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. 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.

How much time will it take?                                    4-5 days per week 9.30am – 4.30/5.30pm (Seasonal) with a commitment to a minimum of a 6 month period in order to get the most benefit from your placement. This can be done as part of a course between years.

What will you be doing?

  • Daily feed preparation, routines and creating animal enrichment
  • Cleaning animal rearing facilities, Flamingo house, equipment, ponds and exhibits and ensuring they are in good repair
  • Undertaking animal census and recording of daily routines
  • Weeding in exhibits and cutting back vegetation in and around exhibits.
  • Pond maintenance
  • Working as part of the centre opening/closing team undertaking tasks to ensure the site is ready for visitors on opening and cleared of visitors on closing
  • Conducting public feed talks for the Otters and Flamingos alongside occasional guided tours.
  • Maintaining and improving exhibit fencelines
  • Assisting with animal handling and annual health checks
  • During breeding season; checking nestboxes, incubators and assisting in the animal rearing facilities
  • Occasional tasks may include: building nestboxes, feeders and animal shelters, constructing enclosures and ponds, or assisting with large reserve team projects
  • A variety of seasonal duties including putting out and bringing in nestboxes, winter shelter preparation and bedding changing
  • Record keeping and animal health and welfare reporting

Who are we looking for?

  • Some practical experience in animal care would be desirable
  • Able to follow instructions and safely complete activities alone or as part of a team
  • Good people skills
  • Ideally someone who has studied or is studying a relevant subject.
  • Public speaking skills desirable
  • Physical fitness and the ability to lift heavy loads
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather
  • Driving licence is essential
  • You need to be over 18 years to carry out this role.

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site.
  • Accommodation including utility bills will be provided near Washington Wetlands Centre.
  • Gaining invaluable animal husbandry knowledge and hands on experience
  • Working in the fresh air with friendly, like-minded people
  • Exercise and all-round fitness
  • You will be able to become part of the small but friendly grounds team
  • Training in use of tools, maintenance vehicles, animal care/handling and safe working practices on site
  • You will be involved in the workings of this centre and will therefore be able to take up any opportunities that become available
  • Discount is available in the cafe and shop for all volunteers on the day they volunteer
  • Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge

The centre is signposted and there are good public transport and cycle paths to the centre.

We regret that we are not in a position to reimburse expenses incurred for travel to the site.

How to Apply

You can apply on line;

Please email if you have any problems completing the application form.

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Key Information


The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)


Fixed Term


Full Time, Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate


Environment, Nature & Wildlife


Washington Wetlands Centre, Tyne & Wear,, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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