Volunteer

Volunteering

Surveying Hunsdon Meads © Charlotte Hussey

Volunteering is a great way to support us. You could help us on a nature reserve, get hands on at one of our events or work in the office.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Trust's work. With your support we can significantly increase the amount we achieve for nature conservation. Have a look through our current volunteering opportunities - there's lots going on! 

We are always happy to hear from anyone with specific expertise, specialist knowledge or skills that could support our work. Contact volunteering@hmwt.org or 01727 858 901 for further information about volunteering with the Trust.

Volunteering FAQs

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering can be fun, good for your health and a great way of meeting new people. You can share and learn new skills, gain work experience and training opportunities and of course the local environment and wildlife will benefit from your contribution.

Where can I volunteer?

We have many volunteer opportunities all over the county; you can volunteer on our reserves year round, during the summer we need help from events volunteers, and sometimes we have opportunities for volunteers to help with surveying or at our offices in St Albans.

Will I require transport?

You will need to be able to make your own way to meeting points which can be one of the reserves, at our office or tool store in St Albans, or at local community events.

Are there any age restrictions?

Our insurance dictates various restrictions for volunteers. Children aged between 11 and 16 can volunteer but must be accompanied by an adult, and we will need parental consent from anyone aged 16 or 17. We do, however, have many events throughout the summer months which are open to participation from all age groups.

Do I need to be a member to volunteer?

No, we welcome non-members. You can also support us by joining as a member though.

Do you have weekend volunteering opportunities?

Yes, we have weekend work parties at many of our reserves, particularly from September to March, and regular events in the community throughout the summer months. Although most of our volunteering opportunities take place during the week.

What skills or experience do I need?

Many of our volunteer roles do not require any experience or specialist skills. We provide volunteer inductions & training for all our volunteer roles. Some roles require specialist knowledge or experience, this will be stated in the role profiles.

Do you take on trainee placements?

We have an annual training scheme, offering one or two placements each year. Vacancies for this will be displayed periodically; keep an eye on our website!

How much time will I have to give?

We have a range of volunteer roles that take up different amounts of time. See the role profiles we have available to find out how much time each role normally involves and choose the one that suits you best.

Can I claim expenses?

HMWT volunteers do not receive any payment or payment in kind for their work, but we do, in many cases, reimburse reasonable, pre-agreed, out of pocket expenses.

Get in touch!

Got a different question? Email us at volunteering@hmwt.org

Conservation Volunteering

Practical volunteering © Charlotte Hussey

Cutting and raking grasslands, woodland coppicing, reedbed management and cutting back scrub are just some of the ways you can get involved on our nature reserves.

Click on the dates below to find out more.

Not sure if a listed reserve is near you? Click here to see a map of our nature reserves.

Please note, these work parties are for individuals and not for corporate team building days. More information on our wildlife work parties for corporates and how you can book one can be found here

Other volunteering opportunities

River volunteers (c) Ayub Khan

We have lots of other volunteering opportunities - from helping out in our office or getting stuck in at the Grebe House wildlife garden to becoming the Warden of one of our nature reserves.

Take a look at the roles we currently have available:

Aldbury Nowers Volunteer Livestock Checker

West Herts Work Party Volunteer

Danemead Weekend Work Party Volunteer

Fir and Pond Woods Weekend Work Party Volunteer

Amwell Volunteer Reserve Warden

Events volunteering

Volunteers at Festival of Wildlife © Charlotte Hussey

We have a programme of community wildlife events across Hertfordshire and Middlesex to give more people access to and understanding of the nature around them and to inspire more people to care for their local wildlife.

If you would be interested in helping to deliver our programme of public events and engagement activities throughout the year, please contact volunteering@hmwt.org. Events 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.