Volunteer

Volunteer

The “Friends” is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. By volunteering you can help the Friends, and in doing so, the Reserve by giving your time and enthusiasm, whilst at the same time discovering more about the Reserve, its wildlife & its management.

“Friends” volunteers can carry out a wide range of tasks but they don’t always have to be either outdoors or energy sapping! Perhaps you could put your organisational, IT, administrative or financial skills to good use? Amongst tasks currently carried out by volunteers are:

  • Managing the Visitor Centre including greeting and assisting visitors
  • Running the Heron’s Rest café including serving drinks and light snacks
  • Wildlife surveying
  • Practical conservation work on the Reserve (under supervision of a Warden)
  • Assisting at events run by the Friends (e.g. Creepy Crawly Day) and the Wardens
  • Participating in the Horsham Green Gym
  • General and financial administration & record keeping
  • Serving as Trustees and on the management committee

Remember ! You don’t need to be an expert, enthusiasm is far more important !!

Whether you have a day or an hour of time to give ….  find out more and help make a difference!

Specific Roles

We currently have some specific roles we are trying to fill:

Role – Heron’s Rest Volunteer

1) Selling permits
2) Selling a small range of goods and snacks
3) Welcoming visitors to the reserve.
4) Other duties consistent with this role
(N.B. Support and training will be provided).

Skills Required

Good communication skills.
A Friendly and welcoming nature.
Organisational skills.

Role – Fundraiser

1) To identify sources of possible funding/grants.
2)To develop fundraising ideas and events.
3)To complete grant applications.
4) To facilitate fundraising activities.
5) To perfom other duties consistent to this role.

Skills Required

Good communication skills.
Lively mind and ability to think outside the box.
A persuasive nature.

Role – Leader of Guided Walks

Duties would include guiding a group of visitors around the reserve. Sharing with them what you had see, identifying birds and informing them of other points of interest on the reserve. Whilst in the hides , identifying species that can be seen at that time. Encouraging an interest in the natural world and promoting a good image of the reserve. Recording all sightings in the sighting book at herons rest.

Skills Required

Good communication skills.
Friendly and pleasant.
Good knowledge of birds and wildlife.
Open to learning more about the natural world.

Role – Hides and Paths volunteer

Duties would include walking the reserve and meeting and greeting visitors. Sharing with them what you had seen that day and informing them of other points of interest on the reserve. Whilst in the hides , identifying species that can be seen at that time. Encouraging an interest in the natural world and promoting a good image of the reserve. Recording all sightings in the sighting book at herons rest.

Skills Required

Good communication skills.
Friendly and pleasant.
Good knowledge of birds and wildlife.
Open to learning more about the natural world.

 

Please leave your contact details with the staff at the Heron’s Rest or telephone the Heron’s Rest on 01403 756238 or e-mail us through our contact page.