Closing date: Friday, 29th July 2022
Background to the National Trust & Dynamic Dunescapes
The National Trust is a registered charity founded in 1895 to preserve places of historic interest or natural beauty permanently for the nation to enjoy. National Trust protects hundreds of historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and mills. The National Trust owns more than 248,000 hectares (612,000 acres) of the most beautiful countryside (and almost 600 miles of coast) including forests, woods, fens, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves and villages.
As a charity we have benefited from the support and good will of volunteers to help us achieve our goals of looking after special places for everyone, for ever. Over 45,000 people help us in many different ways enjoying being at our places, learning new skills, sharing their knowledge and making a difference.
Dynamic Dunescapes is a National Lottery Heritage funded nationwide sand dune restoration project that The National Trust, PlantLife and Christie’s Estates are supporting in North Devon. Dynamic Dunescapes is an ambitious project, rejuvenating some of England & Wales' most important sand dunes for people, communities and wildlife.
About the property
This largely Atlantic coastal property, with its spectacular and dramatic cliff scenery of rocky headlands, sandy bays and dunes, is one of the most visited in Britain, and its unspoilt landscapes are close to the hearts of generations of holidaymakers and local people alike. The landscape has been designated as part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And contains exceptional examples of coastal heath and maritime grassland SSI.
The extensive areas of exposed, open coast, both agricultural land and gorse dominated rocky heath, in Trust ownership, amount to almost the entire undeveloped coastal land between Ilfracombe and Croyde, with extensive areas in and around Mortehoe and Woolacombe. As such the property contains nearly all the unspoilt coast in the area.
This role will also involve working at Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO biosphere reserve and part of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the second largest dune system in the UK, and home to a number of rare species, making it ecologically highly important.
Our success as a property is due to the enthusiasm and skills of our team of staff and volunteers. Volunteers help us in a wide number of roles across the portfolio, giving their time and talents to help is conserve and share the places in our care. We have a full programme of team activities and skills sharing to help us understand the work we do and develop our skills.
Volunteering in this role will give experience and develop skills in nature conservation and engaging with the public, helping to build enthusiasm and understanding of our conservation work at Woolacombe. You’ll learn how we plan and deliver nature conservation and access, work with partners and develop events for families and schools.
You will be supporting the Dynamic Dunescapes project, volunteering with the Engagement Officer to help deliver of a wide range of engagement activities throughout the year, from assisting with rockpool rambles, to art workshops, as well as beach & sand dune games. You will also assist with the delivery of curriculum-based learning sessions to local schools, both in the classroom and on site.
This role may also involve making social media posts, and writing blogs for Dynamic Dunescapes project.
As part of the Woolacombe team, you will be volunteering alongside our skilled Rangers, undertaking a wide range of practical countryside management, including landscape & nature conservation tasks and wildlife monitoring.
You will also have the opportunity to assist with the co-ordination of local volunteers and visitors helping to deliver inspirational experiences. Our current emphasis is on rejuvenating natural environments and reversing the alarming decline in wildlife as per our ‘Land, Outdoors and Nature’ vision and this will be reflected in the volunteering you do. We’d hope you could give a maximum of 30 hours a week over the week and can adapt to paid work shifts that you could be doing outside of your volunteering.
As part of our ‘Land, Outdoor and Nature’ vision you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience in a diverse range of activities, that could include:
Interests and skills
Other information and practicalities
To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]
To find out more, contact Fraser at [email protected] or 01271 870555