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Volunteering with FSC

There are many volunteering opportunities across the FSC at the 19 learning locations that we run. We have locations in varied regions across the UK, including in mountainous and moorland, fenland and coastal areas. There are a wide range of volunteers who spend time with us. Some are studying and are learning the ropes before starting work, others have retired and are giving back in an area they want to support. Some are regular volunteers that meet weekly and monthly, some that pop in when they can and some volunteer full time. 

Volunteering is great for boosting your wellbeing and being outside has been proven to be good for your mind and your body. It is a great way to connect with other likeminded people, and can benefit you in career advancement, but most importantly it is fun and fulfilling.

Examples of volunteer tasks include:

  • Monitoring biodiversity such as Moths and Butterflies
  • Leading guided walks
  • Practical Conservation
  • Garden and grounds development
  • Visitor Engagement

Testimonials:

“In my 4 years as a volunteer for the FSC, I have been privileged to work in one of Devon’s most wonderful natural places, and enjoyed the many sights and sounds that nature provides and above all, to work with others who enjoy helping preserve and enhance the natural environment” Tony Hulatt – Conservation Volunteer

“I’ve been a volunteer for four years now and look after the gardens around the site. It’s great having responsibility for one aspect of the organisation while having the freedom to work when it suits me, with plenty of support and tools at my disposal - and there’s always a friendly face to share a coffee with” Heather Weston – Gardener 

“we are extraordinarily lucky to have such a diverse and important natural environment on our doorstep. Slapton’s Celebrate Start Bay event is a great way to celebrate nature and engage people in how we can protect our environment in a fun and informative way” Gill Green – Visitor Engagement Volunteer

“Volunteering for the FSC at Slapton Ley is a great way of meeting people visiting the Nature Reserve and the surrounding area. Sharing enthusiasm for this beautiful environment and it’s wildlife as well as discussing the work of the FSC is the best part of working here.  We answer many  and  varied questions from what animals, birds or wild plants can be found locally to which bus to catch or where the nearest café is, so work is never dull and it keeps you on your toes” Gill Green – Visitor Engagement Volunteer 

“We enjoy doing butterfly surveys as it is fascinating to see the different species through the summer and it allows us to visit a beautiful part of the reserve not normally open to the public. Similarly completing the breeding bird survey lets us monitor common and rare species around the ley, mainly identifying them by their song, in the peace and quiet of the early morning.” Graham and Angela Webb – Wildlife Monitors 

 

Volunteering at Slapton Ley

Slapton Ley is a beautiful nature reserve in South Devon. Located by the coast it offers a versatile range of opportunities for volunteers. The FSC manages the national nature reserve which consists of a large freshwater lake, shingle ridge, ancient woodlands and wet scrublands. Volunteers help out with all aspects of what we do at Slapton, including assisting with events that we run throughout the year.

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Vacancies currently available at Slapton Ley:

Volunteer Gardeners (part time – 1 day per week)

Volunteer Drivers (part time – ad hoc)

Visitor engagement assistant (part time – 1 day per week during the summer)

Volunteer Events at Slapton Ley:

Celebrate Start Bay (first Sunday in August) There are lots of things to help out with on our day of celebrations in start bay. Volunteer roles include, running activities and providing information at our FSC stalls, manning the entrance, selling raffle tickets, directing cars, taking photographs, helping with set up and pack up, making and selling pizzas and much more.

If you would like to get involved with volunteering at Slapton please get in touch with Alice at [email protected] or call 01548 580566

 

Volunteering at Nettlecombe

Nettlecombe Court and park is an old estate on the northern fringes of the Brendon Hills, within the beautiful Exmoor National Park. We are just under 4 miles from the village of Williton, in the Eglish county of Somerset. The field centre is situated in the Grade 1 listed court itself and is surrounded by Nettlecombe Park, a 90.4 hectares Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI). Volunteers here can get involved with monitoring wildlife and garden/ grounds development.

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Vacancies currently available at Nettlecombe:

Volunteer Gardener (part time – 1 day per month)

Wildlife monitor (part time - ad hoc)

Volunteer Drivers (part time – ad hoc)

If you would like to get involved in volunteering at Nettlecombe please get in touch with Verity by calling 01984 640320 

 

Volunteering at Rhyd-y-creuau

Set in the mountainous region of North Wales, Rhyd-y-creuau offers an exciting opportunity for volunteers to live and work within Snowdonia National Park. Here much of the education revolves around the mountains and surrounding environments, our groups are predominantly GCSE and A Level Geographers but we also cater for Biology students and Adventurous Activities of all ages. Here there are opportunities to volunteer full time during the summer months as an Outdoor Education Volunteer, this role primarily supports the education team but there are also opportunities to get involved with biological monitoring, driving and gardening. During a long term placement it is possible to gain valuable experience in all aspects of the FSC including environmental education, visitor engagement as well as developing sustainable practices in a busy residential centre.

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Vacancies currently available at Rhyd-y-creuau: 

Grounds and gardens (part time - flexible 1 day per week)

Outdoor Education Volunteer (Full time residential (from end of March till end of August))

If you would like to get involved in volunteering at Rhyd-y-creuau please get in touch with Helen by calling 01690 710494 

 

Volunteering at Orielton

Orielton Field Centre is an elegant Georgian House set in 48 hectares of its own grounds. It is located 3 miles south of Pembroke, West Wales, immediately adjacent to the Pembrokeshire Coast National park with its superb rocky shores, cliffs and beaches. The centre grounds are managed to promote diversity and include woodland, meadow, ponds and streams. Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved in restoring areas if the grounds as well as helping to monitor wildlife. It is also possible to volunteer as part of a full time placement during the summer months giving you the opportunity to experience all aspects of the FSC including environmental education, visitor engagement, grounds development, developing sustainability and much more.

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Vacancies currently available at Orielton:

Outdoor Education Volunteer (Full time residential (from end of March till end of August))

Wildlife monitor (part time - ad hoc)

If you would like to get involved in volunteering at Orielton please get in touch with Sarah by calling 01646 623920 

 

Volunteering at Dale Fort

Dale Fort is a mid-19th century, coastal artillary fort at Dale Head, a rocky promontary near Dale, Pembrokeshire. It is located to the west of Milford Haven in Wales and is in a fantastic coastal area. Here there are opportunities to monitor wildlife or to volunteer as part of a full time placement during the summer months.  This would give you the opportunity to experience all aspects of the FSC including environmental education, developing sustainability and much more.

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Vacancies currently available at Dale Fort:

Grounds and Conservation (part time - flexible 1 day per week)

Wildlife monitor (part time - ad hoc)

If you would like to get involved in volunteering at Dale Fort please get in touch with Tom by calling 01646 636205

 

Volunteering at Margam Discovery Centre

FSC Margam Discovery Centre is set in its own grounds within the wider Margam Park area, an 850 acre country estate situated on the narrow coastal plain and southern slopes of Mynydd Margam. We would like help to maintain the grounds around the centre to be attractive for visitors as well as being great place for wildlife.

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Vacancies currently available at Margam Discovery Centre: 

Grounds and gardens (part time – flexible 1 day per week)

If you would like to get involved in volunteering at Margam please get in touch with Jane by calling 01639 895636