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Scottish Dolphin Centre - Residential Volunteers

Residential volunteers

Resident volunteers join us on a full-time basis between February and October. (Application details will appear here later in the year).

Exploring the beachVolunteers are an essential part of the WDC Scotland team and play a vital role in our work. Your hard work and support help towards our vision of a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

What’s in it for you?

  • Make a positive difference to marine conservation
  • Environmental interpretation and education experience
  • Project management
  • Events organisation
  • Research experience
  • Based in a beautiful location with a huge variety of wildlife, including dolphins!
  • Build skills and experience for a career change

We also provide:

  • Free onsite accommodation in an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • 30 weekly food budget per person
  • Training and support
  • Mileage expenses


Mairi Cowan“The whole experience was amazing…I gained confidence in myself and improved my CV and gained employment.”

I volunteered as the guide and education volunteer in 2011. As a Zoology graduate with a keen desire to get involved with conservation work, the placement was ideal. I absolutely loved my time at Spey Bay.

"My workload was varied, stimulating and ultimately rewarding. I put a lot into my role and got lots out of it. I was treated like a member of staff and given freedom to add my own style to my work. I gained confidence in myself, and with my new and improved CV gained employment in the conservation sector within 4 months of leaving Spey Bay. The whole experience was amazing!"
Mairi Cowan, former WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre volunteer now working for RSPB.