Yellow flag in flower at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology park

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Practical Volunteer Days

Wednesdays and Saturdays at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

 

Most of our habitat management work takes place in autumn, winter and early spring.  This is so that we cause least disturbance to invertebrate life and nesting birds, as well as working at a time of year when most plant life is dormant.  We leave the habitats to flourish and flower during the summer months but do encourage all our volunteers to come and see the habitats at their best in June, July and August so they can see the fruits of their labour! 

Our regular Wednesday conservation workdays have now finished for this work season.  They start up again on Wednesday 12th September 2018.

Our Saturday workdays have also now finished for this work season.  They start up again on Saturday 15th September 2018.

From the September dates above, Wednesday workdays run from 10am to 3pm. Saturday workdays run from 11am to 2pm.

What Will I Be Doing?

  • You will be working as part of a team with the park wardens, carrying out tasks such as pond clearing, reed cutting, meadow cutting, coppicing (cutting smaller tree stems), digging and weeding.  
  • You don’t need any previous experience and we provide tools and gloves (and wellies or waders if needed).  
  • We only use hand tools so you will get some great experience in the more traditional ways of managing habitats.
  • The wardens will supply tea, coffee, soft drinks and the essential biscuits but please bring along a packed lunch.  
  • Wear old clothes and strong footwear (e.g. boots or  trainers) 
  • You need to be reasonably fit - check with your doctor first if you are worried about your fitness level. The work is physical and we work outside in most weathers on rough ground and in water.
  • You must be 16 or over (under 18s need to get a parental/guardian permission form signed first).

You can just turn up and try out a workday but you will need to fill in a volunteer welfare form the first time you volunteer.  Ring Joanne Smith or Tony Day on 0208 293 1904 or email us at gpep@tcv.org.uk with any queries, to find out more or to visit the site beforehand.  We can send you the form in advance via email if needed or you can pop in to the site any day we are open.  We meet in the gatehouse (the wooden building by the river) at the start of each workday.

 

Volunteer Officers

 

 Environmental Education & Play Volunteer Officer

This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience in outdoor and environmental education and play with mentoring from experienced wardens.  We require a commitment of 3 days a week for 6 months.  You would start by assisting us with formal education visits to the park by primary schools and continue by helping us deliver a programme of environmental play activities over the school summer holidays, including den building, pond dipping, wildlife art and wildlife gardening.  You are welcome to just do the summer activities and start later. Suitable for people with a background in or some knowledge of conservation or ecology and some experience of working with children.  Ring Joanne or Tony on 020 8293 1904 or email us at gpep@tcv.org.uk to find out more.  We will ask you to send a CV and will arrange an informal interview.

Volunteer Officer Warden

The focus of this placement is to assist the park wardens in running volunteer days and to undertake habitat management tasks around the park. This would ideally start in September 2018 but you would be welcome to start earlier if you wanted to help out with environmental play activities over the summer.  The role also provides opportunities to develop skills in managing an urban nature site, organising environmental events and undertaking wildlife surveys.  Free training in leadership of practical projects and First Aid will be provided as well as mentoring from experienced wardens. This role requires a commitment 3 days per week for a period of 6 months.It's a fantastic way to gain some real hands-on work experience in the conservation field. Suitable for people with a background in or some knowledge of conservation or ecology who wants to gain practical experience. Ring Joanne or Tony on 020 8293 1904 or email us at gpep@tcv.org.uk to find out more.  We will ask you to send a CV and will arrange an informal interview.

Community Engagement Days

A Community Engagement Day gives corporate teams the opportunity to carry out practical conservation and environmental work to improve green spaces in their local community.  At Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, teams can help with some of our larger habitat management tasks, such as reed cutting, meadow cutting and shingle beach digging as well as unique tasks such as tern raft management and compost turning. This is a great opportunity for businesses to help maintain the park’s unique biodiversity, while fulfilling their team building aspirations.  We can host teams of 10 to 20 people any time from September to April.

As a charity we are committed to full cost recovery and we will work together to your requirements and budgets.

Costs include; trained volunteer support officers to lead your day - great care is taken to ensure that all volunteers (new and long-serving) have a safe, inclusive and enjoyable experience, project planning and set-up costs, full risk assessment and insurance, provision of tools and safety equipment.

Find out more about Community Engagement Days