My name is Hazel and I am one of the four volunteer reserves officers in Northamptonshire. I have always had a keen interest in wildlife and the natural world, and studied Zoology at university, followed by a master’s degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation. I then had a few years of unsuccessfully applying for jobs, as I did not have the required practical experience.
All of the training has been great fun to do and I have learnt so many new skills
Then I came across the Volunteer Reserves Officer role, which sounded like a good way to gain the experience that I needed. I started the role at the start of September and so far I have had a lot of training, including first aid, brushcutter and chainsaw, and there is still more to do! All of the training has been great fun to do and I have learnt so many new skills. The team that I work with are very friendly and more than happy to explain why we are doing an activity or to give advice on the best way to do things. I have really enjoyed working with the mid-week volunteer group, it is great fun to get stuck in to a job together and the volunteers help us to get much more work done than we would be able to do on our own.