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Whether you are looking to fill a few hours once a month or make a major contribution to the work of the nature reserve, there are many ways to volunteer.
Volunteering can be an enjoyable way to meet new people, learn new skills (or show off your existing ones) and gain useful experience.
If you are interested in joining our group of more than 80 volunteers, please contact Hannah for more information - [email protected] or 01797 360960
- Discovery Centre Welcome & Information Volunteers - needed all days in the morning and afternoons. This involves meeting and greeting visitors to the Discovery Centre, providing information about the reserve, mentioning our activities programme to visitors and making sales in our shop.
- Discovery Centre Support Volunteers - to help with administration duties and help keep the exhibitions and shop areas in the Discovery Centre clean and tidy during busy times.
- Café Volunteers - to help support our busy café team with keeping Lime Kiln Café clean and tidy, serving food & drink, clearing tables and welcoming visitors to the servery and directing them to tables.
- Information Centre Volunteer - needed all days, but especially Saturday and Sunday morning or afternoon sessions. This involves meeting and greeting visitors to the reserve, giving out maps and information about the area, making sales in our shop and encouraging people to support our work by becoming members.
- Practical Conservation Volunteer - to help our wardens carry out practical conservation tasks around the reserve. Workparties are carried out throughout the year, but mostly in late summer and autumn.
- Beachwatch Volunteer - occurs from May to September and involves patrolling the reserve, giving information to the public, helping us keep the reserve tidy, leaflets stocked in hides and reporting any wildlife sightings.
- Guide in a Hide - if you like bird watching and talking to the public this could be the role for you. Guide in a Hide volunteers are needed to help show visitors the birds from our main bird watching hides. Telescope, binoculars and guide books can be provided.
- Education volunteers – supporting our education programme. If you enjoy working with children in an outdoor setting the reserve has many school visits, family events, Nature Tots and Wildlife Watch throughout the year.
- Community Gardeners - ensuring the community garden space is cared for and kept presentable to the public. This will include watering the plants, planting, plant care and ground care. Please beware the Community Garden is still being created by the contractors at this time.
- Visitor Survey Volunteers - to help carry out the Rye Harbour visitor experience survey to help us understand our visitors, their needs and wishes for the centre and reserve better.
COMING SOON Opportunities
- The Harbour History Club - local history volunteers will reach out and work with the public to capturing oral history and collect memories relating to Rye Harbour and upload these onto the heritage screen unit for all visitors to see, learn from and enjoy. This will form an important intangible collection on the history of Rye Harbour. This role could also involve
Other volunteering opportunities include publicising the nature reserve at events such as fetes, festivals, meetings and open days; helping the staff to deliver events and education at the reserve; and making tea/coffee and selling gifts at the Friends winter lectures. Or, if you have a particular skill you would like to share, let us know – we may be able to find a use for it!
There are many other volunteering opportunities with the Sussex Wildlife Trust across the county, to find out more click here.
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