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Volunteer opportunities at FSC Slapton

There are lots of different ways people support the work here at FSC Slapton. Some work as part of a team on the reserve or go out with education groups whilst some might complete survey work or support with admin and marketing.

Below are some examples of the groups, tasks and opportunities we have on offer. This isn’t all we have to offer so if you’re not sure what you might like to do then get in touch and we can have a chat.

 

Conservation Action Group

Task might include:

  • Managing Information display at fishing Hut – keeping clean, sightings board neat and up-to-date, and publicity boards up-to-date.
  • Checking nature trail for safety and quality – reporting back to Centre on actions needed.
  • Light clearing of trail side vegetation using hand tools
  • Long term monitoring of climate, birds, insects, plants and/or people

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Beach Activity Trailer

A friendly manner and an ability to deal with a range of enquiries from the general public. Local knowledge most important, but also some familiarity with the Field Centre & National Nature Reserve.

Duties might include:

  • Setting up and taking down the trailer
  • Providing a ‘face’ for the general public to interact with – providing local information and answering basic wildlife queries.
  • Publicising upcoming events and taking bookings
  • Liaising with the Beach Warden

There would be opportunities, but it is not essential, to:

  • Support our education team with beach activities
  • Deliver wildlife interpretation through objects and specimens

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Driving

We are looking for someone who likes driving or has some experience in driving larger vehicles than a standard family car, has D1 entitlement on their driving licence, who knows their way around the roads of South Devon, is able to relate to students and visiting tutors in a professional and friendly manner.

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Outreach

Our Outreach team support our work at Slapton in two ways.
Projects: Working as a group to develop, create and implement different projects and initiatives at the Centre e.g.

  • Beach clean – schools project and The BIG beach clean
  • Eco-campaigns
  • Fundraising  

Marketing support: To support with delivery of the Centre’s Marketing plan. This might include:

  • Promotions at farmer’s markets, festivals and other events
  • Poster and newsletter distribution
  • Supporting our beach trailer (Summer months only)

 

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Ground Force Group

Our Group Force Group support our work at Slapton in two ways.

Projects: Working as a group to develop, create and implement different projects and initiatives at the Centre e.g.

  • Growing for food
  • Karma yoga garden

Garden support: To help maintain the Centres outside areas including

  • Herb garden
  • Sunken garden

Gardening knowledge would be helpful but not essential.

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Practical Conservation Team

 

Support Field centre staff on a range of practical tasks. You will need to be physically fit and happy to work out in all weathers. Some experience of using hand tools would be helpful.

Conservation Tasks might include:

  • Clearing vegetation with hand tools
  • Constructing woodland paths and steps
  • Hand pulling invasive plants.
  • Constructing fences and stiles.

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Volunteens

Our ‘volunteens’ support our work at Slapton in two ways.

Projects: Working as a group to develop, create and implement different projects and initiatives at the Centre e.g.

  • Creating resource banks for students
  • The Sunken garden

Role support: To support other Action groups and roles throughout the Centre. From supporting on our beach trailer in the summer and getting out on the reserve with our conservation monitoring group or helping to promote the Centre with our Outreach Team.

 

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