martes, 19 de enero de 2010

Volunteering: more volunteers for Sea Watch Foundation!

Sea Watch Foundation Research Volunteering opportunity in Cardigan Bay for 2010

Volunteers are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation ( with the running of the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project. The project is based in New Quay, West Wales, and takes care of the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success and population structure using a combination of line-transect, photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys.

The volunteers will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the Sightings Officer by taking part in the following tasks:

- Land-based surveys
- Boat-based surveys
- Photo-identification studies
- Database entry
- Awareness raising
- Education initiatives
- Acoustic monitoring
- Assist with and participate in training courses and public talks.

Volunteers are required from April until October 2010, for 4 separate periods of 6 weeks each. Preference will be given to those who can stay for more than one period, including the whole 6-months field season. Volunteers will be based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is provided at a rate of around ?55/week. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain part-time paid work in the area if required.

Volunteering periods for summer 2010:
Period 1 26/04 - 6/06,
Period 2 7/06 - 18/07,
Period 3 19/07 - 29/08
Period 4 30/08 - 10/10

Important skills/qualifications

- an ability to work in a meticulous and reliable manner
- strong commitment to volunteering work
- willingness to work long hours outdoors in often very changeable Welsh weather
- good IT skills (Office package)
- an ability to get on well with others in a small team and shared accommodation

- a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
- a strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans
- prior experience in boat-based survey work
- good verbal and written communication skills and in public speaking
- experience in interacting with the public

All volunteers will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in line-transect survey protocols and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins and grey seals.

To apply:

Please send your cv, covering letter and contact details of two references, reporting any relevant experience you have and specifying the period(s) you would prefer to volunteer for to Daphna Feingold (

Deadlines: 31st of January 2010.

Please specify NEW QUAY VOLUNTEER APPLICATION into your subject title.

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by the 22nd of February 2010.

1 comentario:

Anónimo dijo...

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