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!

Grace Millman


“During my time spent volunteering with Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, I was asked to create a staff training resource on how to effectively communicate climate change. This involved summarising current thinking around climate change, researching into effective communications and analysing the challenges that we currently face in talking about climate change. As the writer for my own website, understanding more about how to successfully debunk climate myths and engage the wider public was very interesting and motivating. I was also pleased that my work had a direct link to their exciting new CCAT project, looking at how coastal communities can adapt to climate change.

During the month, I also travelled around Pembrokeshire carrying our Wales Activity Mapping Interviews and visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology, making my placement very varied. I would definitely recommend doing a placement with PCF, the team are so lovely and friendly and my time in Pembrokeshire flew by!”

Grace Millman |  August 2019

Mathilda Rouze


“During the month I spent with Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, I was able to get involved in a variety of interesting projects. I principally worked on the operations management plan for META and scrutinized the relevant legislative and policy considerations necessary for an optimal operations management plan. I was also given the chance to research marketing strategies to promote marine energy awareness, attend meetings and even assist on a school snorkelling trip.

I have learnt so much throughout this versatile experience and it was a pleasure to work amongst a very supportive and friendly team. The knowledge and skills I have gained at PCF will be very helpful for my master’s application and personal growth. I had a fantastic time along the breath-taking Pembrokeshire coast and I would recommend PCF to anyone with an interest for the marine environment and renewable energies.”

Mathilda Rouze |  July 2019

Molly McHarg


“I started my 21 week placement at PCF in September 2018 as part of my Marine Geography Placement year from Cardiff University. I got to work on a variety of projects including Wales Activity Mapping, Pembrokeshire Marine Code and META. In addition to learning more about Pembrokeshire’s coastline I also gained a variety of new skills that will be extremely useful to me when completing my final year of study and later on in my career.

During my time at PCF I was lucky enough to complete a GIS foundation training course, attend a variety of meetings, create social media content and assist on school trips with local schools. PCF has a very friendly and supportive working environment and I would high recommend PCF to anyone that is looking for a varied and challenging placement.”

Molly McHarg |  September 2018 – February 2019


“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


“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



“I joined PCF in July 2013 for a 12 month placement from Cardiff University as part of my degree in Marine Geography. As a local to Pembrokeshire, this placement allowed me to gain a wealth of experience relevant to my degree in my home county. During my time with PCF I helped to organise events, I wrote the PCF newsletter, updated project websites and managed the Enjoy Milford Haven Waterway project. I really enjoyed working with the PCF team and would recommend a placement with them to anyone that is looking for a wide variety of experience in the marine or coastal environment.”

Jenny Allen | Year Placement Student 2013/2014

“During the time at PCF 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 |  August, 2012