Voluntary Wildlife Watch Leader or Helper at Rutland Water

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Anglian Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, Rutland Water

Volunteer • Part Time

www.lrwt.org.uk cclark@lrwt.org.uk 0116 2487355 Corinne Clark

Reference: RWWW

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 31st October 2018  


Become a Wildlife Watch Leader or Helper at Rutland Water. 

This is your chance to help inspire the next generation of environmentalists!

Wildlife Watch is the junior wing of the Wildlife Trusts, and encourages a love of wildlife in children aged 5 - 12.  It does this by organising monthly meetings, usually incorporating some art or craft activity alongside exploration and learning tasks. 

At Rutland Water, these meetings are usually held on the 2nd Sunday of the month between 10:00am and 12 noon.

A typical Wildlife Watch Leader is someone who enjoys working with children, is enthusiastic and concerned about the environment and enjoys being outdoors. Previous experience of working with children is desirable, but not essential. No expert wildlife knowledge is required to start, and volunteers receive support and guidance from local Wildlife Trust staff.

Wildlife Watch Leaders are responsible for organising, planning, delivering and advertising their Wildlife Watch group meetings, as well as ensuring the safe running of the meetings.

There must be at least two registered Leaders plus another adult at every meeting and one of the Leaders must have a first aid certificate.

Leaders must be 18 years or over. Volunteers must supply two referees, if necessary undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service check and take part in an informal interview.

Being a Wildlife Watch Leader or Helper requires a time commitment of 3 hours a month for the meeting. Leaders also need approx. equivalent of half a day per month of planning and preparation, publicity and contacting members. If a group has a number of Leaders, you won’t need to attend/plan every meeting.  

Volunteers will be given training on how to run and plan a meeting; writing risk assessments; child welfare and safety; first aid; and will receive support and guidance from local Wildlife Trust staff.

If you register as an active Leader, we will provide:

  • A Leader’s resource pack to help you plan fun-filled, informative, safe activities
  • A local contact for support
  • Full public liability and personal accident insurance for Wildlife Watch activities
  • LINK magazine (as a pdf file) 3 times a year to update you on events, news and activity ideas.
  • Local Wildlife Watch Volunteer newsletter 4 times a year.
  • Access to Leaders section of Wildlife Watch website
  • Access to relevant training
  • Travel expenses are paid to and from activity location. It is useful if you have access to a car as some group venues are not accessible by public transport.
  • If aged 16-25 years old, you can gain accreditation of your volunteering hours through vInspired (the national youth volunteering charity) which looks great on your CV - See www.vinspired.com

Further information

More details about Wildlife Watch can be found on the national website: www.wildlifewatch.org.uk and through the local Trust website: www.lrwt.org.uk

Applying to become a Wildlife Watch Group Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer as a Wildlife Watch Leader or Helper, contact Corinne Clark for an application form: cclark@lrwt.org.uk or 0116 248 7355.


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