There are lots of ways to get involved at Queenwood and Bodenham Lake whether sharing your knowledge in the visitor centre, getting your hands dirty with the ranger team or helping to organise fun events.

*Please note - due to the current threat of coronavirus some volunteering roles are on hold or altered to ahhere with government restrictions* 

Sustainable Future Centre (SFC) Volunteer

The Jubilee building is being transformed into a new (part time) hub which will be an information and educational resource, highlighting global sustainability issues and showcasing local ideas and solutions to the climate and ecological crisis.

Themed exhibitions, literature, films and workshops will highlight different areas of sustainable development, sharing information and creating conversations about what we can do locally.

SFC volunteers will be in direct contact with visitors to the centre, directing people around the exhibits if needed and engaging in conversation about the issues / solutions being showcased.

Main tasks:
1. Welcoming visitors to the centre and providing information about the current exhibition / films / workshops being shown.
2. Engaging visitors in conversation around the issues being highlighted. 
3. Signposting visitors to local groups / organisations / projects where appropriate.
4. Helping out at open days and special events

Skills/Qualities needed: 

A friendly, welcoming person who likes talking to others.
An enthusiasm for environmental and social issues and the ability to engage in conversation about these without being judgemental. 
The ability to work as part of a team of volunteers and staff working towards the same aim.

There will be an induction day to get to know the practicalities of the staff, the building, and the site and discuss any training needs. 

Training will be given to Volunteers around key sustainability issues if needed. 

Contact Details:

Pete Norton pete@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk

Visitor Centre Volunteers

We often have vacancies for volunteers to assist with running our shop and visitor centre at Queenswood: welcoming visitors, providing information, guidance about the Country Park and Bodenham Lake, and serving shop customers.

We are seeking volunteers with confidence in speaking to the general public, a passion for wildlife, and an interest in sustainable living. You will be available to answer visitors' questions about the sites and help them discover more each time they return. You will be key to educating visitors about the history of Queenswood and Bodenham Lake, including our ongoing habitat management work and visitor development. Training to share this knowledge will be provided.

A minimum commitment of 3 hours per week is required

Previous experience in a similar role would be useful but is not a requirement of the role as full training will be given

Multiple roles are available. 

Contact details:

Annderley Hill

Visitor Experience Volunteers: outdoor and practical tasks

Multiple roles available at both Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake. 

Main tasks:

  • Sharing your enthusiasm and passion for the site with visitors, creating a welcoming atmosphere and directing visitors around the site
  • Ensuring all gates, signs and fences are in good repair, reporting any damages to the site staff or Estates Manager
  • Ensuring the site and car park is kept free of litter
  • Walking the paths around the site to check their condition and check all route markers and signage are in good repair
  • Ensuring all temporary posters and notices are relevant, neatly displayed and in date.

Additional or optional tasks

  • Assisting at events, workshops and walks
  • Assisting the Reserves Officer with any additional tasks

Contact details:

Annderley Hill

Family & Education Volunteers

A fantastic opportunity for volunteers to help run our programme of activities and events including Activity Club and Get Crafty activities atQueenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake. Get involved, help connect children to nature and learn about sustainability.

The bulk of commitment will be duing the school holidays, with a particular emphasis on the Easter and summer holiday seasons.

As this role is working with children and young people, all successful applicants will be required to complete a full DBS check. Training for event management and managing groups of children will be provided. All applicants must be 18 years old or above.

If you are able to commit to help with running our events for children, then please do get in touch, preferably by email. Please provide information on any relevant experience you may hold, although applications will be accepted from individuals with no prior direct experience.

Contact details:

Annderley Hill

Practical Conservation Volunteer

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust's practical work parties carry out habitat management tasks at Queenswood and Bodenham Lake, as well as at our other nature reserves across Herefordshire. Ideally we need volunteers who can commit regularly on a monthly basis. If you feel you are able to help, then please do get in touch via the details below.

Please provide information on any relevant experience you may hold, although applications will be accepted from individuals with no prior direct experience.

Contact details:

Annderley Hill

Forest Garden Volunteers

A weekly wildlife friendly gardening project — initially online and then on site at Queenswood Country Park — offering eco-therapy support in small groups.

The Forest Garden at Queenswood is cared for by volunteers of all abilities, following principles of permaculture, sustainability and wildlife friendly gardening.

Please come along and contribute your skills, or learn some new ones! Gardening sessions run from 10am – 2pm on Mondays.

This programme is aimed at people who are unemployed or economically inactive, feel socially isolated and may be suffering with poor physical or mental health.

To apply you must be currently out of work, over 16 years of age (there is no upper age limit!) and have access to the internet - the sessions will use Zoom, WhatsApp and Facebook.

Please get in touch if you would like to come along. Please do not turn up without letting us know to expect you. Thanks! 


Annderley Hill