Volunteering opportunities at Staunton
We are currently not recruiting volunteers due to existing high numbers, we are seeking funding for a Volunteer Coordinator to develop the scheme. If you would like more information please contact the Education Team, alternatively you may submit an application form and be placed on our waiting list.
Staunton offers a unique opportunity to volunteers of all ages and interests. At Staunton there are over 1,000 acres of parkland, tropical glasshouses, formal gardens and an ornamental farm. In addition to working in these areas we can offer you the opportunity to volunteer in many other areas of the Park including supporting the education service, marketing team, retail, catering and events.Volunteering at Staunton gives you the opportunity to get to know the animals, the grounds and the staff, as well as spending time interacting with likeminded people. As a volunteer you will have the chance to work alongside qualified and experienced staff. We recognise the wealth of skills, knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm that volunteers havz to offer and welcome people of all ages and abilities to become part of the team. We rely on volunteers to help out with duties that help the Park meet its objectives, so any activity you become involved in will help in many ways.
Why Volunteer at Staunton Country Park?
Volunteering anywhere can be a hugely rewarding experience providing opportunities to meet new people, get regular exercise, utilise your own skills and learn new ones.In return for your time and effort we will aim to provide you with a fulfilling and rewarding experience. We will invest time and resources in your training and can also sometimes offer training from external companies/organisations. The work will be as tough or gentle as you choose; you will work in all weathers so imagination, improvisation skills and commitment are required, as well as some wet weather gear! You can also help out with less messy jobs such as at events, in the office and with education programmes.Should you choose you will also have the opportunity to influence the management of the Park by providing input into various meetings and schemes.
What can I do as a volunteer?
There are a variety of duties that volunteers have the opportunity to undertake at the Park. As part of your induction you will be trained in all of the general duties available but this does not mean you have to do all of them. It may be that you have a specific interest in a particular area and wish to spend your time carrying out duties relevant to this, or you may not be suited to some of the duties.The following list provides details of all of the general duties and where applicable the areas in which these are based.Animal Care and Maintenance on the ornamental farm alongside the Farm team. Tasks will be mainly practical ensuring the welfare of the animals and maintaining the enclosures.Horticulture with our Garden team in the formal gardens and tropical glasshouses. Tasks range from light active tasks to more practical management and maintenance.Practical Estate Management and Conservation with the busy Ranger team. Tasks will vary according to the work programme and will be physical, practical activities to ensure the maintenance and management of the estate.Formal Education for school groups with the Education team. This will involve assisting in the preparation and delivery of guided activities for a range of school groups and ages, linking in with the National Curriculum.Holiday Activities again with our Education team you will help in assisting with activities based within the Park aimed at our younger visitors.Events during the holidays, working with all of our teams to deliver various events. Tasks vary from constructing scenery, acting and leading tours, dressing up and face painting.Marketing and Administration plays an essential role at the Park. Tasks will include envelope stuffing, producing in-house interpretation, inputting data and liaising with the public.General Maintenance with our maintenance team includes a variety of tasks from litter picking, fence construction, painting and carpentry.
When can I volunteer?
The Park is open seven days a week and volunteers are required throughout the whole year. Volunteers must agree and book in dates they intend to attend. We offer ongoing volunteer opportunities, short-term placements or project by project options. You can commit to one day a month or five days a week, we are grateful for any time you can offer.We run volunteer induction training four times each year. We recruit people based on the information supplied in the application form and at interview as well as the needs of the Park at that time. If you are not recruited straight away we will keep your details on file for 6 months and will contact you should suitable opportunities become available.
How do I become a volunteer?
First of all please complete this application form and return it by email or to the Park address below.
We will contact you to arrange a visit to the Park to describe the scheme in more detail at an informal interview. If you are successfully recruited we will invite you to attend a taster day.
Your taster day will be for either a whole or half a day. You will be placed in one or two of the Park’s teams and shadow staff for the day. The taster day will give you a better understanding of the work you may be asked to do and a chance to see how the Park operates. If every thing goes well for everyone we will arrange for you to attend a induction training session.
Each new volunteer has to attend a day of induction training. You will meet our Park Manager and other key staff who will provide an introduction to the Park and the work carried out here. It will also be an opportunity for you to meet the other new recruits, tour the Park and be informed on various health and safety policies.
The next stage of the training programme involves induction sessions relevant to any work you are undertaking. This could be something such as a farm induction which will provide you with more detailed training. After you have completed the inductions you are ready to book in for duties.
Once you have completed the training programme we will provide you with a uniform which includes a polo shirt and badge which must be worn every time you are on duty.
Social Activities and Recognition Scheme
We want everyone to get the most out of the volunteer programme. We know that meeting others is a key reason why people volunteer and to show our appreciation of our volunteers we arrange around social evenings as well as days out to other similar attractions.