A key part of ORCA’s education and outreach work are the Wildlife Officer programmes we deliver in the North Sea, the Hebrides, English Channel and the Bay of Biscay each year.
Working in close partnership with our friends at Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Caledonian MacBrayne, ORCA Wildlife Officers spend a couple of weeks up to six months working at sea, meeting tens of thousands of passengers.
Our Wildlife Officers educate passengers on the marine wildlife around them during their voyage and even showing them the wonders of the ocean.
Our Wildlife Officers often show someone their first ever whale or dolphin!
Each year we recruit and train dedicated, passionate and energetic individuals to join our team, giving them a once in a lifetime experience and the perfect start to a career in conservation.
Applications for our 2019 Wildlife Officer placement positions are now open. Read below to find out more or head to the ORCA vacancies page.
These four week residential programmes give a handful of people the chance to get a behind the scenes experience living and working at sea with our teams, learning how to become a Wildlife Officer.
Participants will live on board one of the ferries and are fully immersed in the day to day ORCA Wildlife Officer programme, delivering presentations, running deck watches and engaging with passengers under the supervision of our experienced team.
ORCA is now recruiting for Bay of Biscay Wildlife Officer Placements for the 2019 summer season.
Please read the below job description carefully before applying. As demand for our Wildlife Officers is high, and as we get more applications than places, we will be inviting applicants to interview for the Wildlife Officer Placements. Applications close midnight on Sunday 24th March, with interviews taking place on the W/C 1st April 2019.
These placements offer a rare chance to gain practical conservation experience that is essential for a career in marine conservation and environmental education, and as such they are incredibly competitive.
ORCA run an application process each year, with placements taking place throughout the spring and summer.