Volunteer

Whether it’s practical conservation on our nature reserves, helping organise environmental education events or working in our offices, volunteers are vital to our work.

We provide access to training and development and volunteer expenses and it’s a great way to gain skills and experience in conservation or simply contribute to the protection and enhancement of wildlife in your local area.

We welcome enquiries from anyone across the local community, regardless of background or experience.

For more information please contact volunteering@wildsheffield.com or our HR team on 0114 263 4335

An application form for all of our volunteering opportunities can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page.

If you have a group of work colleagues who want to get out and get closer to nature, see the section on Corporate Groups here.

See below or visit CJ for more conservation volunteer opportunities: conservationjobs.co.uk
 

Current Volunteering Opportunities


Wild at Heart Volunteer Champion

Are you wild at heart? Would you like to help support older adults to take up new wildlife related interests and hobbies and meet new people?

Wild at heart is an exciting programme of activity which has been running for over 4 years to encourage older adults to take up a hobby or interest by engaging in the natural environment on a regular basis. 


We provide a wide range of activities which include:
Photography sessions aimed at beginners through to more advanced
Nature walks around local parks, green spaces and reserves
Talks and craft activities with a theme i.e. Seasonal, butterflies, hedgehogs etc
Although activities start off at an indoor base we try and encourage participants to get outside.
By being involved in this work as a volunteer champion it will help to develop your skills both around community engagement and working in the natural environment.


 FURTHER INFORMATION 
There are no specific qualifications but we are looking for someone who
- Has an interest in wildlife and conservation
- Is passionate about supporting local people
- Has a positive attitude towards older people
- Confidence and skills in engaging and communicating with people from all walks of life.
- Is reliable
- Is flexible
- Enjoys being outdoors
- Driving license would be useful, but not essential
If you have a particular skill or interest that you feel would support our programme of activity please include it in your application. 

We would like someone to commit to at least half a day a week, some sessions will be run in the community Longley, Lowedges and around the S2 area and also in Clifton Park in Rotherham.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity please download and complete the volunteer application form or telephone 0114 2634335 to speak to Lynn or for more information Jenny King Wild at Heart Project Officer

 

App Engagement Volunteer - Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature

To support the IWUN project engagement officer recruit participants to sign up for the Shmapped app. Shmapped is part of the Universities of Derby and Sheffield’s IWUN project and aims to gather information about peoples’ use of Sheffield’s green spaces to support future developments.

The project will run to November. Ideally the suitable person will be able to commit to 2 days per week.   

For further information and job description contact HR Officer on 0114 2364335 or Eleanor Comley IWUN Engagement Officer – 0775 4843450
email:volunteering@wildsheffield.com
 

Community Work Days

Community Work Days are an opportunity to join one of our projects, spending the day doing practical conservation work. The Trust runs a whole host of events all over the city and on our reserves, aimed at helping everyone get the most out of their local environment. All our events are free of charge, though you may have to ring to book in advance for some of them. Visit our What's on page for more information

Regular Volunteers

If you are interested in applying for any of our regular volunteering opportunities please complete an application form, found at the bottom of the page, and either post it to us at Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust HQ, 37 Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SF or email it to volunteering@wildsheffield.com

Volunteer Land Management Assistant

We are looking for volunteers to join our Land Management team.
This role would suit someone who is keen to engage in a range of practical conservation work, including site maintenance such as fencing, and habitat management such as woodland and heath land. Experience in these areas would be helpful but is not essential.

The Land management at Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust is mostly comprised of volunteers. People who are able to give up some free time during the week to do practical conservation on our nature reserves and other project sites. Volunteering with the Land Management Team helps people develop practical conservation skills, build knowledge about local wildlife habitats, keep physically active and is a great place to start developing a career in the sector. In return we can cover expenses, on the job training and funding for relevant external courses such as brush-cutter and first aid at work.

