Anyone can volunteer to help us. We rely heavily on volunteers and members, who generously share their time and knowledge to help us make a difference.
Each year over 100 people volunteer to help the Society in some way. By giving anything from a few hours a year to several days a week, these volunteers help with a variety of tasks.
People of all ages and backgrounds volunteer their time to learn new skills, gain work experience, meet new people or simply because of personal interest, wanting to give something back to the Society, to help conserve nature or educate others about it.
If you are interested in volunteering to help us, please check our current volunteering opportunities below and then get in contact with us by phone or e-mail. We will then discuss with you in more detail the types of activities you are interested in and the best way for you to help us. You can then come along and have a go and see if it’s for you – you don’t need to make a commitment straight away.
We have regular friendly volunteer work parties at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve during autumn and winter. The next sessions in 2016 are on the Saturdays of 26 Nov, 28 Jan, 25 Feb, 25 March and every Wednesday to 14 Dec and then from 18 Jan to 29 March. All volunteer sessions are from 10am-1pm, meeting at the reserve entrance (click for directions). Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and suitable footwear (we recommend wellies), and bring with you any drinks/snacks to keep you going. Everyone is welcome, including friends and family, as long as you are able to carry out light physical work. No need to book, just turn up. We will go ahead in rain but not heavy snow! Our volunteer work parties take place Sept-March (to allow for the breeding/flowering season).
Volunteer Warden. We need help protecting the reserve and its wildlife (click here for details). We have an annual recruitment and training session for this role before Easter each year, so please contact us before mid-March.
Photos and videos of the reserve. We often need photos of the reserve and its flora and fauna to help promote wildlife and our work. We welcome donations of digital photos taken at the reserve.
We have a 6-month volunteer placement to help us with our work. Next placement opportunity is April-Sept. Click for details of what this involves.
Help us to scan images and enter digital information onto our electronic cataloguing system so that it can be seen online.
Help us open and run the library in the Great North Museum: Hancock on the first Saturday in the month from 11am-3pm. Training provided.
** We are currently fully staffed at the Library **
The Society is run by our members through an elected Council of up to 21 people, who are also the trustees for the Society. The NHSN Council meets 3 times per year and is the key decision-making body. Following a review the Society is looking to broaden the skills and experience of its governing body and we are now seeking nominations from people with:
If you are looking for an opportunity to help and have relevant experience then we would love to hear from you. Please contact our Director on 0191 208 2790 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and they can provide more details about the roles and how to apply.