Volunteering

Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat

Volunteers play a vital role in the Trust’s work. With hundreds of committed volunteers we are achieving great things and with your help we can do so much more. Each volunteer brings with them knowledge and enthusiasm which really makes a difference to the work of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

So, why not get involved – protect wildlife, have fun, get fit and meet people who share your interests.

How can I get involved?

It is easy to get involved with the Trust’s work, and the amount of time you spend volunteering is up to you – you can spend as little or as much as you like.  Whether you like being indoors, outdoors, active or creative, there is bound to be something to suit you!

If you would like to register for any of the opportunities below, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form (unless the opportunity specifies otherwise) and return it to The Nature Centre, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0EH or email membership@welshwildlife.org.

A member of staff will contact you to discuss volunteering opportunities and invite you to visit us for an informal chat. If you are volunteering as a Reserve Warden, or for educational or office-based activites, you will also be asked to sWater Shrew Training Dayign a Volunteer Agreement with the member of staff who is acting as your Supporter.

If you are volunteering to join in with practical work parties on the reserves, on receipt of the Registration Form, you will be sent a work party programme for your local area with all necessary information. You can then join in with any or all of the work parties.

In addition to these regular volunteering activites, some specific volunteering posts will be advertised on this website each year.

We have outdoor volunteering opportunities across our patch:

New Quay Cardigan Bay –  a variety of volunteering opportunities are available please check out the CBMWG website

Carmarthenshire – volunteer days happen on Tuesdays and Fridays – contact Rebecca Killa

Ceredigion – volunteer days happen on a Wednesday and Thursday – contact Em Foot

Valleys – volunteer days happen Wednesday and Thursdays plus one Saturday/Sunday a month – contact Carys Solman

Pembrokeshire – volunteer days happen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – contact Nathan Walton

Bridgend and surrounding area – volunteer days happen on Wednesdays and Fridays – contact Tim Jones

West Glamorgan – volunteer days happen on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and occasional weekends – Contact Tara Daniels /07855 009622 or Paul Thornton

Skomer Island Voluntary Assistant Wardens – please go to the Skomer Island volunteer page for further information and the Skomer application form

The sorts of tasks which happen through the year, at a glance:

Spring: surveys, path clearance, fence work, boardwalk creation and maintenance, charcoal creation (Gower only), access work, woodland glade management

Summer: path clearance, fence management, surveys, meadow management, invasive species management, access work, woodland glade management

Autumn: coppicing, woodland management, hedge laying, surveys, habitat creation, access work, reedbed management, school grounds work (more specifically in the east where we create outdoor classrooms)

Winter: access work, reedbed management, coppicing, woodland management, habitat creation, , school grounds work (more specifically in the east where we create outdoor classrooms)

Volunteering opportunities

  • Could you become a Lapwing Champion? Lapwing-by-Kevin-Head.jpgThe Lapwing is an iconic farmland bird which has undergone drastic declines in populations as a result of loss of breeding habitat. Today the lapwing is a UK and Wales priority species requiring urgent positive action. Over the next few months, we will be working hard to reverse the decline at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, through ...
  • Working for Wildflowers at White Rock Meadow-and-White-Rock-copperworks-RR-crop1.jpgWhite Rock is a wonderful place to discover, right in the heart of Copperopolis in Swansea. It is the site of one of the oldest Copper Works in Swansea, established in 1736, and was one of the most important works for copper smelting in the Lower Swansea Valley. Now, hidden under encroaching vegetation, there is an ...
  • Volunteering on Skomer Skomer volunteers_permission to use grantedVolunteer applications for 2017 will open from 1 September (closing on 1 October). More details to come shortly. Volunteer Applications for 2017: Voluntary Assistant Wardens are required on Skomer Island from 25 March to 30 September inclusive. We take up to six Voluntary Assistant Wardens each week (Saturday to Saturday), to help with managing day visitors, assisting with ...
  • Local Group Committee Volunteers To serve as a Committee member who as well as attending meetings usually help with tasks such as fundraising, local publicity, membership recruitment, helping the Trust respond to planning issues and organising local events.  There is a Local Group in each district. As well as the committee members who share the work as a team ...
  • Speaker Volunteer To give talks about the Trust or a chosen topic (plants, animals, insects, birds for example) to audiences in the county who have requested a Trust speaker. To use the opportunity to recruit new members and/or volunteers.
  • Handyperson Volunteer To undertake all, or some of the following: Painting and decorating the centres inside and out. Electrical work (must be qualified) Carpentry and repairs. Plumbing work (must be qualified) Vehicle inspections.
  • Administration Volunteers To answer the telephones and route calls to the appropriate person. To ‘stuff’, stamp and address envelopes (and sometimes post them) as requested by a member of staff. To assist with typing letters, newsletters, leaflets etc. To do long-run photocopying and collating. To assist with filing, archiving and photo archive management.
  • Visitor Centre Volunteers at the Welsh Wildlife Centre In the sales and information centre: welcoming all visitors, selling goods from shops, stacking shelves, pricing goods, cleaning public areas (if necessary) and recruiting new members and volunteers. Administrative help is also required. A professional attitude is essential because the centres are run as businesses. A minimum commitment of two days a month, preferably from ...
  • Wardens and Assistant Wardens of a Nature Reserve Linked to your local reserve, a warden is the main point of contact between the reserve and the Trust staff – our ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground. Wardens help maintain the reserve in accordance with the Management Plan and under the direction of the Trust staff. Wardens help:- Maintain safe paths, bridleways, gates and stiles. Keep fencing ...
  • Education Volunteers We are looking for education volunteers to help out during the week.  Volunteers will help lead school visits, leading sessions such as pond dipping, bug hunts and bird watching.   Volunteers should be enthusiastic and interested in nature. Education volunteers will need to have an enhanced CRB check. What will I be doing? Working with the Education Officers ...
  • Conservation Volunteers Please note there are currently no vacancies for practical conservation volunteers in Pembrokeshire or Vale and Valleys area. Every week throughout the year the Mid Week Volunteers visit Trust nature reserves to carry out essential maintenance and conservation work. Work varies throughout the seasons and the teams visit nearly all of the Trust’s nature reserves through ...
  • Marketing Assistant At The Welsh Wildlife Centre To regularly circulate and distribute events posters/leaflets, both around the visitor centre and to other off-site locations. Update contacts database. Collect information from our visitor questionnaire and assist with inputting the data. Assist with general administratiMarketing Assistant at The Welsh Wildlife Centre A driving licence is essential for this role along with basic IT skills (MS ...