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. We are looking for people to join our London Wetland Centre Learning Team and contribute to this aspect of our work by assisting them in facilitating our special school visits.
With around 12,000 formal learners visiting the centre each academic year, we work together to ensure that every school group has a positive experience as they explore the site. Key to this is offering an organised and friendly welcome and supporting the arrival and navigation of school groups, and enhancing the self-guided experience for school groups when they are not in a guided learning session.
Your role will be to assist the Learning Team with preparatory tasks in advance of school visits, greeting and briefing school groups upon arrival, engaging learners during the self-guided portion of their visit, assisting with guided learning sessions, and to tidy up resources after schools have left.
Who will be responsible for your role?
The Learning Manager
Where will you be based?
London Wetland Centre
How much time will it take?
Frequency: This is variable based on peaks in school visits: Busy periods are mid-to-late Spring term (late February-April), the Summer term (May-July) and mid-Autumn term (October). A regular day of the week would be helpful, but particularly Wednesdays.
Length of time: Shifts usually run from 9am – 3pm during peak periods, however it is possible you are needed for shorter periods of the day during off-peak periods. To ensure a positive volunteering experience for you and a meaningful contribution to WWT, we hope you will be able to volunteer with us for at least 6 months.
What will you be doing?
- Attending daily briefings and discussing booked schools with Learning Team and other School Facilitators Team members
- Preparing lunch storage containers, booked binoculars and spotter sheets
- Helping set up for guided learning sessions
- Assisting with school arrivals and greeting process (with other School Facilitators)
- Assisting with distribution of ‘on the day’ packs to teachers upon arrival
- Acting as liaison between our Admissions Team, Learning Manager, Learning Officers and Learning Administrator (face-to-face and using two-way radio communication)
- Engaging groups of self-guiding learners around the site, eg. talking to them about the birds they see, helping them to complete a trail or activity, showing them interesting props
- Reinforcing the behaviour code in a friendly but firm manner
- Assisting with navigation, minimise bottlenecks around facilities etc
- Providing schools with assistance during lunch time, if required
- Assisting Learning Officers during guided learning sessions
- Assisting with tidying or ‘resetting’ learning resources in between sessions (eg. if sessions are overrunning or help is required)
- Facilitating the schools leaving the site, assisting retail team with school groups in the gift shop, asking learners how their day was, and accepting returns of hired binoculars.
- Collecting and checking returned binoculars
- Assisting with preparation of ‘on the day’ packs for the next day(s)
- Checking and tidy lunch storage containers
- Any other administrative / ad-hoc tasks
Who are we looking for?
- This role will suit you if you have / are:
- An enthusiasm for the natural world and for sharing this with others, especially children
- Confidence or experience in engaging with children (particularly large groups)
- A good basic knowledge of UK wildlife
- An ability to guide groups and explain in simple language
- A calm, friendly and composed manner
- An ability to take initiative and work well on your own
- Good verbal communication skills
- Experience in a visitor service environment with a strong commitment to excellent customer service
- A willingness to spend time outdoors in all weather conditions
How will you benefit?
- This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site.
- It is also an excellent opportunity to gain a wealth of experience in an outdoor learning setting.
- A suitable WWT uniform is provided.
- A discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering.
- Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge.
- An induction to WWT and role training opportunities will be provided
How to Apply
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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Entry Level, Graduate
Communication, Conservation, Education, Environment, Workshop & Practical Skills
London Wetland Centre, United Kingdom
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