Every year we are pleased to offer a rare opportunity to gain excellent practical experience in our fabulous wetland sites by offering a number of year-long placements.


Current vacancies

These 12 month volunteer opportunities are ideal for students currently on an undergraduate degree course who are looking for a placement as part of their sandwich year. However they are also open to graduates or non-students who are looking to gain practical experience in reserve management or wetland conservation.

Applications for placements starting in August 2021 (that run for the 2021/22 academic year) are now open. Role descriptions for the placements that we have available are given below along with an application form. Completed application forms must be submitted by Monday 16th November 2020, interviews will be held during the week commencing 30th November 2020.

Covering advert – Practical Reserve Management placement

Role description - Practical Reserve Management placement

Covering advert – Reserve Management HQ – Office & Research placement

Role description - Reserve Management HQ – Office & Research placement

Covering advert – Practical Conservation Grazing placement

Role description - Practical Conservation Grazing placement

Application form


Conservation Evidence Placement

This role will help provide support in all of the work undertaken by our Conservation Evidence department and will include desk and field based research, laboratory work and data analysis supporting us in our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. Completed application forms must be submitted by Monday 16th November 2020, interviews will be held during the week commencing 16th December 2020.

Role description – Conservation HQ - Conservation Evidence placement

Application form


Living Collections Assistant at WWT Casle Espie

We are looking to recruit volunteers for a 6 to 12 month period for 4 / 5 days a week - starting in September 2021. These placements will help the Living Collections team. These are great opportunities for people looking to gain or build animal care experience, or willing to get stuck in to outdoor work with animals.

**Deadline has been extended until Friday 13 November**

Download the role description

Download an application form


Aviculture Placement, Living Collections team at WWT Slimbridge

In this interesting and practical role you will be assisting the bird team in all aspects of caring for our avian species. This role would be an ideal placement for someone who is looking to develop their practical skill set in preparation for a career in the zoo industry.

We have two full-time placements available. The first is to start as soon as possible and would be for between 5-6 months (finishing by August 2021). The second is a year-long placement starting in August / September 2021. Applications for both roles close on Friday 27 November.

Role description

Application form