Canoe Safari Support


Slimbridge (Gloucestershire) and Martin Mere (Lancashire)

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why do we need you?

We’re WWT, the charity for wetlands and wildlife. We’re on a mission to restore wetlands because they are a wondrous solution to our world's problems. Together we will unlock their power – and help nature burst back to life. Because when wetlands flourish, all life will flourish!

We lead the way, bring life and inspire connection!

At WWT we believe that 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. A our Wetland Centres visitors can explore unique wetland habitats and the amazing array of birds, mammals and amphibians that inhabit them. Our volunteers help to welcome and inspire visitors and look after our unique habitats and heritage.

On the canoe safari, visitors can take to the water to see the wetlands and wildlife from a new perspective.

Looking for valuable work experience to gain relevant skills or wanting to spend more time outdoors? Or both? You will assist with greeting our visitors with a warm welcome to canoe safari and assisting with the day-to-day operations you will be helping visitors enjoy a memorable experience every time they visit.

Our main values enrich our community….

By restoring our wonderful wetlands, we gain deeper connections

By inspiring future volunteers, we will inspire others to value, act and benefit from wetlands

To Thrive! We believe our volunteers will thrive in making WWT a more sustainable and inclusive organisation.

What will you be doing?

  • Greeting visitors, explaining how to engage in the activity and sharing seasonal highlights about the wildlife and wetland habitat of the canoe trail
  • Supporting the canoe safari operator in the preparation, hiring and clearing away of canoes and associated equipment
  • Ensuring the canoes are safe to use and that all canoes and accessories are checked between each use, cleaned if necessary and kept in good working order
  • Assisting with providing instruction and advice to visitors on using the canoe safely and to ensure buoyancy aids are provided and fitted correctly. Ensuring health safety instructions and standards are strictly adhered to.

How much time will it take? 

The canoe safari is open from Easter throughout the summer season until the end of September. It is then open during weekends and holidays until the end of October.

Part-time and full-time opportunities are available. The Canoe Trail is open from 11am – 4pm but we will mutually agree the hours you are able to contribute.

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