Wildlife Recording Assistant

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Williton, West Somerset

Volunteer • Part Time

www.wwt.org.uk holly.ridd@wwt.org.uk 07879 664753 Holly Ridd

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 12th April 2019  


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. We take people with us and form partnerships to build support for wetlands. People feel part of something amazing and are motivated to make a difference.

We are looking for a small team of volunteers to support our staff in helping with surveys and collecting data (ecological and geomorphological) for the ‘Two Valleys – Slow the Flow’ project in West Somerset. We will be providing all the training needed for this and so while some background knowledge would be helpful, an interest in nature and conservation and an enthusiasm to learn is most important. The main focus of the team’s work will be river habitat surveys mainly through the identification of a number of key invertebrate species in the Monksilver and Doniford stream catchments.

How much time will it take? 

This role would suit people who can spare a minimum of 1 full day per month. We will try to plan collection days according to your availability and will discuss this before you start in role. You will not be expected to volunteer every time and a volunteering schedule will be provided.

What will you be doing?

  • Working as part of a team collecting data from streams and tributaries between the Quantocks AONB and Exmoor National Park, primarily focussing on river habitat surveys.
  • Training: You will be trained in surveying techniques, training will be held at Nettlecombe Field Studies Centre (expenses are covered)
  • Activities include: Annual RiverMorph surveys; bi-monthly RiverFly invertebrate surveys; photographic evidence collection on key sites; and bat surveys
  • Joining the HQ research team at Slimbridge annually at a meeting to discuss the collected data and be involved in the interpretation process.

Who are we looking for?

You will enjoy this role if you:

  • Are enthusiastic, reliable and willing to learn new skills.
  • Have an interest in nature and conservation
  • Are supportive of our work and will enjoy working as part of the WWT team.
  • Are able and comfortable working under minimum supervision under the direction of the Research Officers and the Working Wetland Catchment Project Manager.
  • Have a good level of general fitness, as the survey work may require access off the main public routes and the terrain can be uneven.
  • Enjoy working outdoors in all conditions (we try to plan with the weather!)
  • Can follow Health & Safety guidelines and other procedures appropriate to the role.
  • Have a good eye for details and can keep clear and accurate records.

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer within an Internationally renowned Wetland organisation
  • An opportunity to be part of a team and an ambassador for a special project benefitting local communities
  • A full project site induction and appropriate training will be provided as part of a team (e.g. RiverFly, RiverMorph, Bat surveys, Photography, Water quality)
  • A suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers
  • Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge
  • An opportunity to enjoy social events with the team and wider WWT colleagues throughout the year

Please note: You will need to be available on Wednesday 8th May for a training day in West Somerset.


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