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.
Engagement Volunteer at Cley Marshes
If you are friendly, enthusiastic and have a welcoming personality and confidence to approach members of the public of all ages, are enthusiastic about wildlife and the natural world, and have the ability to communicate effectively, then this could be the role for you.
We are looking for volunteers to actively lead simple hands-on activities in our Education Centre during school holidays and assist the Cley Engagement Officer during family events, amongst other responsibilities.
Availability for this role is flexible but a minimum of one day a week during school holidays would be ideal, as these are our busiest times of year. Please read the role description below for further information, and you can download an application form at the top of the page if you wish to apply.
Wildlife Watch Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to assist the event leader at monthly Wildlife Watch events, taking place primarily at NWT Hickling Broad.
Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids. Children are aged 7 – 12 years and always attend events with a parent or guardian.
If you have enthusiasm and passion for wildlife, conservation and the work of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, and are able to communicate with a range of ages then this opportunity could be for you! To apply, please download an application form from the top of this page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Word version of the form.
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@example.com
for a Word version of the form.
‘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.
Volunteer Fixed Point Photography Surveyor (West Norfolk)
This is an ideal opportunity for somebody interested in photography and documenting change on sites to assist Norfolk Wildlife Trust with carrying out Fixed Point Photography monitoring on our sites.
It would suit someone with good photography skills, access to a camera, an interest in the different habitats and species found in Norfolk, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Volunteer Nature Reserves Surveyor
We are looking for volunteers to assist Norfolk Wildlife Trust with carrying out species and habitats monitoring on NWT Nature Reserves. The role involves carrying out birds, plants, invertebrates (e.g. butterflies), fixed point photography surveys and habitat mapping (you can pick and choose) on our nature reserves, and provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in nature conservation and surveying. This is an ideal opportunity for somebody with good identification skills already, but also those looking to develop them.
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.
Read what our current volunteer says about this role
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.
Wild Volunteer – Pigneys Wood (near North Walsham)
e are looking for volunteers to help the wildlife of NWT’s Pigneys Wood 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 run in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), 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 approximately once a month on a Wednesday at 1pm at the Pigneys Wood car park, Hall Lane, Knapton NR28 0SH (TG 296 321). Please note it's NOT the Hall Lane in North Walsham.
Email NWT Volunteer Coordinator Alan Marchbank at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
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 email@example.com, or call 01603 625540 to register your interest.
Dates for 2019 are: 27 September, 25 October, 29 November and 20 December.
Please email Alan Marchbank at firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries about these work parties.
‘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.
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.
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
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.