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London Wildlife Trust



London Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital's wildlife and wild spaces, engaging London's diverse communities through access to our nature reserves, campaigning, volunteering and education.


Volunteering in central LondonEdit

Budding together buddiesEdit

Are you easy going, empathetic and like working with people in a natural setting? Our Budding Together project promotes mental wellbeing for adults with mental health problems, through practical conservation sessions at Camley Street Natural Park. We are looking for volunteers to help support and engage with the group and staff.
No conservation/gardening experience is required and necessary guidance and training will be provided Where Camley Street Natural Park, King’s Cross When Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am – 4pm Special requirements A friendly and patient manner


Volunteer education assistantEdit

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross We need volunteers to help run environmental education sessions for primary aged children. You will learn how to deliver a successful environmental education programme and have the opportunity to shadow experienced staff until you become confident to lead lessons (or parts of lessons) on your own. This role provides excellent work experience for anyone wanting a career in the environmental education sector. Special Requirements Applicants will be CRB checked Where? Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross When? Flexible


Graduate traineesEdit

Based at Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross London Wildlife Trust’s Graduate Trainee Scheme is open to motivated graduates seeking valuable work experience and training in the conservation sector.
You will receive on the job training in most aspects of managing an urban nature reserve including:

• Leading guided walks and giving talks
• Leading primary school education sessions
• Running practical conservation sessions for volunteers
• Writing management plans
• Undertaking risk assessments
• Fundraising and marketing
• Equal opportunities monitoring park users
• Species identification skills
• Practical management of a range of wildlife habitats
• Engaging the public
You should be enthusiastic, able to work independently and be willing to contribute from the moment you arrive Special requirements You will be CRB checked. Where? You will be based at Camley Street, but may also be required to work from home and on nature reserves across London. There are also opportunites to volunteer at our Central Office in Southwark. When? At least one day a week, 9am - 5 pm for at least four months

Practical Conservation VolunteersEdit

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross and other London Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves across London.
Do you want to get involved in practical conservation work on a range of wildlife habitats? This is a great opportunity to learn about hands on reserve management including planning workdays, scrub clearance, meadow restoration work, step building and coppicing. Special Requirements Full training is provided. However, enthusiasm, common sense and the ability to team work with people from diverse backgrounds is essential. Where? Based at Camley Street Natural Park When? Flexible


Volunteer events leaderEdit

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross
We would like a volunteer to lead events at Camley Street Natural Park throughout the year. Events can be aimed at children and/or adults and need to be based around any aspect of British wildlife.
You will plan, publicise and run events during the week and at weekends. You will receive training in health and safety procedures and event management.
The role would suit someone with a warm and approachable personality. Special Requirements you will be CRB checked. Where? Camley Street Natural Park When? Ideally two events a month


Visitor centre volunteerEdit

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross
Camley Street Natural Park is an award winning, urban nature reserve which receives more than 5000 visitors a year.
We are looking for friendly volunteers to help staff Camley Street’s visitor centre. You will be representing London Wildlife Trust, greeting visitors and answering their questions about Camley Street and the Trust’s wider work. You will also be responsible for updating displays and keeping the centre clean and welcoming.
This is excellent work experience and would suit a creative person who can communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds. Special Requirements May have to be CRB checked, depending on how the role develops. Where? Camley Street Natural Park When? Minimum commitment is one day a week, maximum five, for at least two months. 9am – 5pm.

Chauffer of a different kindEdit

Minivan drivers for London Wildlife Trust! Wanted Drivers to transport our eager team of volunteers plus equipment to various sites around London in our 8-seater minivan. You should also be willing to participate in practical conservation work. Based at Camley Street Natural Park (10-minute walk from King’s Cross Station.) Dates by arrangement, generally weekdays but also some weekends. Needed Clean driving license, at least 2 years driving experience (Midas not required) Practical conservation skills welcome but not essential.


