Do you want to meet new people, learn new skills or simply spend more time in beautiful Sherwood?

Are you looking for something to do with your spare time, or to use your spare time to build skills for a career? Whatever your reason, we have a volunteering opportunity for you.

The RSPB runs on volunteers, and Sherwood is no different – we are committed to giving you the best possible experience, helping you to help us. Whether you have lots of time to give, or just a couple of days a year, our flexible approach and mix of roles will mean your time won’t go to waste. Read about our current opportunities below.

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Volunteer Roles at Sherwood Forest

There are currently 11 volunteer roles available at Sherwood Forest:


Costumed Guide

Average four days per month.

Do you enjoy bringing history to life? Do you want to help visitors enjoy a day out, teach children about the past, and keep the legend of Robin Hood alive? We are looking for guide and storytellers who can tell the tales of Robin, Marian and the Merry Men in the heart of their ancient homeland, and who can give a real and face to face history of the forest to our visitors, whilst in medieval costume. Inspired? That’s how we want our visitors to feel…

Click here for more information about this role.

Guided Walk Leader 

Average of one walk per week.

Do you have a passion for Sherwood? Do you enjoy passing on your knowledge and inspiring others? Whatever your passion, we have a role for you; Robin Hood, local history, trees, birds or insects. We want walk leaders to take our visitors out in to the forest and help them to understand the place, the nature and stories on short walks, long walks, walks for families and walks for birders. In fact, the more walks we can offer the better!

Find out how to become a Guided Walk volunteer here.

Catering Assistant

One day per week.

Are you looking for work experience in the hospitality sector? Or do you want a role that will keep you busy whilst meeting new people and learning some new skills? Whatever your reason, the café offers a friendly and welcoming environment, with a variety of tasks, to help ensure a great day out for all our visitors.

Read more about the role.

Children’s Activity Supervisor

Minimum two days a month, at weekends or in school holidays.

Families and children make up a large proportion of our visitors, and we want to put on events and activities to engage them in nature, learn about Robin Hood and generally help them have a good time! As a children’s activity supervisor you might be involved in indoor activities such as crafting or drawing, or outdoor ones, such as bug hunts or making bird feeders. So if you enjoy working with young people and families and getting creative, this could be the role for you.

For more information on this role, click here.

Practical Work Party – Sherwood Forest

One day per month, but more if you wish.

Are you looking for a new challenge that really makes a difference? Are you trying to build experience to help you in your career? Do you want to get fit in a different way? The Sherwood practical work parties carry out essential tasks in this site, which is a SSSI, NNR and a SAC, contributing to the long term future of the forest, including the famous Major Oak.

Find out how to become involved in our practical work party.

Work Party Conservation Volunteer – Budby South Forest

One day per month, but more if you wish.

We’re looking for volunteers to help us with this essential habitat maintenance, involving tasks like scrub and bracken control, bare ground creation and furniture installation. Your work will be fundamental for the conservation of the site; giving rare and threatened wildlife a home on the heath again as well as bringing people closer to nature.

Find out how to become involved in our Conservation Work Party at Budby.

Butterfly Surveyor – Budby South Forest

Ideally one or more days per week during breeding season.

We’re looking for volunteers to help carry out ecological monitoring of our heathland and woodland butterfly species. You’ll be working directly with the Site Manager and other volunteers to carry out regular co-ordinated UKBMS surveys. The data you collect across the reserve will contribute to national datasets and give us a valuable insight to the affects of our habitat management and the health of our butterflies.

Apply to be a Butterfly Surveyor Volunteer here.

Administration Assistant

One full or half day per week.

A site like Sherwood has a lot going on behind the scenes! Our office is a hub of activity making sure everything works smoothly, and supporting the other teams to do their work. Administrators are key to delivering this. 

Read more about the role and apply here. 

Welcome Crew

One day per week.

Are you a people person? Can you chat to anyone? Could you give a great welcome to everyone visiting our wonderful forest and visitor centre, helping us to provide an unforgettable visitor experience? We are looking for people that will help us to share all the exciting stories about Sherwood Forest and inspire our visitors to support our work and safeguard the reserve for years to come. Our Welcome Crew are the front line of our team and are a key part of our visitor offer, greeting visitors warmly and ensuring they are armed with all the tools to allow them to have a great day out.

Read about joining our Welcome Crew team here.

Retail Assistant Volunteer

One day per week, but flexible.

Welcome to a shop with a difference. From binoculars and bird food, to gifts and books – and let’s not forget the ever-popular bows and arrows and Robin Hood hats! We need people to help with all aspects of running our popular shop, working as part of a small and friendly team.

Find out how to apply here.

Community Engagement Assistant

Flexible commitment.

Are you passionate about Sherwood and the RSPB? Do you want a flexible role that enables you to talk about nature, engage others and represent the RSPB? We are looking for people who can deliver talks to community groups and attend community events to represent Sherwood Forest, and build the support that will preserve our forest for the future.

Find out how to apply here.




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