We need Young Rangers!
Young people are vitally important to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s mission to protect wildlife and to enhance habitats and the environment. We are passionate about offering exciting and valuable opportunities for young people, enabling them to make a positive difference through practical activities and learn new skills by meeting and working alongside our team and staff.
Idle Valley Nature Reserve: Retford DN22 8QH
Attenborough Nature Reserve (full): Beeston NG9 6DY
Skylarks Nature Reserve (join the waiting list): Lady Bay Nottingham NG12 2LU
Please note: if we run out of spaces in any of our Young Ranger groups, you will be added to a waiting list. We don't currently have any spaces available for new Young Rangers at Skylarks, however, if you would like to be added to the waiting list please fill out the application form.
Other Young Ranger Opportunities: We also have Young Rangers at Rainworth Heath (Mansfield and Sherwood area) and in Nottingham City.
What does the role involve?
As a member of the ‘Young Ranger’ team, this volunteering role for 13 – 18yrs is about active participation.
The Young Ranger teams meet on a monthly basis to carry out a wide variety of activities which can involve helping with wildlife work and monitoring nature, community events and practical conservation,
We meet at 3 of our Wildlife Trust reserves for sessions running from 10am till 1pm, we do almost all of our activity outdoors and we ask young people to be prepared and to dress for the weather. Depending on the activity, we recommend wearing something not too precious (which can get messy), with sturdy footwear or wellies when required.
We provide the tools and personal protective equipment such as gloves to all members of the team
Do I need experience?
No specialist skills are required we just request our team members to be motivated, passionate and enthusiastic about the environment and wildlife.
New members need to feel able to work as part of a team to help improve the environment and to encourage others to do so and be willing to try new things and learn new skills whilst having great fun too!
How much time do I need to commit?
There is no time commitment to being a Young Ranger we just ask that you come as often as you can. We encourage and support you to consider new opportunities as you reach the upper age limit of the group. New opportunities could be to become a member of the Keeping It Wild youth team.
Why should I volunteer?
- Meet new people and make new friends.
- Have fun and be part of a team that makes a real difference.
- Be able to take part in unique wildlife opportunities with local experts.
- Help protect your local environment in a hands-on way, encouraging more people to care about wildlife in the future.
- Feel more connected to nature, the community and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
- Represent the trust and help plan events, projects and campaigns.
- Gain valuable experience in many areas that will help you with your future career/learning paths, your personal development and gain valuable life skills.