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Volunteering with FSC

There are many volunteering opportunities across the FSC at the 19 learning locations that we run. We have locations in varied regions across the UK, including in mountainous and moorland, fenland and coastal areas. There are a wide range of volunteers who spend time with us. Some are studying and are learning the ropes before starting work, others have retired and are giving back in an area they want to support. Some are regular volunteers that meet weekly and monthly, some that pop in when they can and some volunteer full time. 

Volunteering is great for boosting your wellbeing and being outside has been proven to be good for your mind and your body. It is a great way to connect with other likeminded people, and can benefit you in career advancement, but most importantly it is fun and fulfilling.

Examples of volunteer tasks include:

  • Monitoring biodiversity such as Moths and Butterflies
  • Leading guided walks
  • Practical Conservation
  • Garden and grounds development
  • Visitor Engagement


“In my 4 years as a volunteer for the FSC, I have been privileged to work in one of Devon’s most wonderful natural places, and enjoyed the many sights and sounds that nature provides and above all, to work with others who enjoy helping preserve and enhance the natural environment” Tony Hulatt – Conservation volunteer at Slapton Ley

Volunteering at Slapton Ley

Slapton Ley is a beautiful nature reserve in South Devon. Located by the coast it offers a versatile range of opportunities for volunteers. The FSC manages the national nature reserve which consists of a large freshwater lake, shingle ridge, ancient woodlands and wet scrublands. Volunteers help out with all aspects of what we do at Slapton, including assisting with events that we run throughout the year.


Vacancies currently available:

Volunteer Gardeners (part time – 1 day per week)

Butterfly Monitors (part time - ad hoc)

Volunteer Drivers (part time – ad hoc)

Visitor engagement assistant (part time – 1 day per week during the summer)


Volunteer Events:

Himalayan Balsam bashing (mid-July)

Come and explore how the nature reserve is managed with our Ranger and learn the importance of its habitats to the wildlife that lives here. Then get hands on with some conversation tasks to help our wildlife have some where great to live. If you are interested please contact Tom at [email protected] or call 01548 580466.  


Start Bay Festival (first Sunday in August)

There are lots of things to help out with on our day of celebrations in start bay. Volunteer roles include, running activities and providing information at our FSC stalls, manning the entrance, selling raffle tickets, directing cars, taking photographs, helping with set up and pack up, making and selling pizzas and much more.

If you would like to get involved please get in touch with Alice at [email protected] Or call 01548 580566


Volunteering at Nettlecombe

Nettlecombe Court and park is an old estate on the northern fringes of the Brendon Hills, within the beautiful Exmoor National Park. We are just under 4 miles from the village of Williton, in the English county of Somerset. The field centre is situated in the Grade 1 listed court itself and is surrounded by Nettlecombe Park, a 90.4 hectares Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Volunteers here can get involved with monitoring wildlife and garden and grounds development.


Vacancies currently available:

Volunteer Gardener (part time – 1 day per month)

Wildlife monitor (part time - ad hoc)

Volunteer Drivers (part time – ad hoc)