Volunteer Ranger

Can you help inspire wonder about local nature? Become a Volunteer Ranger and be the friendly face of Gosforth Nature Reserve.

About this opportunity

Do you like meeting new people? We’re looking for friendly, personable volunteers to be the welcoming face of Gosforth Nature Reserve. By taking part, you’ll be joining a wonderful, ever-growing community of volunteers who welcome, guide, and inspire visitors to the reserve, sharing the wildlife and wonder of this special place.

As a Volunteer Ranger, you’ll also share wildlife sightings and encourage curiosity, all while spending time in a beautiful natural space.

Time commitment

This role is carried out seven days a week. Volunteer shifts are split daily into 4-hour slots, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm and 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

When you volunteer is up to you, and both the day and slot are you choose are flexible and designed to fit your availability.

Main activities 

  • Welcoming visitors and members to the reserve.
  • Signing in all visitors and taking payments for day passes.
  • Chatting with and recording suggestions from visitors.
  • Walking paths and checking hides.
  • Encouraging visitors to share and submit wildlife sightings.
  • Minor maintenance tasks.

About you

  • You’ll be a friendly, welcoming and personable
  • You’ll love to chat and meet new people
  • You’ll be enthusiastic about wildlife and natural history
  • You’ll be passionate about the wider work of NHSN

What we’re looking for 

No specialist nature knowledge is required for this role just an enthusiasm for natural history and meeting like-minded people.

What the role will do for you 

  • You’ll recieve full training and support associated with the role.
  • You’ll get to spend time regularly in a beautiful and diverse outdoor setting.
  • You’ll meet new people, make new friends and form part of diverse team, passionate about nature.
  • You’ll meet naturalists from all walks of life – sharing in their knowledge of the natural world.
  • You’ll have opportunities to get involved in other stuff too, from events to citizen science.

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time at one of the North East’s most diverse nature reserves. You’ll meet a variety of interesting people from all works of life, sharing their knowledge of the natural world.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to encounter the richness and biodiversity which the reserve nurtures, something essential in the current climate and ecological emergency. I have learned so much about nature by simply talking with other volunteers and visitors who are from all walks of life, both expert and amateur. What we all have in common is a love and appreciation for nature.

NHSN Volunteer Ranger

Interested in volunteering with NHSN?

If you’re interested in volunteering at Gosforth Nature Reserve, we’d love to hear from you.

Please get in touch today – we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.