Volunteering in north LondonEdit

Springwatch Wild Day OutEdit

Volunteers needed to help out at the Trust’s wildlife activity stall at the Springwatch Wild Day Out on June 5th 2010. Come along and help us and have a great day out.


Budding together buddiesEdit

Are you easy going, empathetic and like working with people in a natural setting? Our Budding Together project promotes mental wellbeing for adults with mental health problems, through practical conservation sessions at Camley Street Natural Park. We are looking for volunteers to help support and engage with the group and staff.
No conservation/gardening experience is required and necessary guidance and training will be provided Where Camley Street Natural Park, King’s Cross When Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am – 4pm Special requirements A friendly and patient manner


Volunteer education assistantEdit

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross
We need volunteers to help run environmental education sessions for primary aged children at Camley Street Natural Park. You will learn how to deliver a successful environmental education programme and have the opportunity to shadow experienced staff until you become confident to lead lessons (or parts of lessons) on your own. This role provides excellent work experience for anyone wanting a career in the environmental education sector. Special Requirements Applicants will be CRB checked Where? Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross When? Flexible


Graduate traineesEdit

Based at Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross London Wildlife Trust’s Graduate Trainee Scheme is open to motivated graduates seeking valuable work experience and training in the conservation sector.
You will receive on the job training in most aspects of managing an urban nature reserve including:
• Leading guided walks and giving talks
• Leading primary school education sessions
• Running practical conservation sessions for volunteers
• Writing management plans
• Undertaking risk assessments
• Fundraising and marketing
• Equal opportunities monitoring park users
• Species identification skills
• Practical management of a range of wildlife habitats
• Engaging the public
You should be enthusiastic, able to work independently and be willing to contribute from the moment you arrive Special requirements You will be CRB checked. Where? You will be based at Camley Street, but may also be required to work from home and on nature reserves across London. When? At least one day a week, 9am - 5 pm for at least four months

Practical wildlife volunteersEdit

East Reservoir Community Garden, Stoke Newington, Hackney
We are looking for volunteers to take part in practical conservation activities such as wildlife gardening and vegetable growing. Volunteers will gain practical skills in gardening, wildlife identification, reserve wardening and habitat management. Special Requirements Full training is provided. However, enthusiasm, common sense and the ability to team work with people from diverse backgrounds is essential. Where? East Reservoir Community Garden, Hackney When? Flexible


Practical Conservation VolunteersEdit

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross and other London Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves across London.
Do you want to get involved in practical conservation work on a range of wildlife habitats? This is a great opportunity to learn about hands on reserve management including planning workdays, scrub clearance, meadow restoration work, step building and coppicing. Special Requirements Full training is provided. However, enthusiasm, common sense and the ability to team work with people from diverse backgrounds is essential. Where? Based at Camley Street Natural Park When? Flexible


Volunteer events leaderEdit

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross
We would like a volunteer to lead events at Camley Street Natural Park throughout the year. Events can be aimed at children and/or adults and need to be based around any aspect of British wildlife.
You will plan, publicise and run events during the week and at weekends. You will receive training in health and safety procedures and event management.
The role would suit someone with a warm and approachable personality. Special Requirements you will be CRB checked. Where? Camley Street Natural Park When? Ideally two events a month


Visitor centre volunteerEdit

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross
Camley Street Natural Park is an award winning, urban nature reserve which receives more than 5000 visitors a year.
We are looking for friendly volunteers to help staff Camley Street’s visitor centre. You will be representing London Wildlife Trust, greeting visitors and answering their questions about Camley Street and the Trust’s wider work. You will also be responsible for updating displays and keeping the centre clean and welcoming.
This is excellent work experience and would suit a creative person who can communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds. Special Requirements May have to be CRB checked, depending on how the role develops. Where? Camley Street Natural Park When? Minimum commitment is one day a week, maximum five, for at least two months. 9am – 5pm. Number of volunteers needed up to 5


Volunteering in south LondonEdit

Elders Gardening ClubEdit

Are you easy going, empathetic and like working with people in a natural setting? Our Elders Gardening Club promotes mental and physical wellbeing through food-growing, arts, crafts and the making of natural remedies, together with laughter, tea and biscuits. We are looking for volunteers to help support and engage with the group and bring ideas and lots of energy.

