Current volunteering opportunities

 

The Drystone Wallers having a lovely day in the sun on the new wall at Ascott-under-Wychwood. 7 tonnes of new stone to go in so come along and lend a hand.

Posted by Wychwood Project on Monday, 11 June 2018

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. 

 

Conservation volunteering 

A group of volunteers in woodland.Every 3rd Thursday and 1st Saturday of the month we invite you to join our experienced and knowledgeable staff to get stuck into some habitat managment task.  The work varies depending on the season and which site we are on. 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 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!)

4th & 16th August, 2018 - Work party at Wigwell Nature Reserve, Nine Acres Lane, Charlbury. Habitat restoration.  Invasive weed control.

Volunteer Warden

We are looking for eyes and ears on our four conservation sites.  This responsible role, as a Warden at Foxburrow Wood (Witney), Wigwell Nature Reserve (Charlbury), Woodstock Water Meadow (Woodstock) or Grimmes (Witney) will help our Conservation Officer manage these areas for both conservation and responsible public enjoyment.  No expertise is necessary. 

If you are interested in this role, please contact James on 07907 905070. (usually Tue, Wed & Thurs)

Dry Stone Walling

Weather permitting we meet every Monday and Tuesday, starting on site around 9.30am and finishing around 3pm. You are welcome to join any day and stay as long as you wish. All tools and training needed are provided, but bring your own gloves and refreshments. The work is often away from any shelter so be prepared for all weathers as we get into autumn. If you decide the drystone waller's life is for you and you join us regularly you will need steel toe cap boots....

The team have just finished a very complicated job at St Mary's Church, Charlbury. The wall was terribly overgrown and when the brambles and ivy were cleared away the wall was in a shocking condition!  It collapsed rather suddenly during the stripping out, which was a bit alarming but helpful ultimately. 

Now the team are working on the wall in the sheep pound at Ascott-under-Wychwood, see the facebook page for more photos.  They would be pleased to welcome new volunteers, go along on a monday or tuesday and join in!

Wychwood Flora Group

In 2013 the Cotswolds Rare Plants Group (CRPG) was renamed the Wychwood Flora Group when it came under the umbrella of the Wychwood Project. When the CPRG was formed in March 1995 by a small group of keen botanists and conservationists their aim was to gather information about the rare plants of West Oxfordshire and to use this information to manage their sites to ensure their survival. By 2012 they were finding it difficult to continue as the number of active members had fallen and virtually all their subscriptions were going to pay for insurance. By becoming one of the interest groups with the support of the Wychwood Project these problems were overcome and the group is now thriving. Monitoring rare plants is still the main activity of the group but members also carry out botanical surveys, go out into the countryside to record wild flowers for the forthcoming BSBI Atlas 2020 and have become involved with the Suck Seed and Sow Project, which is being run by the Wychwood Project. The Flora Group is always keen to welcome new members.

Event Assistant

This summer we will be taking a stall at a variety of events to help raise awareness of the Wychwood Forest and the work of our charity.  If you enjoy talking to people and don't mind being on your feet for a few hours at a time, this could be the role for you.  You will receive plenty of information about our work so that you are fully in 'the know' about what we do and how we like to present our organisation.  A great CV builder, or a way to chat to a wide range of interesed people.

Social Media Guru

Do you know your way around Facebook, Twitter, instagram and the like?  Could you update our website and create interestng e-newsletters for our followers?  If you have the know how, we have the content.

Walk and Talk Leader

Our progaramme of learning events is growing and we could do with some support.  If you could lead a walk/talk on your specialist subject or provide support to a walk/talk leader, we would love to hear from you.

Trainers

Could you share your skill with others?  If you have a particular conservation skill and could transfer that knowledge to others in a participatory session or workshop please call us. 

More information: email the office: info@wychwoodproject.org.uk

Paid employment

At the moment there are no current vacancies for paid employment at the Wychwood Project.