We are seeking self-motivated, adaptable, outgoing people who are able to communicate with a wide and varied audience. You should enjoy meeting and working with people; providing assistance in a polite and constructive manner. All our volunteers have a love of the New Forest and the enthusiasm to help promote that it needs managing and protecting.
Need to know
The New Forest Reptile Centre is one of our main visitor sites, with approximately 20’000 visitors per year. This is second only to Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, and as far as we know, still remains the only place in the country where all the native reptiles and (nearly) all the native amphibians can be found in one collection.
The role will simply be to receive visitors to the site, supporting a ranger and making sure visitors make the most out of their visit by showing them the facilities, introducing them to the animals on view and interacting with the visitor using our props and materials.
Please do not be put off if you feel you haven’t got enough knowledge of reptiles or wildlife in general – rest assured, all the information you will need to do the above will be easily provided to you and you will learn much more as you go along.
No formal qualifications or special knowledge are required – you simply need to care about the New Forest and have an interest in natural history, though any previous experience of volunteering would be advantageous. This role is open to 18 year olds and above; there is no maximum age limit.
We hope you would be able to support us for an average of 2 days a month, during weekends and school holidays between April and the beginning of September. In particular, we are looking for people who are happy and able to be flexible.