Volunteer for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Volunteer with us to meet new people, develop new skills, gain valuable experience and benefit the wildlife in your area.

As a volunteer you will be able to:

  • join a network of over 700 people committed to maintaining and securing the future of local habitats and species,
  • contribute to our projects while having fun, meeting new friends and learning new skills,
  • choose from a wide range of opportunities, from looking after nature reserves to indoor work,
  • make a positive contribution to your local area and community, whether urban or rural.

Browse the list below for current volunteer opportunities

Community and school grounds volunteering opportunities

Community and school grounds volunteer

Details: The Trust is looking for volunteers to help with community and school grounds development projects across the county. Unlike regular work parties and reserve volunteers, the work would be on a more 'as and when needed' basis. Also due to the variety of locations across the county, we're looking for volunteers from all corners of Staffordshire that would be interested in helping out with projects in the locality.

 Typical activities would include, pond and habitat creation, fencing, outbuilding construction and raided bed creation.

Interested? Email d.coleman@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880106.

Westport Education Volunteer

Details: To assist the Westport Education Officer in the delivery of environmental education programmes, play and youth in North Staffordshire. To support the Education Officer in admin, booking processes, promotion and data recording. Find out more here.

Interested? Email Alison Cross - a.cross@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01782 826985 / 07854 532522
 

Volunteer Wildplay Assistant

Details: To assist in the delivery of environmental play activities for children aged between eight and 16. The post will be based at Westport Lake Visitor Centre. Find out more here.

Interested? Email Alison Cross - a.cross@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01782 826985 / 07854 532522

Conservation volunteering opportunities

Conservation volunteering on nature reserves around the county (CURRENTLY FULLY SUBSCRIBED) 

Would you like to  learn new practical skills and help us look after our  nature reserves? Typical activities on our midweek work parties include: scrub clearance, coppicing, rush cutting, footpath maintenance, bridge building, bench installation and habitat restoration.

Details: Work parties every Wednesday and Thursday. No experience necessary. Tools and training provided. Minibus transport available from the Trust's HQ, the Wolseley Centre at Wolseley Bridge.

Interested? Email l.otoole@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 07854 524746.

Conservation volunteering on Highgate Common nature reserve, nr Wombourne (CURRENTLY FULLY SUBSCRIBED)

Would you like to get involved in managing Highgate Common to create the best habitat for rare heathland wildlife? Typical activities include scrub clearance to make space for heathland to regrow, creating sandy patches for the Common's rare bees, and coppicing. 

Details: Work parties take place every Tuesday from 10am - 3.30pm. Meet at the wardens' office in the Cory Community Centre off Highgate Road.

Interested? Call 01384 221798 or email highgate@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Conservation volunteering on the Roaches, near Leek

Would you like to volunteer and help to work on our nature reserves in the Leek area? Typical activities would include footpath maintenance, moorland management, scrub clearance and habitat maintenance.

Details: Work parties take place every Friday from 10am - 2.30pm and on the last Saturday of every month from 10am - 2.30pm. All training, tools and gloves provided. Meet at Roaches Gate. 

Interested? Email j.rowe@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 07891 918446.

Conservation volunteering on nature reserves in the Leek area

Would you like to volunteer and help to work on nature reserves in the Leek area? Typical activities would include footpath maintenance, moorland management, scrub clearance and habitat maintenance.

Details: Work parties take place on every first and third Tuesday of the month. Meeting on site (no transport available).

Interested? Email l.otoole@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 07854 524746.

Conservation volunteering at Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent

Join the Westport Lake Community Volunteers, a group affliated to the Trust, to improve Westport Lake. You could be planting wildflowers, maintaining paths, clearing scrub and restoring habitat.

Details: Meets the second Friday of each month, starting with a meeting at the Visitor Centre at 9.30am, followed by practical conservation work on site (two sessions: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3pm).

Interested? Contact Bob Collins at westportcommunityvolunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Conservation volunteering on various green spaces across Tamworth Borough

There are nine active conservation groups across Tamworth under the Trust's Wild About Tamworth project. Each group meets monthly and carries out a variety of practical work, from tree planting to access improvements.

Details: Training, tools and refreshments provided. Wear suitable clothing and stout footwear.

Interested? To find out more about all the groups and when they meet, visit our Wild About Tamworth page.  

Conservation volunteering on Cannock Chase

Get involved in the restoration of over 50 hectares of heathland under the Connecting Cannock Chase project. Heathland is improtant for a variety of plants and animals including hybrid bilberry, woodlark and nightjar. 

Details: All training and tools provided.

Interested? Volunteering days take place throughout the year - see What's On for details of the next meeting, or email s.rimmer@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100

Conservation volunteering at Swineholes Wood, Ipstones, Staffordshire Moorlands

Get stuck into some practical volunteering tasks on the Trust's Swineholes Wood nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest that includes woodland, heathland and moorland.

Details: All training and tools provided. Work parties take place on the first Sunday of the month, 10am - 1pm.

Interested? Contact Val Riley on 01538 300264.

