Community Events Volunteer

Railway Land Wildlife Trust

Railway Land Nature Reserve, Lewes, East Sussex

Volunteer • Part Time 01273 477 101

Sectors: environmental education, sustainability, water & hydrology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Community Events Volunteer

The Railway Land Wildlife Trust exists to inspire environmental sustainability by bringing nature to the heart of Lewes, East Sussex. It was formed 30 years ago by local residents to save over 20 acres of former railway sidings from development, which is now the Railway Land Nature Reserve: a much loved and beautiful sanctuary for local wildlife, and home to a flourishing collection of flora and fauna. The Linklater Pavilion, our purpose built environmental centre, sits at the entrance to the site, around which a variety of social, educational and ecological projects revolve.

The Railway Land Wildlife Trust has secured funding from South Downs National Park to adapt our existing schools learning resources and deliver them to our wider community to enhance community engagement with the reserve. The focus is on three distinct areas; the chalk aquifer of the South Downs, the mosaic of habitats that exist on the Railway Land, and on issues around resource use and waste, particularly plastic waste.

Community Events Volunteers

We are now recruiting volunteers to deliver these community engagement sessions.

  • Receive role specific training in delivering the sessions, as well as more general training in Health and Safety etc.
  • Gain experience in delivering learning sessions to the public (adults and children), or enjoy using your existing skills.
  • Join a small friendly team of local people enthusiastic about nature and the environment.

We are looking for reliable, outgoing people who are enthusiastic about nature and sustainability issues, and comfortable talking with the public, or wanting to learn these skills. We plan to run 6 learning sessions in connection with this project between October 2018 and March 2019, two for each focus area; Habitats (21st October), Plastics (25th November), and the Chalk Aquifer (20th January 2019), then all 3 on a community day 24th  March 2019. We will run a training day prior to each of the sessions (times to suit volunteers) to help you feel confident in leading or co-leading learning in these areas.  Ideally we ask that volunteers can commit to being available for all 6 delivery sessions, but as a minimum, to be available to help deliver both sessions in one particular learning theme, especially if you are passionate about one of our 3 areas. You don’t have to already be highly knowledgeable as our training will give you enough knowledge and confidence to deliver or help deliver these sessions.

Please fill out the short application form or email  We do encourage you to apply as soon as you are able, as the first events are coming up soon: 21st October 'Habitats' and training for it on Tues 16th Oct, but you are still welcome to sign up for the following sessions, just get in contact if you're interested, many thanks!

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