Do you love the Jurassic Coast? Do you have some time to speak about it to people in your community? Do you have a particular talent that you’d like to put to more use?
If the answer to these questions is yes, you could be our next Jurassic Coast Ambassador.
Our Ambassadors are a diverse group of people who give their time voluntarily to further the cause of the Jurassic Coast. Our group includes teachers, business owners, graphic designers, walks leaders, photographers and students.
Our Ambassadors run a variety of projects with the support of the Jurassic Coast Team and Trust.
One of their key roles is awareness raising –telling people in their local community about the World Heritage Site and what makes it globally unique.
Here are some examples of what our Ambassadors do:
Martin Curtis is an amateur fossil hunter and coastal walks leader from near Dorchester. He has spoken to several community groups and schools about fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, and how to do it safely and responsibly. He has also designed our “ACME Ammonite Racers” tyres – Look out for them at our events in 2016!
Mike Green is our original Ambassador from Beer in East Devon. He organises events that bring local communities together to learn more about the World Heritage Site. Mike designed and produced a set of 4 blocks that represent the coast’s different geological eras, and is now working on producing a “Build Your Own Durdle Door” model for use at events.
Emily Cowper-Coles (pictured right) is a recent science graduate who grew up on her family’s farm near Axminster. She runs Jurassic Coast children’s activities at coastal visitor centres, and advised a group of trainee teachers during a fossil walk at Lyme Regis. She also mentored a group of young people at the 2015 World Heritage Youth Summit in Blaenevon, Wales.
Cara Jenkins is a Forest School leader from Chideock. She has run several outdoor games sessions for children, encouraging them to explore their natural environment and learn more about its ancient stories. Cara has designed her own Jurassic-themed activities which are now used by our other Ambassadors at events.
We are always adding to our pool of Ambassadors and would love to hear from you. There is no minimum time commitment or set roles – it is what you make it!