Volunteers are essential to the work of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Volunteers make our research work possible, contribute to key education projects and help run our shop in Tobermory. At HWDT we value the skills and time given by volunteers and understand that their enthusiasm and dedication contributes greatly to what we achieve.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, each volunteer bringing an invaluable range of skills, knowledge and experience which greatly benefits the Trust. We have hosted volunteers from many countries and welcome volunteers of different ages. We also benefit greatly from the help of volunteers from our local community who have contributed many hours and expertise over the years.
To volunteer you don’t have to be a marine or cetacean expert, our projects include thorough training. However, some of our projects do require specific skills, so please read the relevant project information carefully before applying and be realistic about your suitability.
What volunteers learn and gain is as varied as their backgrounds. For example, onboard Silurian, volunteers get full training in scientific research techniques, and benefit greatly from having marine science and sailing experts constantly on hand. Volunteers have the opportunity to see an amazing variety of wildlife in its natural habitat, visit remote and beautiful places, and get to know and work closely with a small team of like-minded people. All volunteers know that their hard work and enthusiasm contributes directly to knowledge and conservation of cetaceans in the Hebrides. Voluntary work is of great benefit to those considering a career in marine conservation or involving marine mammals as these career paths are highly competitive.
HWDT also receives many requests from students enquiring about the use of HWDT data in their thesis/dissertations. Please read these guidelines before enquiring about undertaking a project using HWDT resources.