Volunteering FAQs


Durham Wildlife Trust welcomes volunteers of all ages (from 14 to 114!)

Our Young Person’s Volunteering Program is designed for teenagers, aged 14-18, to gain hands-on experience in conservation volunteering and an understanding of the importance of looking after local wild places.

There is no minimum time commitment for volunteering. You are free to commit as much or as little time as you wish.
We ask that volunteers make their own way to our centres for volunteering. Reserve-based volunteers meet at Low Barns, near Witton-le-Wear, Rainton Meadows, near Houghton-le-Spring or at Swalwell Visitor Centre in Gateshead before being taken by minibus to the reserves for the day.
Reserve-based volunteering can be physically demanding, you are expected to know your limits and not to exert yourself beyond what is comfortable for you.

There are many other volunteering opportunities at Durham Wildlife Trust which include coffee shop volunteering, office administration and educational volunteering. See the links above to learn more about these.

Durham Wildlife Trust covers a wide geographical area encompassing County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

If you live within the Durham Wildlife Trust area and are interested in volunteering then we would love to hear from you.

No prior experience is necessary, full training will be provided.
We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities, from educational volunteering to office administration, practical conservation and more. Click here to see the type of volunteering opportunities we currently have at the Trust.
It’s great to hear that you are interested in volunteering for the Trust.

Please click here to visit the volunteering page where you can complete a simple form to register your interest. We aim to respond to all queries within 24 – 48 hours.