Volunteering for wildlife

Volunteering with Devon Wildlife Trust is a great way to use your skills and experience to make a difference for Devon’s wildlife. And you don’t have to be an expert to get involved!

What do our volunteers do?

Rockpool Ramble at Wembury Marine CentreHundreds of people, with all sorts of interests amd from all walks of life, volunteer with us every year.

They get their hands dirty keeping Cricklepit Mill’s wildlife garden flourishing or helping to look after our nature reserves.

Volunteers help us to plan and deliver our annual calendar of wildlife events, to inspire the next generation by lending a hand at family events. They carry out a range of roles to keep the office running smoothly.

Volunteers with particular wildlife interests or specialisms survey and record wildlife for our Records Centre, provide information and advice on our Wildlife Help Desk and put their knowledge and expertise to great use in a range of ways.

Volunteers bring a broader point of view and help us to build strong links with the communities we engage with. They enrich our organisation with a wealth of experience, expertise, infectious enthusiasm and energy. Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be the organisation we are today.  

Volunteers set up the Trust over fifty years ago and are still at its core today.

Local Groups

Barnstaple Local Group for Devon Wildlife TrustPassionate and committed groups of volunteers lead Local Groups that offer a range of activities across the county for anyone who wants to enjoy Devon’s stunning natural environment.

Find your Local Group here!

Also check out the Whats On pages to see local group events.

Benefits of volunteering

As well as supporting wildlife, volunteering at DWT offers many benefits. Volunteering can build confidence and help you to develop and/or share skills. It's a great way of staying healthy, connected with others and leaves you feeling valued and purposeful.

We have been awarded ‘Investors in Volunteers’ status in recognition of our high standards of volunteer support and are committed to the four principles of volunteering:

  1. Choice: Volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual. No coercion or compulsion will be used when encouraging volunteers. Volunteers have the right to refuse tasks and staff will make no unreasonable demands of them. 
  2. Diversity: Volunteering is open to all, no matter what their background, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith; DWT will strive to ensure our volunteer base mirrors Devon's diversity.
  3. Meeth Quarry hideReciprocity: Volunteers should benefit from their contribution to DWT. Benefits could include a sense of worthwhile achievement, useful skills, experience and contacts, sociability, fun and inclusion in the life of the organisation. We will endeavour to find out what volunteers wish to achieve through their volunteering and support them to do this where possible.
  4. Recognition: Explicit recognition of the value of what volunteers contribute to the organisation, to the environment and to the community is fundamental.  

For more information about volunteering, have a look at our Volunteer Information Pack.

Want to get involved?

Here's how to get involved with volunteering at Devon Wildlife Trust:

Have a look at our current volunteering opportunities page and let us know if you are interested in any of the tasks. You can do this by contacting the relevant project officer or the volunteering team.

If you are under 18 you will need permission from a parent or guardian.

Nothing there to suit you at the moment?

  1. Request a volunteer registration form from our volunteering team by emailing volunteering@devonwildlifetrust.org or using the contact form.
  2. Fill in the form, indicating what sort of volunteering you are interested in, when and where, and then send it back to us.
  3. We will send you a welcome letter within a month of sending your form.
  4. We will put you on the email list and you will receive updates about volunteering and new volunteering, appproximately every two months.  

Click here to see our current volunteering opportunities.

Click here to see all the wonderful work for wildlife that our volunteers helped us achieve in 2016-17.