Research and Monitoring Assistant

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

WWT Welney Wetland Centre, Cambridgeshire

Volunteer • Part Time 07879 664753 Holly Ridd

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 22nd April 2019   1 day left

Why do we need you?

With a wealth of experience and proven track record in scientific research, we create and conserve wetlands and save species. We collect data on a wide range of species on all of our reserves, and these records help to inform WWT’s management plans of these special places by highlighting species trends and population changes - this knowledge can then be used in order to safeguard species utilising WWT reserves.

We are looking for a volunteer with good knowledge of the classification of organisms who can help record and monitor footage of reserve species, including Black-tailed godwits, and competent IT data entry skills to assist us in inputting and processing of the data from Welney, ensuring that these data-sets are compiled and safely stored centrally.

Volunteers are integral to the running of our Welney reserve and without their help we wouldn’t be able to maintain this amazing 1500 acre wetland of international importance. Our volunteering team is friendly and hard-working, and say they benefit by gaining new experiences, meeting new people and most importantly make a difference by helping maintain important wetland habitat.

Who will be responsible for your role? 

Warden / Project Godwit Monitoring Officer

Where will you be based? 

WWT Welney

How much time will it take? 

Ideally a fairly regular day each week (year-round), but there is flexibility on the specific days and hours worked and we will mutually agree the time you are able to offer.

What will you be doing?

  • Looking though camera trap footage and logging species seen (at least 50% of the role will focus on this).
  • Helping to monitor Black-tailed godwits, including filming behaviours.
  • Assisting in other activities linked with the breeding season monitoring.

Who are we looking for?

This role will suit you if you:

  • Are experienced in data entry, data handling and the use of databases and spreadsheets.
  • Are confident using cameras and retrieving data from SD cards.
  • Have a good field skills and ID skills, particularly birds and small mammals.
  • Are self-motivated and have a good attention to detail.

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site.
  • You will be part of a team of people who promote the work of WWT at Welney and our network of other wetland reserves.
  • Support on the use of the cameras and associated spreadsheets will be provided.
  • A full induction to WWT and the Welney Centre and training for the role will be provided.
  • Opportunities to further roles at the site can be discussed.
  • A discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering.
  • Enjoy free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge.

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