Go Wild Volunteers

Go Wild VolunteersGo Wild Volunteers

Our first group of Go Wild Volunteers are currently being trained. We may recruit and train more volunteers in the future - if you are interested please read the information below and send an expression of interest to Josh or Emma on the emails below so that they can contact you when Go Wild Volunteers is recruiting again.

Go Wild Volunteers is an exciting project to train a team of volunteers to run a programme of community wildlife events across Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

The Go Wild Team will be trained and mentored to run a programme of public events and engagement activities throughout the year. These will include running guided walks through our nature reserves (we have 40 sites across Hertfordshire and Middlesex), giving talks to community groups on topics such as wildlife gardening, and running activities at community events. We want to give more people access to and understanding of the nature around them and to inspire more people to care for their local wildlife.

Volunteers will able to specialise in one area (i.e. leading guided walks) but will be supported to get involved in the wider programme, including working as a team at larger scale HMWT events.

All necessary training and equipment will be provided by HMWT and volunteers will be able to claim reasonable expenses for travel to events and training.

Why become a Go Wild Volunteer?

  • Share your passion of our wildlife and local area with interested local people
  • Develop your skills and confidence through formal training
  • Support the work of HMWT by raising the charity’s profile, increasing fundraising and membership opportunities
  • Receive support from a group of staff and volunteers working together to deliver a programme of events throughout the year
  • Meet like-minded people from the local community and have fun!

What general attributes are required?

  • A personal and friendly manner
  • Confidence to interact with the public
  • Flexible and willing to volunteer outdoors
  • Enthusiastic about wildlife and the work of HMWT
  • Willingness to work as part of a team

What training will be provided?

  • One day workshop delivered by an expert consultant on how to lead a guided walk in a natural heritage context. Learn the skills and tricks to deliver inspiring guided walks.
  • Training on how to give a wildlife talk to a community group.
  • Induction training covering an introduction to the work of the Trust, completion of paperwork and planning tasks such as dynamic risk assessments and information on our policies and procedures.
  • First aid training – external certificated training to give volunteers the knowledge and skills to confidently deal with any first aid problems during events.
  • Further mentoring at events by existing members of staff/volunteers.

What does HMWT expect from our Go Wild Volunteers?

  • To attend training courses – event training, first aid, induction
  • Deliver 4 or more events a year – willingness to make the time commitment which may only be a couple of hours for a walk or a whole day event
  • Be the “face” of the Trust locally and be able to tell people about our work and how they can support us
  • Work in accordance with all relevant HMWT policies and procedures including Health & Safety, Safeguarding
  • Wear our branded kit at events (supplied to each volunteer)

Find out more

For more information or to request an Expression of Interest form, please contact:

Josh Kubale 
E: josh.kubale@hmwt.org
T: 01727-858901 ext 240 

Emma Matthars
E: emma.matthars@hmwt.org
T: 01727-858901 ext 244