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, Caledonian MacBrayne and Isles of Scilly Travel, 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 typically open in November or December, with positions starting in the spring of the following year. It is an incredibly competitive process, with hundreds of candidates vying for just a handful of roles.
Vacancies will be posted online when they are available, so keep an eye out and good luck!
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.
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 opening in January each year, with placements taking place throughout the spring and summer.
Vacancies will be advertised online so keep your eyes peeled and we hope to see you out at sea soon!