Reserves Volunteer - Predator Monitoring

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Castle Espie Wetlands Centre, Comber, Co Down, NI

Volunteer • Part Time

www.wwt.org.uk amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 07584171420 Amy Hannan

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Who will be responsible for your role? Reserve Warden

Where will you be based? WWT Castle Espie Centre

How much time will it take? All year round, ½ day weekly, Tues or Weds

What will you be doing?

  • Survey and monitoring of predators on the reserve using a variety of techniques, not limited to field signs and trail cameras.
  • Associated projects: Peninsula field management, additional bird counts and recording of disturbance events.
  • Activities: Assessment of the use of predators in the Peninsula Field and wider reserve at Castle Espie, compiling and introducing data about field observations in a database, mapping data in a format to be input to GIS, undertaking reports on the distribution and movements of predators at Castle Espie and adjoining land.
  • Assisting wardens with the daily running of the reserve.
  • Contributing to wildlife monitoring and recording.
  • Promoting the work of WWT to all visitors.

Why do we need you?

At WWT, we shape unforgettable experiences. By working as part of the Reserve Support Volunteer team you will assist in providing the highest standards of site management and conservation. This will ensure the centre is helping provide the visitor with a great day out and encouraging them to engage with and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people.

This is an amazing opportunity to gain / improve your ID and data collection skills which may assist with finding a career in conservation.

Who are we looking for?

  • Bird, wildlife and plant ID skills (particularly mammal tracks and signs)
  • Observational skills.
  • Data gathering and analysis experience.
  • Mapping (ability in GIS desirable)
  • Reporting.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Basic computer and remote monitoring device skills.
  • No formal qualifications are required. However this role would suit you if you have formal or informal experience or understanding of conservation.
  • You must be practical and physically able.
  • You must be able to work as part of a team of staff and volunteers.
  • You will be proactive and able to work with minimum supervision under the direction of the reserves warden.
  • You must be keen to support the work of WWT.

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site.
  • Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers
  • Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering
  • Training opportunities will be provided

The hours of this position are at the discretion of the reserve Manager but the centre in open 363 days a year.

This position may require work during evenings, weekends and public holidays to ensure the objectives of the project are met. The exact hours you are able to contribute will be discussed prior to placement.

A current driving licence is desirable for the role and due to the lack of public transport to the centre you will need to be able to arrange access to the centre for yourself. We regret that we are not in a position to reimburse expenses incurred for travel to the site. Any pre-agreed out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the course of the role will be reimbursed.

This position is entirely voluntary and is therefore unpaid. Any offer of a volunteer placement is not intended to create a legally binding contract between us and any agreement may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of either party. Neither of us intends any employment relationship to be created either now or at any time in the future.


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