Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project Education Programme Volunteers

There are currently no vacancies for the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project volunteer role.

Why do we have Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project Education Programme Volunteers and what do they do?

Our volunteers help us deliver education sessions to schools, play schemes and youth groups out on the Downs. They can even get creative and help with the preparation and delivery of our crafty children’s events, family days and community activities such as the Bristol Festival of Nature! Or, for those who are not so keen on the face-to-face delivery there are other ways volunteers can help us, behind the scenes, with office work and the development of educational resources.

Just two miles from Bristol City Centre, the Avon Gorge and Downs are home to an astonishing diversity of wildlife. Over 30 different kinds of rare plants grow on the Gorge’s craggy ledges, making it one of the top botanical sites in the UK. We also have nesting peregrine falcons, a host of rare insects and a herd of gorgeous goats. The gorge is such an important place for wildlife it’s designated internationally as a Special Area of Conservation and nationally as a Site of Special Scientific Interest

Bristol Zoo Gardens, and the other project partners want to ensure that the variety of wildlife living here is safe for the future. We also want to ensure that local people have opportunities to enjoy and learn about this unique location.

Who are we looking for?

  • People who are keen to learn more about British wildlife and are passionate about sharing their enthusiasm for the natural world with others.
  • People who want to contribute to a local conservation project.
  • Reliability and flexibility. The project has a list of events that volunteers can sign up for (so there’s not a regular volunteering day like other volunteering roles in the Zoo).
  • People who can volunteer on weekdays. 

What’s in it for you?

  • Learn more about our wonderful native wildlife.
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle.
  • Get experience of environmental education in an outdoor setting.
  • Enhance your communication skills.
  • Gain new skills; maybe getting creative or improve office skills.
  • It’s social, fun and very rewarding!

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get an insight into what you do – it’s been really fun! I can certainly say that I now feel I have more direction in the area I would like to go into in the future, I feel very inspired!”  Emma, Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project Education Programme Volunteer

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