Become a volunteer

Volunteer with us!

 

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 offer work experience too. 

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

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.

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

Practical Conservation

Gardening

Visitor Interaction

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!

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.

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.

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.

Yes, we do! We offer work experience in a variety of departments, from admin and finance to bird husbandry and conservation. Applications are currently closed for 2022, check back here in September for 2023 applications.