Volunteer with us
Why volunteer with us?
We welcome you to join a great team, make new friendships, discover nature in unique ways, connect to nature in stunning locations and make a real difference for nature and for people.
We have 100’s of volunteers across Nottinghamshire helping support our important wildlife work. You may be surprised to discover we have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, not just conservation work, to suit interests, skills and your availability.
Whether you wish to volunteer to make connections with people, to learn new skills or to simply give something back, we welcome your enquiry.
Building up for a busy Autumn
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. We rely heavily on the support of volunteers across the breadth of the organisation and very much appreciate your interest in our work. We have just appointed a Volunteer and Community Officer, which is a new role and as part of this we are reviewing how we engage and support our volunteers, resulting in changes being rolled out over the coming months. We are currently refreshing the volunteer recruitment process. During this development period we are not in a position to process any applications from new volunteers.
A new recruitment process is being developed and we aim to have it up and running by 10th September 2018. Please continue to check this website for further information and for new volunteer opportunities from September and we invite you to contact us again after the 10th September 2018.
Thank you for your patience during this period of change and we look forward to welcoming you as a volunteer with us in the near future.
What our volunteers say
There are lots of ways you can get involved.
Here are some stories from our current volunteers.
Join in and make a difference.
"My retirement plan was always to volunteer at Attenborough. We live so close to the reserve and use it often for walking, running, cycling or just enjoying the wonderful diversity of wildlife. After a lifetime happily teaching and raising four children and now grandchildren, being a conservation volunteer is an utterly pleasurable activity. It ticks many boxes for me, being outside in any weather, doing essential, varied, sometimes challenging jobs that will help safeguard the environment. Hopefully the work we do will ensure future generations can gain as much pleasure, as we do, from the diversity of nature and the amazing places the reserve offers."
Jan, Friday Conservation Volunteer Group
Achieving my dream
"I started out organising the photo library and soon took on other jobs, such as making YouTube videos, photography and running the Monday Mystery Facebook contest. I've recently taken on some temporary paid work as a website assistant with the Trust, which is absolutely fantastic. I love every second of working for NWT because it's a fulfilling role and I can achieve my dream of working within the wildlife sector."
Keren, Communications Volunteer
"As a warden my role is to walk around the reserve one morning a week. I report wildlife sightings, especially during bird migration times. I also look out for damage, such as fallen trees, and sadly, occasional cases of vandalism. Keeping in touch with the Trust's ranger team, and usually working in pairs, we act as their eyes and ears on the ground. I like to follow the changing seasons and stay tuned to the wild creatures that make this place their home."
Tony, Reserve Warden, Attenborough Nature Reserve
Fresh air and exercise
"I love volunteering with the women's conservation group, which is once a month on a Saturday. I appreciate the opportunity to get fresh air and exercise while supporting the Trust's work in a beautiful landscape teeming with wildlife. The women's group has also helped me to learn about handling tools and conservation techniques in a non-judgemental environment. Whether we are in the meadow or the marshland, there are tasks to suit diverse abilities and ages and it's really satisfying to be able to see the immediate impact of our efforts after a few hours' pruning or clearing. An interesting group of women come along and it's enjoyable to chat while we work (and over the important tea and biscuit breaks!). It's fantastic fun."
Chloe, Women's Conservation Volunteer Group
"In my role as a volunteer warden at Wilwell Farm Cutting Reserve I run a monthly conservation volunteer day when our group helps to manage various wildlife habitats - tasks like removing hawthorn scrub from the meadows, repairing footpaths, cutting invasive willow. We tend to burn the materials we cut back so the bonfire days are always popular with volunteers. I also do a regular circuit of the reserve keeping an eye on things. In the summer we use sheep grazing as a way of managing our wildflower meadows, so counting sheep is a genuine job for me! One of my favourite jobs is a yearly survey of the wildflowers on the Reserve. It's designated as a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because there are so few wet meadows like this left in Nottinghamshire. We've identified over 230 species. I particularly love the swathes of southern marsh orchid we see the early Summer."
Gordon, Warden, Wilwell Farm Cutting Reserve
Talking to visitors
"I work in Sainsbury's as a cashier, so I can put my skills to good use in the shop at the Nature Centre. I'm also there to welcome visitors, direct them to interesting parts of the reserve and generally answer their questions. I don't need to be an expert - the centre manager is on hand to help if I don't know the answer. No two days are the same. I love talking to visitors and their children about the work that we do to support everyday nature. I think that helping to inspire our younger visitors is essential – they are the future guardians of our wildlife. I'm often their first contact with the Wildlife Trust, so it’s an important role."
Annette, Reception Volunteer, Attenborough Nature Centre
Want to get involved?
Experience isn't always necessary, especially for our conservation days. Just register your interest and we'll take it from there.
Wildlife Watch Leaders and helpers volunteers needed
Our Wildlife Watch is run by a fantastic team of volunteer leaders and helpers. Are you someone who enjoys working with children, is enthusiastic, passionate about the environment and enjoy being out doors? Or perhaps you want to get some experience in environmental education to further your career.
We have opportunities for volunteers to support our existing groups, both leaders and helpers. Additionally, we welcome enquiries about setting up a new group too.
For further details please contact Lynn Victor – email: email@example.com or Telephone: 0115 9588242