ORCA launch Cruise Conservationist Course

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ORCA launch Cruise Conservationist Course

We currently have over forty cruises across four oceans planned for 2020, so are recruiting for a new cohort of Cruise Conservationists!

ORCA’s unique Cruise Conservationist programme sees the charity partner with cruise lines around the globe, offering unforgettable wildlife experiences to thousands of guests at sea whilst collecting vital scientific data about whales and dolphins in some of the richest waters in the world. We currently have over forty cruises across four oceans planned for 2020, so are recruting for a new cohort of Cruise Conservationists!

Our next training programme is taking place from 24th October - 1st November 2019 on the Fred.Olsen ship Balmoral as it journeys from Southampton to Barcelona and is now open for application! 

This intensive at sea programme covers a variety of fundamental skills that will enable delegates to join ORCA’s Cruise Conservationist programme. Topics include:

  • Introducing ORCA, our history and exploring our high impact marine conservation work
  • Discussing key conservation issues facing the marine environment and threats to whales and dolphins
  • Learning science communication skills, covering strategies and techniques for communicating complex scientific concepts to a variety of different audiences
  • Exploring ORCA’s different cruise programmes and understanding the array of activities delivered at-sea, including how to deliver exceptional wildlife experiences
  • Understanding life on a cruise ship, including expectations, etiquette and key procedures for working at sea

The course fee is £600 which will cover a berth in a shared same-sex cabin, as well as food and refreshments throughout this residential programme. Delegates will also be responsible for travel costs to reach the departure port in Southampton, as well as transfers and flights to return to the UK from Barcelona.

This is a hands on, practical programme that will also give delegates the opportunity to put into practice some of the skills they cover during the programme. After successful completion of the course, delegates will be eligible to participate in the ORCA Cruise Conservationist programme currently delivered with ten cruise lines across four oceans. These are paid opportunities that see ORCA Cruise Conservationists travelling to some of the richest wildlife hotspots on the planet, helping to inspire guests on board whilst collecting vital scientific data.

This unique opportunity is limited to a handful of places, which are available on application only. Candidates should send a CV and one page covering letter outlining their suitability for the role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9.00am on 23rd September 2019. 

Please note applications for this course are now closed. Keep an eye on our vacancies page to find out about future courses.