Volunteering opportunities

Current opportunities. Click on the titles of the opportunities to find out more. For further information about a specific opportunity, please get in touch with the named contact. For general volunteering queries, please call 01392 279244 or send an email to volunteering@devonwildlifetrust.org

Full Time Nature Reserves Volunteers x3

Join an established team delivering an extensive and varied programme of work, ranging from habitat management across 50 reserves of varied habitats geographically spread across Devon, fencing & maintenance work, survey & monitoring, working with volunteers / corporate groups & various educational activities.

Farmhouse accommodation provided in a stunning location on the edge of Dartmoor, based on a 6-12 month commitment. Volunteers will be given the necessary training and experience to be fully effective in the role; this will also equip them to go on to seek employment in the land management sector. The range of training opportunities will vary but could include the following – NPTC certificates in chainsaw & brush cutter & first aid at work qualification. Although you will be trained in essential skills for land management, you must possess the following: desire to work in wildlife conservation, good level of physical fitness, willingness to use power tools, ability to work with a range of people, willingness to supervise & lead volunteers.

To APPLY:  Please complete an application form & covering letter explaining your suitability & motivation for this role and send to the Volunteers Officer volunteering@devonwildlifetrust.org or marked confidential to Cricklepit Mill, Commercial Road, Exeter EX2 4AB, no later than 09:00 on Wednesday 20 June 2018. Interviews are expected to take place on 28 June 2018.

To download an application form, please CLICK HERE.

To download a task description, please CLICK HERE.

Wild Paths Traineeship

There are 10 Practical and Engagement placements on offer across the South West, in Avon, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Devon Wildlife Trust will be offering two trainee placements at Meeth Quarry, near Hatherleigh.

The trainee will be involved with a number of reserves across north Devon giving experience in a range of habitats from a former clay quarry dominated by two huge lakes, grassland and woodland featuring bike trails, easy access trails and paths, through coastal heath, woodland glades, Culm grasslands, upland meadows and moors. All trainees will receive training in key skills such as time management, giving presentations, personal effectiveness, interview and application techniques.

Candidates are invited to apply via a single process to one, or as many placements as they wish. For more information about the traineeships and application process, please click here.

Cricklepit Mill Garden Club 

A leat runs under DWT’s headquarters, a medieval Mill on Exeter Quay. It bisects the garden. On one side is a low labyrinth, the other fruit trees, miniature ponds and a wildflower meadow lead down to a wooded “island.” Dotted around, raised beds represent some of Devon’s habitats. Help keep these in good condition and improve the garden for wildlife and for visitors! 

Pond Dipping Volunteer

To support Devon Wildlife Trust by leading pond dipping sessions

 that will introduce holidaymakers in Devon to the river work that we do and the wildlife species that benefit.

Email jcoman@devonwildlifetrust.org and write a brief paragraph telling us about any relevant experience you have, your location and why you would like to volunteer for this role. 


Wembury Marine Centre - Marine Awareness Helpers

Marine Awareness Helpers will help with public events such as rockpoolsafaris and family fun days, as well as participating in the work the Centre does with local schools. 

Contact Cat Andrews at WMC for an informal chat info@wemburymarinecentre.org 01752 862538


Voluntary Information Officer

As a Voluntary Information Officer, you will be providing an information service about Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) and wildlife in general for visitors and callers. The main aspect of the role is working on the Wildlife Helpdesk and providing information to the public on wildlife, environmental and conservation issues. 


Practical Conservation Group Volunteers - Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area (NIA)

This group will help to deliver practical conservation works across privately owned holdings and common land, primarily as part of the Culm Grassland Natural Flood Management Project.  The group will take place one day per month, on a weekday. As this is a new group, please register your interest so we can provide you with the dates of the tasks. Please contact Tom Parsons at the Cookworthy Office (01409) 221823 or tparsons@devonwildlifetrust.org).


Tin collector

Tin collector for Devon Wildlife Trust

Locate new collection tin sites and raise unrestricted funds for DWT from collection tins.


Volunteer Handy Person

To assist with a variety of practical maintenance tasks at Cricklepit Mill. This will be “DIY” type jobs that will help us keep this beautiful listed building looking its best for all of our visitors to enjoy.


Active Neighbourhoods

The Active Neighbourhoods project is working with five communities around Plymouth to improve their green spaces and encourage people to get active in nature. Volunteers will be needed to help with habitat management and path works across our sites. No experience required; guidance will be given.

Joint project with Plymouth City Council – volunteers under PCC policies. Please contact Tim Russell (tim.russell@plymouth.gov.uk, 07826 874891).


Event helpers

Event volunteer stand

Support DWT’s membership recruiters by leading engaging activities from a stall at shows and events.


Seaton Jurassic Volunteers

We are looking for a team of volunteers to be an essential part of the visitor journey at the Seaton Jurassic Centre!

Seaton Jurassic Education Volunteers

Seaton Jurassic volunteers

Help School Groups and the general public learn about the natural heritage of the Jurassic Coast!

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project

You can support the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project in a number of different ways. From practical conservation to helping out at events, we have lots of volunteering opportunities to suit all. For general ad-hoc volunteering please visit our website for details: http://devonbatproject.org/events/

Longer term opportunities currently available are:

Tell us about your sightings

Surveying for Devon Wildlife Trust

Help Devon Biodiversity Record Centre (DBRC) collect records of wildlife and act as a central reference point about wildlife in Devon. We're interested in all wildlife so suitable for beginners and experts.

Chudleigh Knighton Nest Quest

Events run by external organisation Buglife on DWT Chudleigh Knighton Reserve. Help survey for one of Devon's rarest species, the Narrow Headed Ant.



Weekend Practical Conservation Tasks at Meeth Quarry 

First Saturday of the month. Managing the site for wildlife,often working to create or extend habitat for specific species. The work will predominantly be scrub clearance, with loppers and bowsaw work. There may also be some work in/near ditches (never deeper than a few inches) so wellies are often useful, and some fence line removal. 



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Local groups organise a variety of activities across the year including guided walks, talks, fundraising and conservation work. You can help the group with running these activities, whether this is just being a reliable helper, running guided walks or coming up with new events and taking the lead! 



Practical conservation work parties 

Andrew's Wood

Andrews wood

Second Thursday of every month starting at 10am. Come and help out at this ever expanding nature reserve. Range of tasks from scrub clearance to coppicing throughout the year.


Meeth Quarry

Meeth Quarry DWT

Third Wednesday of every month.
Come and help with practical tasks that range throughout the year.


Warleigh Point

Warleigh Point

On the third Thursday of every month.
Help out at this glorious reserve right on the river Tamar. Help with coppicing, path improvements and scrub clearance.


Active Neighbourhoods

Active Neighbourhoods DWT

Regular volunteer days on Tuesday and Thursdays in Plymouth. Help with tree planting, hedge laying and more!


Woodah Farm

Woodah Farm DWT

Last Saturday of the month (with occasional changes). Various conservation tasks to do at this beautiful 140 acre site.