Become a volunteer

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, help maintain the reserve, support our captive bird collection, or have a penchant for storytelling and visitor interaction, we have opportunities for everyone.

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. 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!

Take a look at our volunteer roles below. To volunteer please email us at volunteer@pensthorpe.com and tell us a little about yourself and where you’d like to volunteer.

 

FAQs

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 (We currently have a large number of mid week practical conservation volunteers. We would still love to hear from you if you are available over the weekends)

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.  Your 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.

What’s the 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.

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”