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 on site and on our conservation projects!
We have a wide variety of volunteering opportunities available across the different teams here at the Trust.
View our current volunteer opportunities below.
If you’re a keen student looking to take up a career with animals, we can help you fly high! Each year we take on a number of students looking for work experience, aged 16 or over.
Applications should be made 8-10 months in advance, and should be for a minimum of two weeks.
You will have the opportunity to be involved in:
We are looking for friendly people to help welcome our visitors to the Trust, and help keep our Trust Shop running smoothly.
You’ll be supporting our welcoming Reception and Retail team, ideally helping us out on a minimum of one day over Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the weekends from 10am-4pm. It may also include occasional evening work for special events.
About the role:
We’re looking for:
Looking to spend more time getting hands-on in nature? We’re on the lookout for volunteers to help keep our grounds looking beautiful.
You’ll be helping to keep our pathways clear and in pristine condition by getting involved in strimming, mowing and leaf-blowing around our 22 acre woodland grounds. You’ll be working within a friendly team, and all tools, equipment and cups of coffee will be provided!
As you’ll be using machinery, ideally you will have training in this.
To find out more information and to enquire about getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability and we will be in touch.
If you enjoy long walks in the countryside, and have a keen eye for birds then we want to connect!
Our passionate team of Kestrel Transect Volunteers are an invaluable help to our UK Conservation Projects. If you’d like to support us by volunteering, you’ll be carrying out regular surveys in spring and autumn across the south of England, walking pre-determined routes of approximately 9-12km and recording all sightings of birds of prey. Some routes may be across uneven ground and over styles.
Volunteers should be available for at least 5 transects per season. Spring season runs from February to May, Autumn season runs September to December.
We are currently recruiting in the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Surrey and East Sussex.
The ideal volunteer would have:
To apply please enquire, confirming your ability to meet all the requirements above, and the location(s) you are able to conduct surveys.
From moths and butterflies to deer and hares, the Hawk Conservancy Trust grounds are brimming with wildlife! We’re looking for a long-term volunteer to help us survey this vast onsite biodiversity.
Ideally we’d like you to come onsite throughout the year or longer with the main survey season occurring from April to September. You’ll be supporting the different species and habitat surveys we carry out, including:
Some prior experience of wildlife surveys and species identification would be ideal to keep the information gathered as accurate as possible.
Enquire to apply, stating any previous experience in wildlife surveying you may have.
If you have expeiurence in woodworking and are looking for a new project, why not put your skills towards supporting our conservation work?
We’re looking for volunteers to help build nest boxes for Tawny Owls, Barn Owls, Little Owls and Kestrels as part of our Raptor Nest Box Project. The boxes will be put up by our UK Conservation Biologist Dr Matt Stevens across survey areas in the South of England, and then monitored for any birds using them to roost or nest.
As these boxes will be made under certain specifications and using machinery, a small amount of training will be necessary to ensure nest boxes are made correctly and safely.
To find out more or apply please enquire.
Spotting a Kestrel hovering above their prey is an incredible sight to see. But did you know by simply watching them, you could be supporting our conservation work?
If you spot a Kestrel wearing a blue ring on it’s legs around the British countryside, we’d like to know! This is part of our Kestrel Colour Ring Project which relies heavily on observations from the public in the South of England.
If you spot a Kestrel with a coloured ring, please record the unique code (located on the ring itself, using binoculars), an accurate location of where it was spotted and the date and time. Additional information about the sex of the bird is also useful (females have a brown head whilst males have a slate grey head).
If you spot any blue coloured rings on wild Kestrels, please get in touch.
Let us help support your research projects!
We are always happy to hear from researchers with suggestions for projects from colleges, universities as well as professional researchers.
We carry out research in the fields of conservation, behavioural and physiological research in birds of prey as well as social science topics, and our esteemed Conservation, Research and Education team will be happy to support your work.
Projects we have been involved in previously include measuring the strength and speed of Secretary Bird’s kick, studying the visual fields of African Harrier-Hawks, and the wellbeing benefits of being in close proximity to our birds.
Get in touch with your ideas!
Some positions are ongoing whilst some are more seasonal and need advanced notice. Please email in to find out more information.
We will aim to be back in touch as soon as we can regarding your enquiry. For certain roles, 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 dependant on the role, but roles on-site will normally be between 9am and 5:30pm although with some roles we will occasionally ask for some extra help at evening events.