Corporate Volunteers

Please follow the link to Corporate volunteering sessions to find out more.

Young Volunteers

If you are under 18 regrettably there are limitations on the opportunities that we can offer, please email us to find out more.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers at Farlington Marshes© Ian Cameron-Reid

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

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 two of our groups. Please see the role outlines for each role below, and click enquire to find out more.

    Committee members/event organisersSouth Downs, New Forest West and Hart & Rushmoor Local Groups.

    South Downs Local Group is looking for a new Treasurer to start April 2018. The appointed person will attend the Local Group committee meetings and attend the Trust’s Chairs and Treasurer’s meetings which are held 3-4 times a year, usually at Beechcroft House, Curdridge. They undertake other activities associated with role of Treasurer. More details here.

Conservation & Reserves

  • 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! Click to download role description for evening and weekend volunteers.

    We are also looking for volunteers to open the centre at Swanwick Lakes nature reserve on Sunday afternoons (1300-1600) to chat to people and to take a walk around and also someone who’d like to re-vamp and maintain the wildlife garden, probably 2-3 hours a week on any day they like.

  • Barton Meadows volunteer group, Winchester
    We need new volunteers to help us transform our new Barton Meadows nature reserve in Winchester from an agricultural field into wildflower meadows rich in wildlife. The group will meet every 4th Wednesday of the month to take on tasks like hedgelaying, scrub clearance, and even helping with livestock. To find out more contact Elspeth Green on elspeth.green@hiwwt.org.uk (07825201377) or Tom Dicker on tom.dicker@hiwwt.org.uk (07867330669).
  • 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 volunteer@hiwwt.org.uk quoting 'Down to the Coast'.
    Down to the Coast partnership
  • Old Burghclere Lime Quarry 
    We have two tasks each year - one in November and one in February. The next work party is on Wednesday, February 21st 2018. 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 mervyn@dmgrist1.plus.com. In the event of bad weather, please contact Mervyn to check arrangements.
     
  • 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

 Marine Projects

  • Shoresearch
    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. If you are interested in joining in a Shoresearch please email marine.volunteer@hiwwt.org.uk
  • Seasearch
    If you can join 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. For more information please contact marine.volunteer@hiwwt.org.uk and have a look at the Seasearch information

Education

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 volunteers
    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 WinchesterSwanwick 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  

  • 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.

For any other enquiries about volunteering, please contact us.