Volunteering opportunities

Current opportunities. Click on the titles of the opportunities to find out more. For further information about a specific opportunity, please get in touch with the named contact. For general volunteering queries, please call 01392 279244 or send an email to volunteering@devonwildlifetrust.org


Trusteeship is a voluntary role where people who care about Devon’s wildlife work together to provide strong leadership for the charity and help it to achieve its vision of a Devon rich in wildlife, for everyone and valued by all.
We believe that serving as a Trustee with Devon Wildlife Trust is a rewarding experience. Not only do our Trustees play a leading role in safeguarding Devon’s stunning wildlife and wild places for future generations, but DWT is a friendly, welcoming organisation, with high standards of delivery, a highly competent management team, a track record of good governance and a lot of ambition.

To register your interest and/or if you have any questions please contact Sarah Loweth on 01392 279244 or sloweth@devonwildlifetrust.org
The deadline for applications is Fri 9 February.

Wembury Marine Centre - Marine Awareness Assistants (full-time volunteering role)

Marine Awareness Assistants will be involved in raising awareness of the marine environment through education and interpretation. We are looking for aptitude and potential and envisage this would be an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate wanting to further their skills and knowledge to enter the conservation job market or for more experienced people looking for a change in direction.

The posts are (approximately) 6 month unpaid volunteer roles and there are 2 posts available. The posts are both 4 days per week.

Contact Cat Andrews at WMC for an informal chat info@wemburymarinecentre.org 01752 862538

For more information please click here.

Finance Assistant

To support the finance team through an extremely busy period at year-end, working up towards our audit and preparation for the next financial year. The tasks will include helping to process and input various financial information/data onto Microsoft Excel spreadsheets & the finance system/program we use as well as general administration/filing of paperwork.

For more information, please contact Sarah Comacchio on 01392 260852 or scomacchio@devonwildlifetrust.org.

Practical Conservation Group Volunteers - Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area (NIA)

This group will help to deliver practical conservation works across privately owned holdings and common land, primarily as part of the Culm Grassland Natural Flood Management Project.  The group will take place one day per month from January - March and the first work party will be on Tuesday 23 January, based at Langtree Moor.  If you are interested, please contact Tom Parsons at our Cookworthy office (01409 221823 or tparsons@devonwildlifetrust.org).

Education Volunteers

Help with DWT’s outreach in Exeter, connecting primary and secondary school children to nature.  If you are interested please contact Emily Bacon (ebacon@devonwildlifetrust.org).

Events Ambassadors

Leading regular simple nature / wildlife themed activities and walks aimed primarily at families.
Making contact with suitable local groups to make them aware that we are able to offer these activities and if they would be interested in making a booking.

Talks Ambassadors

Giving talks to local special interest groups. Making contact with suitable local groups to make them aware that we are able to offer these talks and if they would be interested in making a booking. Attending regular (likely to be quarterly) meetings / get togethers with other ambassadors and DWT staff.


Tin collector

Tin collector for Devon Wildlife Trust

Locate new collection tin sites and raise unrestricted funds for DWT from collection tins.


Volunteer Handy Person

To assist with a variety of practical maintenance tasks at Cricklepit Mill. This will be “DIY” type jobs that will help us keep this beautiful listed building looking its best for all of our visitors to enjoy.


Active Neighbourhoods

The Active Neighbourhoods project is working with five communities around Plymouth to improve their green spaces and encourage people to get active in nature. Volunteers will be needed to help with habitat management and path works across our sites. No experience required; guidance will be given.

Joint project with Plymouth City Council – volunteers under PCC policies. Please contact Tim Russell (tim.russell@plymouth.gov.uk, 07826 874891).


Volunteer beaver character and minder

Nora the beaver mascott

Engage and inspire the public at local shows by giving them the opportunity to meet a character beaver and run educational and fun activities.


Event helpers

Event volunteer stand

Support DWT’s membership recruiters by leading engaging activities from a stall at shows and events.


Seaton Jurassic Volunteers

We are looking for a team of volunteers to be an essential part of the visitor journey at the Seaton Jurassic Centre!

Seaton Jurassic Education Volunteers

Seaton Jurassic volunteers

Help School Groups and the general public learn about the natural heritage of the Jurassic Coast!

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project

You can support the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project in a number of different ways. From practical conservation to helping out at events, we have lots of volunteering opportunities to suit all. For general ad-hoc volunteering please visit our website for details: http://devonbatproject.org/events/

Longer term opportunities currently available are:

Tell us about your sightings

Surveying for Devon Wildlife Trust

Help Devon Biodiversity Record Centre (DBRC) collect records of wildlife and act as a central reference point about wildlife in Devon. We're interested in all wildlife so suitable for beginners and experts.

Chudleigh Knighton Nest Quest

Events run by external organisation Buglife on DWT Chudleigh Knighton Reserve. Help survey for one of Devon's rarest species, the Narrow Headed Ant.



Weekend Practical Conservation Tasks at Meeth Quarry 

First Saturday of the month. Managing the site for wildlife,often working to create or extend habitat for specific species. The work will predominantly be scrub clearance, with loppers and bowsaw work. There may also be some work in/near ditches (never deeper than a few inches) so wellies are often useful, and some fence line removal. 



Ernsettle Solar ArrayLocal Group Volunteers

Local groups organise a variety of activities across the year including guided walks, talks, fundraising and conservation work. You can help the group with running these activities, whether this is just being a reliable helper, running guided walks or coming up with new events and taking the lead! 



Practical conservation work parties 

Andrew's Wood

Andrews wood

Second Thursday of every month starting at 10am. Come and help out at this ever expanding nature reserve. Range of tasks from scrub clearance to coppicing throughout the year.


Meeth Quarry

Meeth Quarry DWT

Third Wednesday of every month.
Come and help with practical tasks that range throughout the year.


Warleigh Point

Warleigh Point

On the third Thursday of every month.
Help out at this glorious reserve right on the river Tamar. Help with coppicing, path improvements and scrub clearance.


Active Neighbourhoods

Active Neighbourhoods DWT

Regular volunteer days on Tuesday and Thursdays in Plymouth. Help with tree planting, hedge laying and more!


Woodah Farm

Woodah Farm DWT

Last Saturday of the month (with occasional changes). Various conservation tasks to do at this beautiful 140 acre site.