Staunton Country Park

Get involved

Should I apply for a work experience or volunteer placement?

The Staunton volunteer scheme is aimed at individuals who would like to offer their time to the park on a long term basis.  People that might be interested in volunteering may have a spare day or two a month and would like to give something back to the community, get to know new people or spend time outdoors for a change. Please see our volunteering section for more information.

Work experience is aimed at students wishing to develop their skills in a particular area on a short term basis, for example those who are studying, about to study or those wishing to change their career.  Work placements work alongside a team Monday-Friday for a set amount of time, anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months.  Please see our work experience section for more information.  

Volunteer at Staunton

Staunton Country Park is a unique site offering a wide range of volunteering activities for anyone aged 16 and over.  Volunteers are work alongside our teams including Horticulture, Farm, Education, Visitor Services and Administration departments.  Volunteers assist teams with routine tasks essential for the day to day running of the site and take part in larger group projects.  

Why Volunteer?

  • Give something back to the local community

  • Help protect and conserve the environment

  • Feel valued as part of a team

  • Gain confidence and self-esteem

  • Take time out of a busy lifestyle

  • Gain new skills, knowledge and experience

  • Enhance your CV

  • Gain an insight into the industry

  • Make new friends

What can I do?

See the links below to view the role profiles for the various volunteer opportunities.  

If you would like to volunteer with our Countryside Ranger Team please apply through our sister site Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

For individuals that have learning difficulties and require staff to support them with tasks please have a look at our supported volunteer websites:

When can I volunteer?

Staunton Country Park is open 363 days a year.  The Park is closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  The team you wish to volunteer with will agree the days you can volunteer.  Please see the role profiles for more information.

How do I apply?

We have a limited number of volunteer vacancies and ask all volunteers to complete an online application form.  Successful applicants will be invited to a selection day where they will undertake an interview and a practical task.  Selection days take place three times per year.  

Staunton Volunteer Application Form

Training

Successful applicants will attend an induction day.  Volunteers will receive an induction pack and will need to complete a questions section, an emergency contact and medical information.     

Once the paperwork and induction has been completed volunteers will be able to start working alongside the team.  Volunteers will receive instructions and guidance on the tasks while work alongside staff until they feel comfortable completing tasks independently.  

For more information about the volunteering scheme please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Tel: 023 9245 3405 Email: staunton.enquiries@hants.gov.uk

Corporate volunteer groups

We welcome corporate volunteer groups. Please contact staunton.enquiries@hants.gov.uk to discuss specifics.

Work Experience at Staunton

Staunton Country Park offers a unique opportunity to school, college and university students aged 14 and upwards.

At Staunton there are over 1,000 acres of parkland, tropical glasshouses, formal gardens and an ornamental farm which provide diverse opportunities for work experience.

We offer secondary school placements to students attending local schools within the Havant, Waterlooville and Hayling area. Placements are for general assistants which involve working alongside each of our teams over a two week period.

Post 16 placements work alongside the team most relevant to the student’s course.

All students must undertake a minimum of two weeks placement.   

For students who enjoy their placement our volunteer scheme is open to anyone over the age of 16 and offers an opportunity for further experience.  

Why apply to?

Work experience can be a hugely rewarding providing opportunities to:

  • Better understand the land based industry

  • Work alongside our staff to gain new skills

  • Get a taster of various roles within the land based sector

  • Learn of progression routes and employment opportunities from our staff

  • Improve your CV

We will happily provide feedback on your performance and will act as a reference for you.

What work will I do?

You will be required to undertake an induction to familiarise yourself with the Park and our health and safety procedures.  You will then work alongside our staff and undertake routine duties as required. Tasks might include:

  • Litter picking

  • Car parking

  • Path laying

  • Fencing

  • Coppicing

  • Weeding

  • Planting

  • Watering

  • Feeding animals

  • Cleaning animals

When can I undertake a placement?

The Park is open seven days a week and students are welcome throughout the year.  

How do I book?

Complete the application form  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 302kB and email to the Education Team staunton.education@hants.gov.uk

Work Experience Application Form  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 302kB

If we have availability we will contact you to arrange an informal interview. Students that are successful in the interview will have their placement confirmed.  Inductions will take place on the first day of your placement.   

For more additional information please contact the Education team. Tel: 023 9245 3405 Email: staunton.education@hants.gov.uk.