Volunteer

Sussex Dolphin Project is a volunteer-driven organisation operated by a team of dedicated marine conservationists. Our committed and talented team works across Sussex and are the lifeblood of our ever growing organisation. 

Current volunteer vacancies

Communications Officer (volunteer)

The Role

We are looking for a seasoned communicator, ideally with PR and social media experience (although the role can be divided into two separate PR and social media focuses), to assist with the day-to-day communications activities for Sussex Dolphin Project, including:

  • Managing Sussex Dolphin Project’s social media profiles across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Working with local, national and international press to answer incoming queries.
  • Developing stories to drive press coverage around key issues.
  • Working with the wider team to promote Sussex Dolphin Project events and boat trips.
  • Promoting video and photographic content of cetacean sightings across social media and traditional press channels.
  • Working with core Sussex Dolphin Project team to develop communications strategies.
  • Working with corporate partners to develop suitable communications campaigns.
Requirements

Essential

  • Experience of working with local, national and international press.
  • Experience of managing social media profiles across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Proven track record of developing communications campaigns.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Content development experience, e.g. confident in developing social media content through platforms such as Canva.
  • A passion for marine conservation.

Desirable 

  • Ideally located in Sussex.
  • Ideally experience of working with NGOs.
  • Ideally experience of video editing.
  • Ideally experience of working with multiple partner organisations.
  • Ideally experience of paid social media campaigns.
Time commitment
  • 5-10 hours per week.

Apply using the application form below. Please upload your CV and a 500 word covering letter in addition to answering the questions in the form.

Education Officer (volunteer)

The Role

We are looking for someone with a passion for marine life and previous education experience to help us with:

  • Attending outreach events around Sussex to increase awareness of the Sussex Dolphin Project and local marine life.
  • Working with our team to deliver our education programme in schools and community groups.
  • Running educational talks and activities to members of the community.
  • Developing educational activities.
Requirements

Essential

  • Experience and knowledge of cetaceans and marine conservation issues.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Organised and ability to work independently.
  • Experience conducting educational activities.
  • Current DBS certificate.

Desirable

  • Degree or higher in marine biology, environmental or related subject.
  • Experience public speaking and working with groups of people.
  • Experience co-ordinating other people and organising events.
  • Experience working with children.
 Time commitment
  • 8+ hours per week with additional time required to deliver events.

Apply using the application form below. Please upload your CV and a 500 word covering letter in addition to answering the questions in the form.

Administration Officer (volunteer)

The Role

We are looking for an organised and committed individual that can assist the team by managing email and incoming communications, as well as helping to organise relevant events and volunteering opportunities including managing the logistics for boat trips and training courses.

Requirements

Essential

  • Motivated and committed.
  • Passionate about marine conservation.
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a group.
  • Located in Sussex with availability to work with the team from Sussex Dolphin Project’s offices at Shoreham Port.
  • Experience of Microsoft and Google applications, including Gmail, Google Drive, Word and Excel.
  • Confident in dealing with enquires from the public.

Desirable 

  • Experience of working with NGOs.
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders and partners.
Time commitment
  • 10+ hours per week.

Apply using the application form below. Please upload your CV and a 500 word covering letter in addition to answering the questions in the form.

Ranger at Shoreham Port Conservation Corridor (volunteer)

The Role

We’re looking for up to three capable and proactive volunteers to join our own terrestrial conservation project, the Shoreham Port Conservation Corridor (SPCC).  

The ranger role is highly variable requiring physical land management tasks and desk based elements to bring about real restoration and conservation work.  

The SPCC is a unique project site, nestled in the industrialised area of Shoreham Port, and bordered by housing, making it an isolated and important first land-fall for migratory butterfly species such as clouded yellow, long tailed blue and many others.  This isolated area hosts a surprising number of habitat types, and our goal is to enhance these to increase biodiversity in this urbanised landscape. 

We are looking for volunteers to implement, coordinate and maintain the work programme Committing up to 2 days a week.  We will look for up to 3 candidates to share the responsibilities and pull together the project to deliver the SPCC commitments.  

Requirements

Essential

  • Experience of working in an outdoor environment.
  • Experience of managing landscapes for wildlife.
  • Carrying out labour tasks of land management using manual tools and power tools where certified. 
  • Implementing and updating the programme of work in accordance with nature’s requirements, and those of Shoreham Port. 
  • Volunteer management and scheduling. 
  • Running surveying and public events to bring people closer to the nature in the SPCC.
  • Experience of monitoring and recording plants, birds and animals.
  • Balancing the conservation of the countryside with public access and enjoyment.

Desirable 

  • Ability to train and supervise other volunteers.
  • Experience of giving talks and leading guided walks for children or others.
Time commitment
  • 1-2 days per week.

Apply using the application form below. Please upload your CV and a 500 word covering letter in addition to answering the questions in the form.

Events Officer (volunteer)

The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to assist with our awareness and outreach events.

The successful candidate will identify and manage events across Sussex, while also communicating with organisers and helping to set up stalls at physical events. The Events Officer will also be required to work with core team members to organise volunteers and work with local councils to deliver beach cleans.

 

Requirements

Essential

  • Experience of events management.
  • Experience of organising volunteers.
  • Experience of driving attendance at events.
  • Driver’s licence and access to vehicle.
  • Availability to attend events in Sussex.

Desirable 

  • Experience of working with and managing relationships with NGOs and local government.
Time commitment
  • 8 – 10 hours per week plus event attendance at weekends.

Apply using the application form below. Please upload your CV and a 500 word covering letter in addition to answering the questions in the form.

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Join Sussex Dolphin Project

Our Wildlife Guides also have the chance to conduct surveys on marine wildlife, including seabirds.

Our volunteers have the opportunity to educate passengers about our spectacular marine wildlife.

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Our volunteers frequently attend events across Sussex.

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Sussex Dolphin Project volunteers are actively involved with initiatives such as beach cleans.

As a way of saying thank you, all of our volunteers receive:

  • Volunteer experience with World Cetacean Alliance, a global not-for-profit organisation and Sussex Dolphin Project.

  • Networking opportunities within the marine conservation industry.

  • Training and support from Sussex Dolphin Project and World Cetacean Alliance.

  • Develop teamwork and communication skills.

  • 20% off Vouchers for Wildlife Cruises.

  • Direct involvement with our events.

  • Training as a boat guide for our wildlife trips.

If you would like to volunteer with Sussex Dolphin Project, simply update the form above or contact us at info@sussexdolphinproject.org with further details on the skills and time you can offer.