Volunteer vacancies at NWT

If you are interested in any of our volunteering opportunities, please download a Volunteer Application Form and email or post to Alan Marchbank , Volunteer Coordinator, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Bewick House, 22 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1RY.

If you would like to discuss any of our volunteer vacancies or require paper copies of the application form, please telephone Alan on 01603 625540.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to assist NWT ICT Staff in Supporting the Trust’s Network and users. A number of duties and tasks are available depending on relevant qualifications, interests and experience, including setting up laptops, software installation, maintenance, and software updates, providing some user support for standard applications such as Microsoft Office, preparing ICT user guides and researching ICT equipment suppliers and prices.

This role would suit someone with a proven interest in computers and ICT, an understanding of Microsoft Office and PC hardware, an ability to work as part of a team to support staff across the organisation, good organisational skills, including the ability to work under own initiative and as part of a team, and good communication, administrative and literacy and numeracy skills. 

If you are interested in this role please download and complete an application form, or email [email protected] for an electronic version of the form.
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Reserves Volunteer - Breckland

We are looking for volunteers to help keep our Breckland reserves in perfect condition for wildlife. This role would suit anyone who is relatively physically fit with a passion for nature and a love of being outdoors. To apply for this opportunity please download a form, complete it and send it to the address shown, or contact [email protected] for an electronic copy of the form.

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Volunteer Beach Warden – Holme Dunes

We are looking for volunteers to help us protect and monitor the breeding shorebird populations at NWT Holme Dunes and neighbouring beaches during the spring/summer. The role involves patrolling near the breeding shorebird cordons on Thornham Beach, Gore Point and Old Hunstanton Beach, recording wildlife activity, behaviour and reaction to any disturbance (human or otherwise) and monitoring nests, chicks and breeding success of our target species; Little tern, Ringed Plover and Eurasian Oystercatcher. It also involves speaking to members of the public, informing them of the need to stay away from the roped-off areas and educating them about shorebirds. This role would suit someone with excellent interpersonal skills,  and the ability to deal with a wide range of visitors in a tactful and diplomatic manner. If you are interested in this role please download and complete an application form, or email [email protected] for an electronic version of the form.
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Admin Assistant – Membership

We need additional help to support our Membership Team and keep our work running efficiently.  The tasks involved in this role include putting together mailings to our members: membership cards, renewal notices, and making membership packs for new members, creating records for new supporters on our database, and other office tasks as and when needed. This role would suit someone who is happy to work in a quiet environment within a small team, and who is prepared for much of the work to be routine/repetitive. You will need excellent concentration and accuracy when handing our supporters’ personal details. The role requires you to be able to provide 2 references. If you are interested in this role please download and complete an application form, or email [email protected] for an electronic version of the form.
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Trinity Broads Killer Shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus) project

We are looking for volunteers to help with our ground-breaking research into the impact of killer shrimp in an “in-lake” situation and how we can effectively reduce its population size. Killer shrimp is an invasive non-native species (INNS) and has inadvertently made its way from the Ponto-Caspian region (where zebra mussel and quagga mussel also originate). It gets its name from its aggression towards native freshwater species, including fish eggs and fry!

We are looking people to help us with freshwater invertebrate surveys  throughout the five lakes of the Trinity Broads, also checking for spread of killer shrimp. We are also running experiments investigating various lake substrates to see which are favoured by the shrimp and if manipulating the substrate can reduce populations. You will be working alongside the site warden, project officer and experts from Environment Agency and full training will be provided. This is a long term project and we are hoping to recruit about 10 people who can carry the work forward for a number of years.

If you are interested or need further information please contact Eilish Rothney on 07711 439180 or [email protected]

Visitor Centres volunteers

Required at: Ranworth broad, Hickling Broad, Holme Dunes and Weeting Heath

There are several opportunities for volunteers to help in our busy seasonal visitor centres, working at some fabulous locations. You will be the welcoming face of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, sharing your enthusiasm, handling money and promoting our work. The centres are open seven days a week, so there are a variety of flexible roles to fit into the rotas, including regular commitments or more occasional cover, with a particular need for weekends and school holidays. If you are interested get in touch let us know how much time you have available and we’ll look to fit you in.

