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Our Estuaries, Our Youth, Our Heritage

Project Assistant (Volunteer) position

2 days a week (Thursday & Friday ideally) for 3 months

Marine Conservation Research International are partnering with Suffolk Family Carers, YMCA Suffolk and Marine Education and Research to run a Heritage Lottery funded project called “Our Estuaries, Our Youth, Our Heritage”. This project will take young people from challenging backgrounds for residential weekends aboard our research vessel, Song of the Whale, to explore the Orwell and Stour Estuaries. During the weekend they will learn about and experience for themselves the wildlife living within and along the estuaries as well as exploring the cultural heritage and historical importance of these waterways to Suffolk.

We are looking for a highly motivated and hardworking Suffolk or Essex based intern to help us plan, coordinate and organise the project. Ideally you will work for two days a week for a 3 month period, from our offices in Kelvedon, Essex in coordination with the Project Officer. This role will primarily be office based. A background in environmental studies would be beneficial, however passion and interest in working with and inspiring young people about our natural heritage is key. This position would suit a recent graduate who is seeking a career in environmental outreach or community engagement projects or someone looking to refocus their career towards environmental issues.

Key Skills


  • Self-motivated and able to use initiative
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel & Powerpoint.
  • Experience of assessing and compiling grey and published literature

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in environmental research would be beneficial including knowledge of species ID, bat detection or underwater acoustics
  • Experience with social media

If you are interested in this voluntary position, please send an up-to-date CV and cover letter to by the 18th April 2016. Reasonable transport costs for local participants will be provided and the chosen candidate will need a DBS check to be involved in the project. For further information and background about our organisation please see