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When you volunteer with The Conservation Volunteers you can choose to become more involved than just turning up at the work site.

Most of The Conservation Volunteers' work gives opportunities for Key Volunteers to help us achieve more. It is a fundamental part of all our work to involve volunteers in helping to run the organisation.

Take a look at our current Key Volunteer vacancies

Who are Key Volunteers?

They're people who offer a regular amount of time to work with The Conservation Volunteers. They help to organise The Conservation Volunteers and its projects, so that more people can get involved. Key Volunteers can be office based, site based or home based. Opportunities include:

  • organising project work
  • raising money
  • promoting the organisation
  • advising projects
  • training project leaders
  • leading UK and International Conservation Holidays

Why not take a look at some of our current Key Volunteers stories

Why become a Key Volunteer?

This is your chance to become a key part of The Conservation Volunteers and make a difference to us as an organisation.

Many people find that they can get work in the environmental sector if they've been a Key Volunteer with The Conservation Volunteers. During 2004, 45% of our Key Volunteers got a job in the environmental sector, 16% within The Conservation Volunteers.

If you're studying for a degree or college qualification, being a Key Volunteer is a chance to work on real projects. Having practical experience helps with future employment too.

If you work part-time or took early retirement, being a Key Volunteer enables you to 'put something back' into the environment at your own pace, and make a positive difference.

What's in it for you?

We aim to integrate your interests and expertise with our needs in a valuable working partnership.

  • You can take advantage of accredited training courses including the The Conservation Volunteers Institute for Environmental Conservation
  • Be happy - working with volunteers to achieve a project is an incredibly fulfilling experience
  • You will be given responsibility and trusted alongside staff
  • You could be advising staff in specific fields of work
  • You will be supported and managed by professional staff, backed by experts
  • There are few limits to what you can achieve - it's up to you

Each Volunteer is guided by a Volunteer Manager and has a clear role description, and are trained and supported by The Conservation Volunteers. They receive management and personal development reviews, and learning plans. All we ask is that Key volunteers commit to a role for a certain amount of time and work to agreed, usually regular, hours.


Take a look at our current vacancies, or find out more about becoming a project leader.