Wildlife Recorder, Williton area
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SummaryWe are looking for volunteers to help in the Monksilver and Doniford stream areas with river habitat surveys and collect data for us to monitor water quality.
For this role, you will be asked to attend training on TUESDAY 27th JULY at Stogumber Village Hall, for a full day of surveying techniques and induction sessions with the team.
What will you be doing?
•Working as part of a team collecting data from streams and tributaries between the Quantocks AONB and Exmoor National Park, focussing on river habitat surveys.
•A chance to meet the Central research team to discuss the collected data and be involved in the interpretation process.
•Riverfly invertebrate surveys - A Riverfly survey is a quick way to assess the health of a stream or river, taking 3-minute samples from the river bed each month, and recording which invertebrates are found and how many;
•Water Quality Testing: Simply taking a sample of water and testing the levels of nitrates and phosphates;
•eDNA sampling: Another water sample to monitor for eel presence in the catchment.
Who are we looking for?
You will enjoy this role if you:
•Are enthusiastic, reliable and willing to learn new skills.
•Have an interest in nature and conservation.
•Are supportive of our work and will enjoy working as part of the WWT team.
•Are able and comfortable working under minimum supervision.
•Have a good level of general fitness, as the survey work may require access off the main public routes and the terrain can be uneven.
•Enjoy working outdoors in all conditions (we try to plan with the weather!)
•Can follow Health & Safety guidelines and other procedures appropriate to the role.
• Have a good eye for details and can keep clear and accurate records.
• Can easily access the area around Williton.
How will you benefit?
• This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer within an internationally renowned Wetland organisation
• An opportunity to be part of a team and an ambassador for a special project benefiting local communities and to continue the important monitoring of these habitats in the future.
• A full project site induction and appropriate training will be provided as part of a team (e.g. RiverFly, Water quality)
• Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge
• An opportunity to enjoy social events with the team and wider WWT colleagues throughout the year
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