It’s that time of year again…no not Christmas! It’s when we advertise for next year’s full time volunteer opportunities! This year we were lucky enough to be part of a heritage lottery funded Lemur+ project, co-ordinated by Ambios Ltd., which allowed us to offer a paid traineeship. Steph had a great season with us and has now moved on to pastures new. Unfortunately the funding for that particular scheme has now finished and so we are returning to our traditional full time volunteer placements for 2017.

Wembury Beach
This is where you’ll be working everyday!

We are looking for two Marine Awareness Assistants to join our small team between March and October 2017, helping us continue our important marine education and public awareness programme on behalf of the Wembury Marine Centre Partnership. You will provide vital support to Cat and I in managing the Marine Centre and delivering our programme of events. Once trained, you will also be able to lead and organise your own events and educational activities, look after all the critters in our rockpool aquarium and open up the visitor centre. You will also work on wider projects which will benefit the Marine Centre and the Wembury Marine Conservation Area.

As you can see from our website and facebook images, Wembury is a stunning location to spend your summer and gain vital hands on experience, not only in engaging with a wide range of audiences and managing a visitor centre, developing confidence in public speaking and teaching, but also having one of the richest rocky shores in the country to explore everyday! You’ll soon learn how to differentiate between the Risso’s and Monatagu’s crabs and the Artic vs European cowries!

European cowries, Talland Bay 1
Arctic or European?

We are looking for applicants who have a passion for the marine environment and the ability to share this enthusiasm with others. Working with children, both in school and on the beach, is a big part of what we do, so any experience in this area will be beneficial. We are looking for applicants to commit at least 4 days a week, including unsociable hours such as weekends and some evenings. The summer season is incredibly busy, so good organisation and communication skills are essential!

We hope you will be committed to the role and stay with us for the full 6 months (March – end September). During your time with us you’ll receive formal training including first aid, techniques in environmental education, volunteer management and chid welfare and safeguarding. You’ll also receive on the job training and other opportunities are likely to be available as the season progresses. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered too!

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After some training, you’ll be leading school sessions like these…

Ultimately, this placement will provide you with excellent skills and experience to help you move forward into the marine conservation/environmental education field. Having been a full time volunteer myself back in 2009, I can safely say this placement definitely got me on the ladder and was pivotal in getting me to where I am today…Marine Education Officer with Devon Wildlife Trust and back at Wembury every day 🙂 It was also one of the best summer’s I’ve ever had! But if you don’t want to take my word for it, then please read some of the other blogs from our previous full time volunteers and interns.

Rockpooling in the rain

Kieran loved his time as a FTV!!

For more information on how to apply please visit http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/volunteer/wemburyMAA or email me (Coral) at info@wemburymarinecentre.org or call 01752 862538. Deadline for applications is Monday 23rd January 2017.