Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities

Join our volunteer team

There are lots of different ways you can get involved with volunteering, please see our list of current opportunities below. Once you have found the perfect role for you, please email volunteering@lrwt.org.uk for more information and an application form. We will then guide you through the next stages of signing up as a volunteer.

If you can't find the right volunteering role for you, we would still be interested in speaking to you about other ways that you may be able to support us. For example, you may wish to become a wildlife ambassador for your local community or you may have an idea for fundraising. However you would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you!

Osprey Education Volunteers - Required Immediately

Hours required:

One or two sessions per week with some school visits (between 10am and 3pm).  Required during May, June and July for visits. Most tasks will be undertaken during school hours with Zoom/Teams presentations being carried out up until May.

Tasks involve:

To assist the Osprey Education Officer with school visits, which involves visiting schools in person, helping host school visits to the Lyndon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve or helping with online school/group talks. 

Skills required:

To have some wildlife knowledge with particular emphasis on ospreys and the Rutland Osprey Project (although training will be given).  Some experience of working with young people between the ages of 8-16 years in schools or youth groups. To be able to communicate successfully with adults and teachers/parents and other team members. It would also be helpful to have a basic knowledge of IT, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. 

Location:

Lyndon Visitor Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, and visits to schools around Rutland and Oakham. Home working for zoom/Microsoft Teams presentations to schools. 

Other requirements:

As this role involves working with children, an enhanced DBS check will be required.

Practical Volunteer – Limestone Reserves Group

Hours required:

Required every month, usually Wednesdays but can vary.  Hours required 5 (usually 9.30-2.30 or 10-3) depending on site location.

Tasks involve:

Practical habitat and reserve infrastructure work using hand tools.  Tasks include scrub clearance (cutting and/or grubbing out) mowing and raking, hedge cutting, fence repairs/installation, gate installation.

Skills required:

No previous skills required, but please note that tasks are undertaken in remote places with no facilities and the terrain can often be challenging. 

Location:

Nature reserves in East Leicestershire - Coombs Meadow, Stonesby Quarry, Wymondham Rough, Holwell, Cribb’s Meadows, Merry Meadows and Ketton Quarry. 

Green Influencers Volunteer

Hours required:

Required 5-12 months various days (depending on groups) up to 2 days per month.

Tasks involve:

Education volunteers to support groups of Green Influencers (young environmental activists aged between 10-14 years old) who will be leading an environmental project within various areas of Leicester.  You will be organising and delivering group sessions and facilitate Green Influencers. 

Skills required:

No expert wildlife knowledge is required to start and volunteers receive support and guidance from staff. 

Location:

Leicester

Other requirements:

Volunteers must supply two referees and take part in an informal interview and a DBS check.  

Forest School Assistant Volunteer

Hours required:

Required school term-time week days, generally March to July and September to December but some sessions run in January and February.  One half day per week and 3 hrs per week. 

Tasks involve:

Forest School helps children and young people to develop their confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning in the outdoors.  Activities include woodwork using tools such as saws, billhooks, secateurs, such as making musical instruments, jewellery, bows and arrows, den building, arts and crafts and learning how to light a fire and cooking on a campfire. 

Skills required:

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who like working with children, being outdoors in all weathers to encouraging and inspiring young people to get hands on with nature and learning about wildlife.  Previous experience of working with children is desirable, no expert wildlife knowledge is required to start and volunteers will receive support and guidance from staff. 

Location:

In and around Leicester.

Other requirements

Volunteers are required to complete an application form, provide two referees and attend an informal interview.  After completion of a trail session, they must undergo an enhanced DBS check.

Gardening Group Volunteer - Rutland Water

Hours required:

Every Wednesday from 10am until midday. There is no commitment to meet every week although we do ask for as regular involvement as possible.

Tasks involve:

A mixture of weeding, planting, clearing and sweeping to encourage more wildlife and to help demonstrate the beauty and benefit of maintaining a wildlife garden.  

Skills required:

All equipment is provided and no training is necessary although the Lead Volunteer will be happy to assist regarding any guidance or advice. 

Location:

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Rutland Water Nature Reserve. 

Visitor Centre Assistant Volunteers (Rutland Water Nature Reserve)

Hours Required:

7 days per week (on a rota system and days/hours to suit). From March-Sept hours are 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm and from Sept-March hours are 10am-3pm.

Tasks involve:

We are looking for volunteers to help us welcome visitors at both the Lyndon Visitor Centre and Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre.  You will play a vital role as one of the first points of contact to the reserve, engaging with the public and telling them more about our learning, shopping, community events and activities.

  • You will be asked to give our visitors a warm welcome whilst operating the reception desk and phone.
  • Encourage donations and membership by talking to visitors about the work of the Trust.
  • Operate the till to receive payment for admissions, tickets and retail purchases (training provided).
  • Assist with enquiries for events and activities.
  • Help in the shop with restocking, tidying and selling items.

Skills required:

No previous skills are required as training will be given. However, a friendly approach and an enthusiasm to help visitors is key to the role and a willingness to contribute positively towards the team and supporting staff in their day-to-day work. An interest in wildlife is an added bonus to help us engage our visitors.

Training will be delivered on how to work the till.  Volunteers will also have several ‘shadowing’ sessions at Lyndon Visitor Centre with both staff and other volunteers until they feel confident enough to manage the desk by themselves. There will always be staff on site and volunteers will never be left in the visitor centre alone. 

Location:

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre or Lyndon Visitor Centre, Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Once you have found the perfect role for you, please email volunteering@lrwt.org.uk for more information and an application form. We will then guide you through the next stages of signing up as a volunteer.

Local Groups

Join a Local Group

One of our greatest strengths is our network of Local Groups, who represent us and the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland in their local community. If you are interested in joining a group in your area or interested in starting up your own group in another area, please get in touch at volunteering@lrwt.org.uk 

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