Volunteers at WhaleFest

11 May Volunteer and Active Support

Volunteering for the World Cetacean Alliance can help us to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises. And there are lots of other benefits too – as a volunteer you can gain new skills or develop exiting ones in areas such as fundraising, communications, administration…and more!  It is also a great way to meet like-minded people from around the world who share the same enthusiasm for cetaceans.

We have two types of volunteer opportunities available throughout different times of the year, Office Volunteers and Active Supporters.

Office volunteer opportunities may include helping with project research, event support, data entry, mail outs, or other general administrative tasks.  The duration of the position would vary according to the need, and also your availability. Please see our Volunteer Job Vacancies page for more details.

Active supporters take part in – and in some cases, co-ordinate – events, such as beach cleans, fundraising activities, photo stunts, conferences and summits, etc.  A huge dose of enthusiasm and commitment to cetacean welfare and conservation is a requirement of our Active Supporters, as well as a personality to pull the crowds in to learn more about, and to take part in, our work.

If you are interested in being an Office Volunteer or an Active Supporter, please contact us at: projects@worldcetaceanalliance.org and include your CV, detailing information about your skills and experience, and confirming your availability. As soon as volunteer opportunities become available, we will use the information you have provided to determine whether there is a suitable opportunity for you. Our Volunteer Job Vacancies are listed here too.

For more information or if you have any questions, please call the WCA Office on 01273 355011

If you are interested in fundraising for WCA through an organised event or activity, e.g. marathon, triathlon, etc, or you are organising your own event which you would like to do for the WCA, we would love to hear from you! Please contact our fundraising team on 01273 355011 or email:projects@worldcetaceanalliance.org

Volunteer Job Vacancies


Volunteer Internship: Whale Heritage Sites Programme Assistant



An initiative of the World Cetacean Alliance, Whale Heritage Sites (WHS) are aimed at increasing the protection and conservation of cetaceans and their habitats while contributing to sustainable livelihoods, the arts, science and education.

Whale Heritage Site status is granted to those places around the world where cetaceans are celebrated through art, education, research and cultural events; where sustainable practices and livelihoods are continually improved to ensure the health of cetacean habitats and the long-term economic health of human communities; and where respectful coexistence with cetaceans is supported through law, policy and cooperation.

The person in this role will report directly to the CEO, receive in-situ training, and work closely with colleagues at WCA Headquarters. The role is available from 22 January – 23 March 2018, and will take place at WCA Headquarters, Brighton, United Kingdom. The WCA is unable to cover personal expenses.


  1. Build relationships, engage community stakeholders working to meet the WHS criteria, and represent the WHS Programme.
  2. Encourage and support collaborations between prospective WHS stakeholders and experts and advisors from within and outside the World Cetacean Alliance.
  3. Develop and provide resources to assist stakeholders in applicant sites.
  4. Further develop the charter of shortlisted sites.
  5. Communicate progress across the WHS network through media and social media.
  6. Work alongside WCA staff to set strategy and guide the programme.
  7. Liaise with WCA staff to ensure coordinated planning, collaborative work efforts, integrated programming and shared success towards agreed goals.


  1. Experience and knowledge of cetaceans and marine conservation issues.
  2. Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to advance the mission.
  3. Highly organized and detail-oriented with a strong ability to prioritize and deliver against responsibilities and duties.
  4. Ability to thrive in a multi-tasking, high energy environment.
  5. Ability to excite and engage stakeholders through meetings and personal outreach.


  1. Degree or higher qualification in environmental / biological / educational subject.
  2. Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to multitask.
  3. A proven track record of communicating with different audiences.

TO APPLY:  Please send your C.V. and a cover letter to: dylan@worldcetaceanalliance.org

Applications must be sent in electronic form no later than 12th January 2018.

For more information go to http://whaleheritagesites.org/



Web Developer


The Role

We are looking for a Web Developer who is willing to volunteer their time and help us build a website for Responsible Whale Watching around the world.
The successful candidates will be proactive and flexible, you will have an excellent eye for detail along with strong collaboration and problem-solving skills.

This is a great opportunity to work on the WCA websites and web applications (primarily WordPress and custom programming). Some work will also include working with backend technologies and attending meetings as required.

In an ideal world you should be educated to a degree level (or equivalent) in software or computer science, but if you have experience (development or coding) and no degree, then this is also good.

Volunteer • Part-time • Fixed Term Contract


To Apply

Contact Dylan Walker  at volunteer@worldcetaceanalliance.org  or 01273 355011

Reference: WebDev2016

Book Keeper


The Role

We are looking for a super-organised, cool-headed bookkeeper with experience in working for a small charity.

The job includes the following duties:
• manage day to day bookkeeping including petty cash and expenses maintenance
• bank reconciliation and cashflow reporting
• preparation of VAT returns
• prepare month-end and year-end financial statements
• Other general bookkeeping tasks

This is a part-time voluntary position and you can chose the days that you work. Our office is right on Brighton seafront next to the Brighton Pier – so it’s a lovely place to work!

Location: Brighton

Volunteer • Part-time • Permanent


To Apply

Contact Dylan Walker at  volunteer@worldcetaceanalliance.org or  01273 355011

Reference: Book2016

Social Media Guru


The Role

We are looking for a Social Media Guru(s) to help oversee all the social media channels that the WCA have.

• Help enhance our reputation via all our social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, and Google +
• Measure the success of any social media campaigns you undertake
• Create social media campaigns that are in keeping with the WCA brand
• Keep up to date with the latest social media trends and updates
• Contribute to our daily blog

What We’re Looking For:

The right candidate for this role will:
• Understand the digital landscape and new trends that can be acted upon
• Have the ability to multi task
• Be commercially-minded
• Have both an analytical and creative mind-set
• Be able to write quality content for the social media channels
• Have a good working knowledge of Microsoft packages; Excel, Word and Outlook


Location: Brighton

Volunteer • Part Time • Permanent


To Apply

Contact Dylan Walker at  volunteer@worldcetaceanalliance.org or  01273 355011

Reference: SMGuru

Fundraising Co-ordinator


The Role

  1. To develop and deliver a strategic fundraising programme.
  2. Develop relationships with prospective fundraisers and events to gain commitment to WCA, including communications and event invitations to strengthen relationships with prospective events.
  3. Work closely with the CEO, Partnership Development Officer, partners, and staff to develop an in-depth knowledge of WCA’s strategy and project priorities.
  4. Create and maintain administrative systems and other resources as required for the effective delivery of the role.
  5. Attend and organise relevant meetings and events as required.
  6. Undertake such other work in connection with this role as may be required in agreement with your line manager.


Location: Brighton

Volunteer • Part Time • Permanent


To Apply

To apply please contact Dylan Walker at volunteer@worldcetaceanalliance.org or  01273 355011

Reference: FundCo

The Benefits

  • Small but friendly team
  • Plenty of biscuits!
  • Choose your own hours and days to work (we ask for a minimum of 8 hours each week)
  • Our office is located on Brighton seafront, right next to the Brighton Pier.


About the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA):

Based in Brighton, The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is the world’s largest Partnership working to protect cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their habitats in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, to ensure their continued health and survival. We represent over 70 Partners in 35 countries worldwide and we are expanding rapidly. Our Partners represent whale and dolphin watching tour operators, non-profit organisations, and individual members of the public who all collaborate to define and implement policy, advocacy, and campaign strategy.

The WCA promotes responsible marine interactions and sustainable fishing alternatives, whilst raising awareness of issues such as net entanglement, habitat loss, and captivity.

For more marine conservation jobs and courses please see environmentjob.co.uk.

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