Do you have a love of all things marine? If you enjoy meeting new people and want to share your knowledge and passion about the marine environment, whilst learning about the amazing marine life in the Irish Sea and acquiring new skills from shoreline surveys to running engagement events, then why not become an Our Irish Sea Marine Champion! Be part of the movement to protect these valuable species and habitats. Volunteering can also add a lot to your CV!
Our Irish Sea Marine Champion
The Our Irish Sea project aims to deliver a programme of inspirational and engaging marine activities that raise awareness about how important the marine life of our Irish Sea is. Challenging and changing the perceptions of communities in the North West about the wildlife value of the Irish Sea and instilling in them a sense of responsibility to care about and act for its protection.
Working closely with local schools, we will help children to explore their coastline more by getting them out on the shore to investigate the huge diversity of marine life that can be found along the North West coast of England.
We will be engaging with a wide range of people through family-focused activities at various locations including Liverpool World Museum, National Trust Formby, Blackpool Sealife Centre and along the many beautiful beaches of the Sefton and Fylde coasts. In addition, we'll be working closely with local naturalist groups and coastal communities to recruit and train volunteers to become Marine Champions to lead activities, carry out essential survey work and contribute to our campaigns.
What is a volunteer Marine Champion?
We need an army of people who love the sea and understand that there is no life without water. Jacques Yves Cousteau
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would like to become Marine Champions for Our Irish Sea and learn the skills needed to inspire others to join in the campaign to protect our valuable marine environment. They will participate in a range of activities to engage a diverse audience, from delivering talks, running marine workshops and events along the coast, to carrying out a number of marine-focused surveys such as Shoresearches and Seawatches.
Our volunteers will have the opportunity to work in various locations either along the Sefton coast, with office work at Seaforth Nature Reserve, or the Fylde coast with office work at Fylde council.
This role will suit people who;
• Are looking to have a career in marine conservation and gain vital experience in the sector
• Have a love of all things marine, enjoy meeting and talking to people and want to share their knowledge and passion
• Have a good natural history knowledge and a willingness to learn
• Are passionate about environmental conservation
• Have a friendly nature
• Are reasonably fit
What's in it for you?
Our volunteer Marine Champions will gain skills in surveying:
• Rocky shores
• Marine mammals
• Muddy shores
• Strandline mass wrecks
• Marine invasive non-native species (MINNS)
Further training opportunities in:
• Outdoor health and safety
• Project payback membership recruitment
• Marine species identification
• Beach school training (requires a substantial time commitment)
• Pass on your valuable knowledge to others whilst continuing to learn
• Meet new people from all walks of life
• Make a difference and help to protect the Irish Sea and the wildlife that it sustains
• Leading regular surveys on the Lancashire coast
• Having a sound knowledge of species found on the shore in the North West
• Engaging with volunteers and guiding them through surveys
• Engaging visitors with the wildlife of the Irish Sea
• Continuing to develop wider knowledge of the Irish Sea through learning opportunities, research and keeping up-to-date with the latest wildlife information
• Ensuring health and safety protocols are followed and all incidents reported
• Becoming familiar with, and then following the LWT’s H&S Policy at all times