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Woodland Walk Leader

If you go down to the woods today... Norfolk Wildlife Trust is looking for people to become volunteer Woodland Walk Leaders, to help show people the delights of woodland wildlife across our woodland nature reserves.

The main aim of this role is to raise interest in and awareness of Norfolk’s wildlife by showing members of the public around some of NWT’s wonderful woodland reserves, such as Foxley Wood and Wayland Wood.

If you are able to identify common wildlife, for example birds and butterflies (training can be provided), good communication skills and are friendly, outgoing and confident in dealing with people of all ages then this could be the role for you! Please see the role description for more information.
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Cley Volunteer Community Promotion Officer

We are looking for volunteers to work with Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) to grow the Trust’s community promotion by distributing NWT leaflets, posters, and publications throughout your local community, including schools, community groups, shops, pubs, cafes, and other businesses. An important part of this role is to build strong relationships with communities and businesses in your local area in order to raise community awareness of NWT and Cley’s event programme.

This role is flexible to suit you – you can give as much or as little time as you are able, and be responsible for as large an area as you feel is achievable. To apply, please download an application form from the top of this page, or email [email protected] for a Word version of the form.
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‘Showing People Wildlife’ Wild Walk leader

Norfolk Wildlife Trust have many wonderful reserves that are underexplored by the general public. We are looking for volunteers to help us raise interest in and awareness of Norfolk’s wildlife by showing members of the public around some of NWT’s wonderful reserves, such as Upton Broad, Foxley Wood and Sparham Pools, amongst many others.

If you live close to one of our reserves this could be a great opportunity for you to get to know it better and share it with others. You can lead your walks whenever suits you, and the number of walks you do each year is also up to you. Please see the role description for more information.
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Volunteer Collection Box Coordinator

We are looking for highly organised volunteers to work to help us raise much needed funds to support our work. You would help us distribute new boxes throughout your local community, including shops, pubs, cafes, and other businesses, identify new places to put boxes and coordinate the collection boxes in your area. Please see the role description for more information about this role.
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Wild Volunteer – Pigneys Wood (near North Walsham)

This activity is now being led by the North East Norfolk Conservation Group. You can find more information about this group, and contact information, on the ‘Other ways to volunteer’ page.

Wild Volunteer – Thorpe Marshes

We are looking for volunteers to help the wildlife of NWT's Thorpe Marshes through assisting with habitat management, to increase our knowledge of wildlife on the reserve through assisting with wildlife surveys, and to help visitors enjoy this site by helping with keeping pathways open and improving access. This activity is part of the Broads Landscape Partnership project Water, Mills and Marshes, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please email Alan Marchbank at [email protected] for the latest information about this group and / or to be added to the mailing list about the work parties.

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Independent Events Team Volunteer

We are building a team of enthusiastic volunteers with excellent communication skills to represent the Trust at a variety of events throughout Norfolk. You will be supporting NWT and raising awareness of our work by providing friendly face to face contact and distributing information and events leaflets.
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Livestock Checkers

We  are looking for reliable volunteers to become part of our team of livestock checkers.  Opportunities are mainly in the Breckland area, but there are some across Norfolk, let us know where you live and we can check if there are NWT livestock near you. Experience is not necessary as full training will be given.

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Local Members Groups

Join a Members Group near you to raise awareness of the Trust & support its work at a local level. Click here to visit the Local Groups page.


Practical Conservation

If you would like to do some practical “hands on” conservation work, and there are no suitable vacancies for you here at the moment, you might consider joining one of the many volunteer groups who work on NWT reserves all over Norfolk. Click here for more about work parties you could join.

WildWalks -  Recording wildlife locally

If you are interested in recording the wildlife in your local area, this provides important information for conservation organisations. The Wildlife Trusts and British Trust for Ornithology have developed the WildWalks website for you to record sightings of wildlife on walks in your local area.