Student placements, work experience and volunteering at PCF

Work experience and/or volunteering with PCF can enhance your knowledge and understanding of what it is like to work in the marine sector. Skills learnt in education can be put into practice and developed during your time spent at PCF. It may also provide you with ideas for further education and allow you to create networks with other companies involved in the marine industry.

As part of a close knit team, you will have the opportunity to assist with a variety of different projects including:
Marine Code
Outdoor Charter
Coastal Curriculum
Wales Activity Mapping 
Marine Energy Wales

PCF is an innovative and forward thinking social enterprise. We wish to involve and offer work experience and volunteering opportunities to people who share our passion for the coastal environment and embrace our values and ways of working.

PCF Placement Description and Specification 
This document gives you an understanding  of the type of work you will be undertaking with us and will give you an idea of the type of person we are looking for to be part of our team.

PCF placement application form (opens as a word doc)
This document  must be completed and  posted to PCF as directed. We regret CV’s will not be accepted. We would recommend  you send a covering letter with your application form explaining why you think you are the right candidate for the placement .


Hear from those who have volunteered with us in the past …
Past volunteers have used their experience and networking skills to their advantage, gaining jobs in the field. David Jones, our now CEO was originally a volunteer with PCF!

“During the time  @PCFCIC I did so many different things. I helped to edit their website, made a template for the PCF leaflet, put data into spread sheets and also found information to go into the PCF newsletter.

I have learnt so much from being in this work environment. Also the people who work here are so friendly, they made it a really enjoyable experience and I would definitely recommend to anyone else to volunteer or do work experience here”.

Hannah Taylor |  Milford Haven |  August, 2012



Jenny joined the coastal forum in July 2013 for a 12 month placement from Cardiff University. As a local to Pembrokeshire, the new placement set up between PCF and Cardiff University has meant that Jenny has been able to gain a wealth of experience regarding marine matters in her home county.

Whilst on placement, Jenny has helped to organise events hosted by PCF and its projects, write the PCF newsletter, update the project websites and manage the Milford Haven Waterway project.

In her spare time Jenny loves walking on the Pembrokeshire Beaches, especially Freshwater West, and is a keen horse rider and qualified instructor.  While not in the office with PCF Jenny spent time with Keep Wales Tidy assisting with their beach cleans.

Jenny Allen | University – Marine Geography | Year Placement Student 2013/2014


I joined PCF for a month in January 2018. Being from around Pembrokeshire, working with PCF was ideal as a lot of the projects they are involved in are to do with our amazing coastline. I had the chance to help organise and attend consultation events on the new Wales marine plan and gain valuable insight into the complications/process of drafting marine legislation from Welsh government officials themselves. Alongside the consultations, I worked on updating the marine code app, an informative and educational mobile app. From this I have gained valuable work experience which will definitively help me after my masters and I would highly recommend PCF to anyone interested in our coastline, looking for work experience or a big tea drinker!

Elliot Martin |  January, 2018


During the month I spent with Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, I was able to get involved with a whole variety of interesting things to do with Pembrokeshire’s beautiful coastline. From preparing social media tweets, to promoting their annual Wildlife Photo Competition, to attending meetings. I was also fortunate enough to assist on a school trip and classroom workshop with pupils from a local primary school.

The people who work here are all very welcoming and friendly. I have been very fortunate to have been able to learn so much alongside the nicest of people. I would highly recommend PCF to anyone who is interested in either volunteering or gaining work experience.

Hannah Cooper |  June, 2018