Natural environment

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us protect and enhance Norfolk’s natural environment.

Anyone can volunteer for us you don’t need any specific qualifications or experience as our roles can be tailored to your expertise, interests and circumstance.

As you are kindly donating us your spare time, we want to fit in around you. We will aim to find a volunteer role to match your needs, whether that means working from home, in the office or out and about in the Norfolk countryside.

Any work you can do for us is highly valued. You can volunteer with us for as little, or as much, time as you like. Our volunteer roles can be completed through a wide range of time commitments so please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

We aim to offer volunteer roles which support, enhance and improve your skills, interest and enjoyment.

  • Improve your CV – building your CV is easy with our flexible volunteer roles which we will tailor to benefit you
  • Meet new people – our volunteer action days give you a chance to meet new people who share your passion for nature
  • Get fit and healthy – getting out and about in the Norfolk countryside can improve your health, whether its through walking, cycling or practical work
  • Get ahead in conservation – volunteering for an environmental organisation is a great way to prepare for a career in conservation

Get involved 

To apply for any of our roles, complete the Application Form, specifying which role you are interested in, and email it with your CV to environment@norfolk.gov.uk

Current roles

Events Assistant

Each year, we attend a range of environmental and wildlife themed events across Norfolk, engaging with local communities while promoting our work. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist us in planning, managing and attending these events, while working towards improving our events materials.

Download information on this role.

Our past volunteers

Many of our past volunteers have gone onto paid roles following their time with us.

Polly Bryant – Assistant Projects Officer, NCC

 Before volunteering with NBIS (Norfolk’s Biodiversity Information Service) I had not realised the range of work the Natural Environment Team undertakes for Norfolk’s wildlife. With NBIS, NBP and NNNSI all within the same room, my time spent volunteering with the Natural Environment Team was highly varied, interesting and allowed me to develop a wide range of skills for my CV. After volunteering for several months, I moved onto a paid role helping to control and manage invasive species in Norfolk working with NNNSI and RINSE, a European funded project for which NCC was the lead partner.

Lizzy Oddy – Assistant Biodiversity Officer (Information), NBIS

After finishing an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation, and a few months of completely unrelated temp work, I started volunteering at NBIS in January 2010. I volunteered for a couple of days a week for three months.

I had previously volunteered at another records centre, which had involved mainly data entry, so I was fully prepared for this again. However my time volunteering at NBIS was actually much more varied, and they were keen to give me a discreet project to work on which could go on my CV. So my time was mainly split between routine data entry, and a desk-based pond mapping project which involved learning how to use MapInfo GIS software. I also spent a day out in the field with the Norfolk Non-native Species Coordinator and did some work for the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership on the Heathland Biodiversity Action Plan and attending the Heathland Topic Group.

Volunteering was invaluable in making contacts both within Norfolk County Council and with partner organisations, which put me in a great position when a job came up at NBIS starting in April 2010. I’ve now been working at NBIS for just over four years, and I really don’t think I would have got this job without the experience I gained and relationships I built as a volunteer first