Overview

Conservation Volunteer
Title of post: Practical Conservation volunteer – North East Derbyshire / Chesterfield
Responsible to: DWT Living Landscapes Officer
Location: Primarily The Avenue Country Park, Avenue Washlands, and Carr
Vale, and other North East Derbyshire nature reserves by arrangement.
Volunteering hours: Thursdays 9.30am to 3.30pm

general Information
Volunteers are key to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s on-site nature reserve management. As a
charity we have minimal staff and in the North East Derbyshire region we manage for six
nature reserves ranging from The Avenue Country Park’s 90Ha’s of land consisting of
waterways and grassland, our large wetland sites at The Avenue Washlands and Carr Vale,
oak woodland at North Wingfield, the wooded valleys at Hollinhill and Markland Grips, and
Duckmanton Railway Cutting which is internationally recognised for its geological features.

Why volunteer?
Getting involved in practical conservation work is a great way to understand how and why
land is managed effectively for wildlife and can be a vital stepping stone to gaining paid work
in the environmental sector.

Skills Required

  • A willingness to work outdoors and learn something new
  • Enthusiasm is essential!
  • Able to work effectively on own initiative and as a member of a team
  • Personable and sociable
  • Commitment to the work of the Trust

Training and support

  • We provide all tools and equipment and training to use them
  • We can offer support for out of pocket expenses and external training courses
  • You need to be dressed for outdoor practical work and bring a packed lunch