All Ulster Wildlife volunteering activities are currently on hold - updated March 2021
At present our volunteer activities are on hold whilst we navigate through the easing of lockdown measures and bring our staff and trainees back to regular work on our reserve sites and office work. Volunteers registered with us already will be invited back to volunteer work in the first instance, followed by the introduction of new volunteers thereafter. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sheila Lyons – firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For Student Placement enquiries, at present our role descriptions have not yet been identified or written for 2020/2021 placement opportunities. When these have been done, we will promote these through our usual outlets of sharing with Queens and Ulster University in the first instance. Again, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sheila Lyons – email@example.com for any further information.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org