Each year we recruit seasonal volunteers (Easter to November) for fixed periods to assist with all aspects of our work. You may be expected to work up to 8 hours a day, six days a week. Responsibilities/duties will include (but are not limited to):
• Visitor centre operation, including dealing with enquiries, taking boat bookings and processing gift shop sales
• Land-based surveys in conjunction with Ceredigion County Council
• Boat-based surveys
• Educational and awareness raising activities with children and the general public – run either on the beach or in our dedicated education and activity room
• Data entry and checking
• Updating sightings information
• Beach cleans
Please note that 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.
Field work can involve long periods outdoors, in often inclement weather.
All volunteers are expected to contribute to all CBMWC activities, tasks and field work and to attend all training sessions provided. As such, if you are only looking to gain field experience, this is not the opportunity for you.
• Positive, reliable, conscientious and mature attitude
• Ability to work 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)
• Excellent communication skills and confidence 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
• Interest and/or experience of working with children in environmental education
• Research and surveying experience
• IT skills, including Microsoft Office and GIS Strong
Additionally, if you have any specific skills or experience such as website creation, media skills, DIY skills, accountancy, exhibition, interior or graphic design and would like to help with project development, please contact us.
2014 volunteer dates
Volunteer positions are available from 31st March until 3rd November 2014 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 majority of (or entire) season and would like gain additional experience in photo-ID analysis, environmental education and volunteer training and coordination.
• Block A 31st March-27th April (4 weeks)
• Block B 28th April-1st June (5 weeks)
• Block C 2nd June-6th July (5 weeks)
• Block D 7th July-7th September (9 weeks)
• Block E 8th September-3rd November (8 weeks)
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 will be required in advance to cover the cost of each block so before applying please ensure that you can cover this and all other expenses.
How to apply
Download a seasonal volunteer application form and email it along with a CV and covering letter (no more than one side of A4) outlining your motivations for applying and how you meet the personal specification to email@example.com with ‘Volunteer application 2014’ in your subject line. Please make sure you fill in your availability.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 31st January 2014
If you would like more information about volunteering contact Laura Mears on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01545 560 224