About the opportunity

We are a local civic and environmental charity that cares about Cambridge and its green landscape. We own and care for Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge Leper Chapel, Bourn Windmill, Hinxton Watermill and Coton Countryside Reserve. We runs a busy education programme for schools and groups of all ages. We work hard to influence local planning and development.

We were founded in 1928, formerly the Cambridge Preservation Society. Our office is based at Wandlebury Country Park on the south of Cambridge but we operate throughout Cambridge City and South Cambridge District.

Role Summary

Based at Wandlebury Country Park on pre-arranged days. Help to improve our sites for wildlife and visitors by supporting our Warden team to carry out nature conservation, maintenance, estate work and outdoor education.

Tasks may include:

  • Patrol the site to ensure that it is clean and safe for visitors (we have 8km of trails at Wandlebury!).
  • Work with Wardens to carry out habitat management and estate maintenance tasks. Theses are varied and seasonal but include tasks such as tree planting, cutting grass, fencing, putting wood chip on paths, hedgelaying, woodland management, pond management, etc
  • To assist with habitat and species surveys
  • Monitor way-marking, signage, gates, fencing and other infrastructure features
  • Provide support for events, school visits, car park, pop-up café or carrying out visitor surveys.

You will be offered:

An induction

Regular support

An opportunity to gain conservation/estate experience

An opportunity to work alongside Wardens and other staff

Tea breaks

Desirable Requirements:

Enthusiasm!

Ability to volunteer on a regular basis (eg one session per week/fortnight or for an intense period eg 3 days per week for a month).

Ability to work outdoors in all weathers.

Ability to carry out physical work.

Reliable and organised.

Respect for others and happy to work in a team.

If you would like to help with habitat or species surveys then basic identification skills are required.

How to volunteer for this role

Please send us an email telling us about yourself and your experience in relation to this role, or attach a CV if that’s easier. [email protected]

Once we have received your email then we will be in touch. We may then arrange to meet you to have a chat about the role, to check that it is right for you.