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Whatever your interests, skills and availability, you could help wildlife by volunteering for Devon Wildlife Trust. We have over 400 volunteers registered, doing a wide range of voluntary work in Devon, from practical conservation volunteer work on our nature reserves to vital support in the office. Here are a few testimonials from volunteers past and present. To find out more visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.
Latest volunteer story
Tina Luxton, Helpdesk Volunteer and Grazing Volunteer
'I have been volunteering with Devon Wildlife Trust since January 2012 to supplement my studies for a foundation degree in Countryside Management. Up until very recently I’ve been carrying out the rewarding role of Wildlife Information Officer for DWT’s Helpdesk service, based at Cricklepit Mill in Exeter. This involved working with a great team of staff and volunteers answering wildlife related enquiries from the public. Through this experience I have not only developed my wildlife knowledge, my organisational and communicational skills, but have also made some great friends.
Alongside this I have also been volunteering on the Trust’s Grazing Links project as a Grazing Assistant. I am thoroughly enjoying all aspects of this role, from practical tasks such as stock management and machinery care to site assessments and survey work. I feel fortunate to be learning from very experienced members of staff who have really helped me develop my knowledge and skills in an area I am particularly passionate about and hoping to become more involved in as part of my future career.
I would highly recommend volunteering for Devon Wildlife Trust especially if you are looking to gain employment within the conservation sector. Not only are the staff friendly and supportive, they also treat you as a valued member of the team. I am often invited to team meetings and staff training days, the latter of which has provided some excellent networking opportunities with external bodies such as Natural England and the Environment Agency. All in all, volunteering with the Trust is very rewarding on many levels!'