Volunteer at Scottish Dolphin Centre
Volunteer at Scottish Dolphin Centre

Volunteer with WDC

Have fun, make friends and gain valuable experience... and help whales and dolphins too.

WDC has a wide range of volunteering positions available, including office administration, educational speakers, research internships (US office) and even residential placements at our Scottish Dolphin Centre in the Moray Firth. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, and each has their own reason for joining us.

  • To gain new skills and experience
  • To socialise
  • To help whales and dolphins
  • To build self confidence and awareness 

What do volunteers actually do?

Volunteers give as much or as little time as they can, be it an hour a week or five days a week. Depending on your existing skills and what you want to gain from volunteering with WDC, we have a range of opportunities available.

Volunteer Speakers

While there is no such thing as a typical volunteer, perhaps the most popular choice is to join our team of Volunteer Speakers. Armed with our WDC Volunteer Speaker presentation package, the UK-wide network gives educational talks about whales and dolphins, the threats they face, and how WDC is involved in helping to protect these amazing creatures.

Our Volunteer Speakers undertake a variety of talks, and audiences can include primary schools, scout and girl guide packs, social clubs and relevant community events in your local area. The amount and variety of talks that you undertake will depend on your own schedule, demand for talks in your area, and how far you are willing to travel.

Volunteer Speakers are responsible for organising their own talks and sending feedback to the Volunteer Speaker Coordinator at WDC head office. We also recommend that you promote your services as a Speaker to your local groups, as this will increase the frequency and effectiveness of your work, although WDC head office will occasionally contact you with opportunities as well.

  • Please note that Volunteer Speakers must be over 18 years of age.

For more information, please contact Tina Lambert on 01249 449500, or email info@whales.org.

UK Office

If you are local to Chippenham, then opportunities are also available in our Head office on St Paul Street. Office Administration volunteers help us with a wide range of duties, including data entry and secure destruction, organising our incoming and outgoing mail, answering telephones and emails, and helping to collate and conduct research for campaigns. Where there is demand, we also welcome volunteers with specific business and secretarial backgrounds.

Please note that we are not able to help with living cost or accommodation at this location. 

For more information on volunteering with the WDC head office, please email volunteering@whales.org, or call 01249 449 500 to speak to Tina Lambert.

Scottish Dolphin Centre

Our Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay, Moray offers a 8.5 month residential volunteer placement/internship. Volunteering with the Scottish Dolphin Centre, you will be trained to cover a variety of work areas.  As the public face of WDC in Scotland the Centre's aim is to amaze and inspire visitors about the world of whales and dolphins!  

You will gain experience in all aspects of conservation in a public facing role.  Duties include giving guided tours, wildlife walks and talks, taking part in a variety of events that the Centre offers throughout the season (April - October). Working closely with the Education, Policy & SDC Officers you will be part of a team that work very hard to deliver a variety of WDC education, environmental and conservation initiatives throughout the North East of Scotland.

Residential placements run between 1st March and 31st October. WDC provides accommodation in the form of a shared house and a weekly food allowance, plus mileage incurred with any community engagements. See our jobs page for details on when the recruitment for these roles takes place.

US Office

WDC North America (based in Plymouth, Massachusetts) offers a volunteer / intern programme to qualified applicants throughout the year. The programme provides a unique opportunity to garner experience in research, education and conservation of marine mammals. WDC is willing to help qualified students obtain credits for the programme through their college or university.

If you are interested in a residential placement in our US office have a look at our web page for more details.