Learning Assistant

Closing Date: 01/01/2025
All Locations
What type of role are you interested in
Engaging with schools/learning

About The Role

Why do we need you?

We’re WWT, the charity forwetlands and wildlife. We’re on a mission to restore wetlands because they area wondrous solution to our world's problems. Together we will unlock theirpower – and help nature burst back to life. Because when wetlands flourish, alllife will flourish.

At WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre we believe the best way forpeople to understand and connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bringawe-inspiring nature up close. Our enthusiasm for what we do motivates othersto support our cause and ultimately helps save wetlands and their wildlife.

You will be contributing to this aspect of our work byassisting the Learning department with the delivery of learning sessions toschool groups during term time.

What will you be doing?                                   

  • Engaging with learners during their session and assisting them with practical tasks such as pond dipping, using binoculars and minibeast hunting.
  • Operating a station during a round robin – discussing different features of bird adaptations (this information will be provided for you).
  •  Engaging with learners during walks, pointing out interesting features in the wetlands, reiterating information from the leader to in-bed learners understanding.
  • Operating the digital microscope during pond dipping and minibeast hunting sessions.
  • Assisting with set up and pack down of activities and general clean up after school visits.
  • Meeting and greeting schools when they arrive.
  • Leading a small group during our Generation Wild session which takes place on the reserve (all groups accompanied by at least one member of staff from the visiting school, there will be no expectation to be unaccompanied).
Volunteers are an essential part of the WWT team. You'll get a warm welcome, including information on training, equipment and anything else you need. 
If you are interested in volunteering for WWT but don't wish to apply online, please email [email protected] or leave a message at 01453 891 231 with your name and number. 

About You

How will you benefit?

  • This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer within an internationally important wetland site.
  • You will volunteer outdoors and enjoy close encounters with wetland wildlife.
  • You will be part of a friendly and dedicated team with plenty of opportunities to meet new people.
  • Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers.
  • Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering.
  • Training opportunities will be provided.
  • Improved knowledge of wetland species and environments.
  • Gain experience working with children.

 We want your volunteering to be a positive and fun experience. You’ll get a warm welcome, including information on training, equipment and other information you need.  This will include risk assessments based on your role and any particular support you need.

Who are we looking for / Skills Required?

No previous knowledge is required as training and equipment will be provided. However, this role will suit you if you have:

  • A good basic knowledge of UK wildlife, conservation and nature.
  • An enthusiasm for the natural world and sharing this with others.
  •  Ability to communicate effectively with children.
  • Willingness to work outside in most weather conditions. Please note the role will require some lifting, bending and other reasonable physical activities.
  • Excellent and reliable time management to ensure that sessions are ready to run on time and with all equipment ready 5-10 minutes before sessions are due to start.
  • Ability to work well with other WWT Llanelli staff and volunteers.
  • A generally happy, warm and welcoming disposition.

About Us

We’re WWT, and we’re on a mission to restore the super-powered ecosystems we call wetlands. There’s never been a more important moment for our work, and we’ve got some phenomenal people on the case.

Whether they’re taking a new visitor under their wing, or conducting ground-breaking research further afield, our team are second to none. And there’s nothing we love more than watching them soar.

Whatever you do here, you’ll be helping to restore wetlands and unlock their power. So, the only question left is, what role will you play?

Why you'll love volunteering at WWT
  • Feel good knowing you are helping to restore wetlands, and our world
  • Be surrounded and inspired by like-minded wetland lovers
  • Hear from the people who inject their energy, passion and expertise into wetlands and wildlife - talks, walks, webinars, tea and cake...
  • Free entry to all our wetland centres, including your family
  • Volunteer discount on shopping and memberships
  • Access to webinars and practical information to help you manage daily life

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