Volunteer for wildlife

Volunteer for wildlife

Volunteer beach cleaners at Glenarm

Volunteer for wildlife

Following government guidelines and relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, we are delighted to be able to welcome volunteers back to work with us.  If you have recently enquired about volunteer opportunities, our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you soon.  For any new enquiries, please contact Sheila Lyons - sheila.lyons@ulsterwildlife.org for more information.

For Student Placement enquiries, our current batch of role descriptions are being shared with Queens and Ulster University for the 2021/2022 summer intake.  Again, if you have any queries in relation to this, please contact Sheila Lyons sheila.lyons@ulsterwildlife.org 

Keeping our Volunteers Safe through Covid

We wish to assure our current and prospective volunteers that we are committed to the health, safety and well-being of our staff and volunteers at all times and Covid is no exception.  Full risk assessments are in place for managing our volunteers and all details in relation to this, or changes to working practises will be relayed to you when volunteering commences.

Donate your skills and time to help local wildlife

Whether you have just an hour, a day or a week to give, and whatever your skills, volunteering with Ulster Wildlife is your chance to make a real difference to local wildlife.  It’s also a great way to meet people, learn new skills and gain valuable experience that could help kick-start a career in conservation.

Our volunteers carry out a huge range of tasks, from caring for nature reserves and surveying wildlife, to running Wildlife Watch groups for young people and helping with public events and fundraising.  You could even find yourself making good use of your organisational, IT, administrative or financial skills too.

Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be the organisation we are today.  Volunteers set up Ulster Wildlife over forty years ago and remain at our core today.

Start your volunteering adventure today!

Check out our latest volunteering opportunities


Do you need prior experience to volunteer?

No. We aim to encourage people from all walks of life, with a variety of life experiences, to become involved in the work of Ulster Wildlife. Volunteers sometimes have specialist skills and expertise, but more often volunteers learn as they go along, after receiving appropriate on the job training and guidance from a staff member or experienced volunteer. For regular volunteers and for more involved roles, we aim to make formal training available as and when it is needed. 

How much time do I need to commit?

You decide how much time you wish to give. Some people are able to volunteer every week, whereas some are only available to volunteer once a month or a few times every year. However, some roles do require a more solid commitment than others – if this is the case, it will be discussed with you before you start volunteering.

As a volunteer, you are free to leave whenever you like. There's no obligation for volunteers to attend or to give a minimum amount of time. You decide and agree your commitment with us.

What about insurance?

As long as volunteers are working for and on behalf of Ulster Wildlife, they will be covered by our Employer’s Liability insurance policy. Personal equipment and belongings are not insured under our policy. 

Who can volunteer?

A wide range of people from many different backgrounds volunteer with Ulster Wildlife, whatever their age and background. Our volunteers include students, long-term unemployed, corporate and community groups, full-time workers, retired men and women, and people from an ethnic background.

Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. 

Can I volunteer if I am claiming benefits?

Volunteering should not affect your social security benefits providing you comply with the rules laid down by the Social Security Agency

What support will I be given?

Support for our volunteers is something we take very seriously. Whatever roles you do for us we will ensure you have what you need to do them successfully. All volunteers have someone within Ulster Wildlife to help them in their role and we are very keen to ensure volunteers feel part of the team.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer?

No. Ulster Wildlife is keen to ensure that all volunteers are not left “out-of-pocket” by doing voluntary work, so we can offer expenses for mileage, bus/rail travel and lunch.

Get in touch

If you would like any more information about volunteering, please get in touch with our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sheila Lyons sheila.lyons@ulsterwildlife.org


Love wildlife? Join us

Becoming a member of Ulster Wildlife is one of the best things you can do to help wildlife in your area. We rely on the support of people, like you, to help protect the wildlife and wild places we all love, here in Northern Ireland.

Join us today