Outreach Assistant Volunteer

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
January 7, 2020
Isle Of Mull, United Kingdom
Closing date
26th January 2020


Outreach Assistant (Volunteer Placement)

W H E N : 30TH M A R C H  T O 2 6TH J U N E 2 0 2 0 ( 1 3 W E E K S, F U L L TI M E )

W H E R E  : T O B E R M O R Y , I S L E O F MU L L

Our seas are in trouble. Threatened by a range of environmental, climatic and man-made stresses, Scotland’s whales and dolphins exist in a fragile state. The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s work has never been more important. Help us be part of the solution and work towards a future with healthy Hebridean seas for whales, dolphins, porpoises and people. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our Discovery Centre Team and assist with outreach programme.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver memorable and inspiring activities for residents and visitors to Tobermory and the Isle of Mull.

W H A T  Y O U  W I L L  B E  D O ING:
Your main area of work will be in and around our Visitor Centre in Tobermory based on a 5 day working week (Including one evening a week and occasional weekend). The role has three working day structures:

Whale Trail Engagement (local): (2 days a week on average)

  • Collaborating with local whale trail sites to deliver headland watches and other outside engagement activities.
  • Running our Tobermory whale trail walks and watches starting from the centre
  • Leading outside engagement such as beach cleans and outside talks.
    Visitor Centre Engagement: (2 days a week including 1 evening on average)
  • Providing expert interpretation of the centre resources, our public work and the marine species of the Hebrides to avisiting public.
  • Helping visitors to contribute to citizen science though our ‘whale track’ app
  • Leading the daily programme of activities in the centre including hosting and delivering talks, family workshops, and running our escape room game.

Visitor Centre Front of House: (1 day a week on overage)

  • Providing a warm welcome to our visitors and delivering high quality customer service.
  • Processing till payments, securing new supporters, and stock maintenance.
  • Answering questions on cetaceans, the Hebridean Whale trail, and taking bookings.

As part of your placement you will have the opportunity to take part in a survey on board HWDT’s research vessel Silurian, assisting our Biodiversity Officer and boat crew with the day-to-day delivery of ourmonitoring programme. This will involve living and working at sea alongside paying volunteers supporting them in gathering research data and contributing to on board life.

W H A T  Y O U  W I L L  G E T  F R O M  T HE P L A C E M E N T

  • A chance to get involved in the inner workings of a Marine NGO with active citizen science programmes, including the opportunity to assist on a cetacean survey.
  • Experience in delivering talks and hosting engagement events both from the visitor centre in Tobermory and from Hebridean Whale Trail sites around Mull.
  • Confidence communicating with a wide range of age groups and visitor demographics.
  • Opportunity to develop your own talks or organise activities or events.
  • Flexibility, with the possibility of additional experiences, tailored to the individual, incorporated into the programme on request, where available.

S K I L L S , E X PE R I E N C E  A N D  A T T I B U T ES  Y O U  N E E D

  • Self-motivated and in possession of high levels of initiative
  • Passion for the protection of our marine environment
  • Friendly with a passion to inspire and educate people of all ages
  • Ability to live and work with colleagues as part of a small team

Desirable extras:

  • Degree in relevant science or environmental subject
  • Knowledge of Northeast Atlantic cetaceans and their related conservation issues.
  • Full drivers licence and access to a car (highly desirable)
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Previous experience using a DSLR camera

W H A T  Y O U  C A N  E X P E C T  F R O M  U S

Training and ongoing support, including an initial induction, regular one-to-one
meetings, development days and post-placement advice.

Commitment to support your professional development and flexibility to tailor the placement to you specifically where possible.

Reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence expenses linked to the project
(this does not include travel to/from Mull at the start and end of the placement)

Bed and board whilst aboard RV Silurian

Support to identify accommodation options for the placement - volunteers typically rent a room in a shared house, which costs them roughly£90 per week (including bills).

Understanding that you may want to investigate avenues for external employment during your placement, in order to support yourself whilst volunteering. (Seasonal jobs in bars, restaurants and shops are often available in Tobermory.)

Please note that unfortunately we will not provide accommodation or contribute towards your living expenses.

Find out what previous outreach volunteers got up to by following the link:

O T H E R  T H I N G S  Y O U  N E E D  T O  KNOW

Placement dates: 30th March to the 26th June

Unfortunately, we are unable to be flexible with the start date, due to essential training.  We are also hoping to offer a similar placement during the summer months.

Time Commitment: Full Time, 5 days a week

Hours will include one evening a week on average, and the occasional weekend, and a residential trip on board our research vessel Silurian (food and board included on this trip).

L I F E  O N  T H E  I S L E  O F  M U L L
Tobermory is the largest town on the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides. Mull is a remote island and only accessible by ferry links from the Scottish mainland. It is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, vast skies and a variety of wildlife. The waters around our island are frequently visited by minke whales, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and a wide range of marine life. Tobermory has a good range of facilities including a co-op, pharmacy, doctor’s surgery, dentist,
pubs, gift shops, and cafes. There are also small music venues and a theatre. More amenities such as high street chains, supermarkets, train station etc. can be found in Oban; a 40-minute drive plus a 45-minute ferry journey away.
A diverse range of activities are available during the season such as sports, fitness clubs, dance classes, craft workshops, music and book festivals and a car rally. There is also our only Munro, Ben More, to climb and outlying islands such as Staffa, Ulva and iconic Iona to explore.

You may also be interested to know, that the majority of our previous volunteers have gone onto visitor engagement, wildlife conservation, other paid work or further study and a few are still living on Mull.

Interested in joining the team?

Please apply by emailing your current C.V. and covering letter outlining why you are applying for the opportunity to Pauline Massey at shop@hwdt.org.

A P P L I C A T I O N  D E A D L I N E: 1 7 : 0 0  S U N D A Y 2 6TH J A N

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Skype interview on Thursday 6th
February 2020


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