No gardening experience is required - just bring enthusiasm and the will to develop a beautiful garden. Training will be provided Where Centre for Wildlife Gardening, Peckham When Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm Special requirements A friendly and patient manner and the ability to team work with people from diverse backgrounds.


Sydenham Hill Wood GroupEdit

We run regular practical conservation sessions every Wednesday, and the second and fourth Sunday of the month.


Volunteer wardenEdit

Southwark We're looking for a responsible volunteer who has demonstrable experience in conservation and working with members of the public, to lead volunteer workdays in Sydenham Hill Woods. The role will suit someone looking to gain a wide range of experience to help them find work in the conservation field. Where? Sydenham Hill Woods, a beautiful ancient/semi-ancient woodland on the borders of Southwark and Lewisham is managed by up to eight London Wildlife Trust volunteers every Wednesday and 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Special requirements You will need to be reliable and responsible, have outstanding leadership and communication skills and be available one (or preferably two) Sundays per month. There is also the opportunity to lead one Wednesday workday per month. Each workday would require your attendance on site from 10am to 3pm, and we ask all candidates to commit for at least 4 months. There will also be an option to assist on other London Wildlife Trust sites in Southwark. Training London Wildlife Trust will provide all necessary training and re-imburse within London travel expenses for each time you lead a workday.


Volunteer education assistantsEdit

We need volunteers to assist with the delivery of formal and informal onsite and outreach environmental education sessions and events, mainly aimed at primary schools. The role will provide excellent work experience for anyone wanting a career in the environmental education sector. Volunteers will learn how to prepare and deliver environmental education programmes with a view to eventually leading sessions themselves, and receive hands on training in how to run successful outdoor events and activities. Special Requirements A desire to work with children, basic wildlife knowledge and an enthusiasm for nature. Applicants will be CRB checked Where? Centre for Wildlife Gardening, Dulwich Park, Sydenham Hill Woods and other sites in Southwark When? Flexible - sessions take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays over the spring, summer and autumn, with occasional weekends all year round.


Happy Flowers project at Centre for Wildlife GardeningEdit

London Wildlife Trust is looking for a friendly and confident individual to help support staff in leading the Happy Flower project. Happy Flowers is a gardening project for adults with learning disabilities. The project has run since 1994, and we work with the same five adults every week. Disabilities range in severity, and most of the adults have difficulties with communication. Basic gardening tasks and growing organic vegetables, arts and crafts are weekly activities. Special requirements? Previous experience of working with people with learning disabilities is preferable but not essential. A patient and understanding personality are the key ingredients. Basic knowledge of gardening is useful but not essential. Where? Centre for Wildlife Gardening, Peckham When? Every Monday 10am-3pm. Minimum two month commitment
Travel expenses are reimbursed


Your own slice of paradiseEdit

Would you like to ‘own’ a piece of the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham to look after? The Centre for Wildlife Gardening has a selection

of habitats, ranging from ponds and bogs, to raised ornamental beds and propagation greenhouses, that we would like to share with volunteers. For example, the herb bed and Mediterranean area, or woodland edge could be yours for a month or more (under supervision of course) so you can get an idea of how it needs to be managed and what sort of wildlife it attracts. Where Centre for Wildlife Gardening, Peckham


