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Grounds Support - Grounds & Gardens

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Grounds & Gardens Volunteers ensure the centre is looking its best for our visitors and maintain habitats for our living collections as well as our resident flora and fauna. There’s plenty of ways to get stuck in and help maintain the grounds and gardens around Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

At WWT we believe that the best way for people to understand and connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking. At Slimbridge Wetland Centre visitors can explore unique wetland habitats and the amazing array of birds, mammals and amphibians that inhabit them. Our volunteers help to welcome and inspire visitors, and look after our unique habitats and heritage.

This role will suit you if you:
 Enjoy working outdoors
 Are happy volunteering as part of a team
 Have a moderate level of fitness
 Have an interest in gardens and the natural environment
 Are happy engaging with visitors
 Have some knowledge or experience of gardening or conservation (not essential)
 Have a willing and can do attitude
 As nearly all our volunteering roles take place in view of the public, you should have good communication skills and be willing to engage with our visitors to answer any queries and promote WWT as a whole.

How will you benefit?
 Volunteer in an inspiring environment and get closer to nature
 Great way to learn new skills
 Make a real contribution to the conservation work of WWT
 Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge
 Discount in WWT shops and cafes
 WWT uniform provided
 Induction and training provided
 Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
 Meet like-minded people
 Great way to get outdoors and do some physical activity
 Travel expenses available to those in full-time education or who are currently unemployed (speak to your volunteer manager for more information on this scheme)

Because of the seasonal nature of this role there may be limited volunteering opportunities available within the gardens from December to February. However we will always find tasks for those who brave the winter weather.

New for 2021: If you’re in full-time education, or are currently unemployed, we can help with your travel costs to and from the centre. Please speak to your volunteer manager for more information on this scheme. Unfortunately we are not in a position to reimburse expenses incurred in travelling to and from the centre for anyone not meeting either of these criteria but any pre-agreed expenses incurred in the course of your duties will be reimbursed.

Join an online open day in spring 2021 by visiting Or alternatively full details of this and other roles can be found at If you have any problems locating the information or filling out the application form please email

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Required Role

Grounds Support - Grounds & Gardens

Key responsibilities

 Those who volunteer from 8 am will be helping our wardens get the grounds ready for opening and completing any out–of-hour’s jobs than need doing before visitors arrive.  Assisting with the development and daily maintenance of the grounds at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.  Planting, weeding and pruning.  Helping us maintain and clean paths, outdoor furniture, hides, fences and play areas.  Engaging with visitors about what you’re doing, and the work of the wider WWT.  Ensuring the safety, welfare and enjoyment of our visitors

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  • Positive attitude
  • Practical
  • Team Work

Desirable Skills

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Problem solving

Skill to gain

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Interpersonal
  • Practical
  • Problem solving
  • Team Work
  • Time Management
  • Self Management

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: Once a week

Start Date: 01-05-2021

Start Time: 08:00 AM

End Time: 04:30 PM

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Gloucester GL2 7BT, UK

To one-click apply for this opportunity you need to have completed the following:

  • You need to have an active account on this website
  • You need to have an active volunteering account
  • You need to have fully completed the volunteering profile set-up