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Volunteer with us

Experienced carpenter? Avid gardener? Or just looking to put your spare time to good use? Consider joining our fantastic team of volunteers, without whom we simply couldn’t complete the work that we do.

If you would like to volunteer with us, we have plenty of activities for you to help us with from working on the park to in our shop. Below is a list of roles that we really need help with at the moment but if you think you can help us in any other way, and have read through the FAQs below, then please complete the enquiry form as we would love to hear from you.

Welcomer to the Trust

TIME NEEDED
From a half day per month to a day a week. It’s up to you!

DUTIES INCLUDE
Welcome visitors with a warm smile, issue tickets on arrival and sell gifts from the fully stocked shop.

SKILLS REQUIRED
1) A love of people, the Trust attracts all walks of life for you to meet and greet
2) The joy of a neatly stacked shelf, an organised stock room and busy shop of customers.

REMUNERATION
Getting to tell visitors about your favourite things at the Trust and an invitation to our annual staff and volunteers evening of fun and games.

BENEFITS
A good natter with Lorna, Gemma and the rest of our shop team

School Holiday and Events Support Team

TIME NEEDED
As much time as you can spare during school and bank holidays.

DUTIES INCLUDE
Car park coordination, stewarding visitors through the grounds, pond dipping, clearing tables in Feathers Restaurant and general helper to whoever needs it the most!

SKILLS REQUIRED
1) The ability to herd crowds of people in an orderly fashion.
2) Happy to pick up any task required at the drop of a hat.

REMUNERATION
To be a part of the team working at the Trust on days when there is a real buzz of activity, and an invitation to our annual staff and volunteers evening of fun and games.

BENEFITS
The opportunity to attend any of the events you volunteer to help with.

Gardening Club

TIME NEEDED
Monday mornings (9am-12pm)

DUTIES INCLUDE
Planting, pruning, growing, mowing, watering and weeding (to name but a few).

SKILLS REQUIRED
1) Green fingers!
2) Never happier than seeing your groundforce style creations coming into fruition.

REMUNERATION
Visit all of our resident birds as you prune the plants throughout our grounds. Enjoy a stroll through our stunning wildflower meadow once you’ve completed your volunteering duties.

BENEFITS
A good natter with the rest of the Gardening Club over a hot drink both at the beginning and end of the shift. Plus an invitation to the club’s annual Christmas dinner.

Carpentry and building extraordinaire

TIME NEEDED
Approx. one day a week (it’s up to you but we would like a regular commitment)

DUTIES INCLUDE
From mending fences to building benches and nest boxes, there’s never a shortage of jobs for anyone with carpentry or building skills.

SKILLS REQUIRED
1) A great eye for detail.
2) Happiest when in the company of that wonderful smoky, fresh sawdust smell.

REMUNERATION
An invitation to our annual staff and volunteers evening of fun and games.

BENEFITS
The opportunity to work in a team with some of our other skilled and passionate, carpentry/skilled volunteers.

Administrative Support Assistant

TIME NEEDED
Approx. 24 half days per year (2 half-days per month).

DUTIES INCLUDE
Folding, stuffing, packing, sorting and filing.

SKILLS REQUIRED
1) Happiest when sorting through piles of papers.
2) You love nothing more than a beautifully filled filing cabinet complete with labels and categorisation.

REMUNERATION
Regular cups of coffee or tea and an invitation to our annual staff and volunteers evening of fun and games.

BENEFITS
A good seat by the fire during the winter and plenty of love from Mia, the office dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enquire about becoming a volunteer?

If you think you fit one of the above roles then we would love to hear from you. Once you have read through these FAQs, please fill out the enquiry form below.

What happens next?

On selected dates throughout the year we hold informal meetings for anyone wishing to volunteer with us. These are simply a discussion as we really just want to find out a bit more about you and the sorts of tasks you are interested in getting involved with.

If you are successful, you will be asked for a contribution (£10.00) towards a Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB) check. Once this check has been carried out, we will be thrilled to welcome you into our team as one of our valued volunteers.

When and how often can I volunteer?

We are very flexible with when and how often you would like to volunteer although we do ask that you notify us when you plan to be in so that we can coordinate tasks accordingly. Some volunteers develop a regular, weekly schedule while others come on an ad hoc basis, so it is really up to you.

Voluntary hours are normally between 9am and 5:30pm although we will occasionally ask for some extra help at evening events.

Am I able to get involved with the Conservation and Research work that you do?

We do have some specific activities that you can get involved with, such as making nest boxes for our Raptor Nest Box Project. In addition, we sometimes have conservation and research projects that are undertaken by degree or post-graduate students and there is sometimes a need for assistance from volunteers.

We are always happy to hear from researchers with suggestions for projects. Please contact info@hawkconservancy.org if you have an idea for a project you wish to conduct here.

Enquire today

Please be aware that, unfortunately, we cannot accept volunteers under the age of 16.

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On which day(s) would you be available to volunteer? (required)
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Which of the above roles are you interested in? (required)
Welcomer to the TrustAdministrative Support AssistantSchool Holiday and Events Support TeamGardening ClubCarpentry and Building ExtraordinaireGeneral Park Assistance

Did you know?
The Spectacled Owl is sometimes called the ‘Knocking Owl’ after the sound of its call.
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