Conservation volunteering at Shoal Hill, Cannock

Join a regular team of volunteers helping to look after Shoal Hill Common, a 73 hectare heathland and woodland site.

Details: All tools and training provided. Work parties take place on the second Sunday of the month, 10am - 12pm.

Interested? Contact Eddie Turvey on 01543 502830.

Conservation volunteering at the Turner Hodgkiss nature reserve, Loggerheads

Join the Friends of the Turner Hodgkiss Nature Reserve, a group affliated to the Trust. The group is looking for new recruits to join them for hands-on practical activities every Saturday between 10am - 12noon (free coffee at 11am).

Details: Previous work has included creating a pond and steps, planting seeds and hedges, and making paths around the reserve.

Interested? Call Eric Pemberton on 01630 673543 or email reserve@loggerheads.eu

Conservation volunteering at various locations in the Churnet Valley

Take part in a variety of practical work at locations across the Churnet Valley Living Landscape area. Previous work has including hedgelaying, step and bridge installation and scrub clearance.

Details:  The group meets up every Wednesday from 10am - 3pm. To see details of the next work party, visit the Churnet Valley Living Landscape website.

Interested? Email r.whiting@staffs-wildlife.org.uk for information.

Conservation volunteering with the Wild about Stafford project

Join in some hands-on activities at wetland sites across Stafford Borough, as part of the Wild about Stafford project, funded by the Caterpillar Foundation.

Details: Work parties take places at various locations across Stafford Borough on the second Saturday and second Monday of the month, 10am - 1pm.

Interested? Contact Shaun Rimmer for details on 0777208054 or email s.rimmer@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Conservation volunteering at Gentleshaw Common

Join a regular team of volunteers helping to look after Gentleshaw Common, a beautiful 86 hectare heathland reserve on the southern edge of Cannock Chase.

Details: All tools and training provided. Work parties take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month 10:30am - 2:30pm

Interested? Contact Shaun Rimmer for details on 0777208054 or email s.rimmer@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Volunteering opportunities at the Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge

Visitor Engagement volunteers dealing with the public at the Trust's HQ, the Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, nr Rugeley

Details: Volunteers are required to perform a variety of front-of-house tasks dealing with the public, answering visitor enquiries and dealing with sales through the shop. Opportunities available during the week, in the evenings and at weekends. 

Interested? Call Sam Pachner on 01889 880100 or email s.pachner@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Events volunteer at the Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, near Rugeley

Details: Volunteers are needed to help out with our programme of fundraising events at the Trust's Wolseley Centre HQ. You could be serving pints at the Food and Beer Festival, selling mince pies at the Christmas Fayre, or taking admission at a coffee morning.

Interested? Call Sam Pachner on 01889 880100 or email s.pachner@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Conservation volunteering at The Wolseley Centre

Wednesday Gardening Group at the Wolseley Centre (CURRENTLY FULLY SUBSCRIBED)

Details: Come along and help manage the feature areas of the grounds of The Wolseley Centre with a group of like-minded people. The work group will undertake lighter conservation activities to compliment other maintenance and management work that takes place on site. Typical activities would include planting, managing flower beds, weeding and keeping pathways clear. All tools and training are provided.

Details: Work Parties will take place every Wednesday morning from March to September, at 10am till 1pm, meeting on site.

Interested? Email v.liu@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889880142.

Wildlife Guiding at the Wolseley Centre

Details: Do you have some wildlife knowledge that you would love to share? We are looking for volunteers to help engage with our visitors and talk to them about the wildlife we have on the site and across the county. Opportunities are available on weekends and during the school holidays.

Interested? Email v.liu@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889880142.

Surveying opportunities

 Nature Reserve Survey Teams

 Details: From birds to butterflies to habitats and much more, Survey Teams are the Trust's new volunteer groups helping to monitor our nature reserves.

 Interested? There is a wide and exciting range of volunteer surveying opportunities currently available, click here for more details.

Other volunteering opportunities

Charity Shop volunteer - Leek

Details: As a volunteer you will help with the day-to-day running of our Leek charity shop. There are lots of roles you could get involved in, including till duties, sorting through and preparing stock, customer service, displays and promoting donations and Gift Aid. More details here.

Interested? Email leekshop@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Local group volunteer - opportunities across the county

Details: The Trust has 11 Local Groups across the county, who run a range of activities from wildlife walks and talks to fundraising stalls and street collections. There are a variety of volunteering opportunities available with each group, such as becoming a committee member, helping with publicity or organising talks and walks.

Interested? See our Local Groups page for details of each group and current volunteer vacancies.   

Media Education Team Volunteer

Details: To assist the Education team in the promotion of environmental education programmes,play and youth events in Staffordshire. To work alongside the communications staff on SWT’s website and social media channels, as well as helping with marketing projects within the Education team.

Interested? Click here for more info and how to apply.

Volunteering opportunities with Tame Valley Wetlands


Details: TVW has three new volunteer roles - Access Volunteer, Volunteer Photographer, Events Administrator and Publicity Volunteer. Check their page for other volunteering opportunities.

 
Interested?
Visit Tame Valley Wetlands volunteering page