The work we do ranges from site maintenance such as fencing and footpath building, through to pond creation, managing woodland, grassland/meadow, heathland and wetland habitats for the benefit of wildlife. During autumn and winter the habitat work tends to be woodland thinning and scrub clearance on heathland, done at this time to prevent the disturbance of nesting birds. In spring and summer the work tends to centre on the control of vegetative invasive species, such as Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and bracken that can form dense monocultures, lowering biodiversity.

The work takes place on our reserves, in and around Sheffield and Rotherham from Blacka Moor and Wyming Brook on the edge of the peak district to Centenary Riverside, a flood alleviation scheme and nature reserve on an ex steel works site, on the edge of the river Don near Rotherham town centre. Our current living landscapes project, Rotherham Rivers, funded through Waste Recycling Environmental, sees us visiting and improving sites, managed by other organisations for the benefit wildlife, such as water voles, kingfishers and otters, in and around Rotherham, including Rother Valley Country Park, Don Island, Kilnhurst Ings and Whiston Meadows.

Volunteer Nature Reserves Assistant

To assist in the management of 12 nature reserves in Sheffield, Rotherham, and the Peak District. To assist in the delivery of management plans for each reserve, including weekly patrolling, community liaison work, and practical conservation and helping with events.

Volunteer Living Landscapes Assistant

To assist the Living Landscapes Manager in the management of 12 nature reserves in Sheffield, Rotherham, and the Peak District. To assist the Nature Reserve Manager and Rangers in the delivery of management plans for each reserve, including weekly patrolling, community liaison work, and practical conservation and funding bids.

Marketing Assistant

We have an opportunity for a volunteer Marketing Assistant to help the Trust in promoting its activities to members, partners, funders and the public.

Tasks are likely to include preparing and writing press releases, liaising with the media, monitoring press coverage, updating the Trust's website, developing display and promotional materials, updating the Trust's Facebook page and contributing to the Trust's members magazine, Kingfisher.

We are looking for someone IT literate, with good written and verbal communication skills, ideally with some experience in a marketing or communications role or someone who has, or is studying towards, a qualification in that area.

Please complete the application form below or contact Nick Howard on 0114 263 4335 if you require any further information.

Events Assistant

We require enthusiastic volunteers to assist and support us at local events.

 As an event volunteer you will be a vital member of a small team attending events such as local fayres and shows  and assisting in promoting the work of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust as well as meeting new people and selling merchandise.

Ideally we’re looking for someone who
• Is friendly, outgoing and helpful
• Has some wildlife knowledge
• Is well organised
• A full driving licence would be very helpful, but not absolutely necessary

Events volunteers can attend as many or as few of these events as they like. i.e. for the whole event or just for a few hours. We’re happy to work around the time commitment volunteers are prepared to make.

If you interested and would like further information please contact Ben Keywood on 0114 263 4335. 

Fundraising Volunteers

Could you help raise vital funds for Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust? We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to take part in fundraising activities throughout the year. For example, holding a coffee morning, taking collection boxes to local shops, getting your company involved in raising funds, researching outlets for sale of Trust merchandise, etc. For more information please contact Chris Grice on 0114 2634335 or C.grice@wildsheffield.com.

Reserve Advisory Group Meetings

Reserve advisory groups are regular meetings of local residents and other interested groups, who meet to discuss and influence how the Trust manages each of its nature reserves. You can go along and find out more about how the Trust manages each reserve, hear the issues and be part of the decision making processes. For further information contact Nature Reserves Manager on: 0114 263 4335.


Corporate groups

If you have a group of work colleagues who are passionate about the wildlife and natural environment of Sheffield and Rotherham and would like to celebrate by getting a little closer to nature, we would love to arrange a nature-themed workshop, bushcraft experience or corporate team-building day to suit your requirements.

Contact Chris Grice on C.grice@wildsheffield.com with your details - numbers, available dates, etc - and we'll sort out the perfect team event for you.

Alternatively - if your company joins Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust as a corporate member, a team event for your staff may be one of the range of benefits you receive. See our corporate support page.
 


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