Volunteering: The Heart of Alderney and its Wildlife Trust

Volunteers building a new pontoon for Mannez Pond

Why should I volunteer?

A morning in the life of staff and volunteers of the Alderney Wildlife Trust. from Living Islands: Live on Vimeo.

The volunteer is the lifeblood of Alderney’s close-knit society.  Volunteers not only sustain a wealth of clubs and societies on the island, but by volunteering with organisations such as the Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT), they are are providing an integral community service and helping to underpin the island’s infrastructure.

In 2012 more than 14,000hrs volunteer hours were donated by residents and visitors to the island through the AWT.  

This donation of time and effort is of immense value and helps to do everything from keeping the island’s Visitor Information Centre open to clearing paths, undertaking vital scientific research and even helping with wildlife rescue. 

It is the partnership between volunteers and staff which allows the AWT to accomplish so much with so little.  Volunteers bring a crucial variety of skills, expertise and experience, not to mention enthusiasm, to an organisation which has only limited financial resources.

Volunteering with the Alderney Wildlife Trust

There are a number of ways in which you can get involved with a wide variety of volunteer sections within the AWT.  

In most cases we find volunteers help to choose their own course, be it because they have an interest or passion in a specific area of the AWT's work, or because of skills they bring with them.  

Volunteers can also expect to learn new skills and in time can help pass these on to others.  These could include:

  • growing your knowledge of the island
  • practical outdoor skills such as tools use, tree maintenance and step building
  • practical courses such as dry stone walling, power tool training and first aid 
  • boating skills 
  • learning about the island's wildlife including mammals, insects, birds and plants
  • tour guiding skills

Volunteering hours are flexible and vary widely.  We have volunteers who work with us on a regular weekly and even daily basis, in roles such as adopting a bird hide, or Conservation Volunteering.  There are also volunteers who join us once a year on their holidays, and it is always great to see them back. Its not even necessary to be a member of the AWT to volunteer.

So whatever your level of skill or experience we have a place for you in our dedicated team of volunteers!

How can I get involved?

Getting involved is simple! You can contact us directly by calling the office on +44(0)1481 822935 or drop in and have a chat.  Alternatively you can fill in the volunteering webform and we'll be in touch.