Our team is principally composed of generous volunteers to whom we are grateful. Some contracts may be awarded to professionals for specific tasks, and in the future, Blue Cradle aims to employ part-time and ideally permanent staff. This is work in development and subject to funding.
Emma Hunter - Engagement Volunteer
Originally from Scotland, Emma recognises the global connectivity of the ocean. There is only one ocean and our actions, wherever we are, have an impact on it. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science with Zoology (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh, Emma has been working on ecotourism boats in Aotearoa and Canada sharing her passion for the ocean and its inhabitants with others. She recently completed her Master’s in Wildlife Biology and Conservation where her research project looked into microplastics pollution in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai. She believes sciences is for everyone and resources that allow people to learn about the ocean and how to protect it should be readily available. She relishes the opportunity to facilitate community engagement in marine conservation through the work of Blue Cradle.
Peter Wells - Project Volunteer
Peter Wells is a Seattle native, based in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. With backgrounds in arts, anthropology, and permaculture design, he specializes in public food forests and has spent the last 3 years creating the Ōtākaro Orchard hub for local food in central Christchurch. Alongside Blue Cradle he assists with projects in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, and governance for the Soil & Health Association and Kiwiburn. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Goucher College and is an IUCN member.
Adrian Ranhao Xu - Fundraising Volunteer
Adrian is from the beautiful seaside of Dalian, China. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Dalian University in China and a Masters of Planning at Lincoln University, New Zealand. As a planner and a member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), he believes the knowledge of the ocean is one of the cornerstones of managing the ocean resources sustainably. Working as a voluntary fundraiser at Blue Cradle, Adrian is determined to introduce the concept of Blue Cradle to the sponsors and promote scientific studies on the ocean that we love and rely on for survival.
Arnaud Valcarcel - Oceanography Lead
Arnaud is a french PhD student of ocean turbulence with the University of Otago and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research in Wellington. After studying fundamental physics and graduating in astrophysics with a master’s degree, he transitioned to environmental physics research to take part in the vital effort to better understand our changing Climate. He also believes that promoting scientific research, environmentalism and conservation is paramount to inspire the next generation of earth scientists and green citizens. As a volunteer collaborator to project Blue Cradle he aspires to drive oceanographic endeavours, support science communication, and be a hands-on contributor to conservation missions.
Julie Chandelier - Photographer Volunteer
French/Swedish, Julie Chandelier is a passionate photographer with a special love for the amazing natural world we live in. Born in Stockholm (Sweden) but raised by French parents, she navigated between both countries and cultures while seeing the rest of the world in the meantime. She is now grateful to call New Zealand home since 2017. Julie is also an avid ocean lover and aside from surfing and free diving, she spends countless hours sea-kayaking, often offshore. She has always been fascinated by marine mammals and has been blessed with many encounters while paddling. Her main drive is to contribute to meaningful projects with her imagery, working with individuals and organisations who strive to improve our environment and communities’ well-being. Her dream is one day, to go work in the polar regions where marine life is abundant.
You? Join us!
Blue Cradle is looking for volunteers, for various tasks: public relations, events, graphic design, photography, video production and editing, outreach, field work, scientific writing.
If you’re passionate about the ocean, have a bit of spare time, and have any of those skills, get in touch!
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These are some of the people we hire occasionally or regularly for different administrative, legal, accounting, film and design tasks. We highly trust them and their companies and strongly recommend their work and are grateful for their support of our organization.