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.
Our Reserve Team run a busy schedule of events throughout the year to showcase the reserve and its amazing wildlife. The events are very popular and Reserve Event Volunteers help deliver a wide variety of events such as bird identification walks, VIP events and our famous Wild Safaris.
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.
Part day and full day volunteer sessions available but this can depend on event bookings, time of year and weather, so flexible. Morning, afternoon and evening volunteering opportunities may be available, depending on demand for events. A minimum commitment of once a week is preferred, but role could allow for several days per week.
This role has many different opportunities, but overall the role will suit you if you:
Are confident and pro-active in approaching people
Are able to work on your own or as part of a team
Have an interest in the natural environment
Have an enthusiastic and friendly manner
Are committed to excellent customer service
Beyond these, some additional skills are required for different roles.
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
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)
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 email@example.com
Minimum commitment level: Once a week
Start Date: 01-05-2021