Animal Care – Volunteer Aviculture & Animal Husbandry Assistant

The role would suit someone looking to gain or build upon animal care experience, or willing to get stuck in to outdoors work with animals. We have one of the largest animal collections in the North East, with 48 species, 15 of which are of Conservation Concern, including the current flock of over 60 breeding Chilean Flamingos and a pair of Asian Short-clawed Otters. Previous volunteers have gone on to work in animal conservation work around the world.

What will you be doing?

  • Daily feed preparation, routines and creating animal enrichment
  • Cleaning animal rearing facilities, Flamingo house, equipment, ponds and exhibits
  • Weeding in exhibits
  • Cutting back vegetation in and around exhibits
  • Pond maintenance
  • 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
  • Public speaking skills desirable
  • Physical fitness and the ability to lift heavy loads
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather
  • Driving licence is desirable

 How will you benefit?

  •  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, animal 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
  • This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site
  • Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers
  • Discount is available in the cafe and shop for all volunteers on the day they volunteer information contained.

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.

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Key Information


The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)


Fixed Term


Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate, Mid Level


Conservation, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


Washington Wetlands Centre, Tyne & Wear,, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.