Centre for Wildlife Gardening – volunteer programme

The Centre for Wildlife Gardening is an idyllic Green Pennant award-winning site in East Dulwich. It has a series of pocket habitats (such as a chalk slope, pond and meadow) and demonstration planting and vegetables. There is an award winning visitors centre with green roof where educational classes and courses are held. We are looking for volunteers to take part in practical gardening activities such as general garden maintenance, potting up and planting out of plants, pond maintenance, clearance of invasive plants and the creation of log piles (to provide habitats for insects & reptiles). Sessions will be led by the centres experienced wildlife gardeners and volunteers will gain practical skills in gardening, plant and wildlife identification and habitat management.
What skills and experience do I need? As much or as little as you can bring but full training is provided. However, enthusiasm, common sense and the ability to team work with people from diverse backgrounds is essential. Where? Centre for Wildlife Gardening When? Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am – 4.40pm.
Volunteer inductions take place every other Wednesday. Please call to book. We will show you around, take your details and get you gardening! Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. Refreshments & protective clothing (e.g. gloves) will be provided.


Volunteer Conservation Task Leader, CroydonEdit

We're looking for a responsible volunteer to lead volunteer workdays at Hutchinson’s Bank Nature Reserve in New Addington. You will be leading a small group of experienced volunteers to cut scrub and litter pick this beautiful chalk grassland site.

The role will suit someone looking to gain work experience in the conservation field. Where? Hutchinson’s Bank Nature Reserve, close to New Addington tramstop.

Special requirements You must be able to demonstrate knowledge of practical conservation techniques, be reliable and responsible and have excellent communication skills. You must be available two Sundays per month from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Ideally you will be able to commit for at least 4 months. Training London Wildlife Trust will provide all necessary training and re-imburse within London travel expenses for each time you lead a session.


Volunteer Goat GuardianEdit

Hutchinson’s Bank Nature Reserve, New Addington, Croydon. Hutchinson’s Bank Nature Reserve is home to Elvis, Flora, Fauna, Mungo and Midge - 5 goats that are helping to maintain the grassland habitat by eating scrubby vegetation. We are looking for up to seven reliable volunteers to check the goats every day, come rain or shine. You can visit at any time during the day. You would check that the goats look healthy, have enough water, are safely inside their paddock and that fences and gates are secure. The role would suit an active, practical person who is confident around animals. You will be given full training before you start and have access to a 24 hour back up should problems arise.

Pony Patrol VolunteersEdit

Saltbox Hill Nature Reserve, near Downe Saltbox Hill Nature Reserve has two new residents – Dartmoor ponies that help to maintain this rare chalk grassland by eating scrubby vegetation. We are looking for up to seven reliable volunteers to check the ponies every day, come rain or shine. You can visit at any time during the day.

You would check that the ponies look healthy, have enough water, are safely inside their paddock and that fences and gates are secure. The role would suit an active, practical person who is confident around animals. You will be given full training before you start and have access to a 24 hour back up should problems arise.

Volunteering in east LondonEdit

Practical conservation volunteersEdit

Barking & Dagenham Volunteers are needed to help with conservation and land management work on Eastbrookend Country Park. All tasks are designed to help with conservation and land access so you could be doing anything from coppicing, to river work and fence repairs. You will gain practical conservation skills on a variety of habitats as well as improving your ID skills and getting to know this amazing green space. This is an excellent chance to learn new skills in a friendly environment and to make a significant contribution to green spaces in the borough. Special Requirements All training and tools are provided but you will need to be happy to work outdoors and to walk long distances as the site is over 350 acres in size Where? Eastbrookend Country Park and The Chase Local Nature Reserve, Barking & Dagenham. When? Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of every week and the first Sunday of every month. Sessions run from 10am to around 2pm. Number of volunteers needed As many as we can get. Contact Dominic Allen (Project Manager) 020 8593 8096

Volunteer outreach assistant The Chase Nature Reserve, Barking & Dagenham We need volunteers to help with young people carrying out practical conservation work at The Chase Nature Reserve in Barking and Dagenham. You will gain knowledge and skills in practical conservation work and working with young people. This role provides excellent work experience for anyone wanting a career in the environmental education sector or to work with young people in a more informal setting . Special Requirements Previous experience of working with young people Where? The Chase Nature Reserve, Barking & Dagenham When? Thursdays


