Current volunteering opportunities

Volunteering with the Wychwood Project is a great way to pick up skills, make friends and feel part of an enthusiastic team, indoors, outdoors, at events...there is something for everyone. Scroll down for details of our regular monthly work-parties, every first Saturday and every third Thursday.

Current volunteer vacancies: 

Wychwood Water Watch

In partnership with Wild Oxfordshire we want to create a series  of citizen science monitoring ‘hubs’ across the Evenlode catchment The citizen science hubs will collect data on a monthly basis, monitoring sediment, river-flow, observational data and phosphate and nitrate levels, as well as, on some sites,  conducting riverfly surveys.  All of this data will help monitoring the ecological status of our rivers and streams. More details from Wychwood@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Wychwood Forest Fair - getting ready for the Bookstall; Wednesday 26th July and 16th August 9.30-1.00, and  Wednesday 30th August 9.30-1 & 2-5; refreshments will be provided! Lower Farm, Ramsden, OX7 3AZ.

Come and help us sort books for sale at the Forest Fair; we will mainly be sorting for condition and quality, and categorising ready fo sale at the Fair but we'll also be any spotting gems that could be worth a few pounds more than the Fair sale prices.

Volunteers are also needed to join the  dedicated team who plan and run the Forest Fair on 3rd September and in the weeks leading up to this - contact the office for more information wychwood@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Mapping project volunteer

This role has two strands, both focused on mapping the Wychwood Project area:

1) Adding data to our Google map: Wychwood events, conservation activities, projects, community woodlands etc. This will require some research, such as finding gps coordinates for locations, before adding this information into the map, occasionally with images.

2) Creating a hard-copy map of the Wychwood area with featured points of interest.  Again this will require research, this time on the wider project area, followed by liaison with a designer and printer, and then getting the map out into outlets around the Project and neighbouring areas.  There will also be the potential to find sponsors for this map.

What we are looking for
o Good interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills
o Someone who is passionate, or is keen to develop an interest in, maps and  data visualisation
o A motivated self-starter, able to commit to completing the project
o Relevant qualifications or experiences.
o A day a week free to volunteer during office hours; we estimate the Google map will take up to fifteen days, and the hard-copy map 30 days, both based on a 7 hour day
What we offer
o Valuable exposure to the work of a local conservation / heritage charity
o A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and to gain new ones
o Reasonable out-of-pocket travel and lunch expenses paid
o Being a volunteer for the Wychwood Project means that you can proudly say you are part of a respected local conservation organisation
o Flexible location – Witney, Kidlington or home based

Young People and this role
We value the energy and enthusiasm that young people can bring to this role. You can volunteer in this role from the age of 16 subject to a risk assessment and safeguarding requirements.

Applying for this role:
The post will be open until the right candidate has been found.
Please reply to this advert with the following:
o 1. Your previous volunteering experience in less than 100 words.
o 2. How this volunteer opportunity fits your path in less than 100 words.
o 3. A link to any map you have made.
o 5. Your CV.

Contact us: by email at wychwood@oxfordshire.gov.uk or by post at Wychwood Project, WODC Offices, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1PB 

Wychwood Project work parties

A group of volunteers in woodland.No experience is necessary for any of the tasks (full training and instruction is part of the day) but you should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work including stout boots and gloves; tools are provided but you can bring your own (hand tools only); activities usually take place with 'behind the hedge' loo facilities only!

Come and get some exercise and fresh air, meet some friendly fellow volunteers - and help the Wychwood Project!

  • activities run from 9.30am to 3pm unless otherwise stated
  • there is normally no need to book (the listing will say if booking is required); but do check the website or our facebook page before setting out in case of any last minute changes due to weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control
  • you don't need to stay for the whole session if you don't have time (or energy!)

 

Thursday 20 July meet at the RSNR on the left-hand junction just before the Bird in Hand (from the Hailey direction)

 

Collecting seed for later distribution to receptor sites, Suck Seed and Sow Project

Saturday 5 & Thursday 17 August

Hand pulling the invasive controlled weed Ragwort, Wigwell Nature Reserve, Charlbury. Meet at the entrance by the Scout Hut on Nine Acres Lane, OX7 3QZ

 

More information: email the office: Wychwood@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

We are also looking for people to help:

Lead walks

Fit, enthusiastic and responsible people needed to lead walks of small groups of people around the Wychwood Project area during daylight hours, either during the week or at the weekend.

Give talks

Would you like to talk to community groups and the general public about the work of the Wychwood Project or the Wychwood Project area? Are you particularly nowledgeable about a specific subject in the Wychwood area, for example history, ecology, landscape, botany or other subject which you could use to educate others?

Co-ordinate volunteers

Would you like to coordinate Wychwood Project volunteers from the Wychwood Project office in Witney? Hours and days to suit. You would need to be good with people and be a clear and enthusiastic communicator. This position would suit someone who maybe wants to gain experience of managing volunteers or just wants to get out of the house, meet people and do something worthwhile.

Join a conservation advisory board

  • Do you have a good knowledge of environmental conservation issues?
  • Would you like to meet other enthusiastic conservationists?

We need people to help us to develop the conservation work we undertake in the Wychwood Project area, conserving habitats for future generations.

Paid employment

There are no current vacancies for paid employment at the Wychwood Project.