Volunteering Opportunities In Our Parks And Countryside

REAL experiences. REAL opportunities

The parks team cover a diverse and exciting variety of areas across the Borough. 

Our staff teams are small. To achieve everything we want to on these beautiful sites, we reply on the help of others. 

For those who choose to join us, we provide REAL experiences, and aim to provide the highest possible level of work experience.

Take a look at our leaflet.

For an introduction about our volunteer and work placement opportunities, please email Richard Hesketh.


Conservation volunteers – If you love being in the great outdoors then you can help out with habitat management at Hengistbury Head and our sites in north Bournemouth.

‘Friends of’ and supporters groups – If you’re passionate about a particular area there might be a group to help care for it. These groups are independent but work with us to help look after the sites.

Grazing stock checkers – If you like conservation and animals then why not help to care for our grazing animals? We have cattle and goats that help us to care for our conservation sites.

Here is a description of the tasks involved in Conservation.

Our Visitor Centres

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre at Stour Valley are a brilliant resource for lovers of these nature reserves.  Help run the shop, look after the wildlife garden, assist visitors and help with guided walks and events.

Here is a description of the tasks involved at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre.

Here is a description of the tasks involved at Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre.

Other areas

Kings Park Nursery – If you are interested in horticulture and/or nursery retail then you might enjoy joining the team at Kings Park Nursery.  Help run the summer retail sales, or with many of the aspects involved with running a nursery.

Here is a description of the tasks involved at the nursery.

Catering - If you are interested in helping out in one of our Park Cafes, there are plenty of opportunities, please get in touch.

Grounds Maintenance - Get involved with tree works, clearance projects or landscaping projects across the Borough. 

Here is a list of the tasks that might be involved.

Park Guardians - working in the local area to support the work of our Parks teams.

Parks in Mind - working with local charity, the Parks Foundation - join weekly sessions suitable for anyone looking to improve their health, meet new people and learn new skills.