Reserve – Wildlife Gardening

Why do we need you? 

At WWT we believe the best way for people to understand and connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking.  At WWT’s wetland centres we shape unforgettable experiences for our visitors to engage with wetland wildlife and learn more about our pioneering work to protect wetlands and save species around the world.

Maintaining and developing the various wildlife gardens at Arundel Wetland Centre requires a lot of practical, physical work to keep these looking in top condition. Our staff and volunteers work closely together to provide our visitors with a great day out and showcase our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people.

In this role you will be providing support to our Reserve team in undertaking a range of hands-on practical gardening tasks that will maintain and develop the garden areas and other features on site so we can continue to provide a fantastic day out for our visitors.

Who will be responsible for your role? Reserve Manager & Reserve Supervisor.

Where will you be based? WWT Arundel Wetland Centre.

How much time will it take? We are ideally looking for volunteers who can attend at least one day each week.  The timings for this role are 8.00am – 4.00pm (1 hour for lunch).

What will you be doing?   

Weekly tasks include the following and will vary depending on the season and staff priorities:

Maintenance and light/medium gardening:

  • Weeding, mulching, watering, digging, leaf raking.
  • Mowing/strimming/trimming.
  • Sweeping paths, washing surfaces, litter picking, tool cleaning.
  • Seeding, propagating, planting and pruning.
  • Minor DIY – repairs to fences, bug hotels, painting timberwork.
  • Tree and hedgerow work, coppicing and pollarding.
  • Depending on season may be required to help with reserve based tasks.

Who are we looking for?

This role will suit you if you are/have:

  • An enthusiastic gardener and have an interest in plants and wildlife. Some knowledge in this area is useful.
  • Someone who loves spending time outdoors in all weather conditions and in all seasons.
  • Good at working as part of a team but also working on tasks independently when necessary.
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness.  You should be happy undertaking physical work that involves kneeling, bending and lifting.
  • Friendly, approachable and enthusiastic about the work of WWT.
  • Confident at talking to our visitors as a volunteer.
  • Committed to providing great customer service.
  • Ideally some experience with hedge trimmer and strimmer (in-house training required).

How will you benefit? 

  • This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer within a pioneering internationally conservation organisation and important wetland centre and visitor attraction.
  • Be part of a friendly and dedicated team of staff and volunteers.
  • Great personal satisfaction, since you have the opportunity to make a real difference to our visitors’ experience and the wildlife at the centre.
  • Get fit and healthy with exercise outdoors and meet like-minded friendly people.
  • An induction will be provided as well as other appropriate training opportunities.
  • A discount in the cafe and shop on the days you volunteer.
  • Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge.
  • Appropriate uniform and name badge will be provided.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be issued relevant to the task as appropriate.

General notes

We regret that we are not in a position to reimburse travel expenses, however pre-agreed out of pocket expenses incurred in the course of your volunteering activities will be reimbursed.

This position is entirely voluntary and is therefore unpaid. Any offer of a volunteer placement is not intended to create a legally binding contract between us and any agreement may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of either party. Neither of us intends any employment relationship to be created either now or at any time in the future.

For each session you should wear clothing and footwear suitable for working outside that you don’t mind getting dirty and is appropriate for the weather forecasted.

How to Apply

Please go to to see details of this role and then complete and submit the online application form. Email if you have any problems completing this.

Successful applicants will be asked to come to the centre and meet the team, find out more about the role and discuss availability before being offered a placement.

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Key Information


Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust


Permanent, Temporary


Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate


Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Workshop & Practical Skills


Arundel Wetland Centre, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.