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Marine conservation volunteering in Ireland - short term 1-2 week work placements


Marine Dimensions’ short term marine conservation volunteering trips have been developed as an option for students, graduates and wildlife enthusiasts who would like to experience working in the field of marine conservation and environmental education. Designed to run over a period of one or two weeks, the placements include a wide range of activities, such as assisting our biologists on our community based education programme, caring for marine animals in aquaria and participating on shark and ray research projects. Volunteers also have the option of including an English Language course in their programme of activities.

The placements generally include:


-Participation in our marine conservation research and citizen science projects, including the Purse Search Shark and Ray Eggcase Sightings Scheme.


-Assisting with land based marine and coastal wildlife tours and surveys, including observations of shark and ray eggcases, porpoises, seals and seabirds.


-Assisting with teaching and delivering educational workshops, including marine biology courses, school visits, field trips and public events (all age groups).


-Assisting with our animal husbandry programme, ie. feeding and caring for marine animals in aquaria (such as starfish, hermit crabs, shrimp etc) that feature in our touchpools and workshops.


- Instruction by marine biologist Dr Sarah Varian, including career advice for students wishing to pursue marine biology as a career.


- Additional education activity options, including learning or improving English language skills.



Placement dates:


20th - 24th February, 2017

10th - 13th April, 2017

18th - 21st April, 2017


Duration: 5 - 28 days. Volunteers may apply for one or more of the placement periods listed above.


Location: Marine Dimensions offices, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Fieldwork generally takes place on Bray Beach, Bray Head and Greystones South Beach. Education and outreach work in various venues and locations along Ireland's east coast.


Suitable for: TY students, undergrads, graduates and wildlife enthusiasts seeking experience working in the field of marine and coastal conservation research and education; 16yrs+.


Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 16 yrs of age and be willing to go through an assessment process (including police clearance) in line with our child protection policy. There is a €50 flat fee for administration processing child protection and police clearance. Training and supervision are provided free of charge in exchange for hours volunteered. Volunteers are expected to source accommodation independently.


Please note that a limited number of placements are available.

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