Marine Biology Volunteer Positions

Marine biology volunteer positions available at Sea Synergy Marine Awareness and Activity Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland: 2018 summer season

Sea Synergy is a Marine Awareness and Activity Centre set up by marine biologist Lucy Hunt in her hometown; the beautiful coastal village Waterville located on the famed picturesque Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way driving routes in SW Ireland. For more info please visit .The centre opened in the summer of 2014 and since then has been shortlisted for Maritime Tourism Award, Irish Responsible Tourism Award and the Ocean Heroes Award.

The marine awareness centre incorporates an interactive marine exhibition of Irish marine life such as whales and dolphins, a small gift shop and a booking office for marine activities in the area. Marine awareness and education programmes are run from the centre throughout the summer including children and adult beach workshops, snorkelling, stand up paddle board trips, kayaking trips, nature surveys, hatchery and lake tours, summer camps and indoor presentations. Sea Synergy conducts whale and dolphin surveys of the local coastline, seal surveys in the bay and Biodiverstiy studies of the local coastal environments. Sea Synergy is involved in and reports to a number of ongoing research projects such as Coastwatch, Seasearch, Irish whale and dolphin group(IWDG) reporting schemes.

There are six full time volunteer positions available for end of May – end Sept 2018. Preference will be given to candidates that can volunteer for longer periods of time and who fit the below requirements. (More positions may also be available in August so please include how long you can come for and when you are available).  

Education and Research officer duties:

· Supervise children and adult marine workshops on the beaches and in the centre

· Lead guided tours of the education centre

· Generate marine awareness presentations and games

· Give marine wildlife presentations 

· Host travelling marine workshops

· Create educational and promotional resources

· Develop research and survey programme incl. Coastwatch, Shore Thing, local nature studies & trails, Citizen Science; seal surveys, IWDG

· Record, organise data and report to relevant organisations

· Supervise local headland watches for marine mammals and birds

· Organise and conduct public whale watches from local headland 

· Set up and attend boat based surveys when possible

· Lead public talks on local boat tours to raise awareness of marine life

· Provide talks/presentations on marine wildlife and survey involvement

· Encourage the public in surveys - citizen science

· Teach children and public survey methods

· Promote social networking and public relations

· Social media reporting and advertising of activities & workshops

· Assist in research and field survey work

· Work in gift shop/booking office/exhibition reception

Important skills/qualifications


· Background in marine biology/environmental science or similar 

· Keen interest in marine conservation and education

· First Aid skills 

· Be enthusiastic and possess a caring, patient & positive attitude, with a strong desire to learn

· Previous boating experience

· Strong commitment to volunteering work

· Must be able use to use own initiative and have desire for independent actions/thoughts and work without continuous supervision

· Ability to work well in a team

· Confidence to interact with the public, especially children

· Excellent verbal and writing/reporting skills

· Good organizational and workload management skills

· Good IT skills

Reasonable physical fitness for manual handling capability


· Strong interest in and knowledge of Irish marine biodiversity

· Previous experience snorkeling or scuba diving certificate 

· Previous experience working with children and public speaking

· Marketing and social media skills

· Previous experience with data handling and survey work (e.g. headland watches, coastal surveys)

· Previous experience with aquaria

· Ability to work long hours outdoors in variable weather

· Capability to work well on boats

· Lifesaving and Advanced First Aid skills

· Have own transport


· Live in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland for the summer

· See some of Ireland’s amazing marine life on watches and surveys

· Snorkel, scuba dive and observe Ireland’s coastal waters

· Work with like-minded and enthusiastic team

· Visit UNESCO world heritage site Skellig Micheal

· Be part of survey vessels, wildlife tour boats and Skellig trips

· Develop your skills in marine surveying, outreach, education and awareness

· Work with experienced researchers in project development and management

· Gain experience with Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust in salmon and seatrout conservation measures

To view more of Sea Synergy and the area where you could be working watch this video clip from a programme featured on TV3 Lucy Hunt - Sea Synergy Waterville, Co. Kerry

Or see our schools promo clip on our new Youtube channel

Shared accommodation can be arranged with the Sea Synergy team at your own expense (ranging from €50-70pw depending on house availability).


Please send a cover letter with your CV and available times for summer 2018 to Lucy Hunt at with EMAIL TITLE: 2018 INTERN POSITION. 

Application deadline is 9th of March 2018. Interviews will be conducted in March via skype/tel or in person. 

For more information please send an email to  titled 2018 INTERN POSITION or call +353 (0) 877850929.

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