Volunteer

Get hands-on with conservation in Shropshire

Gain skills
Meet new people
Look after a wild space
Have fun!

We depend on the support of over 550 volunteers to protect Shropshire's landscape.

Whether you have an hour a week, a day or a week to give, you will be joining hundreds of people who volunteer to protect and  enhance the local environment.

Volunteer update

In line with government advice, and to play our part not spreading Covid-19, we are only able to run a reduced number and range of volunteering options at the moment.  Social distancing rules are in place across all of our operations, and the majority of staff still continue to work from home where possible.  As we resume some of our usual activities, including an events programme with some outdoor walks and practical conservation days for under 25's, we will continue to assess the situation and will update this page accordingly.

For existing volunteers: once your role manager has everything in place to welcome you back safely, they will contact you individually to discuss your return. 

For existing practical conservation (work party) volunteers working on SWT reserves: The Reserves Team staff have now circulated the work party programme until June 2021.  Please let them know which dates you wish to attend. We are keeping groups to a maximum of 5 volunteers plus one staff member, and we will do our best to rotate participants so that everyone has a chance to join in.

For new volunteers: In addition to the Feed the Birds programme, which has continued to run throughout most of 2020, we are now beginning to recruit for a restricted number and variety of roles, detailed below.  We anticipate that we will be able to start recruiting volunteers on our work parties from mid-June. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please complete the enquiry form, which is detailed on each advert.

Work parties

Work parties with Shropshire Wildlife Trust

We run weekly work parties acros Shropshire, carrying out practical tasks such as hedgelaying, fencing and scrub clearance to manage our nature reserves. These are full day work parties, with transport available from Shrewsbury. 

To find out where we go and what we do you can download our programme below.

We recruit for practical work parties on nature reserves between September and February.

If you haven't volunteered with a work party before, please book on to our volunteer information session. Please note that you will be required to attend an induction session as well with our reserves team before attending a work party. 

If you have been along before, then you can book yourself onto a work party by telephoning 01743 284281 and leaving a message or by sending an email to clived@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk and garethe@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk. This ensures we have transport available for you if required and enough equipment for everyone!

Local branches and affiliated groups

Our local branches are also a great place for volunteering on a work party or getting involved with the committee to organise and promote events and walks. There may be one close to where you live! To find your nearest local branch click here. If you would like to volunteer with a branch you will need to attend one of our monthly volunteering information sessions, so please do book on. 

Our affiliated groups may have opportunities for you as well. Please click here to take a look at what they can offer and if interested contact them directly.

Aged 11 - 24?

If you are aged 11-24 then we have specific opportunities for you as part of our Growing Confidence project! We run monthly hands on work parties across Shropshire with transport available for you from Shrewsbury. You could also get involved with our new youth forum, giving young people a voice to raise their concerns and grill societies leaders.

You can also find out more about work experience and our University placement scheme.

To see all our opportunities for young people, click here.

Other volunteering across Shropshire

There are lots of other organisations that run work parties across Shropshire and Telford. For all these opportunities and contact information please download the list below.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about Shropshire Wildlife Trust, gain an overview of volunteering, and meet other people also interested in volunteering with us, please contact us to provisionally book onto a monthly information session.

These sessions are usually scheduled to run on the 4th Friday of every month, 3-4pm, in the Garden Room of our Visitor Centre, The Cut, Shrewsbury.  There is also the option of joining these Volunteer Information sessions online (via Zoom).

The next face-to-face session is scheduled for Friday 28th May.  There will be no session in August or December.

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