Volunteer with us

Wildlife Trust volunteer Kevin Rowley by Matthew RobertsWildlife Trust volunteer Kevin Rowley by Matthew Roberts

The Wildlife Trust has more than 1300 active volunteers who help us to manage nature reserves, monitor wildlife, or help with varied office work.

As a charity, the Wildlife Trust depends upon an army of volunteers who carry out a wide range of tasks.

Specific volunteering vacancies throughout the Trust can be seen in our  volunteer vacancies page. 

Volunteering opportunities in community groups

Local Groups

Trust Local Groups provide an opportunity for Trust members to join together to discover, enjoy and protect wildlife through guided walks, illustrated talks and meetings. Many also provide practical help on nature reserves and raise significant funds for conservation work.

Watch Groups

Wildlife Trust Watch Groups are weekend clubs for children and young people who are interested in getting involved with various wildlife activities in order to learn more about their local environment.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering for your local Watch Group please look at the role description. If you are interested then contact our Wildlife Watch Officer.  

Work Parties

If you’re interested in taking part in a Work Party on one of our nature reserves there are opportunities to volunteer at the weekend or mid-week.

Training and tools are provided, however you will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring something to eat.

You can find a list of work parties and contact details here.

Individual volunteering opportunities 

Become a Volunteer Warden

Want to dedicate your time to care for one reserve? Our volunteer wardens do just that, this varied role includes assisting with habitat management and helping out with events.

To see if we have any current vacancies please see our volunteer vacancies page.

Become a Volunteer Officer

We host long-term placements (between six and nine months) for people interested in gaining experience of working in conservation or other professional fields. This is ideal for those seeking a career in conservation.

You will not receive a salary, but you will receive formal training and lots of relevant experience to further your career.

Please see our career placement page for more information.

Become a Walking Warden

Are you a regular visitor to Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows? Become a Walking Warden and help us by reporting on any points of interest such as wildlife sightings or problems including anti-social behaviour that you might see when visiting the site. 

To find out more contact the Nene Wetlands team on 01604 405285, email us or download the information leaflet.

Become an Education and Community Volunteer

We run regular on and off site activities throughout the Nene Valley for local people to get involved with, from guided walks to outreach talks, and we are always on the look-out for new volunteers to join our friendly team.

No prior experience or qualifications are needed, just an interest in wildlife and a passion for sharing this enthusiasm with others.

For more information please contact our he Nene Wetlands team on 01604 405285.

Other ways to get involved

Become an Ecology Group volunteer

Wildlife Trust Ecology Groups are teams of volunteers who monitor our nature reserves. They gather data and complete surveys in order to monitor the wildlife in an area.

If you are interested in joining your local ecology group, you can see current vacancies on our jobs and volunteer vacancies page

Corporate volunteering

There are also opportunities for you to get involved with your company on corporate volunteering days. These are a great way to both improve team work and make a difference to local wildlife.

To find out more click here.



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Local group Chair (pdf)10.2 KB
Local Group committee member (pdf)14.72 KB
Local Group treasurer (pdf)10.25 KB
Wildlife Watch Role Descriptions (pdf)195.94 KB
Volunteer Warden role description (pdf)45.78 KB
Walking Wardens information leaflet (pdf)462.84 KB
Volunteer Information Form (pdf)319.42 KB