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

Applications for placements starting in August 2022 (that run for the 2022/23 academic year) are now open. Role descriptions for the placements that we have available are given below along with an application form. The deadlines for applications are specified in each role description. Interviews will be held in December.


Reserves Placements

Our amazing sites all have areas of natural habitat that we manage to maximise the benefits for wetlands species. We are fortunate to be able to offer placements with our Reserve Teams at most of our sites giving an immersive practical experience, ideal for those looking to a career in reserve management or wetland conservation. All of our reserves are unique and so each site will offer a slightly different range of opportunities to their placement. A summary for each centre can be found below along with the role description and application form. Please read these and consider the location of each of our sites carefully before indicating on the application form which role/s you would like to apply for.

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

Overview of our Sites

Application form


Living Collection Placements

We have roles available at our Castle Espie (Northern Ireland), Martin Mere (Lancashire), Slimbridge (Gloucestershire) and Washington (Tyne and Wear) centres for those looking to gain practical experience in different areas of animal husbandry and management.

These full-time placements are a great opportunity for people looking for experience in these areas. The species at each site vary and therefore the experience offered to the placement is different for each centre, so please read the role descriptions carefully and indicate on the application form which placement/s you are interest in.

Included is a role at our new Living Wetland Theatre exhibit at our Slimbridge (Gloucestershire) centre. This unique role also includes the opportunity to develop animal training skills as well as presentation skills.

Role description – Living Collections – Castle Espie

Application form – Living Collections – Castle Espie

Role description – Living Collections – Martin Mere

Application form – Living Collections – Martin Mere

Role description – Living Collections – Slimbridge

Application form – Living Collections – Slimbridge

Role description – Living Collections – Washington

Application form – Living Collections – Washington

Role description – Presentation Team – Slimbridge

Application form – Presentation Team – Slimbridge


Conservation Evidence Placement

WWT has a placement opportunity within its Conservation Evidence team. This placement will help to provide support in all the research undertaken by the team. This will include field, laboratory and desk based work including field surveys and monitoring, examination of samples and specimens in the laboratory, data analysis, GIS and generally supporting our team of scientists working to save wetlands for wildlife and people.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in conservation research.

Accommodation for this role is provided locally.

Role description - Conservation Evidence - Slimbridge

Application form - Conservation Evidence - Slimbridge