Thank you for your interest in volunteering to help wildlife and nature in Sheffield & Rotherham. Volunteering is a great way to gain skills, meet new people, support your community and help wildlife, and there are many ways to get involved.
You are all welcome, regardless of your experience, ability or availability.
Every hour is valued and valuable, and we will support you with relevant inductions and training, keep in touch with newsletters, and provide the tools needed, including travel expenses.
Find out more about opportunities to volunteer in Sheffield & Rotherham below!
Practical work days ↗
Get hands on
Wildlife recording ↗
Add your sightings
Nature Recovery toolkit ↗
Take action for nature
New volunteer roles in Sheffield & Rotherham
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Volunteer Dog Ranger
Do you love talking to people and have a passion for looking after your local nature reserve?
We’re looking for a dedicated team of Volunteer Dog Rangers to engage dog walkers at Redmires, Wyming Brook and Fox Hagg.
This role is perfect for someone who enjoys chatting to members of the public, and has a well behaved dog who is comfortable walking on a lead.
Do you have a passion for working with young people to promote care for the natural world around them?
We’re looking for an education volunteer to provide additional support at outdoor learning sessions working with school groups and other young people. This role requires a DBS check.
Nature Recovery Support Assistant
Could you help support the Land Management Team by carrying out a range of office tasks, including admin, budgeting, reporting and organising meetings?
This role would suit someone with a good attention to detail, looking for an indoors role that still supports wildlife.
Do you know and love your local nature reserve? Could you help monitor the reserve, and advocate the Trust to visitors?
Join our Volunteer Ranger team at Centenary Riverside, to help protect these amazing sites.
Hands-on volunteering in Sheffield & Rotherham
Monthly Work Days
We run monthly practical conservation work days across our nature reserves, and need lots of hands to get stuck in.
Perfect if you want some fresh air, to get closer to nature and help improve our green spaces. Tasks can include fence and path repairs, invasive species and scrub control, habitat restoration, litter picking and wildlife gardening.
Our volunteers are a friendly, supportive bunch and the Trust’s knowledgeable staff will be on site to welcome you. We can also provide transport if needed, please ask when you get in touch.
Support a local nature reserve
User Forum Meetings
Interested in your local reserve?
We run reserve User Forum walks and talks a couple of times a year for many reserves.
This is a great opportunity to find out more about how we manage the site, hear future plans, ask questions and give input.
We would love to hear your thoughts.
Record local wildlife
Whether you’ve seen something common or rare, in one of our nature reserves or elsewhere in Sheffield and Rotherham, then we’d love to know.
All species records are welcome, from beginners to experts.
All records go into the NBN atlas and help us build up a picture of what wildlife calls Sheffield and Rotherham home, and how these species are changing.
“Great to be with a group of like-minded volunteers, also interested in nature. People of all ages and from different backgrounds. Sharing knowledge and expertise.”Volunteer Ranger
“Their hard work is what actually makes this nature reserve better.”Land Management Team Leader
“Volunteering for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust brings many benefits to me, and it is good to know that I’m giving something in return.”Work Day Volunteer
Take action from home and in your community
Make your outdoors wildlife friendly
How to guides for taking action for nature – from wild patches to ponds and much more.Find out more
Take action for wildlife
Join campaigns to help protect wildlife and habitats.Read More
Support a local community group
Join like-minded people in your neighbourhood, from community gardens to collective action regarding development proposals.Read More
Join Nature Recovery Sheffield
Help work together for nature recovery in Sheffield.Read More
Join Nature Recovery Rotherham
Join the movement and find out what you can do to help.Read More
Looking after your local green space
Local community groups, case studies, how to start a new group and look after a green space.Read More
If you have a unique skill to share, or would like to volunteer in a different area of the Trust to those mentioned above, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us with details and we’ll get back to you.
We welcome young volunteers in many of our volunteer roles, please get in touch if you are interested.
If you are aged 16 to 18, you can volunteer without a parent or carer, we just need a signed consent form.
If you are aged 14 to 16, you can volunteer with a parent or carer.
Unfortunately we are unable to support under 14s for volunteering, but may have activities or partner events to take part in! Please see our Outdoor Learning team for upcoming events.
All new volunteers are asked to complete a registration form, either for a one-off session, or to sign up as a regular volunteer. This include contact details, emergency contacts, medical information and marketing and media consent.
You will also receive a Volunteer Welcome Leaflet, and have a welcome meeting with your Volunteer Leader to get you started.
An easy read registration form and welcome leaflet are available, please just ask if you need these in another format. We reimburse travel expenses, run seasonal volunteer social events and keep in touch with a regular volunteer newsletter.
For more placement and job adverts, please visit: conservationjobs.co.uk, countryside-jobs.com or the Voluntary Action centres in Rotherham and Sheffield.
We’d love to hear from you! Please email us with any further volunteering enquiries.