WDCS WILDLIFE CENTRE
Focus: Conservation, Education and Marine biology.
WDC believes that science and practical conservation research is a fundamental tool that enables the development of effective policy and conservation of whales and dolphins. Our approach includes striving for protection and critical conservation measures to be implemented at a population level as efforts can be hindered because of assumptions made at a species level. By taking the species-level-approach as opposed to the population-level-approach we risk extirpation of many distinct populations as their more vulnerable status is overlooked in favour of the status of the species.
Whales and dolphins face a wide range of threats in a rapidly changing world. There are currently some 87 recognised species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the world and the overarching aim of cetacean conservation is clearly to ensure their long-term viability.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteering opportunities are extremely varied at WDCS’s Wildlife Centre. Tasks include interpretation at the Wildlife Centre, helping with events, school visits, guiding wildlife-watching holidays & dolphin research (boat and shore-based).
Photo-ID work, update records, supervise volunteers, public interpretation. Support volunteers: assist project officer; shore monitoring and estuary wildlife surveys.
Longer term volunteers get accommodation and living expenses paid. House on-site at the Wildlife Centre.
Biology background preferred. Experience working with the public useful. Ability to work as part of a team. Excellent written and spoken English essential. Aged 18 and over.
WDCS - The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
Spey Bay, Moray, Scotland IV32 7PJ UK
Tel: ++44 (1343) 820 339
Average cost per day: No Fees
Focus: Conservation, Education and Marine biology
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and English speaking.