Volunteering

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 Trail Developer

Flexible commitment.

Our children’s trails are always a hit – getting families out exploring the forest looking for clues, solving the puzzles and getting a nice chocolate reward! We are looking for a volunteer to lead on running our current trails and developing new ones to provide great family activities in the forest, with a chance to show off your creative streak!

For more information on this role, click here.

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.

Duty Officer

One regular day per week.

Can you turn your hand to anything? Do you like variety, stepping in when things get busy, and taking the initiative? Then you could be what we are looking for. Duty officers play a key role on busy days, keeping an overview of what is going on in the visitor centre, lending a hand where needed, and helping the staff in the daily running of the centre.

Head here to read more about this role.

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.

Roving Patrol

One day per week.

Are you looking for an opportunity to be active, spend time outdoors and make a difference? We need volunteers to be a roving patrol of the forest, keeping the site clean, checking the paths and being the face of the RSPB in the forest. You will spend most of your time in the forest, carrying out essential tasks to help ensure every visitor gets a great experience, and preserving our forest for the future.

Interested? Find out how to 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.

 

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