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Work Party Volunteer

Description of the role:

The volunteers regularly undertake practical conservation and countryside access work. Currently 'the season' runs from October to March inclusive. If you would like to work outdoors in the beautiful Suffolk Coast & Heaths, help your local environment and meet some new people, then why not join us? Our Volunteer Scheme has been running for over 5 years and we would love to hear from you! A chance to work in the great outdoors, helping with work such as clearance/maintenance of our long distance recreation routes, surveys, landscape improvements and habitat management. The work could involve cutting back vegetation, clearing invasive trees from various habitats and routes, restoring important geological sites and features, woodland management, looking after recreation sites, etc.

Opportunity Activities: Community Work, Gardening, Practical Work and DIY
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in landscape, wildlife, heritage or the countryside, villages and towns in general. We are looking for people happy to work as part of a small group. AONB work party volunteers are welcome to start or end their day at any time and you work at your own pace and capability. Above all else you will need bags of enthusiasm rather than lots of practical skills. The practical skills can be built up over the sessions attended. A basic level of physical fitness is required. Not all jobs within each task are strenuous.

What skills will be learned / gained?

Listening; organising; outdoor work; communication; team work; wildlife identification etc.

DBS Check Required: No
Driving Licence Required: No
Details of restriction:

16 unaccompanied – 12 if accompanied by parent/guardian/supervised.

Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

Located on the coast of East Anglia, the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) encompasses 155 square miles of wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages. This tranquil and unspoilt landscape is a haven for a wide variety of wildlife and birds, and a fantastic place to explore and discover.The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a distinctive area of legally protected countryside, towns and villages in east Suffolk. It's cherished for its relatively undeveloped, tranquil landscape and stunning natural and cultural history. The AONB stretches from Kessingland in the north to Shotley Peninsula in the south, and is characterised by shingle beaches, heathland, forest, estuaries and iconic coastal towns.26 organisations work together to care for the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. This AONB Partnership is coordinated and supported by the AONB team.

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
Organisation Profile:

The AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) champion the conservation of the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths national landscapes, providing a lead on key issues and supporting and facilitating the work of others.

This opportunity is no longer accepting expressions of interest.