Volunteering opportunities

Hillier Gardens volunteering stand

Opportunities with the New Forest National Park Authority

Project
Key activities
NCS youth engagement volunteering
As part of this year’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with delivering day-long outdoor activity sessions for 16 and 17 year olds. See the flyer for more details.
LiDAR heritage mapping
Get involved with surveys of archaeological features out in the Forest. Go to our heritage mapping pages to find out more.
Our Past, Our Future

A multi-million pound scheme to preserve the New Forest, with key themes of Restoring Lost Landscapes, Developing Forest Skills, Discovering Forest Heritage and Inspiring a Generation. Go to our Our Past, Our Future pages to find out more.

PEDALL
PEDALL is a not-for-profit organisation, which seeks to recruit a number of passionate volunteers to assist with the delivery of inclusive cycling sessions. You’ll be assisting with setting up and running inclusive cycling sessions for a diverse group of people at a range of beautiful sites across the New Forest. Go to our inclusive cycling pages for more.

Opportunities with other organisations in the National Park

Volunteers are an essential component of the New Forest Centre in our aim to offer everyone an understanding of what makes this area so special. We are looking for volunteers to assist in TWO key areas of the Centre; the Reference Library and in the Museum Gallery. These roles are distinct but not unique so you can support us in a variety of roles if you wish to. Knowledge of the New Forest is useful but not essential to these roles but a willingness to learn new skills and the ability to work well with the public is vital.

Organisation Key activities
Butterfly Conservation
The New Forest Transect Group organise recording of butterflies at a number of strategic locations in the New Forest from 1 April until end of September each year. Recorders work on a rota basis. Experience is not necessary as the very nature of the activity ensures a good level of ID proficiency is quickly achieved. Help is always at hand.
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Work includes setting up and supporting community groups to manage local sites and projects; working with teachers and schools to improve grounds; providing training courses; promoting and providing practical volunteering opportunities and conservation projects.
Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire Registered charity that uses volunteers to help lobby, fundraise, distribute leaflets and help at events.
Dorset Countryside Volunteers The group takes part in various weekend tasks all over Dorset and has a strong social element.
Dorset Wildlife Trust The Trust has various conservation groups operating across Dorset.
Evolve An interactive website for voluntary and community groups serving Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission manages the public forest estate in the New Forest. We have two main volunteering opportunities:

1) Volunteer Rangers play an integral role in helping to conserve wildlife and habitats while enhancing visitor enjoyment. Tasks include leading and helping with events, assisting visitors in the New Forest and providing valuable support to our ranger and keeper teams

2) By joining our Two Trees Conservation Team, you'll learn about the management of our forests, experience the outdoors in a group activity, meet like-minded people and make a real difference to the area that you'll be helping to maintain.

So if you enjoy the outdoors, want to learn new skills, meet new people and want to be part of the Forestry Commission team, get involved today. 

Hampshire Conservation Volunteers Hampshire Conservation Volunteers is an active group of people making a practical contribution to nature conservation in Hampshire.  Most weekends they carry out practical tasks such as woodland management, hedge-laying and pond restoration.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (registered charity) Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has many different ways that volunteers can get involved including surveys, practical work parties and greeting visitors. We are particularly looking for volunteers to help us learn more about the marine environment. Opportunities include joining our Shoresearch and Seasearch projects to help us survey our marine wildlife and habitats, either on the shore or underwater using scuba diving, as well as helping at beach cleans and public awareness events.
Hythe and Dibden Woodland and Waterside groups Conservation work including clearance, path laying, boardwalks; recording of flora and fauna; work with schools and in particular the Hythe and Dibden Community Woodland.
Milford Conservation Volunteers
Volunteer members of the local community in Milford working with the Parish Council on conservation of woodland and other areas in Milford.
New Forest Area Conservation Volunteers The main aim of the group is to enhance the natural environment of the New Forest by means of practical conservation work.  Activities include tree and hedge planting, pond restoration, woodland improvement and lots more.
New Forest Centre

Volunteers are an essential component of the New Forest Centre in our aim to offer everyone an understanding of what makes this area so special. We are looking for volunteers to assist in two key areas of the Centre; the Reference Library and in the Museum Gallery. These roles are distinct but not unique so you can support us in a variety of roles if you wish to. Knowledge of the New Forest is useful but not essential to these roles but a willingness to learn new skills and the ability to work well with the public is vital.

New Forest Friends of the Earth A group of New Forest residents who are committed to saving the environment before it is too late!  Support and initiate environmental campaigns in the New Forest.
The National Trust The National Trust works to preserve and protect the coastline, countryside and buildings of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We do this in a range of ways, through practical conservation, through learning and discovery and through encouraging millions of people to visit and enjoy their national heritage. As a charity, independent of government, we rely on the generosity of our supporters - members, volunteers and visitors to be able to continue our work. Current volunteering opportunities in the New Forest include our midweek Conservation Ranger team through to more specialised survey roles and occasional event supporters.
Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch
The Marine Conservation Society organise and provide information on the beachwatch scheme which provides practical volunteering opportunities relating to the regions shoreline.
Pondhead Conservation Volunteers Pondhead Conservation Trust is a small New Forest charity set up to manage and restore an area of woodland in the heart of the New Forest in order to improve its biodiversity and public enjoyment. We are reliant on an active volunteer force to assist in this conservation work for which we supply all necessary hand tools. We manage the woodland in a self sustainable way by using timber we cut to produce charcoal using modern environmentally friendly methods. We also have close links with the New Forest Centre who use the woodland for educational visits by local school children.
RSPB
We are a conservation charity which carries out international and UK based work. In the New Forest we have a ‘Date with Nature’. We show the public ‘live’ footage from Goshawk and Hobby nests. This is a partnership project which informs the public about the wildlife of the New Forest and the conservation work carried out there. We need volunteers to help staff from 28 March until 6 September 2015.
Southern Wiltshire Walks

This project is all about working together to improve footpaths in the South Wiltshire Area. Initially, old stiles will be replaced with new kissing gates so that more people can enjoy walking across the area. Volunteers and local businesses will help put the gates in. Anyone interested in getting their hands dirty whilst enjoying the local countryside can get involved. This is a great chance to give something back to the local community.

Blackwater Conservation Group The group works with local landowners to carry out practical conservation tasks and wildlife surveys along the River Blackwater in Redlynch, Landford and Wellow.
The Friends of Ballard Water Meadow The Friends manage a wildflower meadow and woodland in New Milton on behalf of, and in partnership with, New Milton Town Council. Ballard Water Meadow now has Dexter cattle helping to manage the site.
The Long Meadow Community Group The group is interested in protecting New Milton Town Council’s  Long Meadow site. New volunteers are needed to help survey the meadow and woodlands for wildlife and to help manage them.

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