Volunteer Animal Presenter


Washington, Tyne and Wear

Volunteer • Part Time

www.wwt.org.uk sam.hodgkinson@wwt.org.uk 01453891231 Samuel Hodgkinson

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 6th September 2019  

Why do we need you?

At WWT we believe that the best way for people to understand and connect with wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close. You will be involved in maintaining and developing exhibits within the site at Washington in order to enhance the visitor experience. This involves explaining to the public about our large collection of rare and endangered species of animals from around the world and the vital conservation work in which WWT is involved.

The role would suit someone looking to gain or build upon presentation experience with animals and conservation. We have one of the largest animal collections in the North East, with 48 species, 15 of which are of Conservation Concern, including the current flock of 60 breeding Chilean Flamingos and a family of Asian Short-clawed Otters. Previous volunteers have gone on to work in animal conservation work around the world.

With a wealth of experience and proven track record in scientific research, we create and conserve wetlands and save species. We provide wetland conservation solutions that work in today’s society, sustaining both wildlife and people.

How much time will it take? 

Fridays 10am – 4pm with a commitment to a minimum of a 6 month period in order to get the most benefit from your volunteering experience.

What will you be doing?

  • Providing excellent public engagement to a variety of ages, backgrounds and numbers at our daily talks and events – two Otter talks daily, two Flamingo talks daily, annual ‘Downy Duckling’ presentations and potentially other talks and presentations in the future.
  • Daily feed preparation for the talks, routine cleaning and a small amount of record keeping
  • Providing support when needed on other animal care tasks within the centre team, outside of talks.
  • Upon completion of training, delivering Otter and Flamingo talks within the exhibit
  • Upon completion of training, handling birds and eggs for Downy Duckling presentations
  • Animal handling / health checks
  • Keeping up to date with WWT activities, mission statements, updates and researching the animals about which you will be talking
  • Getting involved in site events.

Who are we looking for?

  • Public speaking skills essential
  • Good people skills
  • Able to follow instructions and safely complete activities alone or as part of a team
  • Some practical experience in animal care would be desirable
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather
  • A passion for nature conservation and an understanding of the importance of education

How will you benefit?

  • Working in the fresh air with a friendly team of like-minded people
  • Training in visitor engagement (GUEST), talks and use of tools, animal handling and safe working practices on site
  • You will be able to become part of the collections team at an exciting time with potential upcoming developments
  • 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 for all volunteers on the days you volunteer
  • Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge.
  • Opportunity to get up close and personal with exotic and rare species of birds and mammals to educate and inspire.

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