Specific Volunteering Roles

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Durham Wildlife Trust. On this page you will find specific volunteering roles for which we have vacancies. Click on each to find out more or click here to register your interest in volunteering.

Practical Volunteering – Reserves Based Volunteering
Name of volunteer role: Reserve-based Volunteering

A summary of the role:
As a reserves-based volunteer you will be working in a team undertaking practical habitat management and access works across our 35 nature reserves.

Our Volunteer Taskforce teams are based in:
Swalwell, Gateshead
Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring
Low Barns, Witton-le-Wear

Key responsibilities:
• Practical implementation of estate management activities (training is provided)
• Tasks include tree and scrub control, reedbed management, footpath repairs, meadow cutting and raking and much more

Days of Week:
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday with occasional Saturdays and Sundays

Minimum time commitment:
As often or as little as suits.

Click here to visit the Taskforce Volunteers’ website

Mammal Web – Volunteer Trapper
Mammal Web – citizen Science camera-trapping project to monitor the mammals of the North East

Name of volunteer role: Volunteer Trapper

A summary of the role:
Volunteer who takes responsibility for and puts out a trail camera for the MammalWeb project in their locality, checks the camera and uploads all images captured to the MammalWeb website (www.mammalweb.org)

Key responsibilities:
• Place and check MammalWeb trail camera
• Upload images regularly and accurately to website

Days of the week on which people can volunteer:
Continuous when volunteering on the project

Minimum time commitment:
Whatever it takes

Mammal Web – Volunteer Spotter
Name of volunteer role: Volunteer Spotter

A summary of the role:
Volunteer who classifies images that have been uploaded to the MammalWeb website www.mammalweb.org by Trappers.

Key Responsibilities:
• View images on website and classify them by identifying what they contain

Days of the week on which people can volunteer:
Continuous when volunteering on the project

Minimum time commitment:
Whatever the volunteer is prepared to do.

Revealing Reptiles Project – Volunteer Surveyor
Name of volunteer role:
Volunteer Revealing Reptiles project surveyor

A summary of the role:
To survey allocated patch of watercourse on both days of the designated Otter Survey weekend for signs of otters, mink and other notable species.

Key Responsibilities:
• Competence in otter field sign identification (training is provided)
• Commitment to carry out the survey on the designated weekend following the correct survey protocols
• Commitment to return data gathered to DWT in a timely manner

Days of the week on which people can volunteer:
Designated Otter Survey weekend (usually the end of April); attending training session if required – sessions take place on designated Saturday mornings in early spring; half a day to familiarise with survey patch prior to survey.

Minimum time commitment:
Two mornings on survey weekend; morning for training session (if required); half a day for survey patch recce.

IT Support Volunteer
Name of volunteer role:IT Support Volunteer

A summary of the role:
To provide IT support for all aspects of IT used within the trust at both Rainton Meadows and Low Barns. The aspects of IT covered will include hardware, software and network support.

Key Responsibilities:
• Windows Server 2008 and 2012 support
• Active Directory managing users and computers
• Maintaining user permissions
• Windows 7 support
• Microsoft Office Support
• Access programming using Visual Basic
• Supporting existing Access databases
• Server backup/restore
• Software application installation
• Virus software management
• UPS maintenance
• Network maintenance
• Desktop PC upgrades and repairs
• Configuration of broadband routers
• Technical support to members of staff
• Advising on new IT equipment

Days of the week on which people can volunteer:
Fridays are preferable although any weekday would be OK. Being available for telephone support would also be advantageous.

Minimum time commitment:
At least one day per week

Additional Notes:
Some knowledge of Geographical Information Systems would be advantageous.

Land of Oak & Iron Woodland Conservation Volunteer
Name of Volunteer Role:
Land of Oak & Iron (LOI) Woodland Conservation Volunteer

Summary of the Role:
To learn traditional woodland management skills and carry out a wide range of practical projects, working as part of voluntary team in woodlands, throughout the Land of Oak & Iron project area.

Key Tasks
• Tree planting, weeding
• Coppicing
• Green woodwork
• Surveying
• Habitat and hedgerow management
• Step, bridge and path making
• Way marking
• Fencing

Additional responsibilities
Volunteers should be willing:
• To work both as part of a team and as an individual, under supervision.
• To work outside on uneven ground, in remote locations and under variable weather conditions.
• To use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures, as advised by the task leader.

Volunteering Hours:
10.30am – 2.30pm various weekdays, occasional weekends

Woodlands in LOI project area

Heathland Heartlands Volunteer
Name of volunteer role:
Heathland Heartlands Volunteer

A summary of the role:
This role involves working as part of a team of volunteers undertaking physical habitat management and survey work as part of a heathland restoration project based around South Stanley.

Key responsibilities:
• Habitat management following health and safety guidelines and safe use of hand tools
• Survey and site assessments on designated sites
• Clearance of scrub e.g. gorse
• Heather and bracken management
• Felling small trees
• Habitat creation
• Assessment surveys are carried out during the summer along with species related surveys.
• Path maintenance and fencing work.

Days of Week:
Every Thursday with additional Fridays subject to volunteer’s availability

Minimum time commitment:
Morning 10:00am to 12:00pm
Afternoon 12:00pm – 15:00pm ish
Hours are flexible, volunteers have make own travel arrangements.