SeaSeal Volunteer


Initiated in 2014, the SeaSeal project aims to create a catalogue of individual Atlantic grey seals photographed in Cardigan Bay to learn more about their travelling habits and areas that are important to them.

We are looking for a SeaSeal Volunteer to join our volunteer team from 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. You will be involved in all aspects of a new CBMWC research project and will learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain experience in field work, wildlife photography, photo ID, data entry and much more. 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 SeaSeal volunteer will assist with the delivery of our Living Seas research objectives focused on Atlantic grey seals in Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea.

Volunteer responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Conducting land based seal surveys (weather dependant sometimes daily during the summer)
  • Photographing Atlantic grey seals and other marine megafauna
  • Assisting with the annual seal pup survey (October)
  • Analysing photographs of seals taken a long the Cardigan Bay Coast
  • Sorting and matching images using ExtractCompare
  • Providing regular updates and images for our Facebook and Twitter feeds
  • Liaising with outside organisations
  • Writing a project report to be submitted at the end of their volunteering period
  • Provide regular project updates to the CBMWC Science Officer
  • There may also be an opportunity to assist with the further development of the project
  • Assisting with other aspects of our work, such as field surveys, data entry, manning our visitor centre and community engagement.

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. 

Volunteer Skills/Qualities 

  • Experience using digital SLR cameras
  • Previous experience of photo-identification (not necessarily with seals)
  • IT skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • Mature and responsible attitude as you will be using expensive camera and computer equipment
  • Flexible approach to work as you will be required to work outside of normal office hours
  • Ability to work and live closely with others as part of a small team
  • Experience of report writing

Desirable skills

  • Experience using GIS programs
  • Experience of statistical analysis
  • A background in biology/marine biology/environmental science

Volunteering Dates

The successful applicants must be available to start on 12th March 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 accommodation 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, Research Assistant and Education volunteer positions in the same application.

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.

The closing date for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 14th January 2018

Further Information

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

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