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Marine biology volunteer positions available at Sea Synergy Marine Awareness and Activity Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland: 2016 summer season

Sea Synergy is a Marine Awareness and Activity Centre set up by marine biologist Lucy Hunt in her hometown; the beautiful coastal village Waterville located on the famed picturesque Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way driving routes in SW Ireland. For more info please visit centre opened in the summer of 2014 and since then has been shortlisted for Maritime tourism Award, Irish Responsible Tourism Award and the Ocean Heroes Award.

The marine awareness centre incorporates an interactive marine exhibition of Irish marine life, a small gift shop and a booking office for marine activities in the area. Marine awareness and education programmes are run from the centre throughout the summer including children and adult beach workshops, snorkelling, nature surveys, hatchery and lake tours, summer camps and indoor presentations. Sea Synergy is involved in and reports to a number of ongoing research projects such as Coastwatch, Seasearch, IWDG reporting schemes.

There are four full-time volunteer positions available for the end of May-end Sept 2017. Preference will be given to candidates that can volunteer for longer periods of time and who fit the below requirements. (More positions may also be available in August so please include how long you can come for and when you are available).

Education and Outreach officer duties :

Working alongside the owner of Sea Synergy you will:

  • Develop the marine education programme
  • Supervise children and adult marine workshops on the beaches and in the centre
  • Show people around the exhibition centre
  • Generate marine awareness presentations and games
  • Give marine wildlife presentations
  • Provide marine wildlife talks on boats when possible
  • Host travelling marine workshops
  • Create educational and promotional resources
  • Promote social networking and public relations
  • Social media reporting and advertising of activities & workshops
  • Assist in research and field survey work
  • Work in gift shop/booking office/exhibition reception

Research development officer duties

Working alongside the owner of Sea Synergy you will:

  • Develop research and survey programme incl. Coastwatch, Shore Thing, local nature studies & trails, Citizen Science; seal surveys, IWDG
  • Record, organise data and report to relevant organisations
  • Supervise local headland watches for marine mammals and birds
  • Organise and conduct public whale watches from the local headland
  • Set up and attend boat based surveys when possible
  • Provide talks/presentations on marine wildlife and survey involvement
  • Encourage the public in surveys – citizen science
  • Teach children and public survey methods
  • Promote social networking and public relations
  • Social media reporting and advertising of citizen science surveys & events
  • Work in gift shop/ exhibition reception & centre/booking office

Important skills/qualifications


  • Background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
  • Keen interest in marine conservation and education
  • First Aid skills
  • Be enthusiastic and possess a caring, patient & positive attitude, with a strong desire to learn
  • Previous boating experience (for research officer)
  • Strong commitment to volunteering work
  • Must be able to use own initiative and have desire for independent actions/thoughts and work without continuous supervision
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Confidence to interact with the public, especially children
  • Excellent verbal and writing/reporting skills
  • Good organizational and workload management skills
  • Good IT skills


  • Strong interest in and knowledge of Irish marine biodiversity
  • Previous experience snorkelling or scuba diving certificate
  • Previous experience in public speaking
  • Marketing and social media skills
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Previous experience in survey work(e.g. headland watches, coastal surveys)
  • Previous experience in data handling
  • Previous experience with aquaria
  • Ability to work long hours outdoors in variable weather
  • Capability to work well on boats
  • Lifesaving and Advanced First Aid skills
  • Have own transport


  • Live in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland for the summer
  • See some of Ireland’s amazing marine life on watches and surveys
  • Snorkel, scuba dive and observe Ireland’s coastal waters
  • Work with a like-minded and enthusiastic team
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage site, Skellig Micheal
  • Be part of survey vessels, wildlife tour boats and Skellig trips
  • Develop your skills in marine surveying, outreach, education and awareness
  • Gain experience with Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust in salmon and seatrout conservation measures

To view more of Sea Synergy and the area where you could be working watch this video clip from a programme featured on TV3 Lucy Hunt – Sea Synergy Waterville, Co. Kerry

Or see our schools promo clip on our new Youtube channel

Shared accommodation can be arranged with the Sea Synergy team at your own expense (ranging from €50-70pw depending on house availability).

Please send a cover letter with your CV and available times for summer 2017 to Lucy Hunt at with email TITLE: 2017 INTERN POSITION. The application deadline is 20th of Feb 2017. Interviews will be conducted in March via skype/tel or in person. For more information please send an email to  titled 2017 INTERN POSITIONor call +353 (0) 877850929.

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