Whether you are looking to fill a few hours once a month or make a major contribution to the work of the nature reserve, there are many ways to volunteer. Volunteering can be an enjoyable way to meet new people, learn new skills (or show off your existing ones) and gain useful experience.
Business Support Volunteer - are you good with people? Do you want to connect with them and shout about how great nature is? Helping us keep the engine room functioning through giving us much needed help in the office and/or supporting marketing and publicity. We want to engage with more people and we need your help.
Information Centre Volunteer - needed all days, but especially Saturday and Sunday morning or afternoon sessions. This involves meeting and greeting visitors to the reserve, giving out maps and information about the area, making sales in our shop and encouraging people to support our work by becoming members.
Practical Conservation Volunteer - to help our wardens carry out practical conservation tasks around the reserve. Workparties are carried out throughout the year, but mostly in late summer and autumn.
Beachwatch Volunteer - occurs from May to September and involves patrolling the reserve, giving information to the public, helping us keep the reserve tidy, leaflets stocked in hides and reporting any wildlife sightings.
Litter Heroes - are monthly ‘Rubbish Walks’ where we stroll, chat, look at wildlife and keep the nature reserve clean and tidy. Meet at Rye Harbour village car park at 10am on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a couple of hours.
Guide in a Hide - if you like bird watching and talking to the public this could be the role for you. Guide in a Hide volunteers are needed to help show visitors the birds from our main bird watching hides. Telescope, binoculars and guide books can be provided.
Education volunteers – supporting our education programme. If you enjoy working with children in an outdoor setting the reserve has many school visits, family events, Nature Tots and Wildlife Watch throughout the year.
Other volunteering opportunities include publicising the nature reserve at events such as fetes, festivals, meetings and open days; helping the staff to deliver events and education at the reserve; and making tea/coffee and selling gifts at the Friends winter lectures. Or, if you have a particular skill you would like to share, let us know – we may be able to find a use for it!
There are many other volunteering opportunities with the Sussex Wildlife Trust across the county, to find out more click here. It's also where you'll find the Volunteer Handbook.