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Countryside volunteering

As a countryside volunteer you can get involved with all manner of countryside management work, ranging from wildlife conservation to visitor care. It's a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and keep fit. And it’s fun too!

Countryside Service volunteers

People volunteer for different reasons. Some want to improve their career prospects, whilst others want something fulfilling to do after retirement. Many just want to give something back to society. Whatever the reasons, we really appreciate the hard work and dedication of all our volunteers.

We have a range of volunteering roles. Opportunities vary depending on the nature and operation of the site, and the places available.

Opportunities range from conservation and estate management work through to visitor services and education. You can also get involved in surveying and maintaining our Greenways and Public Rights of Way network.

There are examples of volunteer roles attached to this page. You can also download our volunteer agreement and 'A Guide to Volunteering with Derbyshire County Council’s Countryside Service'. They give more information on procedures for volunteers and will help you decide if volunteering with us is right for you.

Interested? Download the volunteer enquiry form attached to this page. Complete it, return it to us and we’ll let you know what’s available.

Find out what some of our volunteers say.

Working with community groups

We also work with volunteer groups such as ‘friends’ groups, Ramblers and parish path groups to maintain and improve our countryside sites and Public Rights of Way. Get in touch if your group wants to get involved, or if you want to start a new group.

Elvaston Castle Secret Garden

Elvaston’s Secret Garden project involves volunteers in growing fruit and vegetables and includes a heritage allotment. It also provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and currently supports 2 groups.

Local Access Forums

Derbyshire’s two Local Access Forums have an advisory role in strategic access and recreation issues. They are made up of volunteers representing landowners, forestry and farming, countryside users, and local communities.

There are vacancies on the Derby and Derbyshire Local Access Forum for anyone who is interested in helping to improve and promote the fantastic outdoor recreation opportunities which the area has to offer.

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