We have over 60 nature reserves in Kent which protect some of the rarest species and most fragile habitats in the country. There are outdoor volunteering opportunities available within the Reserves Department...
We are looking for volunteers who enjoy being outdoors in all weathers, would like to do practical conservation work, have an interest in wildlife and are happy working within a team of people who are from diverse backgrounds.
These roles change with the seasons, in winter, it is mainly reserve management and in summer the work is more focused on monitoring plants and wildlife. These roles – where you can literally get down to grassroots, are all the fresh air-filled, getting active ones!
Tasks tend to run on set days of the week across Kent and are led by Trust Wardens or experienced and fully trained volunteers. Current dates, tasks and locations, as well as Warden contact details can be found below on the PDF downloads.
Assist as a Livestock Checker, monitoring and checking the animals that graze our reserves. These are breeds of cattle, goats, ponies and sheep. You can choose the reserve and the wardens will provide the training, but we do require volunteers to commit to a particular day of the week in order to produce a rota. Ideally, we like volunteers to commit to a minimum of six months, checking stock for an hour or two a week. Volunteers need to have the confidence to visit remote sites on their own.
Occasionally, Trainee Volunteer Warden positions become available. These will be advertised on the Jobs page.
Leaders and Advisors
Task Leaders are specially trained to enable them to lead groups of volunteers. Conservation Advisors work work with the Policy and Planning Team on special projects.
Roadside Verge Warden
You may not have thought that a roadside verge could be a nature reserve, but they often provide habitats for a range of small mammals and home to any number of rare plants, fungi and insects. The Kent Road Verge Project works to identify, protect and manage roadside verges which contain these threatened habitats or wildlife.
Volunteers can help by keeping an eye on the roadside verge, checking when maintenance cuts are carried out according to the management plan. Looking out for damage to the site such as flytipping or utility works. In addition, they may need to monitor and count some of the less common species. To get involved in a monitoring day see our list of tasks below.
Wildlife Survey Volunteer
Do you know, or would you like to know about specific species? Then you might like to help with surveys. At certain times of the year help is needed to monitor farmland birds, butterflies, rare plants and much, much more.
If you would like to get involved in any aspect of our work please contact our Volunteer Development Officer, Sue Morris, telephone: 01622 662012.