Optical Reuse Project – Optical Technician

We are working with partners in West Africa as part of our Migratory Birds for People programme. One of their major barriers to doing more and better conservation work is a lack of binoculars and scopes. To help with this, we have started the Optics for Africa project.

To take this project forward we are asking our staff, volunteers, members and visitors to donate any old but still working optics that they might no longer need. The equipment doesn’t have to be very expensive, but it does have to work. To make sure we’re sending useful equipment, some of it will need maintenance and repair in order that it can be used to its maximum potential when it is sent to our African partners.

Your role will be to ensure that what arrives in Africa gives our partners the best chance to deliver good quality wetland and bird conservation work. Your interest and skills in optics will ensure that only binoculars and scopes that are in good condition are sent, going to exactly where they are needed.

What will you be doing?

•       Receive and check over any donated equipment, making sure that it is correctly recorded.

•       Discard or recycle any equipment that is too damaged to repair.

•       Make minor repairs, clean and pack any equipment that would be useful to our partners.

•       Package up equipment for sending to our partners.

•       The role will be largely home-based, requiring access to some workshop or other secure area to keep the optics in.

Who are we looking for?

This role would suit you if:

•       You have experience and knowledge of maintaining optical equipment, either your own or in a professional capacity

•       You have a confident approach to maintenance

•       You are able to work independently, ideally with some tools and workshop space at home.

•       A driving licence is essential as there will sometimes be a need to pick up or return equipment to Slimbridge.

•       How will you benefit?

•       You will have a rare opportunity to contribute directly to conservation in West Africa, helping to preserve and improve crucial flyways for wetland birds.

•       This is an excellent opportunity to hone skills in optics maintenance and repair while keeping a ‘hands on’ approach.

•       Discount is available in the cafe and shop.

•       Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge.

How to Apply

Website: www.wwt.org.uk/volunteering


Apply on line: https://www.wwt.org.uk/support/volunteer-with-wwt/



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Key Information


The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust


Fixed Term


Part Time


Graduate, Mid Level


Conservation, Nature & Wildlife


Home based with occasional trips to Slimbridge, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

18th November 2019 at 4:00pm