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Frequently asked questions about Volunteering

Hopefully, the answers to your queries will be here!  If not, please add a comment and we will answer it and add it to the page…

1. Who can volunteer? That’s an easy one to start!  Anyone can volunteer – you don’t have to be a Dorset Wildlife Trust Member, you don’t have to know how to use loppers, you don’t even have to know a dragonfly from a damselfly!  That’s the great thing about it – no need to feel that you don’t have skills or experience, you just need to come along and give it a go!

2. When can I volunteer? We now have a small team of volunteers that go out on Tuesdays and Fridays, and anyone can join in for occasional days, a day a week, whatever suits them.  There are also weekend volunteering days that vary between Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.

3. When can I start? Right now!  The first step is to contact us and then you can start straight away.  There are only a very few number of opportunities that would require a police check, so there are no barriers to getting stuck in straight away!

4. What about transport?  We have a minibus available for our tasks, so can arrange to pick up on the way depending on where the task is that day.

5. Whatage do I have to be to volunteer? Anyone over 18, whatever their ability, can volunteer for Dorset Wildlife Trust.  Under 16’s can volunteer if accompanied by a parent/guardian.  16/17 year olds can volunteer after completion on a parental consent form.    All staff and volunteers that lead volunteer work parties will have CRB checks and first aid qualifications.

6. Do I have to live near Poole? No.  Although the majority of the V days start out from Poole, there are pick up points along the route (Dorchester Station being one).  In addition, there are lots of opportunities for volunteering at many of our other sites.  Kimmeridge Bay marine reserve is always popular – especially in the summer!

7.  I can’t commit to regular days – is that ok? That will be no problem whatsoever.  Regular V days are on Tuesdays and Fridays – but there are lots of other opportunities on other days throughout the week.  The best way to get involved is to probably identify what days you do have available, and then call us so that we can let you know what options there are  for you.  Alternatively, you coul always become a volunteer warden!

8. Volunteer Warden, that sounds good.  What does it involve? It’s a really simple and effective way for anyone to get involved in their local DWT Reserve.  Volunteer Wardens act as our ‘eyes and ears’ on the sites when we are not around.  It’s simply a matter of walking around your site, noting any problems such as fly-tipping, vandalism and the like, and passing the information on to us so that we can get it sorted out.  You will be given a DWT polo shirt and a handbook, and there is also training to help you with the role.

9. I’m not mega-fit, and I have never tried this before.  Will I be a hindrance? Not at all – we all have a first time for everything!  The volunteer teams and the staff are all very friendly, and will take them time to ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your volunteering – we want you to keep coming back, after all!  It’s not at all about pushing yourself to the limit – it’s more about being part of a team, being out in the clean air, and giving something back by doing your bit for wildlife.

10. Where can I find out more? The Trust produces a monthly update on all volunteering opportunities.  This can be found on the website by going to and downloading the latest edition of Volunteering Update.

11. Who can I talk to about volunteering? You can call Steve on 01202 642788 or email us at

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane permalink
    July 19, 2008 8:29 am

    What age do I have to be to volunteer? Do I have to live near to Poole (is that where you are?), Do I have to be mega fit? Just a few things I wondered about…

  2. July 22, 2008 10:07 am

    Thanks Jane. I have added a few extra paragraphs that I hope have answered your questions -plus a few more that came to mind!

  3. Shirley permalink
    July 19, 2009 8:37 pm

    Do you have Dorset Wildlife Trust sweat shirts or t’s available for nonmembers to purchase?

    *Found your site through Jane’s blog.

  4. November 18, 2010 1:10 pm

    polo shirts are very casual and stylish indeed, most of the time i use polo shirts :.:

  5. November 18, 2010 1:16 pm

    We are working on a getting a new range of clothing out soon for volunteers. Sweatshirts, rugby tops and of course – polo shirts! Will keep you posted..

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