Volunteer Project Assistants

Are you looking to get some experience in marine conservation? Want to help the dolphins of Sussex?

We are looking for up to 3 Volunteer Project Assistants who will work with us to deliver aspects of the project including collecting research data on marine mammals, run our Dolphin Discovery Centre and inspire the public through community engagement events throughout the summer.

Successful candidates will report to the Project Coordinator, receive in-situ training, and work closely with colleagues at BDP Headquarters. We would like our interns to commit to at least 3 days a week.


  • Manning our Discovery Centre to inspire visitors about marine conservation through running our activities including beach cleans and a VR experience.

  • Attend outreach events in Sussex to represent the Brighton Dolphin Project.

  • Act as a Wildlife Guide on board our summer boat trips, educating people about marine life in Brighton and marine conservation.

  • Assist our Research & Sightings Coordinator with entering and checking sightings data, as well as examining photographs of Dolphins for our catalogue.

  • Updating our social media and website with details of latest sightings.

  • Conducting research into possible funding grants we can apply for to assist with different aspects of the project.

Essential Criteria

  • Commitment to raising awareness of marine conservation.

  • Passion to inspire and educate people of all ages.

  • Experience delivering educational activities to children and young people.

  • Ability to thrive in a multi-tasking, high energy environment.

  • Ability to be a self-starter and keep track of personal project work.

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.

  • Computer proficient including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Desirable Criteria

  • Degree in relevant science or environment subject

  • Knowledge of cetaceans and their conservation

  • Prior experience of creating educational resources

  • Prior experience of data entry and handling

  • Prior experience of community engagement about wildlife conservation

  • Full drivers’ licence and access to a car


Throughout your time with us, we can offer you the following:

  • Training to develop and deliver environmental education activities.

  • Training from BDP/WCA as part of our Responsible Whale Watching Guide course.

  • Experience educating a variety of different ages, in a number of different environments.

  • Develop knowledge of working for a small NGO with an active citizen science project.

  • Opportunity to learn about and network with WCAs 100 Partners in 40 countries.

  • Build on your network of contacts for career development / research or voluntary opportunities.  


If you would like to apply for this position, please email a current C.V. and covering letter outlining your interest to Simon McPherson at simon@brightondolphinproject.org

Application deadline is Sunday 9th June 2019. Good luck to those applying!

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