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Seal Surveyor: Island-wide Surveys

Seal Pup © Alex Maye

Opportunity type: Surveying

This Autumn Manx Wildlife Trust is carrying out Island-wide Seal Surveys and we are looking for volunteers. If you have any survey experience or are interested in wildlife, please get in touch. All necessary training provided.

Date Published: 17 August 2017

Background to role

This is a new project that MWT is undertaking, looking at the number of seals found and their distribution around the Island. The last survey was in 2007. The project aim is to get an up to date picture of our seal populations and the number of pups born. The surveys will be conducted by boat.


 As a volunteer you will count all seals seen around the Island over 6 survey days spread over a 6 week period in the Autumn.

Location and Ideal Commitment

The boat will be launched from Port St Mary and your own transport to the harbor will be required.

The commitment will require 6 days spread over 6 weeks but must be flexible due to weather constraints. Commitment to one survey will also be considered but ideally commitment for all 6 surveys would be preferable.

Key Tasks

Subject to the weather, these will include:

  • Conducting seal counts around the Island from a small boat.
  • Writing up the findings from the surveys.

 Experience and Skills

Ideally volunteers would have some experience in seal surveys but this is not necessary. All training will be provided beforehand.

What we can offer is a professional, friendly and inclusive environment to put your skills to great use protecting Manx wildlife. This is a great opportunity to get to explore the Manx coastline from a different perspective and learn about our seals.


Initial enquires and questions about the role can be sent to the Marine Officer, Lara Howe at 

Contact details:

Please send in your interest and application, stating how you meet the role specification by email, to Please use “Island wide seal survey” in your email subject line. 


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