Volunteer Livestock Checker

Livestock Checker

Photo by Selwyn Dennis

The role

These volunteers assist the work of our Reserve Wardens by keeping a close eye on the livestock who help us to manage our sites. Volunteers will visit sites on a specific day each week and report any issues to our Wardens. The volunteers will be offered full training in checking livestock and monitoring activity on these sites, as well as on-going support.

We have a range of livestock that help us in managing our sites to create the best habitats for wildlife on our Reserves. Our livestock moves between sites on a regular basis, so we may only be looking for temporary volunteers or we may ask if you would like to move with them. 

Who we're looking for

We offer full training and support for volunteers, so you don’t need to be a livestock expert, but will need a willingness to learn more about livestock and conservation. You must however, love walking and be happy to be out in all weathers. You’ll need access to a phone and (ideally) email in order to report progress to our wardens. Some of our sites are not accessible by public transport so it would be advantageous if you have access to your own transport.

We usually look for volunteers to commit to volunteering on a rota basis on a specific day of the week, and as long as the checking takes place during daylight hours this can take place at your convenience. We are also looking for volunteers to support us in Livestock Checking for shorter periods and on an adhoc basis to provide cover for holidays; please indicate on your application form whether you would be willing to carry this out.

Due to the training supplied, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to volunteering with us for a minimum of 3 months.

How to apply

Please contact  volunteering@kentwildlife.org.uk for more information and an application form.


Konik ponies on East Kent Reserve

Where we need you

We are currently recruiting livestock Checkers in the following areas Sevenoaks, Medway Valley and Swale

Livestock checker roles are also available in the following areas:

Canterbury, Dover - Nemo Down and Dover Castle, Sittingbourne and Ashford - Hothfield Heathland

Application Form