Wembury Marine Centre (WMC) is looking for 2 x University of Plymouth students to join our team for summer 2019.

We are offering two short term voluntary placements (internships) from 3rd June – end of September 2019.

You’ll spend the summer outdoors on the beautiful Wembury beach and you’ll get to go rockpooling almost every day!

By the end of the placement you will be leading and delivering schools-based classroom talks, Rockpool Safaris at the beach and wider marine conservation and environmental education activities for school pupils and members of the public. Your communication skills will be enhanced, your rocky shore species ID will be fantastic, and you will have gained valuable life skills to include on your CV and in future job applications.

You’ll provide vital support and assistance to WMC during the busy summer season and you’ll raise awareness of our marine environment and encourage our visitors to look after and protect the sea.

WMC is managed by Devon Wildlife Trust, you will join the team of 2 members of staff and 2 full time volunteers plus a wider team of part time volunteers who help us out as and when they can.

You can join the team as part of a University placement year or in your own time during your summer vacation. We welcome applications from students across the School of Biological and Marine Sciences but also from other relevant degree programmes. 

What the task involves:

The internship will be hosted by Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) – the lead partner in the WMC partnership and you will be based at WMC.

The placement is voluntary and for four months; we are looking for a three-day week commitment to the role.

There are two positions available both involve volunteering Sunday – Tuesday each week (including any bank holidays during this period).

Key tasks include – full training will be given:
• Planning, organising and leading public events – including Rockpool Safaris, beach cleans and guided walks
• Organising and delivering environmental education activities for schools both on the rocky shore and in the classroom.
• We are looking for someone with experience in maintaining aquaria of any set up and the ability and experience to transfer this knowledge to maintaining the Centre’s cold water native rockpool aquarium.
• Assisting with opening and day to day managing of WMC as a visitor centre
• Promotion of WMC’s via various social media channels and WMC website and to include writing blogs for the WMC website

Other tasks will include community engagement, developing new interpretation materials, evaluating educational work and promoting the Wembury Marine Conservation Area. There will also be opportunities to gain skills and experience in managing younger school aged volunteers plus work experience and Duke of Edinburgh volunteers.
You may also work on wider projects set up in partnership by DWT/WMC and the University of Plymouth.

The placement will involve being outside and activities take place rain or shine.

WMC is open 7 days a week and there will be unsociable hours for both roles, WMC is also open on Bank Holidays.

The role is subject to a successful interview; 2 references and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be taken as it involves extensive working with children.

Skills and abilities
We are looking for aptitude and potential and envisage this would be an excellent opportunity for students wanting to enter the conservation sector once they have finished their studies. 

Essential skills
• Happy to work outside on the beach and intertidal areas and in all weathers – the role will involve regular rockpooling sessions and requires walking on slippery seaweed covered rocks
• Excellent interpersonal skills – the ability to engage and enthuse school groups and members of the public
• Enthusiasm for the placement and for interpreting the marine environment
• Good organisational skills
• Good written and spoken communication skills
• Able to acquire new skills quickly
• Self-motivated, able to work effectively within a small team structure and using own initiative

Advantageous skills
• Experience of working with children and the public
• Experience of environmental education
• Knowledge of rocky shores
• Experience of setting up and maintaining aquaria

You will be based at Wembury Marine Centre, Church Road, Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0HP.
Travel to schools and to local events will also be required.
When applying please state if you have a driving licence and use of a vehicle.
If you are successful in gaining an interview you will be asked about how you will travel to WMC each day.

Expenses/equipment available:
• Training – Formal first aid training will be provided for the role; this is likely to be a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course unless a successful candidate has an existing relevant and up to date first aid qualification.
• DWT Corporate clothing will be provided.
• Reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

How to apply:
Questions / queries / informal chat, please contact Cat or Coral at Wembury Marine Centre, 01752 862538 or info@wemburymarinecentre.org

Application is by CV and covering letter to Stacey DeAmicis at University of Plymouth stacey.deamicis@plymouth.ac.uk

Deadline for applications: 9am on Friday 5th April 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 7th May 2019 at University of Plymouth

Start date: Week beginning Monday 3rd June 2019

Task end date: end of September 2019