Volunteer with bottlenose dolphins in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Dolphin Discovery Centre

The Dolphin Discovery Centre Volunteer Program


Who
: Dolphin Discovery Centre

Where: Bunbury, Western Australia

Focus: The conservation, education and research of the local population of wild bottlenose dolphins.

When: All year round (closed Christmas Day)

Duration:

  • Short term volunteers: Min. 6 weeks, 5 days a week. 4 hours a day.
  • Long term volunteers: Min. 4 hours a week for 6 months.

Suitability: 16+

Requirements: Volunteers should be fluent in English.

Accommodation: Not provided

Cost: Free. A volunteer shirt will be provided at a cost of $25 after training.

Find out more: Dolphin Discovery Centre

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Manage the dolphin interaction program and acting as a guide when dolphins visit the beach.
  • Increase awareness of dolphins and other marine life by talking to visitors on the beach and explaining the aims and objectives of the Dolphin Discovery Centre.
  • Participate in “Coastcare” activities and assisting with current research projects.
  • Assist with dolphin observations in the bay, monitor dolphin visits to the zone and record data.
  • Guide tours through the ‘Interpretive Centre’ and help educate the general public, tour groups and schools about dolphins.
  • Help out with various tasks, general maintenance and cleaning around the centre including on Eco Cruises and Swim Tours when required.

Short term volunteers: Usually visitors to the Bunbury region. Must be able to spend a minimum of six weeks at the centre and be available to come in at least five days a week. There is a standard minimum of 4 hours per day including one weekend shift.

Long term volunteers: Usually those who live and work in the Bunbury region. Must be able to spend a minimum of four hours at the centre each week, for a minimum of six months, although they are welcome to spend much more.

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