Porpoise Photo ID Surveyor
Volunteer Opportunity with Sea Trust in Pembrokeshire
Sea Trust CIC are a non-profit community interest company working to better
understand and protect local marine wildlife and raise awareness within the local
community, through our Sea Môr aquarium and community events.
Volunteer role title: Porpoise Photo ID Surveyor
Positions available: 10
Time commitment: Volunteers should be available for at least one day a week in order to take part
in a survey. Must be available for the 3 day WOT course (19th-21st June 2018 ), plus one in-house
training day at the start of the project.
Aim of the volunteering role:
To gather photographic data on porpoise, for porpoise photo ID, which will identify and monitor
individual porpoise using body markings. This volunteer position will help to establish baseline data
for this population, raise awareness in the local community and help to safeguard the local marine
wildlife for the benefit of current and future generations. This will work towards improving the quality
of life and employment prospects in the local community.
1. Recognise and photographically record porpoise in four set locations (Strumble Head, Pen
Anglas, Ramsey Sound and the Fishguard Bay north breakwater) along with the Project Coordinator
and other volunteers.
2. Undertake WOT training course and assessment.
3. Help to raise awareness of issues threatening local marine wildlife e.g. habitat degradation,
overfishing, pollution (noise, plastic, chemical etc.) via the Sea Trust marine exhibit.
Place of work:
Main base: Ocean Lab, Fishguard Harbour, Goodwick.
Daily off-site work at four locations (Strumble Head, Pen Anglas, Ramsey Sound and the northern
breakwater in Fishguard bay). All locations are outdoors, along the Pembrokeshire coastal path.
Volunteers will not require own transport during volunteering hours. Volunteers will need to be able
to make their own way to the Sea Trust office (Ocean Lab, Goodwick). From there they will be taken
to the surveying locations by the Project Coordinator. There are good public transport links to
Goodwick from nearby villages and towns via train & bus services. Our aim is to recruit as locally as
1. Interest in local wildlife, particularly marine wildlife.
2. Interest in and ability to collect data in a methodical way (training provided).
3. Reliable and trustworthy, able to work unsupervised when required.
4. A good communicator, and able to use these skills to work well in a small team.
5. Able to walk equivalent of half-an-hour on the coastal path and spend time on a small boat
(required for participation in WOT course).
6. Interest in acquiring new skills, whether for enhancing career prospects or simply gaining greater
understanding and appreciation for the local physical environment.
7. Able/Willing to work outside.
1. Free 3 day accredited, Wildlife Observer Training (WOT) course on porpoise and cetacean
monitoring, leading to a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3, in association with
Pembrokeshire College. The course includes identification, study methods and practice at recording
in the field.
2. Training in wildlife photography techniques from Sea Trust photographer Ken Barnett.
3. Young volunteers (14-25) can sign up to the Millennium Volunteers programme
4. Opportunity to meet people from older/younger age group.
5. Volunteer recognition events/socials e.g. Christmas party.
6. Additional ‘in-house’ training on a variety of topics.
7. Full insurance cover.
8. Equipment provided.
One reference required.
For more information or to apply, contact us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01348 874737 (10:00 - 16:45)
This project is supported by The National Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, WCVA, Welsh Government,
People’s Postcode Lottery and Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park Sustainable Development