Volunteering: Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to know lots about wildlife?
You do not need to know anything about wildlife to volunteer with us! Volunteering is a great way to learn more about the wildlife in your local area and to help you understand how you can contribute to its protection. Some roles require more knowledge than others. For example, if you are a conservation volunteer you will be involved in practical wildlife and reserve management but you will be taught everything you need to know – and pick up more along the way!
Do I need to be a member to volunteer?
You do not need to be a member to be a volunteer. However, many of our volunteers are also members as they have chosen to support us financially but there is no obligation. Membership is a vital resource to us but as a volunteer you will be donating your time and without that we wouldn’t be able to complete all of the vital work we do for wildlife across Herefordshire.
How regular does my commitment need to be?
Different roles require different levels of commitment but we will be able to find a role and routine that suit you. If you are unable to attend a session for whatever reason you just need to let your volunteer manager know as soon as you can. Some people volunteer with us for short periods of time and others stay for years.
Do I need to be very fit?
You don’t need to be super fit to volunteer with us! Volunteering is beneficial to your physical and mental health and we have roles ranging from practical conservation and wildlife monitoring to online and office-based opportunities. Any role you undertake you can do at your own pace and take breaks whenever you want.
Can I claim expenses?
We can reimburse travel expenses for volunteers. We do ask that expenses claims are agreed with your volunteer managers in advance.
Do I need references?
If you are volunteering in an engagement role where you will be interacting with the public we will undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check with you. For other roles we do not require references but we will ask for one form of ID.
What opportunities are there for young people?
Have a look at out Volunteer Trainee and Work Experience sections.
How do I get started?
Email our Volunteer Coordinator Annderley Hill at email@example.com or call Annderley on 07341736185 if you have identified a role that you would like to take forward or if you would like to hear more information about anything.
Are you still offering volunteering during COVID-19?
A few of our volunteering roles are still taking place with appropriate risk assessments and adaptations in place. We may not be able to take on new volunteers at this time due to restrictions on numbers and some roles being paused.