Making Time to Volunteer

Join a group or organisation for a day (or more!) of volunteering and make an active difference for nature whether out in the field or back in the office.

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Volunteer at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Do you like the sound of acting as volunteer ranger in the butterfly forest at Bristol Zoo Gardens? What about introducing visitors to minibeasts, helping out as an aquarium keeper or running craft sessions with children? There’s a huge range of volunteer roles at Bristol Zoo – learn new skills, meet new people and support the Zoo team in saving wildlife together.

Click here to find out how to become a volunteer at Bristol Zoo Gardens


Volunteer at Wild Place Project

Volunteering at Wild Place Project is a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet new people whilst helping us spread conservation awareness in a fun and inspiring environment, surrounded by like-minded people.

As well as our wonderful animal collection we are lucky enough to have large amounts of untouched land and beautiful gardens, including an area of protected British Ancient Woodland. We also have many activities and special events running throughout the year so there are many ways to be involved helping us to save wildlife together!

The Wild Place Project is looking for hands on, chatty and outgoing individuals that love being outdoors and can encourage guests to become more interested in our habitats, conservation and amazing animals, whilst helping them to have a great day out at our developing guest attraction.

Click here to find out how to become a volunteer at Wild Place Project

Volunteer with Avon Wildlife Trust

There are many different opportunities to get involved with the Avon Wildlife Trust, including practical and office volunteering, whether you’re looking for work experience, a new hobby, or are just keen to do something to help protect wildlife in your local area.

Click here to find out how to become a volunteer with AWT

And if you’re interested in turning Bristol into a nature reserve, join the My Wild City Action Team!

Volunteer with National Trust

Whether you’re looking to help in the great outdoors, work with the public or get up close and personal with their houses, gardens or wild places, National Trust have something exciting happening near you.

Click here to find out how to become a National Trust Volunteer.

Volunteer with WWT


Enjoy your love of nature through volunteering for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). Help to maintain our internationally protected nature reserves, or to welcome and show round our thousands of visitors.

Click here to find out how to become a WWT volunteer

Volunteer with Woodland Trust

Volunteers have been involved at every level of the Woodland Trust’s work over the last 40 years.However long you’ve got and whatever your interests, there’s something for everyone. Get your hands dirty, sit on the board of trustees or take some snaps.


Click here to find out how to become a Woodland Trust volunteer

Volunteering for Students


From Community Gardens to Beach Cleans, the South West is buzzing with opportunities for students to get involved in making your city a greener place. 

Find Volunteering Opportunities through the University of Bristol

Have a look at the volunteering opportunities available as a student at University of Bristol 

If your organisation would like to discuss a subject-specific student project, please send the University of Bristol your details through Skills Bridge.






Find volunteering opportunities through UWE


If you’re a student at the University of the West of England have a look at their volunteering opportunities









Find out how you can get involved with volunteering opportunities through the University of Bath