Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Volunteering for Wildlife

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering with us 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 there will be something for you.

If you can’t see what you are looking for then please submit your contact details using the form at the bottom of this page 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.


Supporting Events / Engagement:
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Somerset Wildlife Gardens Helper - (flexible volunteer role!)

Would you be interested in helping to highlight the importance of Wildlife Friendly gardens? At Somerset Wildlife Trust we are encouraging people to open their wildlife friendly gardens to the public to help inspire and encourage them to make their own gardens more attractive to wildlife and to help raise much needed funds.

We greatly need some helpers to make this possible. The time commitment can be just for a few hours or a whole day. Tasks could include:

  • Helping to serve refreshments
  • Collecting ticket money
  • Car park marshalling
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Help at stalls selling plants, cakes and bric-a-brac

You will need your own transport for this role.

Detailed role profile can be found here

Interested? Please contact volunteering@somersetwildlife.org

 

Help needed with our Steam Teas Wildlife Special Event!


To help us raise funds, we are holding an enchanting journey on a stream train this October. The ticket includes a scrumptious West Country Cream Tea and all proceeds go directly to Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Would you be able to help us at this event by greeting guests, helping to set up and clear our beautiful china tea sets and being on hand to support staff?
 
When: 24th October
Where: Bishops Lydeard to Minehead return.
 
If you’re interested, contact   to find out more.

 

Glastonbury Carnival 2019 – volunteers needed!


We recently provided volunteers to man a car park at Nunney Street Fayre, resulting in a donation of £619 to Somerset Wildlife Trust. Volunteers stepped forward to help from all corners of the Trust, to marshall cars and collect ticket money. It was a great day and fun was had by all.
 
We’re now looking for volunteers to help at Glastonbury Carnival in the evening of Sunday 17th November. If you’d like to volunteer to hold a collection bucket, sweep coins, sell programmes, or marshall cars, please let us know. The more volunteers we provide, the bigger the donation to Somerset Wildlife Trust!
 
Our Somerset Carnivals are widely regarded as the largest illuminated processions in the UK and Europe, and here they are, right on our doorstep, and the Glastonbury Carnival is at least 160 years old!

If you’re interested, contact   to find out more.

 

Supporting our Fundraising team

Fundraising Volunteer (Bucket Collection)

This would be a highly flexible and greatly supportive role that can easily fit around any other commitments and isn’t time consuming. It would involve collecting money from the public at various locations across Somerset and can be a fun and sociable way to engage with others about the importance of protecting our wildlife.

Detailed role profile can be found here

The next bucket collection will be held at Tesco Taunton on Tuesday 3rd December,

The following slots are available, festive outfits optional!

10 - midday

12 - 2pm

2 - 4pm

4 - 6pm

Interested? Please contact volunteering@somersetwildlife.org

 

Supporting our Communications Team:

 

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We are looking for keen amateur photographers to help us visually record some of the amazing events we have planned this year across the county.  We are looking for people that are comfortable with dealing with the general public, good at putting people at ease to take group shots where required, and might be good at collecting ‘busy’ events shots whilst blending into the background. So if you would like more excuses to keep your camera in hand, enjoy getting out and about across the county, and like the idea of taking part in some of our brilliant nature events, then please get in touch.  We need you! 

 

Community Volunteering 

 

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Lisieux Way Community Garden Volunteers

The Lisieux Way Community Garden was created by the clients of Taunton Association for the Homeless (TAH), a local charitable organisation supporting and accommodating homeless individuals.

We were approached by Lisieux Way Methodist Church, who have a large community garden that had been left unattended and had therefore become overgrown.

We decided that we would turn this great green space into a beautiful community garden, for everyone to be able to use!

We are looking volunteers of all ages and abilities who can join us one Thursday a month 10am - 2pm to get stuck in and create something amazing!

If you are interested in finding out more, please e-mail: volunteering@somersetwildlife.org 

 

 

Taunton Green Spaces Volunteers

‘Green Spaces, Healthy Places’ is a new initiative, aimed at connecting people in Taunton to the green spaces on their doorstep and help to improve their health and wellbeing. Working with partners within the health and social care sector we will be providing opportunities for active participation in maintaining and improving some of our green spaces, making them better for wildlife and at the same time benefiting those involved and those that use these areas. We will also be running community events, wild walks, outdoor mindfulness sessions and a host of other activities - all designed to let nature nurture.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages and abilities who could join us one Wednesday a month. From Wednesday 25th September, Taunton Green Spaces will be held on one Thursday a month, the first one being 31st October.

If you are interested in finding out more, please e-mail: volunteering@somersetwildlife.org

 

Supporting our Reserves:

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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.

 

Supporting 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.

 

Volunteer Receptionist and admin assistant

We’re looking for a friendly individual to join us as part of our welcoming team in our Head Office in Taunton. This role would be volunteer support to our Business Support Officer to assist in the running of the office and to help with enquiries from visitors. This is a fun and engaging role that helps us tremendously as a Charity and would be of great benefit if you are looking to gain some additional skills for your CV or if you would like to find out more about how a Wildlife Charity operates.

Full induction and support will be given.

Days help is needed on: Wednesday afternoons but occasionally helping with cover on other days if you were available.

More detailed  information about the role can be found here


If you’re interested, contact  to find out more.

 

Volunteer Creative Marketing Assistant


To help support the Volunteer Coordinator. We are looking for someone to help with tasks such as:

Supporting the running/ content of a SWT Volunteer twitter page
Supporting with editing the Volunteer newsletter
Helping to proof read and brand volunteer documents to SWT standards
Helping to develop and edit content for website/magazine/news articles etc 

This would be a great role for someone with creative writing skills / interest or if you are looking for marketing and editing career experience. Training and support will be given.

Based in Taunton HQ for 1-2 days a week but can incorporate working from home/flexible working.

Detailed role profile can be found here. 

If you’re interested, contact and include a covering letter saying how you feel you would be suited for this role.

 

Area Groups

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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. 

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:

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First Ecology

Special Interest Groups

Coastal 

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