Volunteer with area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) Mendips Hills
The Mendip Hills are one of England’s most special places – the limestone Mendip Hills with the lakes of the Chew Valley is a stunning landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau punctuated by spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops. On the hilltops there are hundreds of ancient monuments, whilst on steeper slopes flower rich grasslands and wooded combes offer varied habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.
In recognition of its special qualities the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). One of 46 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and a member of the National Association of AONBs, these protected landscapes are managed through local Partnerships on behalf of the nation.
The three Area 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.
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. 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.
Community Engagement Volunteer: Community Engagement Volunteers play an important role in our outreach programme. They help with activities that raise awareness of the natural environment and the local history of the AONBs. They encourage visitor involvement and engagement by assisting with various activities, visits and events.
Practical Conservation Volunteer: 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.
Volunteer Young Ranger Assistants: Volunteer Young Ranger assistants will ensure every young ranger is safe and has a good experience at all times and generate a positive atmosphere through fun, enjoyment and respect. They will supervise and support the Young Rangers on a variety of activities that will include outdoor adventure pursuits. They will also support and assist coordinating external providers to deliver specialist sessions to the young people. They will also need to assist the AONB staff group leader in coordinating and planning activities by attending planning meetings and debriefs.