Volunteering on Skomer

Skomer volunteers

Voluntary Assistant Wardens are required on Skomer Island from 24 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 overnight guests and their accommodation, conservation work including monitoring and surveys, and building maintenance.

You can find out more about what we expect from our volunteers by downloading:

Information for Skomer volunteers 2018 (Word format)  or

Information for Skomer volunteers 2018 (PDF format)

The minimum age is 16 years. You will need to be able to walk several miles carry luggage up a steep, long, flight of steps several times a day. You need to enjoy working outside in all weather conditions including strong sunshine, heavy rain, cold and strong winds.

You will need to be happy talking to members of the public, have a cheerful and customer friendly approach to sometimes difficult situations. When the island is closed to visitors you will be helping out on the reserve. This may include maintenance of buildings and control of vegetation.

How to apply to be short term volunteer?

The Trust operates a recruitment and selection process for the Skomer volunteering opportunities. As well as people’s practical and conservation skills we will also take into account knowledge of the island and, where multiple applications are equal in merit, we will select Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales members as a way of saying thank you for your support. Applicants can indicate their preferred weeks and can volunteer from one to three weeks.

Please note that applications for 2018 are now closed. Applications for 2019 will be uploaded here when they open.

Please email completed forms to Skomer Assistant, on skomer.assistant@welshwildlife.org (applications by post cannot be taken into consideration).  The closing date is 1 October 2017 and successful applicants will be informed by end of October. If you are unsure whether your application was successful please get in touch as we only inform successful applicants.

Please do not send letters or CVs as only the application form will be considered.

If you have any queries on this please phone the booking office on 01656 724100 or email Islands

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