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.


Reserve placements

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 2020 (that run for the 2020/21 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 Wednesday 20th November 2019, interviews will be held during the week commencing 2nd December 2019.

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


Animal Presentations Placement

We have opportunities for two full-time volunteer placements in our Living Collections Team and our new Living Wetland Theatre exhibit at our Slimbridge (Gloucestershire) centre.
The first is available immediately and is for a period of between 6 and 9 months, finishing by August 2020.The second is a year-long placement that will run from August / September 2020. Completed application forms must be submitted by Wednesday 20th November 2019.

This unique role will give opportunities to volunteer with a range of wetland animals, learn presentation, animal husbandry and animal training skills. A great opportunity for people looking for experience in these areas.

Covering advert
Role description
Application form