Volunteer With Us: Seal Survey Volunteer and Marine & Conservation Summer Placement

Tuesday 14th May 2019

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We have two Marine Volunteer roles currently available: A Marine and Conservation Summer Placement in our Peel office and a Seal Survey Volunteer based on the Calf of Man

1 - Marine and Conservation Summer Placement 

Background to role
Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) is the largest conservation charity on the Isle of Man, protecting our wildlife since 1973. As 87% of the Isle of Man is our marine territory, our conservation work for our coast and seas is hugely important to us. MWT’s work covers a range of marine and terrestrial research and activities from rock pooling, to monitoring invasive species, recording dead mammal strandings, butterfly and beetle surveys and much more.

The role is part of Wildlife Counts, funded by the Manx Lottery Trust, and aiming to put wildlife on the map it is all about generating useful wildlife data, putting it to conservation use, and communicating to people about what it all helps to achieve.

The role will give a real chance to gain first-hand experience in marine and terrestrial conservation across our breadth of work. It will be varied and involve working closely with MWT’s Marine Officer (also the supervisor for this volunteer placement) and Education Officer (who leads on many of the citizen science projects).

What will the role involved, and what will you get out of it?
The tasks that may be involved in the placement are highlighted below, this will involve working with the Marine and Education Officers, other volunteers and other staff on projects. Important projects include the annual Small Shark Tagging, our annual Festival of the Sea, saltmarsh and sand dune surveys and public engagement events and citizen science. 

What we can offer you
What we can offer is a professional, friendly and inclusive environment to put your skills to great use protecting Manx wildlife. The placement will give hands on experience of marine and terrestrial conservation in a supportive environment to learn. This is a great opportunity to get to explore the Manx coastline from a different perspective and learn about our marine wildlife.

Volunteer expenses for travel, equipment and other relevant out of pocket costs will be covered.

Details of Placement

Length of placement
Ideally a full-time commitment for the placement is desired but a part time position will be considered. The role will last from 1st July until the end of August 2019. The role will need some flexibility as some evening and weekend work will be required.

Reporting and Supervision
The role shall report directly to MWT’s Marine Officer, Lara Howe.

The role will be based at MWT’s office in Peel but travel around the Island will be necessary, so access to transport is necessary.

Initial enquiries and questions about the role can be sent to the Marine Officer, Lara Howe at lara@manxwt.org.uk

Please send in your CV and cover letter (no more than one side of A4), stating how you meet the role specifications by email, to lara@manxwt.org.uk Deadline for applications is 5pm on 7th June 2019. A Skype interview will be arranged for shortlisted applicants, date to be confirmed.

Please note that due to the number of application, we may not be able to notify all applications about the result. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has not been successful on this occasion.

More information in the attached document below.


2 - Calf Seal Survey Volunteer

For six weeks every autumn, Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) sends volunteers to the Calf of Man to conduct seal surveys, to monitor the number of births and take a photographic record of adults, with the aim of better understanding the Isle of Man’s seal population. The surveys start at the end of September, to enable the survey to capture information about the pups and adult seals. Manx Wildlife Trust is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to part-take in the whole 6 weeks of surveying and the following 2 weeks to complete the data analysis. This is an exciting opportunity to study these unique mammals for someone already with or wanting to develop their photo ID skills.

The role will be based at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory for 6 weeks and then 2 weeks on the Isle of Man. Availability needs to be flexible, as the boat trips on/off the Calf of Man are very weather dependent. Shorter periods would be considered based on experience.

Tasks may include:
• Daily visits to pupping sights to count the number of births
• Photographing each pup with its mother (and all adult seals) and comparing photos with our existing photo ID catalogue
• Recording the developmental stage of the seal pup
• Monitoring mortality rate of the pups

Ideally experience in photo ID of seals would be preferable but training can be provided. Applicants must be comfortable walking 4 miles a day on variable terrain.

There is some financial support for this role. Travel on island will be covered. Accommodation will be provided on the Calf of Man and on the Isle of Man for last 2 weeks collating the data. A £30 per week food allowance will also be provided.

The role shall report directly to MWT’s Marine Officer, Lara Howe and enquiries should be directed to lara@manxwt.org.uk

If applying, a CV should be sent, along with a cover letter, to the Marine Officer, Lara Howe at lara@manxwt.org.uk

More information in the attached document below.


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