Cruise Conservationist Course 2020 launched!

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Cruise Conservationist Course 2020 launched!

The groundbreaking training programme will show delegates everything they need to know to be Cruise Conservationists.

ORCA's growing Cruise Conservationist programme will take another step forward this summer with the latest edition of the innovative Cruise Conservationist training programme.

This intensive residential course gives delegates all of the skills they need to work as a Cruise Conservationist, travelling out to sea and giving guests unforgettable wildlife experiences.

Topics for the course will include:

  • An introduction to ORCA, our history and our high impact marine conservation work
  • Discussion of key conservation issues facing the marine environment and threats to whales and dolphins
  • Science communication skills, including techniques and strategies for communicating complex scientific concepts to a variety of audiences
  • Exploring ORCA's cruise programmes, understanding the array of activities delivered at sea
  • Experiencing life on a cruise ship, including expectations, etiquette and key advice for living and working at sea.

The course runs from 28th June 2020 with a classroom session in Southampton. Delegates will then board Fred.Olsen's Braemar for a twelve night cruise for an intensive training course blending classroom sessions with practical exercises in a live cruise ship environment. The ship returns to Southampton on 10th July after visiting ports including Malaga, Gibraltar and Lisbon.

The course fee is £600 and covers a berth in a same-sex shared cabin, as well as food and refreshments throughout the programme. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel to and from Southampton, as well as any additional costs they incur for drinks, gratuities and other services on board.

This hands on, practical programme will give delegates all the tools they need to become Cruise Conservationists and once successfully completed, delegates will be eligible to apply for Cruise Conservationist opportunities across ORCA's programme. These are paid roles that see our teams travelling to some of the richest wildlife hotspots on the planet, helping to inspire guests on board whilst collecting vital scientific data in four different oceans.

The opportunity to deliver this programme is possible because of the support of our friends at Fred.Olsen Cruises who have generously allowed us to go on board for a twelve night cruise so delegates can experience life at sea.

This unique opportunity is limited to a handful of places which are available on application only. Candidates should send a CV and one page covering letting outlining their suitability for the role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9.00am on Friday 28th February 2020.

The itinerary for the cruise that this course will take place on can be found here.