Volunteers

Why volunteer?

Get even closer to nature!

Volunteers are key to the success of Pensthorpe Natural Park and our aim is to provide an environment where individuals and groups can take time to learn something new and contribute to the maintenance and development of our beautiful park.

We have a long history of supporting volunteers with relationships lasting many years, for both individuals and corporate groups. We consider ourselves very lucky to be supported by a group of highly committed and enthusiastic people giving their time for free.

We are always looking for new volunteers to assist us and regardless of your background or interests, we are certain you can find something that will appeal. Whether you would like to work in our extensive and award winning gardens, helping to maintain the reserve, or supporting our captive bird collection, managed within the remit of the Pensthorpe Charitable Trust (PCT); or whether your penchant is for storytelling and visitor interaction is for you, we have a wide variety of opportunities on offer.

We can also offer a great deal of flexibility so that you can visit to suit your own commitments.  Our volunteers often like to visit on the same day each week, or allocate a block of time or adapt their time with us to suit a college course that benefits from also having some practical experience alongside it. 

If you would like to volunteer for us, you must be 18 or over.  You will need to be resourceful, a great team player and many of our opportunities do require you to be strong and able to work outside in all weathers, sometimes undertaking challenging physical tasks. You need to be able to demonstrate a keen interest in wildlife, nature and conservation, perhaps because you are studying or have undertaken studies in this field or as a result of a long standing interest which has provided you with a sound knowledge base to work from.

Volunteering at Pensthorpe Natural Park is hugely rewarding but don’t just take our word for it, see what our volunteers have to say for themselves.

 

I FIND EVERY TIME I COME TO PENSTHORPE WITH MY TEAM WE GET TREATED BRILLIANTLY BY ALL THE STAFF. WE ARE THEN SENT TO DO MEANINGFUL TASKS WHICH WE CAN FEEL PROUD OF AT THE END OF THE DAY. I HONESTLY LOOK FORWARD TO COMING BACK AS SOON AS I’VE LEFT!”

“Sam Brewster, Pensions Administrator, Aviva Life UK”

 

Volunteering opportunities are unpaid but we do make sure you are well fed and cared for when you are with us, receive training to undertake your role and gain loads of really great experience and skills to take back to your day job!

To apply please email your CV and a covering explanation of why you would like to volunteer to marie.french@pensthorpe.com

When do volunteer days run?

We can accommodate volunteers all year round and on any day of the week, and some opportunities exist at weekends too.  Whilst full days are best, as you will have lots of time to get properly stuck in to an activity or task, some roles, like bird feeding and visitor interaction can be managed in just a few hours.

What will you do?

We have created four different volunteer role descriptions to give you a better idea of what we do:

Aviculture

Practical Conservation

Gardening

Visitor Interaction

What will you need?

A current tetanus vaccination, old clothes suitable for working outdoors, sturdy boots / wellies, hard wearing gloves and waterproofs. Come summertime, a hat and sunscreen are essential!

How will I know if I will like it?

All volunteer applicants will be invited in for a chat and also be given the opportunity of a “trial” day before making a more formal commitment.

Will I get some training?

All those taking part will be asked to complete a full volunteer induction, which will cover health and safety and manual handling as well as some specifics about the park and how we operate.  You’re volunteer host will then ensure that dependent on your experience and background, you’ll get some relevant training so you can feel confident in your role.

 

Norfolk Conservation Corps

The Norfolk Conservation Corps work with us every other month, on a Sunday. If you are unable to commit to volunteering with us on a week day then why not join them! Please contact the Norfolk Conservation Corps directly, if you are interested. Contact Eddie or Sookie for more information on 01362 694071.

 

 

Corporate Groups:

Do something to support local wildlife conservation!

Team building at Pensthorpe: Want to bring your team closer together; improve communication and morale but want to do something other than building a raft, something that will have a really positive impact?

Why not consider booking a volunteer day at Pensthorpe Natural Park?

Our volunteer days offer something unique. It gets you way from the traditional team building activities you may have experienced, out of the office and doing something to benefit wildlife in the Wensum Valley. 

Corporate volunteers

When do volunteer days run?

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:15am – 4pm, all year round.

What will you do?

Tasks depend on the time of year but a typical day would consist of habitat management, lopping, sawing and burning of overgrown scrub.

What will you need?

Current tetanus vaccination, old clothes, sturdy boots / wellies, hard wearing gloves and waterproofs. All those taking part will be asked to attend a Health & Safety briefing in the morning.

What will we provide?

We will provide lunch and refreshments on the day.

How to book your team building day

Please contact us on info@pensthorpe.com or call us on 01328 851465.