Volunteer Marine and Summer

Volunteer With Us: Marine Conservation & Conservation Summer Placements
Libby doing Invasive Species Survey

 © Graham Makepeace-Warne

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 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 research and activities from rock pooling, to seal surveys, to monitoring invasive species, recording dead mammal strandings and much 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.

Role
The role will give a real chance to gain first-hand experience in marine 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).

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 Officer, other volunteers and members of our Marine Committee or other staff on projects. Important projects include the annual Small Shark Tagging, our annual Festival of the Sea, and public engagement events and citizen science. 

Personal specifications

Essential
Relevant degree or experience in marine science
Previous experience of report writing
IT and computer literate
Enthusiastic and self-motivated
Keen interest in marine life
Knowledge in marine conservation
Knowledge of marine habitats and ecosystems
Experience in public engagement and awareness raising
Access to own vehicle for transportation

Desirable
Use of Access, ArcGIS and InDesign
Knowledge in marine protected areas
Previous experience in photo ID work, preferably with seals
Wildlife survey experience
First Aid qualified

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 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 (or as soon as possible) 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.

Location
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.

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

Applying
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 28th 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.
 

 

2 - 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.

Role
The role will give a real chance to gain first-hand experience in terrestrial conservation across our breadth of work. It will be varied and involve working closely with MWT’s Education Officer (who you will be reporting to).

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 our annual Festival of the Sea, saltmarsh and sand dune surveys and public engagement events and citizen science. 

Personal specifications

Essential
Relevant degree or experience in marine and terrestrial science
Previous experience of report writing
IT and computer literate
Enthusiastic and self-motivated
Keen interest in wildlife
Knowledge in marine and terrestrial conservation
Knowledge of habitats and ecosystems
Experience in public engagement and awareness raising
Access to own vehicle for transportation

Desirable
Use of Access, ArcGIS and InDesign
Knowledge in protected areas
Previous experience in photo ID work
Wildlife survey experience
First Aid qualified

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 (or as soon as possible) 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 Education Officer, Dawn Dickens.

Location
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.

Enquiries
Initial enquiries and questions about the role can be sent to the Education Officer, Dawn Dickens at education@manxwt.org.uk

Applying
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 education@manxwt.org.uk Deadline for applications is 5pm on 28th 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.

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