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 the year.

What will I be doing?

Join in with group work parties undertaking practical work on reserves: coppicing, brush cutting, fencing, hedging, gates, pond clearance, paths, rubbish collecting, hides, bridges, handrails, ditch clearance etc. 

You can come along to as few or as many work parties as you like!  Just contact us the day before on the details given in the individual work programmes below, between 9am and 5pm to check for any last minute changes.  Occasional changes are necessary at the last minute, for example if the weather turns particularly bad.

We may be able to help with transport to and from the reserves, by arranging to meet volunteers at a train station or other designated place.

A bit about the work

Some of the tasks can be quite physically demanding, but don’t be put off; you can go at your own pace and only need do what you feel comfortable with!  You will be using a variety of hand tools such as bow saws, loppers and billhooks and some specialist tools. You will also learn about the benefits of your work and what we hope to achieve on each nature reserve. Don’t worry if it is your first time, the work party leader will give you all the training necessary and we provide the tools.  You just need to be enthusiastic and moderately fit.

If you are under 15, you will need to be accompanied on the work party by an adult and our insurance will only cover people up to 80 years of age.

What to wear and what to bring

Please wear tough boots or wellies and clothes appropriate to the weather.  Remember too, that the weather can be changeable, so always bring waterproofs along with you, or sunscreen and a hat if it is hot and sunny.  Bring enough food and drink for the day, remembering that physical work can make you thirsty!