Parks and Wildlife Sites Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience, share interests, meet new people and keep fit! We offer a variety of opportunities to suit a range of interests and skills.

To hear about our latest opportunities, please sign up to our mailing list.

Event Volunteering

Volunteer to help out at some of our popular events – why not steward at the Worcester Show or help organise or publicise an event in a park.

Worcester City is fortunate to have many local ‘Friends and Resident groups who are always on the lookout for active volunteers. We can put you in touch directly with these groups - it can be a great way to gain experience for the future.

Practical Volunteering

Work in small groups doing ‘hands on' activities – you don’t necessarily need previous experience – such as:

  • Nature Conservation - Seasonal tasks such as cutting back bramble and scrub; building steps or gates; planting trees; woodland and orchard work and learning new skills such as hedge-laying.
  • Horticultural maintenance. Often working within the City's formal parks planting formal beds and herbaceous borders, creating vegetable gardens, cutting back shrubs and other maintenance.

Worcestershire Wardens Partnership

Worcester City Council is a member of the Worcestershire Wardens Partnership (WWP) which provides training opportunities and work parties for countryside volunteers from groups across the county.

The WWP is supported by Worcestershire County Council's Countryside and Heritage Services, local district councils, Malvern Hills Conservators, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, the Forestry Commission, Sustrans, Canal and River Trust, the Earth Heritage Trust and Taskforce. 

Tick the WWP box on the mailing list form if you would like to hear about events and training opportunities offered by the other partner organisations.

For more information visit Worcestershire County Council's website.

Surveying

For people who are happy to volunteer on their own and are able to make a regular commitment. Volunteers are needed to carry out the following surveys:-

  • Wildlife Surveys. Volunteers are needed to record bird and butterfly species. Ideally you’ll have a reasonable knowledge of bird or butterfly species, but you do not have to be an expert! Training will be given and data will provide valuable information to the Worcestershire Biological Records Office on the local biodiversity in Worcester.
  • Neighbourhood Cleanliness (CGLI) Surveys. Help monitor how clean our streets and open spaces are once every 3 months. The data will help highlight problem areas and provide valuable management information to help review priorities and resources.
  • Dog Litter Surveys. Help monitor dog litter in a specific location or particular ‘dog litter' hot spot in your local area. You choose the location and say how long you can dedicate each week or month. Data collected will help the City Council identify problem areas for further action.