Volunteering for Wildlife
Volunteering with Somerset Wildlife Trust is a great way to use your skills and experience to make a difference for Somerset’s wildlife and, at the same time, a great way to spend time and socialise with like-minded people from across the county. Nearly four hundred people with a variety of interests, and from all walks of life, volunteer with us every year.
Our volunteer roles cover a range of areas and we have something that will suit a range of all skills and abilities; whether you want to get stuck into some practical conservation volunteering; would like to help in one of our offices or want to help us with a fundraising event.
We’re always happy to consider the skills of a perspective volunteer and can be flexible in finding a way to use the things that you do best, so your work will not only benefit the Trust, but will benefit you too.
You don’t have to make a weekly time commitment. If you want to give your time to contribute to Somerset’s Wildlife then we want to hear from you.
Please see a list of current volunteering opportunities below organised by area.
If you can’t see what you are looking for then please contact and tell us what you would be interested in doing and what skills you have and we will be back in touch about whether we can find the right volunteer role for you.
On Our Reserves:
Practical Conservation Groups
The Practical Conservation Groups carry out essential habitat management tasks for the benefit of local wildlife. Tasks are usually dependent on the season, but most include coppicing, scrub clearance and fencing or walling in the winter and grassland management, some surveying and path maintenance during spring and summer.
You don’t need any experience to join in as training will be given, however you do need suitable clothing, to be reasonably physically fit and enjoy being outside in all weathers! Groups operate all over Somerset on SWT reserves, but some also support other organisations such as the RSPB and Natural England.
Click here to find a group.
We are often able to offer opportunities to those who wish to get involved with the running of our Nature Reserves. Whether you are looking to gain experience to pursue a career in conservation or love been hands on and working outside, you are sure to get a lot of volunteering as a Reserves Assistant.
If you are interested in finding out more, then please email
Help us spread awareness of Wildlife by lending a hand at events.
We’re looking for engaging people with a passion for wildlife to help support our busy event’s calendar. This will include working alongside our membership recruiters at various events by running activities and expressing your passion for wildlife to the public. You will also have the chance to help out at some of our key events and getting involved with some of the biggest events in the county such as the Bath and West Show and Taunton Flower Show.
There is no fixed time commitment, all you need to do is help out at the events that fit into your schedule and you will be making a big difference for Wildlife in Somerset.
If you’re interested, contact to find out more.
Humans of the Levels
Somerset Wildlife Trust is looking for a volunteer with an interest in photography and/or writing who knows the Somerset Levels well and is interested in meeting local people, taking their photo and writing their story. More information and background is below.
Whether you are able to record 1 story a month or 20 we would like to support you. We have funding to cover reasonable travel expenses. Find out more about the Humans of the Levels here. If you would like to get involved, please contact
Somerset's Wildlife Gardens 2018
Following the success of this year’s programme, Somerset's Wildlife Gardens are returning with even more gardens to explore. Last year, each open garden raised around £500 for the Trust, much of which was only possible with the generosity of the garden owners and those happy to give up their time to come and help.
This year, we are looking for even more helpers at the gardens, to spend a day with likeminded people, engaging with those who wish to support the Trust and spending time in some beautiful places. All of this while eating cake and drinking tea too!
If you’re interested in helping, then please contact Emma at . All full list of gardens can be found here.
At Our Offices:
Volunteering to help Somerset’s Wildlife doesn’t have to be about getting all wet and muddy! If you feel happier with a keyboard than a brushcutter then we have a variety of roles that you could help with in one of our offices.
Please email for more information.
Flexible Volunteer Roles:
Do you want to volunteer for a charity but don’t feel that you have the time?
Volunteering for Somerset Wildlife Trust can be something designed to fit around you. We do not need you to make a commitment of regular hours or to be in a certain place at a certain time. All that we need is your skills and commitment to undertake a piece of work that will be of benefit to our aims of preserving Somerset’s Wildlife for everyone.
We have work that can be undertaken anywhere, at home on your sofa, in bed, during your lunch break. So long as you have access to a computer and an internet connection, then you can help.
We also want to make use of your skills to communicate, to organise and anything that might be that thing that you do best.
We recognise that as a professional and skilled individual, you have so much that you could do for us but also know that this needs to fit into all the other things that you do. As an organisation, we are committed to finding a way to involve you and allow you to contribute.
Email to find out more or to offer us the skills that you have.
Our area groups are a key part of the Trust who run events and activities across the county which help to engage people with the work of the Trust. Currently our East Mendip, Polden and Yeovil Group are in urgent need of enthusiastic people with a passion for Somerset’s Wildlife, to come and help deliver their programme.
To find out more about your local group and the kind of events they run, please click here
If you can help, then please contact
Other ways you can get involved:
Special Interest Groups