Volunteering

Building a lakeside otter holt at Bodenham (image: Herefordshire Council)

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.

Visitor Centre Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help run a new visitor centre at Queenswood, providing members of the public with information, guidance about the Country Park and Bodenham Lake, as well as staffing the new shop!

Our visitor centre needs volunteers if we are to create a vibrant and engaging space. From welcoming visitors, serving customers in the shop and enthusing visitors to join the ‘Friends of Queenswood & Bodenham Lake’ scheme, you will make a real difference to Queenswood and visitor's enjoyment of this special place.

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. Click the link to download the job description.

Contact details:

Michael Mackinnon, Queenswood Shop & Event Supervisor

Email: info@queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org

Phone: 01432 530088

Visitor Experience Volunteers: outdoor and practical tasks

Multiple roles available at both Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake. Please see our Jobs Listings for full details.

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:

James Hitchcock, Estates Manager, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Email: j.hitchcock@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Phone: 01432 530088

Family & Education Volunteers

A fantastic opportunity for volunteers to help shape an exciting new events and education programme for children at Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake. Get involved, and help connect children to nature in Herefordshire!

We are super-excited to be able to welcome enthusiastic volunteers who are committed to engaging children with nature at Queenswood Country Park & Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve. Both these sites are soon to be managed by a partnership between Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Herefordshire New Leaf, with an exciting array of events, Forest School and WildPlay sessions being held throughout 2016.

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 with Haylay Herridge (details below) 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:

Hayley Herridge, Engagement Officer, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Email: h.herridge@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Phone: 01432 356872

Practical Conservation Volunteer

This is an exciting opportunity to directly influence the management of two of the most important sites for wildlife in Herefordshire.

Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake are soon to be managed by a partnership between Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Herefordshire New Leaf. The partnership will be setting up two new practical conservation management work parties to cover both Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake nature reserve.

Important sites for both people and wildlife, 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 so that we can start creating a schedule of work with our new volunteers.

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

Contact details:

James Hitchcock, Estates Manager, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Email: j.hitchcock@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Phone: 01432 530088