Volunteering

Volunteering

Volunteer for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

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

Volunteering - charity shop

Credit: Susan Freeman 

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 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 below for our current volunteer opportunities or contact Louise at volunteers@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880100

PRACTICAL CONSERVATION OPPORTUNITIES 

Volunteering

Around the county nature reserves (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. Over 18s only.

Interested? Email l.otoole@staffs-wildlife.org.uk 

 

Churnet Vally volunteering

Credit: Ed Marshall

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. Further details about what the group get up to can be found here 

Interested? Email i.kynaston@staffs-wildlife.org.uk for information.

Doxey Marshes - reeds

Doxey Marshes nature reserve

Details: Work parties take place on the first and third Friday of the month and can involve a number of tasks. 

Interested? Contact  01889 880100 

Gentleshaw Common Volunteering

Credit: Paul Harris/2020VISION

Gentleshaw Common nature reserve (fully subscribed)

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 Hayley Dorrington for details on 07973930320 or email h.dorrington@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

HIghgate Common Volunteering

Credit: Paul Harris/2020VISION

Highgate Common nature reserve (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

Litter picking

Credit: Peter Cairns/2020VISION

Leek area nature reserves 

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). Over 18s only.

Interested? Email i.kynaston@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

The Roaches

Image by kevin Palmer 

The Roaches Nature Reserve

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. All training, tools and gloves provided. Meet at Roaches Gate. 

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

Rod Wood - stunning meadow

Rod Wood nature reserve 

Get stuck into some practical volunteering tasks on one of the county's best flower-rich hay meadows.

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

Interested? Contact David Rowe by email david-rowe@sky.com or call 07833645773.

Swineholes Wood - volunteering

Credit: Peter Cairns/2020VISION

Swineholes Wood, Ipstones 

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.

Westport Lake - cafe view

Westport Lake Visitor Centre 

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: 10am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3pm).

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

Wild About Stafford project

Credit: Peter Cairns/2020VISION

Wild About Stafford

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

Sensory garden at Wolseley

Wolseley Centre - Wednesday Gardening Group 

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? Call 01889 880100.

Tamworth borough - volunteering

Credit: Allan Walker 

Tamworth Borough - various green spaces 

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.  

Turner Hodgkiss volunteering opportunities

Credit: Paul Harris/2020VISION

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

WILDLIFE GUIDING 

Kingfisher spotted

Wolseley Centre - Wildlife Guiding

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? Call 01889 880100.

RETAIL / VISITOR ENGAGEMENT

Charity shop volunteer

Credit: Susan Freeman 

Charity shop

Details: As a volunteer you will help with the day-to-day running of our Leek and Penkridge charity shops. 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 or penkridgeshop@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Event volunteers wanted at Wolseley Centre

Events volunteer @ The Wolseley Centre

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

The Wolseley Centre

Visitor Engagement @ The Wolseley Centre (the Trusts HQ)

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

ADMIN

Local Group volunteer required

Local Groups - 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.   

Social Media Marketing

Credit: Tracy Le Blanc 

Marketing and Communications Assistant (fully subscribed)

Details: To support the Marketing and Communications Team with events promotion, publicity, writing copy for the magazine, video editing, photography and social media cover.

Download the job description below for more details 

Job Description - Marketing and Communications Assistant

Tame Vally Wetlands

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

Van driver

Van Driver 

Details: To assist the Shop Manager with the movement of stock between visitor centres and charity shops.

Download the job description below 

Venue Booking Assistant

Credit: Jess Watters

Venue Bookings Assistant 

Details: To support the Senior Membership Development Officer with booking venues and events for our Membership Recruiters to attend.

Download the job description below for more info

Venue bookings Assistant - job specification

SURVEYING 

Surveying opportunities

Image: Zsuzsanna Bird

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. 

See opportunities