Interested in conservation, horticulture, animal care, customer service or education? Why not consider volunteering with Hampshire Countryside Service

Our volunteers are an incredibly valuable resource. Over 1000 volunteers generously gave 100,000 hours of their valuable time last year to support the work Hampshire Countryside Service carries out to maintain the beautiful countryside. They are at the heart of our organisation and an inspiration to us and the communities they work with.

Volunteering in Hampshire Countryside Service gives you the chance to make a difference – for yourself, your community and the environment. 

Close up of a person doing some weeding

Why volunteer?

As a volunteer, you can learn new skills, gain experience, and increase your knowledge. Volunteering is also a great opportunity to make friends within the environmental field by working alongside other volunteers, staff and academics. Volunteering with us can also be a stepping stone towards jobs in conservation in the future.

As a volunteer, you can get involved in activities such as:

  • wildlife surveying (such as helping to monitor butterflies and birds)
  • gardening tasks like watering, planting, weeding and mulching
  • helping to keep the park tidy and litter free
  • vegetation clearance and removing invasive plant species
  • removing old fences, installing new fences, gates, signs and benches
  • enjoying the great outdoors while helping the environment and your community

There are also plenty of opportunities for you to receive training, including:

  • in-house training led by staff
  • online training
  • funded courses (recent examples include brush-cutters, first aid and ladder training)
Being a volunteer is great – it’s enjoyable, and you get to meet interesting people while doing something worthwhile for the environment, wildlife and local residents. More volunteers are always welcome. You don't need any special skills, but an interest in nature helps!
Francis Mitchell, long-time volunteer

Our volunteers help communities across Hampshire flourish by supporting our services, aiding nature recovery and repairing rights of way. See how they got on at Silchester Roman Town, where they restored a bridleway to provide better access to the countryside.

Apply to volunteer with Hampshire Countryside Service

Corporate employee volunteering days

We offer bespoke corporate volunteering days for your staff. We can offer opportunities for one-off project days or a programme of hands-on activities and teambuilding across one or more sites.

Volunteers will be given health and safety talks, equipment and PPE to encourage them to get stuck in, learn new skills, and try something different.

Corporate Team Days Brochure

volunteer workers stood next to Hampshire Countryside signage

Volunteer with Hampshire Countryside Service

Browse a range of volunteering roles - from conservation and horticulture to guided walk leaders, surveyors and path wardens.

Complete an application form and we’ll be in touch.

Apply to volunteer with Hampshire Countryside Service

Under 18s will need consent from a parent or guardian.

a group of Countryside volunteer workers with their tools