Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Coastal Survey

Somerset Wildlife Trust are carrying out the first comprehensive biotope survey to record and map the intertidal habitats found along the Somerset Coast from Brean Down to Glenthorne. These habitats are diverse with wave cut platforms, honeycomb worm reef, shingle, and expanses of sand and mud. This survey will help Somerset Wildlife Trust and other local partners to protect and secure a sustainable future for Somerset’s diverse and dynamic coastline. The field survey, which started in April and will run until October this year, is carried out by Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Coastal Survey Officer with the help of volunteers.

We are looking for more enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our intertidal surveys along the Somerset coast during 2017, focussing on the stretch of coast from Bridgwater Bay to Minehead. Surveys take place over several days (weekdays only) every 2nd week when tides are suitable. You will assist the Coastal Survey Officer with the collection of data in the field. This will give you valuable experience in conducting field surveys and will develop your skills in intertidal species and habitat identification, and data handling. You will also gain experience in working with a conservation organisation.

You must be willing to work as part of a team, be motivated, flexible, physically fit and able to negotiate rough terrain outdoors. Ability to drive to survey sites is essential and some intertidal id skills, whilst not essential, are desirable. An enthusiasm for wildlife, marine biology and conservation are key to this role. There may be other non-survey volunteering opportunities related to this project.

If you would like to find out more or have any questions please contact the Somerset Wildlife Trust Coastal Survey Officer Beccy MacDonald at To apply please email a copy of your CV and a short letter describing your interest in the post and availability to

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