Anyone can volunteer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust! With 62 nature reserves across the county, an active education and events programme, and a busy office, we really appreciate help from our dedicated volunteers.
Whether you are happy to get your hands dirty creating and maintaining habitats on our reserves, enjoy helping out at events, or want to join our busy office team, we have a volunteering opportunity for you! Read some of the experiences our volunteers gain from working with us, and find out more about Lou Chapman, our Volunteer Co-Ordinator.
Volunteers are an important part of Northumberland Wildlife Trust and we hope to give everyone a fun and rewarding experience. We have an action force of over 250 volunteers who contribute around 180 days of work for us each month. Whatever your background, we can hopefully find a position to match your interests and abilities.
In addition to meeting new people and developing skills, volunteering with us brings many other benefits. We organise various training courses, from First Aid to brushcutter training, social events each year, and Call of the Wild, our bi-monthly volunteer newsletter keeps everybody up-to-date.
For businesses, we also run an active programme of volunteer 'Wildlife Work Days' to inspire your workforce.
How to volunteer
To volunteer with us, whether you have a particular skill or resource or a general enthusiasm to help local wildlife, there are a few simple steps to follow:
Find a role/roles that suits your requirements and availability from the list below (please make sure you read the time commitment section, as all our opportunities take place at a specific time or on a specific day)
Complete the online enquiry form
Come to a New Volunteer Session (dates will be emailed to you when we receive your enquiry form)
Have a go at a trial activity to see if you like it (bookings are made at the New Volunteer Session)
- Register as a volunteer if you enjoyed your trial activity
New Volunteer Session
Once we receive your enquiry form we will invite you to come along to the next New Volunteer Session. The session is designed to give you the opportunity to meet with NWT staff and volunteers to discuss the role(s) you have opted for in more detail and to book onto a trial activity. New Volunteer Sessions are held once a month, usually on a Thursday.
Before registering fully as a volunteer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust we will give you the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at the role you have opted for first. This trial activity will show you what it’s like to volunteer with us, and will hopefully guide you in your decision on whether it’s the right role for you.
If you would like any more information on volunteering with us, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are our volunteer roles that we currently have available. If you find a role that you are interested in, please complete the enquiry form.
Volunteer Officer opportunities
Volunteer Officer placements enable people to gain a range of skills and experience for a career in nature conservation. These roles are voluntary placements usually for 6 months, at a minimum of two days per week. As there are limited places and our opportunities generate a lot of interest, we use an interview process. To apply for one of these placements, please send a CV and covering letter to Lou Chapman.