Join our Guardians of the Deep project as Coastal Guardians; our eyes and ears of the Kent coastline in the Medway and Swale Estuaries, the Isle of Sheppey and from Deal Pier to Dungeness. If you are a regular visitor to these parts of Kent’s coastline, or looking for a good reason to visit the coast more often, you can help make a big difference.
Coastal Guardians will help with recording and reporting wildlife sightings, take part in beach cleans and other seaside activities, as well as reporting strandings, pollution incidents and illegal activities to the relevant authorities.
Don’t worry if you think you don’t know enough about coastal and marine wildlife. Guardians will be given full training, learning how to ID coastal birds and other coastal plants and animals, recognise illegal activities, and local Project Officers will be on hand to give advice and support in the initial stages of the project, and we hope our trained volunteers will continue their work in the future. There will be opportunities for training for those who want to improve their skills further.
Coastal Guardians will be able to stay connected to one another using a special facebook group and through regular communication with our Project Officers. We are looking for individuals and groups to become Coastal Guardians, who are able to spend a minimum of 2 hours per month helping in this way.
If you enjoy being on the beach or coastal paths, and want to get more involved with your local area, this is the role for you.
Our partners at the Thanet Coast team are recruiting for volunteers for the Seasalter - Deal Pier area, you can find more details and an application form on their website: Thanet Coast Project
How to apply
Please complete the application form below and return this to firstname.lastname@example.org
We also find it incredibly helpful if volunteers complete our monitoring form (download from the bottom of this page) which helps us ensure that our recruitment methods appeal to everyone. This information is confidential, and we'd appreciate if you could complete and return this to us.
Should you have a little more time to commit on a regular basis and are comfortable talking to the general public, you might be interested in becoming a Coastal Guardian for Sandwich and Pegwell Bay reserve. More information on this role can be found here