Volunteering FAQs

Have a question about volunteering at Sherwood Forest? Read our FAQs below, or get in touch at sherwoodforest@rspb.org.uk.

Is there an upper or lower age limit?

No, there is no age limit. The youngest RSPB volunteer is eight years old and the oldest is more than 100. No matter what your age there will be a volunteering opportunity for you. If you are younger than 18, we do ask that your parent or guardian gives permission for you to become a volunteer.

What support will I receive?

Support for our volunteers is something we take very seriously. Whatever roles you do for us, we will ensure you have what you need to do them successfully. As a volunteer, you will have a dedicated person to help and support you in your role. We pride ourselves on making volunteers part of our team. Ninety per cent of our volunteers would recommend volunteering with us to a friend or family member, so we must be doing something right!

Will it cost me anything to become a volunteer?

No. Because you’ll be giving up your time, it’s only fair that we offer to reimburse your travel expenses and any other expenses agreed with your manager. Travel is reimbursed at a rate of 26p per mile for a round trip up to 50 miles, or a return train or bus ticket.

How long will I have to commit for?

As a volunteer, you are free to leave whenever you like. If other people depend on you, we will ask you to give your RSPB contact reasonable warning if you cannot come in.

What training will I get?

That depends on what you do for us. We will train you to ensure you are able to carry out your volunteering role. Some roles, such as our membership recruiters, require specific training. Others may require little formal training. The contact for each volunteer opportunity will be able to give you more details.

How do I get a career in conservation?

If you’re considering a career in conservation, please visit the main RSPB website to find out more. Internships and volunteering are an excellent way to gain experience that is invaluable in getting a career in conservation. Our practical work parties are also a great way to build experience.

Will I be insured?

Yes. Just like our staff, you will be covered by our insurance policies for any activities you undertake on our behalf.