWC Living Seas Long Term Volunteer App Form here and email it along with a CV and covering letter (no more than one side of A4) detailing your motivations for applying to with “Living Seas Research Assistant App 2018” in the subject line.

You may also apply for the ShoreFin,  SeaSeal and Education volunteer positions in the same application.

Please provide as much detail as possible, highlighting your experience and skills gained, in the application form rather than referring to your CV. Incomplete applications will not be assessed so please make sure you complete the form fully, including availability and be sure to attach your CV and covering letter.

Deadline for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 11th February. Applications will be reviewed as received and volunteer opportunities are available until filled.  

Further Information

For further information on the role or application process please contact Laura Evans at or on 01545 560224

CBMWC volunteer