Dolphinwatch People Engagement Volunteer (casual commitment)

Posted:
Saturday 26 January 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Publicity and promotional, Inspiring young people
Location:
East Scotland Regional Office

What we're looking for

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to inspire people about the amazing bottlenose dolphins seen in and around Aberdeen Harbour. The Dolphinwatch project aims to bring people closer to the wildlife on their doorstep, providing an enjoyable experience for all visitors and growing support for nature. This role asks volunteers to work flexibly, filling gaps in the rota when needed. We are also seeking a separate team of volunteers to join us on a more regular, weekly or bi-weekly basis. Please see our volunteering page or get in touch for details. You will help meet and greet visitors, show them how to use the telescopes and binoculars, interpret what they are seeing and enthuse them about nature and RSPB Scotland's conservation work. We want people who understand the importance of giving our visitors a great experience and can convey the importance of nature conservation to a wide audience. Support from RSPB membership underpins everything we achieve as a charity, helping us fund nature conservation work across the UK and speak up for threatened wildlife and wild places. It is therefore important that you can inspire people about our work and help us encourage them to become members.

The skills you need

You must have an infectious enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation. You do not need to be an expert on birds or cetaceans, but must be keen to learn more and have an active interest in current conservation issues. You should be friendly and approachable and have the confidence to initiate and engage in conversations with people from all walks of life. We are looking for volunteers to help us fill gaps in the rota on a flexible basis from the beginning of April until mid August 2019. If you would like to volunteer more regularly, please see the “regular commitment” role on our website or get in touch for more info. Important training will take place on 30 March and 6 April. You need to be able to be outdoors in sometimes chilly and breezy conditions for a day at a time.

Your time

Minimum:
Flexible, minimum one day per month
Duration:
April - August 2019
Period:
March - August 2019

What's in it for you?

This is an opportunity to develop your people engagement and communication skills in a wildlife interpretation setting and to inspire people about the amazing wildlife found in Aberdeen, while raising the profile of RSPB Scotland as an all nature charity. Working in a friendly team, you will gain invaluable skills, work experience and an insight into the work of the RSPB – the largest conservation charity in Europe. You will also receive training from RSPB Scotland about local wildlife, conservation and how we communicate with the public. A day's training by Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) will teach you how to identify common cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) found along the Scottish coast and how to collect data by carrying out their regular 'Shorewatch' cetacean surveys during Dolphinwatch. There may be additional volunteering opportunities available to assist with schools outreach and community engagement across the city.

How to apply

Contact

Sadie Gorvett, East Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 01224 624824
Email: Sadie.Gorvett@RSPB.ORG.UK

Notes

Appropriate training will be provided and travel expenses can be reimbursed. The RSPB relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Dolphinwatch is a ScottishPower Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded project led by RSPB Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC) with telescopes and binoculars supplied by Viking Optical.

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