Our Student Ranger
Each summer season we partner with a Marine Biology or Environmental Science student from our local universities to help manage our Marine Centre, Water Refill Station and Event activities. This is an important and responsible role that enables the student to gain experience of working in an educational organisation focused on public awareness of the local marine environment and wildlife especially as we are a Blue Flag beach. Consequently, there are many families that visit us, and some have a longstanding love of the area, so there is a need to be able to communicate, knowledgeably and enthusiastically, with people of all ages and backgrounds.
There is also a responsibility to record and process simple financial transactions, and help manage our website information and online communications. Creative skills are also needed to help us build our displays, make information sheets and posters. Our student is expected to keep an eye on current developments, both globally and locally, researching new projects and to help inform our team of new ideas and activities. Keeping in contact with other Marine groups is also an essential task for the development of our Group, as well as everyday work with a volunteer team.
The student is an essential part of the team that enables our marine environmental activities during the summer tourist season at Polzeath, and we could not function without them!
In return they are provided with a caravan to live in on the well known Robbie Love’s park which is likely to provide lifetime memories of a summer season in our special Polzeath. Hospitality work is readily available and several of the students have taken that opportunity to expand both their activities and cash flow!
In Summer 2023 we hosted Cat, studying for an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Plymouth University.
"I joined Polzeath Marine Conservation Group because of the crucial importance of preserving our oceans and marine ecosystems. I have always felt a deep connection to nature, and witnessing the escalating threats such as overfishing, plastic pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change, I knew I couldn't stand by idly. By being a part of this conservation group, I am able to actively contribute to the efforts aimed at protecting and restoring these delicate ecosystems.
Additionally, I was drawn to the collaborative nature of the group. Working alongside like-minded individuals who are passionate about marine conservation provides a sense of purpose and a platform to learn, share ideas, and collectively make a meaningful impact. Whether it's participating in beach clean-ups or raising awareness in the community, I am committed to being a voice for the oceans and future generations.
My experience at the marine conservation group has been incredibly enlightening and enriching. One of the most significant things I've learned is how human activities can have far-reaching consequences on these delicate environments.
I've gained a deeper understanding of the various challenges that marine life faces, such as the devastating effects of plastic pollution and habitat degradation. By working together with he public and partnering with other organizations, I've been able to organize impactful events, educational campaigns, and initiatives that raise awareness about marine conservation. I've also learned how to effectively communicate complex issues to diverse audiences, helping to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and public understanding.
Overall, my experience with the marine conservation group has not only expanded my knowledge of marine biology and environmental science but has also instilled in me a sense of responsibility and dedication to being a steward of our oceans. It's an ongoing journey of learning, growth, and action that I'm grateful to be a part of."