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Browse our Current Volunteer Opportunities and complete our enquiry form. If you cannot find a suitable opportunity now, please check back again as these are updated regularly.
Are you looking to gain valuable work experience in the practical and environmental education sector if so we have the following placement available;
Six months practical & education volunteer opportunity at Blashford Lakes (further details can be found on our Jobs page). Ideally starting April 2017; up to 5 days per week - Application deadline: 5pm, Fri 10th March 2017; Interview Date: Wed 29 March 2017
Local Members Groups
- There are 12 volunteer led Local Groups supporting the work of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust at a local level. Their work is varied and includes organising a programme of walks and talks in their area, attending local shows/events to promote the Trust, fundraising and undertaking practical conservation work on local reserves. We are looking to recruit new committee members for three of our groups. Please see the role outlines for each role below, and click enquire to find out more.
Committee members/event organisers – New Forest West and Hart & Rushmoor Local Groups.
Conservation & Reserves
Brent Goose Strategy - URGENT
We are looking for experienced birders to help carry out movement surveys of birds on the Solent to better understand how the SPA birds use non-designated, supporting habitat – such as arable fields and grazing marsh in the Solent. We need to know which terrestrial sites are preferred so we can identify which sites we must protect and encourage positive conservation management, and which sites are less important.
There will be two surveys per month, each lasting 6 hours, for 6 months, starting this October through to March 2017. Most surveys will be carried out on weekdays, but there may be some weekend working. Further details are available here. If you are interested please contact Catherine McGuire, ideally by 21st October 2016.
Down to the Coast: Wetland Restoration Volunteers, Isle of Wight
As part of the Down to the Coast project, we need conservation volunteers to help restore wetland habitats across the east Yar on the Isle of Wight (between Sandown and Langbridge, as well as sites on Blackbridge Brook and Wroxall stream). You will need to be enthusiastic, physically fit and available to volunteer weekdays between 10am-3pm. There will also be some monthly weekend sessions. As a volunteer you would learn new skills, meet new people, keep fit and see some amazing new places. You’ll be helping to protect vulnerable wildlife, right on your doorstep. To register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting 'Down to the Coast'.
Nature Reserve Work Party Volunteer
Our Nature Reserve Volunteer work parties provide invaluable help on our reserves, carrying out a wide range of practical conservation tasks such as clearing scrub, constructing fences or boardwalks and coppicing. All volunteers receive basic training to carry out the tasks and some go on to more in-depth training. You should be fit and looking for a practical, fun and social activity. See all site opportunities here. To join in, click 'Enquire', and include which site you are interested in.
Volunteer Reserve Wardens
We are looking for volunteer wardens to promote and enhance visitors' enjoyment and understanding of wildlife and the work of the Wildlife Trust, and to assist the Reserves Teams with managing conservation grazing of sites during the spring and summer. As a visible presence of the Trust on the reserves, you will provide a friendly, approachable point of contact for visitors. You will need to be enthusiastic and outgoing with an interest in wildlife, comfortable around sheep or cattle (if required), physically fit with good vision and able to commit to 2-3 hours on a regular day every week/fortnight. We are currently recruiting for volunteer wardens in Winchester. Please download the role description to find out more, and press enquire if it sounds like the role for you! We are also looking for volunteer wardens at Swanwick Lakes. Click to download role description for evening and weekend volunteers.
Old Burghclere Lime Quarry
There will be a mid-week work party on Thursday, February 16th 2017 (NB. Date change). We park and meet in the old Station Yard at Old Burghclere SU469578 at 10.00 and walk the short distance to the quarry. Main work is scrub clearance - some from steep slopes. New volunteers are most welcome and should bring work gloves and lunch. Tools are provided. We finish at 3.00 pm. Further details from Mervyn Grist 01264 358737 or email@example.com
Friends of Itchen Navigation (FIN) Member
Would you like to help look after and maintain The Itchen Navigation? We are looking for enthusiastic conservation volunteers to join our Friends of Itchen Navigation Group. You will carry out conservation tasks working alongside Trust staff and volunteers, local landowners, HCC Right of Way and the Environment Agency. Work parties meet monthly and you would need to ideally have some previous conservation experience. For more information please take a look at the role outline and our FIN factsheet. If you are interested in this role please click on the enquire button. Please note that unfortunately we can only offer this role to over 18s.
