Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre: Living Seas Local and Seasonal Volunteers

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre: Living Seas Local and Seasonal Volunteers

Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, Patent Slip Building, Glanmor Terrace, New Quay , SA45 9PS
Volunteering at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre 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!

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Local Volunteering

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.

Volunteer tasks include:

  • Land-based marine mammal surveys
  • Boat-based marine megafauna surveys
  • Manning our visitor centre and inspiring visitors
  • Entering and checking data
  • Updating sightings information
  • Assisting with community engagement events such as rock pooling
  • Conducting beach cleans

We ask local volunteers to commit to at least 2 hours 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 flexible with days and can work around your schedule. There is a minimum commitment of 8 weeks due to the time needed to train new volunteers. 

Please be aware that during the winter, between November and March we are only open on weekdays. 

To register download an application form (see below) and return it to

Seasonal Volunteering

We're looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join our team for the 2023 field season (20th March - 6th November) and assist with our Living Seas research and community engagement work.  

Volunteer tasks include land and boat based marine mammal surveys, data entry, running our visitor centre, assisting with community engagement events, beach cleans and more!

These positions are suited to those with a passion for marine life who are looking to gain valuable work experience in the conservation sector or who are undertaking a placement year as part of university education. 

Volunteer positions are available on the dates below. You must be able to volunteer for an entire block. 

  • Block 1 – 20th March – 24th April (5 weeks)  
  • Block 2 24th April – 5th June (6 weeks)  
  • Block 3 6th June – 3rd July (4 weeks) 
  • Block 4 3rd July – 4th September (9 weeks)  
  • Block 5 – 4th September – 6th November (9 weeks) 

For further information on the role, volunteer accommodation etc then please download the full information pack below. 

How to Apply

Download an application form (see below) and email it to with "Marine Seasonal Volunteer App 2023" in the subject line.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Places will be offered to suitable candidates on a first come first serve basis. 

Living Seas Youth Forum

Are you aged 9-24?  Do you live in coastal Ceredigion?  Do you want to help tackle climate change and protect our seas?  

If you’ve answered YES to all of these questions, then dive in and join our Living Seas Youth Forum!  

As part of the forum you’ll –  

  • Discover more about the marine environment and climate change  

  • Discuss how we can take climate action and inspire others in coastal Ceredigion  

  • Take positive action for our seas and marine wildlife by running campaigns and events both online and in the local area.  

  • Meet like-minded people and have fun!  

Through the Living Seas Youth Forum we’ll run regular meetings, training and workshops online via zoom and face to face meet ups and events. 

To join, download a registration form and return it to If you are under 18 your parent/guardian must also complete a parental consent form.  


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!
Sue and Barry Davies
woman speaking at climate march

Leanne Manchester

Stand For Nature Wales