Living Wetland Theatre (Bird Displays) Placement

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

South West

Volunteer • Full Time [email protected] 01453891231 Sarah Hall

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 25th April 2021   6 days left

At WWT, we create and conserve wetlands and save species. We bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking. In this role you will be assisting the living wetland theatre team in all aspects of caring for animals within our live bird demonstrations. The role will also provide opportunity to gain limited experience within the mammal and amphibian departments.

This role would be an ideal placement for someone who has recently completed an animal-based qualification and is looking to develop their practical skill set in preparation for a career in the zoo industry.

What will you be doing?

  • Assisting with the daily cleaning and feeding of theatre birds
  • Maintenance of exhibits and surrounding areas
  • Assisting the Living Wetland Theatre team in daily training protocols
  • Assisting during free flight sessions, including retrieval of birds where necessary
  • Assisting with and ultimately giving talks to the public
  • Interacting with public around exhibits
  • Completion of a portfolio evidencing all the skills and experience gathered during your placement
  • Working with the mammal and amphibian teams to learn limited basic husbandry tasks within these two sections
  • Assisting the wider living collections teams on centre-wide bird health catches

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer within an internationally important wetland site in a hands-on role.
  • A completed portfolio detailing all the transferable skills you will acquire during your placement
  • Discount in WWT shops and cafes
  • WWT uniform provided
  • Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge.
  • Accommodation in our local volunteer hostel.
  • Appropriate training will be provided.
  • A review after the first month to ensure the role is right for you.
  • A suitable reference to help you apply for jobs.

This position may require you to volunteer during weekends and public holidays to ensure objectives are met. The exact hours you are able to contribute will be discussed prior to placement. 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.

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