Stop the spread of Non-native plants
Help is needed to stop the spread of the non-native plant called Himalayan balsam which is invading river banks in the New Forest area, threating our native wildlife. Luckily it has short roots and is easy to pull up so balsam pulling is very satisfying and can be great fun. If you have some time to spare this summer, enjoy being outside in the company of like-minded people and want to make a difference to the environment, come and join our friendly volunteers. For a list of volunteer work parties to pull Himalayan balsam please contact Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer, at Catherine.Chatters@hiwwt.org.uk or on 07770 923315
Secrets of the Solent
We have diverse and fascinating local marine life, including internationally important species and habitats such as seals, seahorses, seagrass beds, chalk reefs, and rocky sponge gardens. Many of these species and habitats are suffering degradation due to pressures from increasing development and activities such as shipping, fishing, pollution and recreation. HIWWT are in the development phase of a new project working with sea users, local businesses, tourism operators and communities to encourage knowledge of these fragile environments and inspire positive action to safeguard their future. In particular, the Secrets of the Solent project will train volunteers as Marine Champions to encourage knowledge of these fragile environments and inspire positive action to safeguard their future. These Marine Champion volunteers will be provided with training and experiences to develop their skills and can participate in numerous ways from encouraging sustainable behaviours at wildlife sites to helping to clean up our beaches. To find out more about the project and/or register your interest in becoming a Marine Champion email Owain.Masters@hiwwt.org.uk
Secrets of the Solent: Shoresearch
Secrets of the Solent Shoresearch is a fun way to learn about the local seas and coastline whilst gathering data by recording the species found. Shoresearch involves surveying marine life in the intertidal area at a variety of locations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Shoresearch volunteers can take the opportunity to lead events by completing Marine Champion training or can simply come along to join the survey by booking through the Shoresearch pages. If you are interested in Secrets of the Solent Shoresearches sign up to our Secrets of the Solent mailing list and specify that you are interested in Shoresearches by emailing Owain.Masters@hiwwt.org.uk
Would you like to learn more about your local seas? We’re looking for qualified divers with UK experience who can help us survey the marine life around our shores – and make a big difference to our conservation efforts. If you can join us for a Seasearch training day, you can then use any dive to survey marine life in the UK and join us on one of our organised dive days. By getting involved you can learn a great deal about marine biology and local habitats while contributing to records which create an important picture of our seas. If you are interested, please make sure you meet the required qualifications and experience, and email Amy.Marsden@hiwwt.org.uk to sign up.
All applicants will be vetted according to the Wildlife Trust’s procedure for those working with children and vulnerable adults, including a police check.
Education volunteering involves assisting with a variety of outdoor and environmental education activities, with children and adults of all ages. This volunteer role would suit anyone who is keen to share their enthusiasm for wildlife and for the outdoors. You will need to enjoy working with children and being outside in all weathers. A DBS check may be required for this role. Opportunities are currently available at Winchester, Swanwick Lakes (click here for details), Testwood Lakes near Southampton (click here for details), and Bouldnor Forest on the Isle of Wight.
Forest Schools Assistants
Forest School offers children regular opportunities to develop confidence through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or similar environment. Activities include things like den building, campfire cooking and scavenger hunts. You will need to be reliable, confident, enthusiastic in all weather conditions and willing to learn. You must be available for a half-day or more each week and able to commit to a whole six week programme during term time. Current opportunities are available on the Isle of Wight.
Wildlife Watch or Tots Assistants/Leaders
Wildlife Watch and Tots are local nature group for children. Tots caters for Under 5's and Watch groups for 5-15 year olds. Volunteer leaders and assistants organise activities to encourage and inspire an interest in wildlife, ranging from nature walks, to tree planting and willow work. You must enjoy working with children, be enthusiastic, concerned about the environment and enjoy being outdoors. Registered Leaders will receive support and various resources to run their Watch group. Please download the role outline for more information and press 'enquire' if you are interested in the role. We are particularly recruiting for volunteers in and around Winchester Watch and for Tuesday afternoon Tots, Havant Watch, Basingstoke Watch, Ringwood and Southsea Watch.
Wildlife Rangers Leaders
Our new Wildlife Rangers groups are similar to the Wildlife Watch, but aimed at young people aged 12-18 years. We are currently looking for volunteer leaders to help us set up and then run the group based at Testwood Lakes. Sessions will run on the last Saturday of every month, including activities such as practical conservation, bushcraft and wildlife identification. You must enjoy working with young people, be enthusiastic, concerned about the environment and enjoy being outdoors. Please read the role description for further details. This is great opportunity to get involved with an exciting new aspect of the Trust’s education work – please click on the enquire button to let us know if you are interested!
Membership, Marketing and Fundraising
We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to help our very busy Membership, Marketing and Fundraising teams with a wide range of administration tasks. We are looking for volunteers with good organisational skills and good communication skills. In return we can offer a friendly and relaxed place to volunteer and plenty of tea and biscuits! Please read the role outline for more details.
Online Shop Admin Volunteer
The Trust are currently seeking an admin volunteer to assist with all aspects of our online shop, Ebay and offline sales. The role holder would need excellent IT skills and good attention to detail. Previous experience in the retail sector would be desirable. If this role is of interest to you please take a look at the role description and press enquire to submit your interest.