Roaming Engager

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

WWT Steart Marshes, Bridgwater, Somerset

Volunteer • Part Time Sarah Hall

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why do we need you?

At WWT we believe 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. People feel part of something amazing and are motivated to make a difference.

As a Roaming Engager you will give a warm welcome to our visitors and encourage them to make the most of their visit. You will help them to identify the wildlife that they see and understand and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people.

Who will be responsible for your role? Senior Conservation Warden

Where will you be based? The public areas of WWT Steart Marshes nature reserve.

How much time will it take? We are particularly looking for volunteers who can offer at least one day a week, though preferably at weekends and over busy holiday periods. We can be flexible on the specific days and hours worked and will mutually agree the hours you are able to offer. An online calendar will assist with the coordination of timings.

What will you be doing?

  • Welcoming visitors to the nature reserve.
  • Talking to visitors about the value of the reserve as a ‘WWT Working Wetland’ Identifying notable/ basic wildlife for visitors
  • Informing visitors how to navigate themselves around the reserve
  • Visitor facility checks (e.g. litter picking)
  • Possibly using binoculars or telescope to showcase species of interest.
  • To keep up to date with happenings at the reserve and direct visitors to other areas that may be of interest on their visit.

Who are we looking for?

  • Volunteers who are friendly and welcoming with an enthusiasm to promote the work of WWT.
  • People who are willing to work on their own.
  • People who have a commitment to good customer service and are willing to engage the public with the work of WWT.
  • People with a passion for wildlife, a good knowledge of general wildlife will be valuable.

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site.
  • Be part of a team of people who promote the work of WWT at Steart Marshes and our network of other wetland reserves.
  • Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers. You are welcome to use your own equipment (see note below) but WWT owned telescope/binoculars can be provided.
  • Training opportunities will be provided.
  • A full site induction will be provided and opportunities to further skill training will be discussed.

General notes:

All volunteer equipment up to a value of £1000 is automatically covered by WWT’s insurance policy if it is damaged in the course of the volunteer’s activities on behalf of WWT. We regret that the costs of taking out additional insurance for single items over the value of £1000 are prohibitive and so, if you are planning to use any of your own equipment falling into this category, please check with your own insurer beforehand, as WWT cannot accept liability. The decision to bring expensive equipment on-site is yours, and if you prefer not to, WWT may have similar equipment you can borrow.

The exact hours you are able to contribute will be discussed prior to placement. A current driving licence is essential for access to the centre. 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 opportunity 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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