Calf of Man Seal Survey Volunteer

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Douglas, United Kingdom

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25 days ago

Closing date: Friday 12 August 2022
Salary: Volunteer/£30 per week allowance towards food costs
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time
Location: Calf of Man, Isle of Man
Every year Manx Wildlife Trust send volunteers to the Calf of Man to conduct seal surveys. This is a great opportunity to spend 9 weeks on a remote Island gaining experience in practical conservation projects!

Contact details

Please send your CV and cover letter outlining relevant experience to MWT Marine Officer, Dr Lara Howe before the deadline on Friday 12th August.

Interviews will be the following week via zoom.

For nine weeks every autumn, Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) send volunteers to the Calf of Man to conduct seal surveys, to monitor the number of births and take a photographic record of adults, with the aim of better understanding the Isle of Man’s seal population. The surveys start early to mid-September, to enable the survey to capture information about the pups and adult seals. MWT are looking for two enthusiastic volunteers to part-take in the whole survey period and the following 2 weeks to complete the data analysis. This is an exciting opportunity to study these unique mammals for someone already with or wanting to develop their photo ID skills.

The role will be based at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory for 9 weeks (1st September to 3rd November) and then 2 weeks writing up at any location. Availability needs to be flexible, as the boat trips on/off the Calf of Man are very weather dependent. Shorter periods would be considered based on experience.

Tasks may include:

  • Daily visits to pupping sights to count the number of births
  • Photographing each pup with its mother (and all adult seals) and comparing photos with our existing photo ID catalogue
  • Recording the developmental stage of the seal pup
  • Monitoring mortality rate of the pups

Ideally experience in photo ID of seals would be preferable but training can be provided. Applicants must be comfortable walking 4 miles a day on variable terrain.

There is some support for this role. Accommodation will be provided on the Calf of Man and a £30 per week food allowance will also be provided.

The role shall report directly to MWT’s Marine Officer, Lara Howe and enquiries should be directed to