Will Jones, Wild East Devon Events & Volunteer Officer:
Discovery Hut Volunteers are the beating heart of our flagship nature reserve Seaton Wetlands. They are the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and welcoming team and give our visitors the perfect welcome from a cup of tea to tips on where the best nature can be found on site.
Discovery Hut Volunteers are the public face at the Seaton Wetlands.
The volunteers welcome people to the Wetlands and answer enquiries about the site, handing out maps and events guides.
An interest in wildlife and/ or birds is essential but expertise is not expected... being a warden is a great place to learn more!
The wardens serve teas and coffees, show people the resources at the centre including the Nature Table and collect visitor data.
Most of the Discovery Hut wardens are trained to hire out the tramper, an off road mobility scooter available for use at Seaton Wetlands for people with limited mobility. The wardens also hire out Pond dipping equipment.
The Discovery Hut is open 10am to 4pm, Saturday to Monday throughout the year.
Shift patterns and hours vary throughout the year. You can be flexible and choose your shifts and how much you'd like to get involved. You will volunteer in a pair with another volunteer whenever possible, booking is via the online volunteer portal.
All of the volunteers are offered Tramper training, first aid training and there are plenty of social events throughout the year.
Please contact the Wild East Devon team for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01395 517557
Upon the corona virus outbreak in March we suspended all volunteering activity including practical sessions and volunteer-led events. In mid-July we welcomed back our first two roles of volunteers on a small group session-basis of up to five people per group booked via our online volunteering portal. We plan to increase numbers and bring back our other nine volunteer roles when safe to do so and in line with government and NVCO advice.
Before we have brought back all of our volunteer roles and especially while we are leading limited-number volunteer sessions we’ve made the decision not to induct any new volunteers into our team. This is partly to give our existing team of over 150 volunteers a chance at (currently only 10) limited volunteering spaces per week as well as a desire to give new volunteers as good as a welcome into the team as possible which is only achievable with a fully-functioning team of staff and volunteers.