Practical Conservation Volunteer

Location: Various, Nottinghamshire
With so many stunning nature reserves across Nottinghamshire, we have a packed programme of conservation volunteer work party sessions each week and there is sure to be one near you! If you enjoy the outdoors and want to make a difference for wildlife we would like to hear from you! A great way to make friends, keep healthy and learn new skills too. All group information can be found on the role description.

Position details



Help make a difference for widlife!

We run the following sessions across the county every week:

Idle Valley Nature Reserve: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays.

Newark area: Thursdays

Mansfield & Sherwood areas: Tuesdays

North Nottinghamshire: Wednesdays

Rushcliffe / South Nottinghamshire: Wednesdays & Fridays.


What experience do I need?

No specialist skills are required however you will need to:

  • Have a moderate/good level of fitness
  • Be able to work as part of a team working closely with other people.
  • Follow instructions – for your safety and everyone else’s.
  • Have an interest in the natural environment and wildlife
  • A willingness to learn new skills and gain new experiences. 

Please note - if you require assistance/support in your everyday life, you will need to attend with someone who can support you in order to join these practical volunteering sessions.

What are the benefits?

  • Help protect your local environment
  • Feel more connected to nature
  • Gain valuable experience for future employment prospects
  • Meet new people and work as part of a team
  • Learn new skills and about habitat management
  • Improved fitness, health and wellbeing
  • A full induction and demonstration of safe use of tools and habitat care

How often do you meet?

There is no limit to your involvement – you are welcome to select multiple sessions if you have the time, capacity and energy!

We ask all volunteers to attend as regularly as they can for their chosen weekly session(s) and let their Volunteer Leader know if they cannot attend. This helps with planning tasks and the tools and equipment need.

Please arrive in time for a 10am start. Sessions generally end at 3pm. There are drinks and lunch breaks.

Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?

You may need to make your own way to the sites as we have limited transport capacity from our main bases. Many of the reserves are isolated and not served by public transport.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

To become a practical conservation volunteer you must be 18 years or over. If you are below the age of 18 but would still like to volunteer with us then consider becoming a young ranger

Become a Young Ranger