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.

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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Norwich Local Members Group – Vacancy for a Chairperson

NWT has eight active local members groups which are closely involved in wildlife issues in their area. Groups meet informally throughout the year for talks, walks and social occasions. Our purpose is to inform and educate, to enjoy the many aspects of Norfolk’s wildlife in the company of fellow enthusiasts, and to support NWT in any way we can, through fundraising and volunteering. Norwich was the first local members group and started in 1978, with Michael Baker, our Group President, as founder chairman.

Our group needs new committee members to take the group forward with new ideas and impetus. After 10 years in the role our current Chair Jon Shutes is standing down at the group’s 2020 AGM on 8 April 2020. If you feel able to take on this role or would like to discuss what is involved please contact Jon on norwich@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk  
 
You will see from the events calendar that we have regular outings and talks. The latter are currently held at the Alex Bussey Scout Centre, off Rowington Road, Norwich NR1 3RR. Talks take place monthly, except in the summer months, and attract an audience averaging 50 people. The committee endeavours to create a programme encompassing the diverse natural history interests of our members, calling on some of the best speakers in their subjects from within East Anglia to give local and occasional national updates and information. Currently the Group has a programme of monthly talks from September through to April and the occasional organised walk or educational workshop. The programme for the remainder of this season has already been organised.

Please help NWT by volunteering to help the Norwich Group, and enable it to continue its valuable work in the city.

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 alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk 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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Visitor Centres volunteers

Required at: Ranworth Information Centre, Broads Wildlife Centre, 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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Cley Nature Reserve Guide

An ideal role if you are a birdwatcher who would like to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors to Cley.  We are looking for volunteers with good bird ID skills, who are happy talking to a variety of people and ages, helping them make the most of their visit to the reserve. We have vacancies on Thursdays and Sundays.

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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.

This is a drop-in group, so there is no need to complete an application form, you can just go along. The group meets once a month on a Friday at 10am at the pedestrian railway bridge at the end of Whitlingham Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0QA, OS Grid reference TG 266 083.  Please note that this is the Whitlingham Lane which is North of the river, NOT the one accessed from Trowse.

Please note this group is not suitable for corporate work parties. If you would like to arrange a work party on one of our reserves please email info@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk, or call 01603 625540 to register your interest.

Dates for 2020 are: 31 January, 28 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June.
Please email Alan Marchbank at alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk for all enquiries about these work parties.

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‘Showing People Wildlife’ Volunteer

We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who have knowledge of and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation, have good communication skills and are confident in dealing with people of all ages to raise interest in and awareness of Norfolk’s wildlife by showing members of the public / visitors to sites some of Norfolk’s most spectacular wildlife events. These could include Great Crested Grebes’ courtship displays, Marsh Harriers passing food to each other, Swallowtail butterflies emerging, or other wildlife spectacles that you have knowledge of or interest in.
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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.