Volunteer

We rely on our team of dedicated volunteers who help us to collect data on the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay, run our visitor centre and inspire the public through community engagement events. 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.

 The volunteer programme at CBMWC has received national recognition after achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award, the UK’s quality standard for volunteer management, in January 2017. The award demonstrates that we provide an outstanding volunteer experience!

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?

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Team of Living Seas Volunteers 2015

 

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.  

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. 

Discovering Our Coasts Project  

Living Seas Volunteer in the CBMWC visitor centre

The Discovering Our Coasts Project aims to provide local young people (aged 14-25) with the opportunity to discover the Ceredigion coast and to develop key skills through a range of engagement events and volunteering at CBMWC.

The volunteering opportunities available to young people will include a range of activities from land and boat based marine mammal surveys to inspiring people through the CBMWC visitor centre, keeping our beaches litter free and assisting with engagement events. This skills and experience gained through volunteering will help to boost your CV, with past volunteers going on to further education or into employment.

 Discovering Our Coasts Project Information 

Prosiect Darganfod Ein Arfordiroedd 

If you’d like to become involved in the project then please contact Laura Evans at volunteer@cbmwc.org.

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

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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 Grant via Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
 Welsh 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.