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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.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or our HR team on 0114 263 4335
An application form for all of our volunteering opportunities can be dowloaded from the link at the bottom of the page.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Wildlife Watch Leaders
Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trust. We have a number of groups running across Sheffield and we are currently seeking volunteers to help run or assist these groups and establish new groups in other parts of the city. This will involve regular weekend work as part of a team. You will assist in preparing for the sessions/meetings and engaging children in activities.
There are many benefits to being a watch leader including:
Opportunity to socialise with like-minded people, to gain new skills and access training, to support the wider aims of Sheffield Wildlife Trust, to visit new places, to access watch leaders resources such as games and activities, to give something back to the local community and to inspire young people about nature and their local environemnt.
If you are interested in helping run a group please contact Lorna Fisher the Watch Coordinator either by email email@example.com or on 0114 263 4335.
Community Work Days
Community Work Days are an opportunity to join one of our projects, spending the day doing practical conservation work. Sheffield Wildlife 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 Events page for more information
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 Wildlife Trust HQ, 37 Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SF or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Land Management Assistants
We require enthusiastic volunteers to assist in the implementation of practical conservation work in Sheffield and surrounding areas.
This volunteer vacancy would suit someone who is keen to engage in a range of practical conservation work, including fencing, maintaining footpaths and managing habitats. Experience in these areas would be helpful but is not essential. Would suit someone who is able to give a regular time commitment, and wants to help look after nature reserves or gain experience in land management for nature conservation.
A good level of physical fitness is required as the work will be mainly site based, working outdoors in often remote locations.
For more information please contact Jono Collett or Ellie Banks on 0114 263 4335.
Volunteer Human Resources Assistant
We are offering the opportunity to undertake a volunteer placement to someone looking to develop their skills and experience in Human Resources.
The volunteer will assist the Trusts's HR Officer with a variety of activities from recruitment, HR development, employee engagement, training, equality & diversity, payroll and Health & Safety.
Full training and instruction will be given.
Ideally, the successful candidate will be organised with a good eye for detail, have excellent communication skills both written and verbal, be willing to learn and develop and be enthusiastic and interested in the type of work we do.
Excellent IT skills are essential and the role will suit someone either with, or studying towards, a CIPD qualification in HR.
For more information Andrew McNiven on 0114 263 4335
Living With Nature Volunteers
Living with Nature is a three year Big Lottery funded project that aims to improve community green spaces at numerous sites across Sheffield with an emphasis on play provision and for wildlife. We are looking for a friendly, outgoing volunteer to assist us with the delivery of the project.
This is an ideal opportunity for the successful candidate to develop skills and experience in the fields of community engagement and urban green space development.
Duties will include administration and general office duties, helping to organise and run a wide range of events and activities at the various sites and promotion of the project within participating communities.
Applicants should have basic IT skills, an enthusiastic approach to the project and its aims and an interest in outdoor play and child development. A full UK driving license would be an advantage.
Please contact Simon Fagg on 0114 263 4335 if you would like more details.
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 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.
The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham welcomes the support of corporate volunteers. If you have a group of colleagues who are passionate about the natural environment of Sheffield and Rotherham, would like to give it some practical help and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, please give us a call.
If you are a small group, you can join one of our scheduled Community Work Days. These take place at several of our local nature reserves across Sheffield and Rotherham and involve essential maintenance work such as path repairs, managing invasive vegetation or coppicing – whatever is needed to keep the place attractive to people and wildlife. Your group would be working alongside other Wildlife Trust volunteers. At certain times of year, there is work for larger groups of people doing bracken pulling or scrub bashing.
Or you could ask us to arrange a specific volunteer day exclusively for your group. Just contact us with your details – numbers, available dates, etc – and we’ll sort out the perfect volunteer task for you.
When arranging an exclusive volunteer event for your group, we do have to ask your company for a donation to cover our staff time to supervise and train you, equipment, Health and Safety, etc. We are a small charity with a big job to do, and I’m afraid we have to be careful with our resources.
Alternatively – if your company joins the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham as a corporate member, employee volunteer opportunities is just one of the range of benefits offered. See our corporate membership page.
Please remember that nature sets our timescales; many of the tasks are seasonal, so at some times of year there will be more than enough work for everyone, at other times there won’t be so much. Please don’t be disappointed if we can’t accommodate you straight away.
If you would like more details about Community Work Days or Corporate Volunteer Days, please contact Chris on 0114 2634335 or email@example.com.
Could you help raise vital funds for Sheffield 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.
Reserve Advisory Group Meetings
Reserve advisory groups are regular meetings of local residents and other interested groups, who meet to discuss and influence how Sheffield Wildlife 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.
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