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Scottish Dolphin Centre Residential Volunteer and Guide

Get the experience and get ahead in conservation with a volunteer programme that works! 

Are you passionate about the environment? Or an excellent communicator keen to inspire all ages? Or looking to gain valuable experience within a global marine conservation charity?

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) our vision is of a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. We are looking for dedicated residential volunteers to join our team at WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre. The Visitor Centre and volunteer accommodation is based in a beautiful location adjacent to a reserve at the mouth of the river Spey where it meets the North Sea. The largest bottlenose dolphins in the world can be seen feeding regularly along with ospreys, seals, the occasional otter and a huge variety of other wildlife.


  • Deliver a fun and high-quality visitor experience through interpretation, tours and events at WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre to help raise awareness of the work of Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
  • To support the SDC Education Coordinator to deliver the WDC Education Programme through talks, outdoor learning and workshops.
  • To support the WDC Shorewatch Coordinator in data collection for the land based Shorewatch programme, and to assist in the support of Shorewatch volunteers at sites in the Moray Firth.

The residential role provides the following:

  • Free onsite accommodation in an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • £35 weekly food budget per person (covering food and household items not cosmetics or alcohol)
  • Extensive training

The majority of this role involves community outreach, interpretation and engaging with visitors. If you are looking for field experience this is not the opportunity for you.

Opportunities run:

  • Tuesday 7th March  – Friday 1st September 2023
  • Volunteering 5 days a week, including weekends.
  • You must be committed for 6 months in order to gain the full range of experience

Closing date: 10am 23rd January 2023 - interviews will be held w/c 30th January virtually, unless you are local to the area. Send completed forms by email to [email protected].

Download further details and an application form: