ShoreFin Volunteers

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Matching images of dolphins to our ID catalogue


ShoreFin is our dedicated land-based, bottlenose dolphin photo-ID project. The aim of the project is to build up an understanding of bottlenose dolphin site usage within the New Quay bay area, to find out which individuals visit the bay and discover more about the ecology and life history of these animals.

We are looking for two ShoreFin volunteers for the period of 25th March – 5th July 2019 and another two volunteers for the period 1st July – 4th November 2019. Priority will be given to those that can volunteer for the full research season.

What You Will Gain

Joining the ShoreFin team is a unique opportunity for you to carry out marine mammal research and contribute to conservation. You’ll learn about the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay and gain experience in field work, wildlife photography, photo ID, data entry, report writing and much more! This role can be a stepping stone to a career in marine research or conservation.

The Volunteer Role  

The ShoreFin volunteers will photograph bottlenose dolphins from land, conduct photo-ID, analyse data and write the annual ShoreFin report.

We’re looking for dedicated volunteers with a passion for marine mammals, experience of photography and photo ID work, who are mature and proactive.

Interested? You can download more information on the ShoreFin Volunteer Role and accommodation here. 

How To Apply

Download a CBMWC Living Seas Project Volunteer App Form and email it along with a CV and covering letter (no more than one side of A4) detailing your motivations for applying to with “ShoreFin App 2019” in the subject line.

Please provide as much detail as possible, highlighting your experience and skills gained, in the application form rather than referring to your CV.

You may also apply for the SeaSeal Volunteer Role in the same application form/

Deadline for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 6th January.

Further Information

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

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