Wildlife / conservation / education job opportunity in Cambridgeshire

Every day on the way to work in Ely, I pass the turning to Welney Wetland Centre.

This is operated by the Wildfowl and Wetland Trusts, and is famous for its floodlit swan feeding sessions, amongst other things. They are currently looking for an engagement officer to join the Project Godwit team at WWT Welney Wetland Centre to develop and deliver a programme of events for local schools and community groups.

Project Godwit is a five-year EU Life funded project that is aiming to secure the future of breeding black-tailed godwits in the UK through habitat management, research, supplementing the population through headstarting, and engaging local communities. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to develop a career in informal education, science communication or event coordination. 

The successful applicant will guide the project’s engagement activities and ambitions, through the final year of the project, following an extension which was granted since the majority of the project’s activities had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic - the same as the ERASMUS projects I'm involved in.

Project Godwit is a partnership between RSPB and WWT with major funding from the EU LIFE Nature Programme, the HSBC 150th Anniversary fund, Natural England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, through the Back from the Brink Programme, and Leica UK. 
The project aims to secure the future of black-tailed godwits in the Fens.


The project has already created a series of educational resources for KS1 and 2 students, which cover quite a few subjects including Geography. They can be viewed here.

Job details.

• You will help develop educational materials and outreach sessions designed to bring local wildlife and wetlands into the classroom.
• You will deliver outreach sessions to local schools and community groups, inspiring and enthusing them about the importance of their local area for wildlife.
• You will develop relationships with local schools and community groups to maintain ongoing engagement with the project.