Local Volunteers

Do you live locally to New Quay? Would you like to be involved in our research, education and awareness-raising programmes? Or do you have any specific skills in website creation, fundraising, the media, DIY, accountancy, exhibition, interior or graphic design, video filming and editing and would like to help with project development?

Volunteers living locally who are available on a part-time basis are welcome year round and are greatly appreciated. Whatever your age, experience or background we would like to hear from you.

YOU DON’T NEED A BACKGROUND IN SCIENCE TO GET INVOLVED! 

Volunteer Tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • 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.

Our Current Local Volunteers

Sue and Barry Davies (Retired) “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!”

Jess Lewis (Freelance Graphic Designer) “Working from home on my own can be quite lonely so I have really enjoyed meeting and working alongside other people at the centre. The work is interesting and varied and I have had the opportunity to put my design skills to good use as well as learning new ones. I feel lucky to live in such a special area for marine wildlife and volunteering has been a great way to become involved in its conservation.”

James Harvey (Renewables Industry) “I decided to join CBMWC as I wanted to get involved with a local conservation group. I have a background in science after studying Environmental Biology (BSc) and then completing an MSC in Environmental Management. I currently work in the renewables industry but felt I wanted to help out at a local conservation group & gain some conservation research experience, just in case I choose to change my career path. Thankfully my work allows me to spend a few days a month, at the center, helping out. I find the whole experience very rewarding, from meeting new people & helping educate members of the public to simply just getting a chance to observe and enjoy the marine life on my doorstep.”

Commitment:

We ask local volunteers to commit to a couple of hours (2+) 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 very flexible with days and can work around your schedule. There is a minimum commitment of 8 weeks due to time needed to train new volunteers.

Please be aware that over the winter (November-March) we are only open on weekdays. 

Volunteer fee

A £15 admin fee will be required from all successful applicants.

How to Apply

Please fill in a cbmwc-living-seas-local-volunteer-app-form and return to volunteer@cbmwc.org .

Applications for Local Volunteer positions are open year round.

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Local Volunteer David Martin conducing a land survey