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.

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.

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.

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. Find out more about the role here.

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Low Barns Ambassador Volunteer

Our Low Barns ambassadors provide a warm welcome and friendly helpful customer service to visitors. View the full role description here.

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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. Read the role description below.

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Task Force Volunteer

As a Trust Task Force Volunteer at Durham Wildlife Trust you will get involved in practical habitat management. Find out more in the full role description.

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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. Click on the link below for the full role description.

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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. 

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Water Vole Survey Volunteer

As a Water Vole Survey Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to take part in group surveys, led by the Naturally Native Project Officer and more independent surveys where you and a partner will be assigned a water course to survey, in an area you have selected. Read the full role description by clicking the link below.

Role Description

*Please note* water vole survey opportunities take place between March - September.  Please feel free to contact us outside these months and we will keep in touch when the water vole survey season begins. There may also be additional volunteering opportunities to support our Naturally Native project throughout the autumn and winter months.

Healing Nature Volunteer

For any Healing Nature enquiries or if you have already downloaded and filled out the volunteer application form on the previous page, please contact our mailbox at:


Apply to volunteer with us

Click the link below to apply to become a volunteer with Durham Wildlife Trust.


If you'd prefer to apply using our downloadable form, click here

Please note: volunteers must be over 18 years old or over, depending on the role and the organisational need older teens may volunteer accompanied by parent /guardian if under 18 years. Please contact the Trust about this in advance.

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.