Green up the GreenwayEdit

Newham The Greenway Project has transformed sections of East London’s Greenway into a safe, clean park which is attractive to people and wildlife. The project has started again this Spring and we are looking for community volunteers to take part in practical conservation activities such as wild-flower planting, creating habitat walls, bird & bat box installation, clearance of invasive plants & fly-tipping and the creation of log piles (to provide habitats for insects & reptiles). Volunteers will gain practical skills in wildlife identification, reserve wardening and habitat management. If you are a business please see here. Read the Greenway blog. Special Requirements Full training is provided. However, enthusiasm, common sense and the ability to team work with people from diverse backgrounds is essential. Where? We will meet every Tuesday at the View Tube at 9.30 am (in sheltered area outside).
Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear such as walking boots. Refreshments & protective clothing (e.g. gloves) will be provided. When? Every Tuesday, Saturday 22nd May, Saturday 5th June, Saturday 7th August & occasional Wednesdays.


Practical wildlife volunteersEdit

East Reservoir Community Garden, Stoke Newington, Hackney
We are looking for volunteers to take part in practical conservation activities such as wildlife gardening and vegetable growing. Volunteers will gain practical skills in gardening, wildlife identification, reserve wardening and habitat management. Special Requirements Full training is provided. However, enthusiasm, common sense and the ability to team work with people from diverse backgrounds is essential. Where? East Reservoir Community Garden, Hackney When? Flexible


Volunteering in west LondonEdit

Crane Park Island volunteersEdit

Crane Park Island, Richmond Come down to your beautiful local nature reserve and get stuck in exploring the island and doing somepractical conservation work. On the last Sunday of every month volunteers of all ages gather at the Shot Tower for a practical conservation work day on Crane Park Island. We meet at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Special Requirements Wear sturdy shoes and if you are staying for the whole day bring lunch Where? Crane Park Island off Ellerman Avenue, Richmond When? The last Sunday of the month, sessions start at 10.30am and 1.30pm Number of volunteers needed As many as possible


Shot Tower wardensEdit

Crane Park Island, Richmond Interested in both wildlife and local history? Occasional weekend wardens are needed to help us keep this wonderful historic building open to the public. The Shot Tower visitor centre has fascinating displays about the biodiversity and history of the site. As well as looking for part time wardens, we’re also keen to hear from anyone interested in species monitoring. Crane Park Island is a rich mosaic of habitats and is great for biodiversity. We are always looking for people with a special interest to help us add to our data lists. If you can give a few hours of your time please contact us. Special Requirements Enthusiasm and reliability Where? Crane Park Island off Ellerman Avenue, Richmond When? Once or twice a week Number of volunteers needed Two


Volunteer wardenEdit

Gunnersbury Triangle We're looking for a responsible volunteer who has demonstrable experience in conservation and working with members of the public, to lead practical conservation sessions and family events at Gunnersbury Triangle. The role will suit someone looking to gain a wide range of experience to help them find work in the conservation field. Where? Gunnersbury Triangle, opposite Chiswick Park tube station. Special requirements You will need to be reliable and responsible, have outstanding leadership and communication skills and ideally commit to volunteering for at least 4 months. You may be CRB checked as the role develops. Training London Wildlife Trust will provide all necessary training and re-imburse within London travel expenses for each time you lead a workday.


General volunteersEdit

Gunnersbury Triangle We're looking for reliable volunteers to help out with practical conservation tasks, staffing the reserve hut and family events at Gunnersbury Triangle on a regular basis throughout the week. Hours are between 10am-5pm. No experience is necessary, but enthusiasm is essential!

Where? Gunnersbury Triangle, opposite Chiswick Park tube station. Special requirements none Training London Wildlife Trust will provide all necessary training

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