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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:

Animal Care Placement - Living Collection Assistant

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

Please download the Role Description below for more information and download an Application Form, if you think this placement is for you:

> Role Description

> Application Form

If you have any problems completing the application form, please contact Any Hannan on

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 March 2020. After this date successful applicants will be asked to come to the Castle Espie Wetlands Centre for an informal interview (date to be confirmed), to find out more about the role and discuss availability, after which suitable candidates will be offered placements.

International Engagement Internship, 2020–2021

We have a small International Engagement team, which hosts two international networks: Wetland Link International (WLI), a support network for those working in wetland centres that deliver Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) activities at wetland sites; and the World Wetland Network (WWN), which helps smaller wetland NGOs and CSOs influence and deliver the Ramsar Convention.

We are looking for a recent graduate in a conservation science, or early career professional, to spend up to a year with us at our wetland centre at Slimbridge, UK. The successful candidate will work alongside the International Engagement Manager and International Engagement Officer, supporting development of the networks, developing relationships with other wetland conservation organisations, researching and developing tools for members to use, and encouraging sharing and communication across our memberships.

The intern will receive accommodation at WWT’s staff/volunteer accommodation, two return flights between their home and Slimbridge, UK, and a monthly allowance to cover food and subsistence (self-catered). It is an opportunity to spend time at a world-class wetland conservation organisation, develop skills in international conservation and communications, and bring your own knowledge and expertise to support wetland conservation at a global level. We will partially tailor the role to suit your skills and help you return home as a more skilled wetlands professional.

Please download the Role Description below for more information and download an Application Form, if you think this internship is for you:

> Role Description

> Application Form

For more information, please contact the International Engagement Officer, Connor Walsh on

The deadline is the 17 April, with Skype interviews taking place the week of 27 April. We would invite the successful candidate to start with us from July (visa process permitting) lasting until late June 2021.

Practical Reserve Management Placements at WWT Castle Espie

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has a placement opportunity for 2020-21 on the reserves management team. The placement will be based at the very beautiful WWT Castle Espie in County Down, Northern Ireland. The placement will offer the successful applicant a range of practical experiences in wetland management, species monitoring and visitor services. This posts would suit those who enjoy being part of small enthusiastic teams, have a good variety of skills, and love being outdoors.

While the successful candidate will need to commit to volunteer for the Trust for 52 weeks, volunteering for approximately 37.5 hours per week, which may include weekends, there will be excellent opportunities to develop useful skills for the UK job market in areas of ecology, conservation and reserves management. A training package relevant to the role and WWT site will be given, which may include training in some or all of the following: use of brushcutters, tractors, pedestrian mowers and ATVs, safe hand tool use, risk assessments, wildlife ID and survey, data handling and recording and customer service. Volunteers are entitled to 25 days holiday during their placement. If volunteering as a student placement, you will be able to carry out your own research project if required by your university as part of your assessment, supported by friendly WWT staff with significant experience in their field. Although the placements will be unpaid, accommodation can be provided at some locations.

Please download the Role Description below for more information and download an Application Form, if you think this placement is for you:

> Role Description

> Application Form

Closing date for applications is Friday 17 April 2020.

Interviews will be held on the week commencing the 27 April 2020.