Types of volunteering

Types of volunteering

Essex Wildlife Trust want to hear from people like you, regardless of the amount of time you have available. You may be looking for a social activity, work experience, to get fit, learn more about wildlife, or simply have a passion for the Trust's work and want to be part of it.

Visitor Centre volunteers 

Our visitor centres are a gateway to nature, they are open seven days a week, usually from 9am-5pm.

 Centre volunteers talk to visitors about the work of the Trust whilst helping with our café and retail outlets in a dynamic and busy environment.

Catering volunteers

Work parties

Work parties are involved with practical activities to manage nature reserves and improve sites for nature. You could find yourself hedge laying, coppicing, clearing ponds, removing invasive species, laying paths, erecting fencing and much more. Whether you can donate a few hours or a few months, we have a variety of tasks that could suit you.

Cockaynes Wood work party

Education volunteering

We have over 100 volunteers who donate time to teach the next generation about wildlife.  We are always on the lookout for education volunteers, especially if you could lead sessions which will allow us to reach even more children and young people.  We run forest school’s sessions, birthday parties, school visits, mini beats hunts, outdoor cookery sessions and much more. Our education volunteers have as much fun as the children.

Education volunteers

Corporate volunteering

More and more employers allow time off for volunteering. Why not join in with one of our work parties or visitor centre teams to help out when you can? If you are looking for an opportunity for your team of three or more people to volunteer we give priority to our Investors in Wildlife.

Corporate volunteers

Ground Control volunteer group