Volunteer Assistant Ranger

Field Studies Council

Slapton Ley, Devon

Volunteer • Full Time


Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 31st May 2024  

Role duration: Mid November until Mid February (with possible extension into March accommodation depending)

You will be asked to assist with a range of tasks on Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve, and in the Grounds of the Field Centre, which may include:

  • Clearing vegetation with hand tools 
  • Strimming and hedge trimming (in house training will be provided) 
  • Constructing or maintenance of paths, steps, rails or platforms 
  • Invasive species removal (by hand only) 
  • Scrub clearance and coppicing 
  • Tree planting and habitat creation 
  • Monitoring 
  • Tool and machinery maintenance
  • Working with volunteers 

Ideally you will need to be physically fit and happy to work out in all weathers. Some experience of using hand tools would be helpful. 

This voluntary role offers the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in practical conservation and nature reserve management. This is a stepping stone for those seeking a career in conservation

A room in shared accommodation and access to a shared kitchen will be provided for the duration of the volunteer placement. Another benefit of volunteering is the fabulous cake that is always on offer.

The volunteer should have:

  • Enthusiasm 
  • Willing to learn 
  • Happy to work outside in all weathers 
  • Ability to work as a team with different types of people 
  • Ability to use initiative 
  • No qualifications required, but tickets for chainsaw and brush cutters would be useful.
  • A driving licence would be useful but not essential 

For more information and an application form, please email Alice at [email protected]

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we’re in receipt of sufficient applications. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.