Sea Watch Observer

Location: Yorkshire's Coast, Yorkshire
Are you passionate about protecting marine wildlife? Do you have a special interest in whales, dolphins, porpoises? Could you help us to learn more about Yorkshire’s cetacean populations by regularly carrying out surveys?

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Any Day

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If you require any further information about this opportunity please contact the Volunteering Support Team. You can email or call 01904 659570.

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Cetaceans are a common sight in UK waters, with regular sightings of minke whales, harbour porpoise, white beaked dolphins and even humpback whales, off the Yorkshire coast. Despite this, cetaceans face numerous threats from human activities. If we are to further the protection of cetaceans in our waters then more information on their numbers and locations is required. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Sea Watch Foundation are teaming up to improve data collection in the Yorkshire area and would like the help of passionate volunteers to become dedicated Sea Watch Observers to help us achieve this.

By becoming a SeaWatch Observer you will provide important information about how, where and when cetaceans use Yorkshire coastal waters, enabling us to better protect these animals using conservation measures. Anyone can be an Observer: all you need is enthusiasm, a pair of binoculars (provided) and a little patience. If you enjoy spending time by the coast regularly, why not take time to record what you see – and what you don’t?!

We will provide full training on how to undertake dedicated cetacean surveys for all volunteers. Liaising with the project co-ordinator, you will decide on a ‘watching station’ on the coastline from which to regularly conduct surveys.

Attendance at Sea Watch Observer training course is essential. The training day will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Spurn Discovery Centre. This will be a full day course from approximately 9am until 5pm, including time spent in the field sea watching. There are no other dates available for training, so if you cannot make it to this date sadly you will not be able to volunteer in this role as the training is essential.

The closing date for applications is Monday 11th November 2019 and there are limited places available on the course. You can find out much more about the opportunity in the detailed role description found at the bottom of the page along with an application form should you wish to apply. Please return your completed application form to