Volunteers at Low Barns Nature Reserve

Credit: Kate English

Volunteer for wildlife

Durham Wildlife Trust has lots of exciting opportunities for volunteering. We are always looking for willing volunteers who share our passion for wildlife, conservation and broadening awareness.  As a volunteer you can play an integral role in what we do, it is also a wonderful way to socialise and become part of an invaluable team.

If you have any questions you can ring us on 0191 584 3112 or email volunteer@durhamwt.co.uk and we can talk you through the different roles that we have available.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Durham Wildlife Trust. Volunteering on sites will resume in limited group sizes from 29th March, in line with Covid-19 guidelines. We plan to restart recruitment for new task volunteers from 1st June 2021.

Events and Education Volunteering

Shop Volunteer

If you are a ‘people person’ who would enjoy getting creative with merchandising displays, has a keen eye for detail and would like to help us raise more funds to help protect wildlife then we would love to hear from you! View the role description for more information.

Shop Volunteer role description

Education Team Volunteer

Help us to provide opportunities for children and families to explore wildlife and discover more about our natural environment. View the role description for more information.

Contact 0191 5843112 or education@durhamwt.co.uk to find out more.

Education volunteer role description:

Visitor Centre Volunteer

There are three main tasks that Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre Volunteers assist us in delivering: helping to maintain the buildings, ensuring the site is well presented and supporting events and activities at Rainton Meadows. View the role description for more information.

Visitor Centre Volunteer Role Description:

Reception and Administration Volunteer

As a reception and administration volunteer you will help us give a warm welcome to all our visitors and provide vital admin support.

Reception and Administration Volunteer Role Description:

Low Barns Ambassador Volunteer

Our Low Barns ambassadors provide a warm welcome and friendly helpful customer service to visitors.

Low Barns Ambassador Volunteer Role Description:

Practical Volunteering

Site Warden Volunteer

Bring your passion for wildlife and conservation and join our volunteer team at Durham Wildlife Trust as a Volunteer Reserve Warden.

Site Warden Volunteer Role Description:

Task Force Volunteer

As a Trust Task Force Volunteer at Durham Wildlife Trust you will get involved in practical habitat management.

Task Force Volunteer Role Description:

Task Volunteer – Heart of Durham

The Heart of Durham Project is a partnership organisation with Northumbrian Water. Bring your passion for wildlife and conservation and join our volunteer team.

Task Volunteer – Heart of Durham Role Description:

Pony Warden Volunteer

Our Exmoor ponies are the most valuable members of our conservation team. Our pony wardens support us by regularly checking in on the ponies and reporting any problems - full details are in the below role description. 

Pony Warden Volunteer Role Description

Please note: volunteers must be over 18 years old or over, or accompanied by parent /guardian if under 18 years.

Business Volunteering

We have various Corporate Volunteering Packages to suit your needs. For information please visit our Corporate Volunteering page or to discuss available options please ring Zoe Hull on 0191 584 3112 or email zhull@durhamwt.co.uk.

Volunteers building Rainton Meadow bird hide

Why volunteer with us?

Our volunteers play such an important part in our work at Durham Wildlife Trust.

We have a lovely volunteering culture and we really value feedback from our volunteers so we can improve and learn.

Volunteer Forum

Our volunteer Forum meet quarterly and discuss all sorts of issues, including planning volunteer celebrations, celebrating highlights, finding out about new projects and discussing anything that interests our volunteers.

Volunteer Development Group

This is a group of volunteers who have put themselves forward to help Durham Wildlife Trust to shape best practice in volunteer retention and recruiment. Helping us to improve our volunteer experience and make the most of opportunities with volunteers.