Volunteer at the Festival of Nature
If you are looking for opportunities to get involved in wildlife public engagement and events, you’ve come to the right place!
Volunteering with Festival of Nature is a great way to gain experience, meet new people and develop your skills. Across the program of events there are three main roles each involving a variety of tasks.
To get all the latest information on volunteering sign up to our volunteers mailing list.
You will be the smiling face of the Festival, supporting exhibitors, workshop leaders and Festival staff to deliver exciting content at events and engage people with our five key calls to action. You’ll need enthusiasm and passion for talking to people face-to-face about the natural world. REGISTER NOW
You will be the engine room of the Festival, supporting staff and exhibitors with the vital tasks that make the events possible. You will need to be reactive, enthusiastic and happy to take on a variety of tasks. more info. REGISTER NOW
You will be the digital face of the Festival, supporting Festival staff in capturing stories to be shared beyond the event. You will need specialist skills in social media, photography or filmmaking and access to your own equipment where required. more info REGISTER NOW
ALREADY REGISTERED? Once registered you can book your shifts here
When can I sign up? – Join our volunteers mailing list to get notifications of when we open volunteer registration for the festival and other great opportunities to volunteer with the NHC.
What if I have to cancel? – We have an online shift management system to help you arrange which days you’ll volunteer with us. Give us as much notice as you can by visiting the shift management system and cancelling online so someone else can fill your space. If it’s last minute – give us a call to let us know – 0117 925 3931.
I haven’t heard from the team since I registered. Don’t you want me? – More often than not this means that our emails are being redirected to your junk folder. Check your junk folder for emails from email@example.com and follow the links below to find out how to add this email address to your ‘safe senders’ list. Note that the registration process DOES NOT generate an email confirmation so don’t go looking for one.
Still worried? Contact us in the office – 0117 925 3931
Do you pay travel expenses? – We offer volunteer travel expenses in the form of an enabling fund – a portion of our budget that is held in reserve to cover travel expenses on request to the value of one day pass bus ticket within Bristol/Bath per event. If you are happy and able to cover your own travel costs as an additional donation to the charity then you don’t have to claim if you don’t want to (every little helps!).
Is lunch provided? – For the larger events we provide basic refreshments – teas, coffees, biscuits, snacks, etc. but at smaller events this can be really difficult as we often have very limited infrastructure. For all of the events we recommend bringing a packed lunch and a few snacks to keep you going and definitely bring a water bottle! We will have a fill up point.
I am moving to Outer Mongolia to live in a yurt, grow a beard and find myself so can no longer volunteer at all. What do I do? – Simply let us know by email, good luck and watch out for yaks!
Any other questions – contact our volunteers coordinator Matt – firstname.lastname@example.org
Avon Wildlife Trust
Bath & North East Somerset Council
BBC Natural History Unit
Bristol City Council
Bristol Zoo Gardens
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of the West of England
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
The Natural History Consortium is a charitable collaboration between these member organisations.
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