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Wildlife Officer Placements - North Sea

ORCA’s unique Wildlife Officer Programme carries out vital research and monitoring in the understudied offshore marine environment and promotes wildlife watching and conservation through educational activities on board the King Seaways passenger ferry, sailing across the North Sea. The programme is well established in the North Sea with DFDS, running for over 10 years. We have a fantastic wildlife centre on board, where presentations, children’s activities and workshops take place. Volunteers will complete the ORCA Wildlife Officer Training Programme and gain one-to-one training in field research, species identification and data collection and undertake training in environmental education and guiding techniques.

This is a fantastic opportunity for passionate, outgoing individuals to train under the supervision of our North Sea Wildlife Officers on board the King Seaways passenger ferry travelling between Newcastle (UK) – Ijmuiden (Netherlands) for a four week placement in 2018.

Ship based Wildlife Officer experience:

  • Marine mammal identification and offshore survey experience
  • Hands on environmental education training (formal and informal)
  • Customer service skills development (including presentation skills to often large audiences)
  • Experience living and working as a member of the crew on a commercial offshore vessel
  • Vital workplace experience for a career in marine conservation/education

Route Information:

North Sea: Newcastle (UK) ⇒ Ijmuiden (The Netherlands)

Wildlife Officer Placement Available Dates:

Due to limited spaces the Wildlife Officer Placements are generally oversubscribed. Prospective course attendees will be required submit an application form and may be asked to attend an interview (in person or by skype).

Dates for the Wildlife Officer Placements for 2018 are as follows:

  • 8th August - 5th September 2018

Please note that due to cabin availability you will be sharing a cabin with the Wildlife Officer for the duration of the placement. Therefore, unfortunately we can only accept female applicants for the 2018 North Sea placements.

For more information, please see the Wildlife Officer Placement information here. You may also want to read our Wildlife Officer blogs.

How to apply

To apply, please read the below Wildlife Officer Placement Description and send a completed application form (below), along with your C.V. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'Wildlife Officer Placement 2018' as the email subject. The closing date is 5pm on the 27th May 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place the week commencing 4th June 2018.

If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please presume that your application has been unsuccessful. Please note that no discourtesy is intended by this practice and we do not offer feedback at this stage.

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