Canoe Safari Assistant

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

WWT Martin Mere, Lancashire

Volunteer • Part Time 07584 171420 Amy Hannan

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

At the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust 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. You will be directly involved in shaping our visitors’ unforgettable experiences through your warm welcome, your interaction with them and the information that you provide. We need friendly, outgoing people to help with our canoe safari operation, running from March to November, ensuring that our visitors feel part of something amazing.

What will you be doing?

  • Assisting the staff to give health and safety briefings covering all of the aspects of canoe safety applicable to Martin Mere canoe safari.
  • Assisting with providing instruction and advice to visitors on using the canoe safely and to ensure buoyancy aids are fitted correctly paying particular attention to the sensitivities of older people and children. To ensure health and safety instructions and standards are strictly adhered to.
  • Assisting the staff with handling money taken for canoe trips.
  • Illustrating the use of canoes and paddles, including demonstrating if necessary.
  • Assisting the completion of paper work relevant to canoe trips accurately, in particular on participants return.
  • Understanding the importance of prompt response to emergency calls.
  • Monitoring the canoe route and visitors’ participation in the activity.
  • Assisting with the cleanliness and Maintenance of canoe hut and surrounding area.

Who are we looking for?

No previous experience is required as training will be provided. However this role will suit you if you have a love of wildlife and the outdoors and are:

  • Confident or experienced in talking to the public
  • Able to work in a team of staff and volunteers
  • Experienced in a visitor service environment with a strong commitment to excellent customer service
  • Experience in canoeing is an advantage.

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site.
  • Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering.
  • Training opportunities will be provided.
  • Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge.

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