Our Discovering Living Seas project aims to expand our work with volunteers at CBMWC. We rely on the generous help of volunteers to help us carry out our work. We welcome people from all ages and backgrounds as enthusiasm and interest in our work is just as valued as experience, since full training is provided. Without the continued hard work and support from dedicated volunteers, our work would not be possible.

We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available; whether you would like to join our team of local volunteers or if you are from further afield and would like to join us as a seasonal volunteer we welcome your application.

What’s involved?

Living Seas volunteers assist with our on-going research, education and awareness-raising programmes concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay. 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 learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain experience in field work, research methods, data processing and assist with public awareness and education programmes. The data you collect will contribute to long running research studies on bottlenose dolphins in Cardigan Bay and towards new studies on the Atlantic grey seal population. There may also be additional opportunities to gain experience in boat handling and seamanship skills.

Click here to watch a short video featuring our volunteers describing their roles at CBMWC.

Many thanks to our friends at AMP (Aberystwyth Media Productions) for putting this together for us. 

Volunteering Positions for 2017 Now Open

Each year we recruit a team of seasonal volunteers who come from all across the UK (volunteers from across the world are welcome though we cannot sponsor visas) to volunteer for set periods during our research season (27th March-30th October 2017).

Positions available for 2017 include:

The closing date for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 19th February 2017

Local Volunteers can also assist with our research projects and we take applications all year round.

Millennium Volunteering

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If you’re between your 14th and 26th birthday then you can become a Millennium Volunteer (MV) with CBMWC. MV is a recognised award that shows how many hours of your time that you have dedicated to volunteering. You can work towards your 50, 100 or 200 hour certificates. Volunteering at CBMWC is a rewarding way to spend your spare time and with MV you can show future employers what you have achieved.

Discovering Living Seas Portfolio

As a Living Seas Volunteer you will get the opportunity to work towards the Discovering Living Seas Certificate (optional) through completing the modules listed below –

  • Marine Mammal surveying Techniques
  • Marine Species Identification
  • Data Entry
  • Running a Visitor Centre
  • Conservation and The Public
  • Health and Safety

For each module you must undertake various straining sessions (required to become a volunteer with), volunteer based experience and in some cases complete quizzes or mini assignments. The Discovering Living Seas Portfolio will help you develop new skills and is a way for you to demonstrate and provide evidence to employers of the skills and knowledge that you have developed.

Further information


Living Seas Volunteers Conducting a Land Watch Survey

If you would like more information about volunteering contact us on volunteer@cbmwc.org or call 01545 560 224

 Our volunteering programme is supported by the Volunteering in Wales Fund via Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
 WVCAWelsh Government


· Visitor centre operation, including dealing with enquiries and taking boat bookings

· Land-based surveys in conjunction with Ceredigion County Council

· Boat-based surveys*

· Educational and awareness raising activities with children and the general public

· Data entry and checking

· Updating daily sightings information

· Beach cleans

· Aquarium maintenance

· Cleaning and general upkeep of CBMWC premises

* Boat surveys are weather dependent and volunteers take turns to join trips to act as onboard researcher. During times of bad weather, you will spend more time carrying out shore-based activities.

Important: You may be expected to work up to 8 hours a day, six days a week. Some training and activities may take place outside of normal office hours. Field work can involve long periods outdoors and in inclement weather. All volunteers are expected to contribute to all CBMWC activities, tasks and field work and to attend all training sessions provided.

Person specification:

Essential skills

· 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)

· Confident in dealing with the public both face to face and over the telephone

· Fluency in English

· Willing to ask for help if unsure and admit mistakes

Desirable skills

· Interest and/or experience of working with children in environmental education

· Research and surveying experience

· IT skills, including Microsoft Office and GIS

· Interest and or/experience in salt water aquaria

Please note that enthusiasm for our work and the marine environment is as valued as experience, since full training is provided.

Student projects

We welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students who require field work support – including boat time and office space to conduct their research projects. Please note that we do not have a list of specific project ideas but if you have a project idea in mind, please contact us to discuss whether your ideas are feasible.

Time commitment

Volunteer positions are available from 23rd March until 2nd November 2015 for five separate blocks ranging from 4 to 9 weeks. You must be able to commit to an entire block and priority will be given to volunteers who are able to commit to more than one block. Applications are encouraged from volunteers who would like to join the team for the entire season and would like gain additional experience in photo-ID analysis, environmental education and volunteer training and coordination. Volunteers living locally who are available on a part-time basis are welcome year round and are greatly appreciated.

2015 volunteering dates

· Block A: 23/03/2015-19/04/2015 (4 weeks)

· Block B: 20/04/2015-17/05/2015 (4 weeks)

· Block C: 18/05/2015-05/07/2015 (7 weeks)

· Block D: 06/07/2015-06/09/2015 (9 weeks)

· Block E: 07/09/2015-02/11/2015 (8 weeks)


Volunteer fee

An administration fee of £45 will be required from all successful applicants.

Accommodation and expense arrangements

Shared accommodation in a comfortable and fully equipped house will be arranged for successful volunteers (where required) at a cost of £55 per week, including fuel bills. 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.