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Areas of Natural Beauty Volunteer

Somerset County Council

Name: Areas of Natural Beauty Volunteer
Organisation: Somerset County Council
Location: c/o Central Volunteer Team, c/o Spark, Ilminster, TA19 9PY
Type: Part Time
The roles are flexible and can fit around your requirements with some requiring involvement 2 days a year through to some when volunteers are keen to come out 2 – 3 times a week.


The Quantock, Mendip and Blackdown Hills are all designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), which means their distinctive character, natural beauty and cultural heritage are so outstanding that they are protected nationally. The small teams that manage these areas are able to offer a number of volunteering opportunities. Whether you're looking to get involved in hands on practical tasks, wildlife surveys or working with community groups, there is something for everyone to be a part of.

The three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have dedicated teams who work to conserve and enhance the landscapes, natural and cultural heritage of these wonderful areas. Volunteering with these teams is a great opportunity to explore the outdoors and because of the wide range of roles there is something for everyone to get involved with. Some examples of current roles are:

Volunteer Rangers: Volunteer rangers assist the AONB teams by being out in the AONBs either checking on visitor sites, being on hand to answer visitors questions or giving talks to local groups. The role is very varied and flexible allowing you to get involved as much as you wish.

Guided Walks Leaders: Could you lead a walk and share your knowledge on subjects you are interested in? Our guided walks promote greater understanding of the landscapes, wildlife and heritage of the AONBs. Working with other volunteer walk leaders you would be involved in the planning of these walks as well as having the opportunity to develop new walks while being supported by the staff of the AONB teams.

Practical Tasks : There are a variety of volunteer roles within the AONBs which undertake practical tasks, such as conservation land management or access tasks. These roles will receive instruction, training where relevant and all tools / equipment is provided.

Wildlife Surveys : The AONB teams undertake lots of different wildlife surveys either directly or in partnership with other organisation such as the National Trust or Forestry England. There are opportunities to learn more about the special wildlife of the AONBs, learn survey and monitoring techniques for a variety of birds, reptiles and mammals.

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Organisation Description

Volunteers are a crucial part of our work in communities.


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Cause / Interests

  • Conservation
  • Environment

Types of Activity

  • Gardening
  • General and Helping
  • Outdoors

Skills and Qualifications


Have a passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors and the natural environment.
A willingness to learn new skills and gain new experiences.
Enjoy meeting new people and socialising.
Have a good level of health and fitness.
May want to develop their skills by getting involved with further development in the AONB volunteer programme.
Are willing and interested in using their transferable skills within a countryside setting, whilst learning new skills and gaining new experiences.
May already have knowledge of the AONB.
Enjoy walking in the countryside, sometimes in remote locations.


Help conserve and enhance the AONB.
Feel more connected to the natural landscape.
Gain experience and transferable skills in conservation.
Meet new people and work as part of a team.
Learn about the AONB and have the opportunity to work in partnership with other conservation organisations.
Improved fitness, health and wellbeing.
A full induction and demonstration of safe use of tools.
Our volunteers say:

Supporting the AONB, as a volunteer, is and will continue to be a great part of my life.
Working with great, motivated people, learning new skills and enjoying the Quantocks whilst giving something back.
Interesting, enjoyable, worthwhile, helping vulnerable adults to access the countryside, healthy, mindfulness.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Induction will be given.
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Relevent health & safety and role training will bre provided.
Other: Personal Protective Equipment and tools will be provided

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References