Volunteer for Wildlife

Volunteer for wildlife

Ben Watkins 

Get hands-on for wildlife

Volunteers come to us for all sorts of reasons: to do their bit, to stay healthy, for the social element, for fun, for the challenge, to learn new skills or practice old skills, to prepare for the workplace, to help wildlife, to get out into the fresh air, to learn about wildlife – and occasionally it’s just to give it a go. One of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's great strengths is our network of volunteers who represent us in their part of Cornwall and coordinate our local Wildlife Groups and Specialist Groups.

The groups organise a wide range of wildlife and fundraising activities at community venues and local wildlife sites all year round, to celebrate Cornwall's wildlife and countryside and encourage more support for Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

We like to think that we have the ideal opportunity for everyone who comes to us – so just have a look at the different opportunities below and get in touch...

Volunteer Opportunities

We currently have the following volunteer opportunities

Full-time nature reserves volunteers - recruiting at various times

Support the work of the Mid and West Cornwall Reserves Officers and develop your knowledge and skills in practical habitat and reserve management. Become one of the team of full-time volunteers working both independently and alongside staff out on our nature reserves. You’ll benefit from a training package to meet your needs including theory and vocational courses, qualifications in chainsaw, tractor, first aid, brushcutter, and pesticides.

A passion for nature conservation, a commitment of 12 months, and a full UK driving licence are essential.
Previous experience and a relevant qualification desirable.

If you have any queries about the role please email Rich Moore or call (01872) 302260 

Wild Allet Volunteers: (Wednesdays)

Located mainly at our Allet headquarters, with facilities, we are a friendly, well-equipped group working around our beautiful grounds and nearby nature reserves. Learn new skills – get some fresh air and exercise – make new contacts – find some new interests – improve a CV – all while helping your local wildlife. 9.45 – 3 pm.

To join in please contact:
E: david.may@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk M: 07920 816020. T: 01872 302274
Photo gallery on Twitter: @CornwallNature #WildAllet

Upstream Thinking Volunteers

Wild Penwith (Tuesdays) Wild Cober (Thursdays) Fal Reservoirs Volunteers (Thursdays)

We have 3 friendly, well-equipped, remote-location groups working towards cleaner water and improved homes for wildlife in the Penzance to St. Just, Camborne to Helston, and Falmouth areas. Learn new skills – get some fresh air and exercise – make new contacts – find some new interests – improve a CV – all while helping your local wildlife. 9.45 - 3pm. Photo gallery on Twitter: @CornwallNature #WildPenwith #WildCober

To join in please contact:
Penwith and Camborne to Helston area: david.may@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk M: 07920 816020. T: 01872 302274
Falmouth Area: Beth Cross bcross@swlakestrust.org.uk M: 07872 194812

Open Gardens Volunteers

Volunteers wanted to join our Open Gardens team and help the Volunteer Coordinators at garden events throughout Cornwall. Various jobs include helping with entry gate, car parking, manning the Trust shop and serving tea and cake! Own vehicle essential, travel paid. 

For further information and a full job description please contact:
isabella.hawkes@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk T: 01872 302284

Community Fundraising Opportunities

Calendar Distributors

This is a mobile role to help us expand the locations of our Charity Calendar. We are looking for volunteers in the north of Cornwall: Wadebridge/Padstow up to Bude/Launceston. We are also looking for volunteers in the Penzance and Lizard areas. Volunteers must have a full UK driving license. The hours of this role are flexible around the best fit of the volunteer.

For further information and full role description please contact: Isabella.Hawkes@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk T: 01872302284

Donation Box Distributors

We are excited to have the chance to expand the locations of our donation boxes. We are looking for a trustworthy and mobile volunteer who deliver and return can premise agreements and donation boxes to new locations across Cornwall. Volunteers will be fully inducted in how to handle and transport donation boxes. Donation points should be checked every 6 months, so this role is ideally a long term volunteer position. Hours of this role are flexible to best suit the volunteer, and a full UK driving license is required.

For further information and full role description please contact: Isabella.Hawkes@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk T: 01872302284

Charity of the Year Researchers

The fundraising team is hoping to build a dedicated team of volunteers who can assist on our new Charity of the Year project. Researchers will need to be computer literate; able to research, record and contact potential Charity of the Year applications. This role has opportunity to expand and become a more forward-facing role, including doing talks and attending events in order to show our support for Charity of the Year hosts. Initially this role can start as one or two days a week; ideally, Tuesday and Thursday and will be based at our Headquarters in Allet.

For further information and full role description please contact: Isabella.Hawkes@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk T: 01872302284

Online Fundraising Microsite Builder

This is an exciting new role to help move our fundraising to the digital age! We are looking for a computer-savvy volunteer who can help expand our brand awareness and fundraising by developing microsites on our various online fundraising platforms. Volunteers must be computer literate and available on either a Tuesday or a Thursday.

For further information and full role description please contact: Isabella.Hawkes@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk T: 01872302284

Wildlife Watch Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers wanted to help run events

Wildlife Watch is Cornwall Wildlife Trust's junior membership branch and attracts some of the most committed volunteers in the Trust. Wildlife Watch relies upon a dedicated team of volunteers. Would you like to be one of them? Please email Jo Avor to find out more. 

Wild Cornwall magazine deliverers needed

Are you prepared to hand deliver Cornwall Wildlife Trust's membership magazine, 'Wild Cornwall'? This volunteer activity saves us thousands of pounds a year on postage costs, so please contact Andrea Toy, Membership Manager via email or call (01872) 273939.  

Marine Volunteers

Volunteers are always needed to help with our Living Seas projects, please visit the Conservation Work At Sea section of the website to find out more about our marine projects.

Marine Strandings Network
We are currently looking for volunteers for the Marine Strandings Network, our flagship marine project monitoring stranded marine animals found washed up around the coasts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Please email strandings@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk to get involved

Seasearch Cornwall
Are you a qualified diver? We want you to get involved with the Seasearch Cornwall diving surveys, help us map the seabed all around the Cornwall and record our amazing marine wildlife and take part in the fantastic national Seasearch programme! Email seasearch@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk to get involved.

Shoresearch Cornwall
We’re looking for keen rockpoolers to get involved with Shoresearch Cornwall! Not only explore the amazing mini-worlds within our rockpools and rocky shores, but contribute to the Wildlife Trust’s national Shoresearch project. Email shoresearch@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk to get involved

Seaquest Southwest
Would you love to see a porpoise, dolphin or seal in Cornwall? Get involved with Seaquest Southwest and join the team up on the cliffs to record and monitor marine wildlife, you can even train as a volunteer and become one of the CWT Seaquesters to run your own clifftop surveys! Email Seaquest@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk to find out more

Your Shore Network
As part of the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project, Cornwall Wildlife Trust supports the Your Shore Network; local marine and wildlife conservation groups who offer volunteering opportunities all around Cornwall Visit the Your Shore Beach Rangers website to find your local marine group and get involved!