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 a Friday – contact Dr Lizzie Wilberforce

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

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

West Glamorgan – volunteer days happen on a Tuesday and Thursday – contact Rebecca Killa

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

  • Volunteers Wanted at the Welsh Wildlife Centre Oak Tree Cottage - The Cwtch Pembrokeshire self catering cottage Teifi MarshesFancy volunteering with the fun and friendly team at the Welsh Wildlife Centre? We’re looking for outgoing and enthusiastic individuals to help out in the café, gift shop and with events. If you are interested in lending a hand, please come along to our volunteer recruitment day on Tuesday 09 June 2015 between 11am-12pm, 2pm-3pm ...
  • Lapwing Champions needed at Parc Slip! Lapwing Ian RoseThe 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 U.K. 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 ...
  • Volunteers Wanted at the Welsh Wildlife Centre Welsh Wildlife CentreWould you like to work in a unique, award-winning visitor attraction and help raise money and awareness for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help us in various aspects of The Welsh Wildlife Centre. Current volunteering opportunities available: Gift Shop and Information Desk assistants Café assistants Event assistants Estate workers Visitor Centre handy-people Wildlife Watch leaders & ...
  • Fancy becoming one of voluntary wardens? Cliff Woodhead at Coed-y-BedwMany of our nature reserves are lucky enough to benefit from the input of a voluntary warden. Here at WTSWW we manage around ninety sites, and within that, a little over sixty voluntary wardenships. Whilst for some nature reserves a voluntary warden is not a realistic prospect- such as our offshore islands- our mainland reserves ...
  • Assistance needed with landscape research near Cardigan- can you help? Teifi marshes looking towards Cardigan townOver the last couple of years, WTSWW staff have gradually undertaken a data gathering exercise to try to decide where within our large Trust area is our top priority for starting a landscape-scale “Living Landscapes” project. After looking at all our data about habitats and species of conservation concern, our own nature reserves, local experiences ...
  • 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 ...