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Watching dolphins from the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre © WDC/Charlie Phillips

Scottish Dolphin Centre Volunteer

Scottish Dolphin Centre Residential Volunteer & 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?

Scottish Dolphin Centre volunteers

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 a dedicated residential volunteer 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 Officer-Education to deliver the WDC Education Programme through talks, outdoor learning and workshops.
  • To support the WDC Policy Officer 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 toiletries but not alcohol)
  • Training provided

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:

-           Wednesday 21st September – Wednesday 9th November

-           Volunteering 5 days a week, including weekends.

-           Must be committed for the full 7 weeks in order to gain the full range of experience

Closing date: 3rd August at 5pm 2022 - interviews will be held w/c 15th August via Zoom, unless you are local to the area.

If you have any questions please contact us at: [email protected]