Do you fancy spending time out in the fresh air with like-minded people surveying the wonderful creatures that call Yorkshire’s rockpools their home? If so, then our ShoreSearch Volunteer role will be perfect for you!Shoresearch is The Wildlife Trusts’ national citizen science survey of the intertidal shore, the exciting world of extremes where the sea meets the land. It’s a great way to explore your local coast, learn more about the wildlife found there and add to our understanding of this important habitat. Shoresearch Volunteers are trained to identify and record the wildlife on shores across the UK. The data collected by this project helps experts to monitor our fragile sea life and better understand the effects of pollution, climate change and invasive alien species. Shoresearch data has been key to designating many of our Marine Conservation Zones.
We are thrilled to be re-launching Shoresearch in Yorkshire, helping us to monitor our weird and wonderful marine life. But we need your help!
What will you be doing?
Shoresearch volunteers will help our marine staff carry out a range of intertidal surveys at various coastal sites in Yorkshire. There are four different types of surveys. We are looking for passionate, curious and hardy volunteers to help us carry out robust surveys and ensure all information required is collected.
Find out more information on the Wildlife Trust Shoresearch Project
Experience, knowledge and skills required
- Passion for conservation of the marine environment
- Ability to record information accurately
- Ability to survey outdoors
- Proactive with the ability to work independently and unsupervised
- A mature and responsible attitude
- Flexible and adaptable approach as you may volunteer outside of normal office hours
- Ability to understand tide timetables
- An understanding of health and safety and the risks involved with working by the sea
- Knowledge of the marine environment
What’s in it for you?
By joining the Shoresearch team, you will be contributing to a national database, allowing us to monitor our fragile sea life and better understand the effects of pollution, climate change and invasive alien species. You’ll learn more about this fascinating habitat and gain experience in field work, plus:
- Relevant training for the role e.g. methodology, intertidal ID
- Become a valuable member of a professional team
- Experience of working within a large conservation organisation
- Opportunity to get involved in a citizen science project
- Access to our internal volunteer training programme
- Opportunity to meet with other like-minded people.
- Improve your knowledge and understanding of our intertidal wildlife.