Volunteer Placements

Be part of a whale and dolphin conservation programme, in the heart of the UK's most celebrated and diverse marine environment; the Scottish Hebrides!

HWDT operates a vital cetacean monitoring programme in the Scottish Hebrides, conducting research into the distribution, abundance and habitat use of whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks. The programme is well established, running for over 20 years.

About the Placement:

We have 4 volunteer placements available in 2016 for passionate and outgoing individuals to support our research and education programme. Applications are currently open for 2 Research Assistants and 2 Education Assistants.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our lively team based in the colourful and picturesque harbour town of Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull; where we have our office, Visitor Centre and the mooring for our research vessel Silurian.

During the placement you will work with our Research and Education Departments assisting with relevant activities, and in our busy Visitor Centre to support the delivery of our conservation programme. The role requires some time at sea; living and working as a member of the crew on our dedicated cetacean monitoring vessel, Silurian (a minimum of 12 days).

This is a 6 month volunteer placement running from Monday 21st March - Friday 30th September 2016. Volunteers will work 5 days a week (3 days a week in the Visitor Centre), including weekends. Accommodation can be arranged for you through our team; typically, accommodation in a shared house in Tobermory will costs between £55 and £80 per week (inclusive of bills).

Please note you must be able to commit to the full placement length to be accepted on to the programme.

"As a volunteer for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust I got a real 'behind the scenes' look at what it takes to run a conservation NGO. Being a small charity, everyone is able to get involved in all aspects of the charities work, creating an ideal setting for skills development. There's pretty much no area you won't be involved in somehow! I organised events and talks within the local community, created interpretative materials, worked in the Visitor Centre, wrote articles for magazines and even assisted the science officer onboard HWDT's research vessel Silurian. The placement was a really rewarding experience which led to my first paid job in marine conservation!" Kerry Froud, Volunteer Research Assistant 2013

For more information download the full role description below or visit our vacancy section.

Volunteer Education Assistant Role Description

Volunteer Research Assistant Role Description