Volunteering opportunities

The heritage of the Tyne to Tees seascape is locally and nationally significant and deserves to be better explored and celebrated. We need people help us do this; this may be through monitoring our fragile coastal habitats for species unique to our cliff tops such as the Durham Argus Butterfly, helping out with our on-water activities, or researching our maritime heritage and joining in an archaeology dig.

Current opportunities:

Beautiful north east coastline representing SeaScapes project

Field Names Survey Project

In partnership with Tees Archaeology, the SeaScapes scheme seeks to explore the ‘Changing Coastline’ on the Tyne to Tees through collaborative local community heritage projects where local people will be introduced to the range of sources that are available for them to find out about their local heritage.

This starts with the launch of the ‘Field Names Survey’ project. This project aims to survey all 16 townships lying along the Tyne to Tees coastline in order to identify potential new archaeological or historical sites or activities of interest to archaeologists and historians. Local people will be shown how to use a range of heritage investigation and recording activities to complement documentary and map information, and how to use and interpret this information.

The project will be led by Janice Adams and Robin Daniels of Tees Archaeology and we hope to start week beginning 7th June, there is no set end date. No previous experience is required as full training will be given. If you are interested in becoming one of our volunteer community investigators or would like further information on the role, please contact Vicky – Access and Volunteer Officer at SeaScapes, at: info@exploreseascapes.co.uk

Active Outdoors Assistants

The BlueScapes project is recruiting volunteer Active Outdoors Assistants to help us run exciting and engaging activities on and beside the water for a variety of audiences.

These volunteer roles are based with the National Trust at Souter Lighthouse and along the Tyne to Tees Coast. As either an ‘On-Water’ or ‘On-Shore’ Active Outdoors Assistant, you will assist with creating opportunities for local people to access and enjoy the seascape through outdoor activities.

These volunteer roles will suit someone who enjoys outdoor activities and sharing a love of the seascape with other people. If this sounds like you or if you’d like further information, please contact Vicky, our Volunteer Officer, at: info@exploreseascapes.co.uk

Beach Clean Leader

Our Beach Care and Aware project is supported by Northumbrian Water and aims to improve the water environment along the coast for the benefit of its high-status national heritage and for our local communities.

The project will reduce the amount of damaging beach and marine litter whilst working to enhance the water quality of our coastal waters, beaches and inflowing streams.

What’s involved:
• Working with SeaScapes Beach Care officer to facilitate pre-organised beach clean litter picks.
• Distribution and collection of litter picking equipment at a beach clean.
• Providing practical advice and support to attendees during a litter pick.
• Ensuring bagged litter is removed from the beach to the identified designated pick-up location.

This role will suite you if you are friendly and outgoing, enjoy being active and outdoors in all weathers, are passionate about coast and denes, and care about the environmental impact of plastic and waste.

A full induction, training, PPE and equipment will be provided.

To find out more please contact Louise Harrington – SeaScapes Beach Care and Aware Officer on 07825 202580 or email: louise.harrington@durham.gov.uk

Intertidal Survey Volunteer

The Intertidal Interactive project is recruiting Intertidal Survey Volunteers to identify and record the wildlife on shores between the Tyne and the Tees using different survey methods. The data collected by this project will be shared nationally to ensure it makes an impact.

These volunteer roles are based with the Durham Wildlife Trust. It’s a great way to explore your local coast, learn more about the wildlife found there and add to our understanding of this important habitat.

Anyone can be an Intertidal Volunteer: all you need is enthusiasm! If you enjoy spending time by the coast regularly, why not take time to join a survey and record what you see – and what you don’t?! Full training will be given.

The deadline for this round of volunteer applications is Friday 3rd September 2021 and attendance at a SeaScapes Intertidal Survey training course on either Wednesday 8th (Hartlepool) or Saturday 11th September (Sunderland) is essential.

For more information about the role and details on how to apply please visit: SeaScapes Intertidal Survey Volunteer | Durham (durhamwt.com)