You'll meet people
from all around the world, not to mention the
dolphins! Apart from being in the water with the
dolphins, you'll spend about 80% of your day talking
and answering questions from people who come down to
the beach to see the dolphins, thus educating them
about the dolphins. You'll talk about their
characteristics and making the visitors aware of how
crucial it is to conserve these wonderful animals.
Some of the work tasks
and responsibilities you may be involved with
- Talking to visitors on the beach -
explaining what the Dolphin Centre does.
to coordinate the Interaction Zone when dolphins
- Managing the front entrance and Dolphin Room
- Participating in ’’Coastcare” activities and
assisting with current research projects.
with the research program, recording observations in
the bay and monitoring dolphin visits to the zone.
- Inputting the research data into databases for
- General maintenance and cleaning.
guiding through the Interpretive Centre for the
general public, tour groups and school students.
work that you'll be involved in depends on what is
available at the time of your placement.
You may also involved in depends on what
is available at the time of your placement.
You'll learn a great deal through the training
course which covers a wide range of issues and
skills and includes presentations from a selection
of guest speakers relevant to the operation of the
meetings are held to ensure you are kept up-to-date
with the latest issues regarding marine mammal
management and the operations of the Centre.
After having completed
a minimum of 20 hours training, you'll receive an
official Volunteer T-Shirt which will identify you
to the public as a trained representative of the
Staff members attend
monthly meetings, as well as regular video and BBQ
nights, which you'll be invited to attend.
Hours of duty
and Work Schedule
This project is a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum
of 12 weeks. You’ll work between
20-40 hours a week, with weekends off.
Project start dates are listed below, however you will need to arrive on the Thursday prior to the start date in order to have your induction and transfer down to the project site in time to begin work on the Monday:
Monday 4 April 2016
Monday 11 April 2016
Monday 18 April 2016
Monday 25 April 2016
Monday 9 May 2016
Monday 3rd October 2016
Monday 17th October 2016
Monday 7th November 2016
Monday 21st November 2016
Monday 5th December 2016
Monday 19th December 2016
Monday 2nd January 2017
Monday 16th January 2017
Monday 30th January 2017
Monday 13th February 2017
Monday 27th February 2017
Monday 13th March 2017
Monday 27th March 2017
Monday 10th April 2017
Monday 24th April 2017
Monday 8th May 2017
Monday 2nd October 2017
Monday 16th October 2017
Monday 30th October 2017
Monday 13th November 2017
Monday 27th November 2017
Monday 11th December 2017
This placement is
definitely for animal loving enthusiasts who are
willing to work hard and aren’t afraid of getting
their hands dirty - the rewards are well worth it!
Whilst volunteering is
rewarding in itself, time spent at a project such as
this is an excellent springboard for traveling
around Australia. Meeting other volunteers from
around the world, and listening to their stories and
recommendations can give you the confidence to
travel and experience more.
"My major role was to
pass on information to the visitors about the
dolphins and their environment and to ensure every
level of dolphin – human interaction was managed in
a safe and appropriate way. This was particularly
important during the dolphin swim tours where I was
assigned the position of swim tour guide and was
responsible for the safety of all visitors while
snorkelling with dolphins out in the ocean.
In addition to these
regular volunteer duties, I also participated as a
research volunteer. Working alongside researchers
from Murdoch University, part of my role was to
collect survey and photographic data along with
various other geographical and weather related
details. This information provides a solid baseline
source of information on the dolphin’s general group
densities, movements and site preferences and how
they vary over time.
It was a tremendous
experience for me to work with the Center, I will
take the skills I've learned into my next endeavours
and the joyful memories will stay with me always!"