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Volunteering at Durlston  

Volunteers are essential to making Durlston a very special place and we’d love your help!  

Volunteering with us is a great way to meet new friends, keep active, learn skills and work in a beautiful location. More than 150 volunteers work alongside the Rangers and whatever your skills or interests, we would love to hear from you.

For more information please get in touch by email durlston@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or call the Rangers on 01929 424443.
 

Weekly Work Parties

Our Volunteer Work Parties are a great way to start volunteering! Meet new people, learn a skill and enjoy the wonderful scenery and wildlife of Durlston, while helping protect it.

Come to the Learning Centre at 10am any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (come a little early if it’s your first time). Tasks are available for all ages and abilities, with equipment and training provided. Work Parties run from 10-1 (tea, coffee and occasional cake provided!).

Tuesday: Pleasure Grounds Project: Enhance the heritage, accessibility, and habitats throughout the Victorian landscape of the park.

Wednesday: Reserve Conservation: Help care for our stunning National Nature Reserve. Habitat management, scrub cutting, path clearing, hedge-laying, fencing, and more!

Thursday: Dry-stone Walling: Volunteers help maintain over six miles of dry-stone wall across the Country Park.

Events Volunteering

Durlston hosts over 200 events a year,  from live music, to guided walks or children’s activities, art workshops, green woodworking or art exhibitions.

A team of volunteers help us organise them, promote them, steward exhibitions or make them happen! Do contact us if you’d like to help!

Indoor Volunteering   

Volunteers help with planning events, publicising what we do, designing interpretation, collating or analysing data and more.

We have regular volunteers who come in once or twice a week to help, those who help from home, volunteers who work on a range of things or have a specific task they give their time for.  Please get in touch and we can discuss what jobs we need help with.

Conservation Volunteering

We have an incredible team of volunteers who help out every week with a wide variety of tasks. Some come every week, some once or twice a month, some can maybe help us out for a few hours, and others love to take on projects themselves. Whatever you want to do you are more than welcome to come and help us keep Durlston beautiful.

Surveys

Surveys run throughout the year and include, visitor, marine, dolphin, seasonal bird, butterfly, and wildflower surveys. No experience is needed for many surveys as we offer training.

If there is something you have special knowledge of and would like to initiate or take part in surveys then please get in touch.

Work Experience

If you are at school or college and are looking for a work placement, Durlston can offer a wide range of experiences. 

Please get in touch to find out more, or to apply visit Apprenticeships and work experience - Dorset Council

Volunteer talking to visitor in the Castle

Castle Volunteering

Working at the Castle visitor centre is a great way to meet people, spend time in a beautiful location, and share your enthusiasm for Durlston, working alongside a Ranger for a morning or an afternoon (or a full day if you’re very keen).

This role involves greeting visitors, providing information, answering questions and taking money from shop sales. Training is given and a Ranger is always available to help out. Hours are flexible to suit you.

Everyone Needs a Shed!

Everyone is welcome at the Shed, whether you want to teach, learn or even just enjoy the company.
We have tasks to suit people of all ages and abilities, from growing plants and vegetables, to traditional rural crafts such as willow weaving, making toys, and much more. The Shed welcomes those with disabilities, dementia or long-term health problems to join in and enjoy the park. 

Check out the 'Shed' page for details

Volunteers walking along path near the sea

Roaming Rangers

Help people get the most out of their visit and share your love of Durlston as a Roaming Ranger.

This role is a great excuse to get out and about exploring our National Nature Reserve (and volunteers park for free whilst on duty!) You will develop close links to the ranger team and an insight into everything going on at the park.

We will invite you to a short induction session and set you up with everything you need to get started – hours are flexible to suit you!