The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that saves wetlands, which are essential for life itself. Wetlands are the primary source of drinking water for people and wildlife. They also connect us with nature, and with ourselves, through beautiful landscapes and inspiring encounters with wildlife.WWT’s ethos starts with the simple act of feeding a duck. That innocent connection with nature is more special if you’re feeding – say - the world’s rarest goose, saved from extinction by our expert aviculturists. It’s even more special if you’re surrounded by some of the UK’s top wildlife at one of our world class reserves, carefully designed and managed so wildlife will flourish.We take this wetland expertise around the world. We rescue endangered species from the edge of extinction. We investigate what’s damaging the wetlands on which people and wildlife depend. We protect, repair and actually create exciting new wetlands for people and wildlife.We work with communities, businesses and governments to help people live sustainably alongside wetlands, benefiting from the water, food, materials, shelter, livelihoods and enjoyment a well-managed wetland can provide.WWT is one of the world’s leading science and conservation institutions in its field. But we’re unique because we never forget it all starts with the simple pleasures, like feeding a duck. And maybe a nice cup of tea.
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 wwt.org.uk/getinvolved. Or alternatively full details of this and other roles can be found at www.wwt.org.uk/volunteer. If you have any problems locating the information or filling out the application form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Minimum commitment level: Once a week
Start Date: 01-05-2021
Start Time: 08:00 AM
End Time: 04:30 PM