Monday, 28 January 2013

Long Term Volunteering on Skomer and Skokholm 2013

There are currently opportunities on both island to help with the management of Skomer and Skokholm.


Sometimes you may be needed to give guided walks
Skomer and Skokholm wouldn't be what it is today if it wasn't for the hard work of volunteers. Weekly volunteers (on Skomer only) are handy for assisting with manning various points on the island, general maintenance and providing exceptionally high quality banter!

Maria carrying out vegetation transects

Long Term Volunteering is an opportunity to take this one stage further. With the long term volunteering placements we ensure that the successful applicant receives a bit more training but will also be given more responsibility. Each volunteer will also be responsible for some aspect of monitoring (could be anything from seabird monitoring, ongoing bird migration watching, butterfly transect, or a project which utilises your own specialism). All these skills (responsibility) are essential when trying to build a career in this highly competitive sector. We shall provide you with transport to the islands, wildlife trust t-shirts, first-aid training, accommodation. You will need to provide your own food and a willingness to learn.

What are the previous Long Term Volunteers up to (all thanks to Skomer of course!!;o) )?
Nia Stephens - Went to work for two seasons on Ramsey Island (Assistant Warden)

Aaron Davies - now does ecological consultancy.

Andrew Lawtone - Went onto to be a Trainee Curator in Manchester Museum.

Good opportunity to fine tune some skills.
Ali Quinney has returned to study fer final year in a B.Sc. Marine Biology and regularly uses Skomer in various case studies and presentation.

Leighton Newman - returned to university and hopes to come back over the next few years to use Skokholm as part of his dissertation.

Lucy Rotherwell - Now works for a Comedy festival in Australia as a Marketing guru.

James Roden - Returned to study Countryside Management at Aberystwyth and will be coming back to Skomer in 2013 for a longer placement and to carry out his dissertation fieldwork looking into the association of moths with different habitats on the island.


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