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.
During weekends, school holidays and particularly bank holidays, we often need some extra assistance in helping to get all guests in efficiently. We’re after enthusiastic volunteers to welcome visitors with a warm smile, issue tickets on arrival and sell gifts from the fully stocked shop.
The best part about this role is that you get to tell visitors about your favourite things at the Trust and an invitation to our annual staff and volunteers evening of fun and games.
Throughout the year, there are certain times when it’s all-hands-on-deck and we often need some extra volunteers who are happy to muck in with whatever tasks are going. These busy times are usually related to school holidays or when we hold evening events. Tasks can range from car park coordination and stewarding visitors through the grounds, to running pond dipping sessions and clearing tables in Feathers Restaurant.
The best part about this role is that you get to be part of the team on days when there is a real buzz of activity and attending any events that you volunteer at. Plus there’s an invitation to our annual staff and volunteers evening of fun and games.
There are many ways that you can help us at the Trust, even if being outside all the time isn’t your thing. Our team in the office always have something that a willing volunteer can help them with from folding, stuffing and packing to sorting and filing.
As an organisation, we are very proud of the high proportion of our income that is channelled into conservation projects and as a result we can’t guarantee any luxuries in our office but there will be plenty of love from our office dogs, a warm fire in the winter and plenty of tea and coffee!
Each Monday morning we have a dedicated group of volunteers who meet as part of the Gardening Club. They do a superb job of keep our plantlife looking fantastic, as well as ensuring that they make time for a good natter over a hot drink at the end of their shift. This group is always happy to welcome new members and is ideal for anyone with green fingers!
From mending fences to building benches and nest boxes, there’s never a shortage of tasks at the Trust for anyone with carpentry or building skills. The amount of time you wish to volunteer is up to you although we would ask for a regular commitment if possible.
Within our grounds we have a stunning chalk downland wildflower meadow that is a rich and fascinating ecosystem. Within the meadow are a number of bee hives that are managed by a number of brilliant volunteers. They are in need of some extra assistance from anyone with experience as a beekeeper and who is able to commit to helping out either on a weekly or fortnightly basis depending on the time of year. This could be weekends or during the week, depending on weather.
If you are technologically savvy and are happy to turn your hand to a variety of different tasks, then we have many tasks that you could help us with. From music systems and speakers to CCTV and computers, no matter your area of expertise there is always something that you can help with. The amount of time you wish to volunteer is up to you, although if you can make a regular commitment, that would be fantastic.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea for a project you wish to conduct here.
Please be aware that, unfortunately, we cannot accept volunteers under the age of 16.