WHO WE WORK WITH

Volunteering

Our volunteer strategy is to engage, train and support all our volunteers. We welcome volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to give us a hand. Whether indoors or out in nature, there are plenty of things you can help us with. All we ask for is enthusiasm! We run groups on Mondays and Fridays by booking only and the half day ‘Green Thursday’ sessions when anyone is welcome to turn up and join in whatever it is we’re doing that day!

Individual volunteers

Volunteer Warden

Do you live near a local woodland which you frequently visit or ever thought you might like to keep an eye on a favourite local nature reserve? We are always seeking volunteer wardens to watch over these special places. You will get full support from us and basic training if required and you will be part of the Chiltern Rangers team. Contact us if you would like more information about this.

Office volunteers

Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity inside?  We often have a need for someone with PR, marketing, fundraising or administrative skills so if you are interested in helping for a few hours a week please contact us to see what opportunities we have available.

Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the Season Awards

As part of our volunteer strategy, Chiltern Rangers aims to reward and recognise volunteers for their contribution to the business. Any volunteer may be nominated for the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. Nominations can be made by the other volunteers as well as Chiltern Ranger staff.

Green Thursday Conservation Volunteer Group

We run a volunteer conservation group every Thursday which is open to all. Come along and meet us at Wycombe Rye Lido Car Park at 10.00 am and keep fit while helping to take care of your local environment in the local woodlands. We aim to return for 1.00 pm after a rewarding mornings work. Tools, gloves and hot drinks are provided. Please wear stout footwear and appropriate clothing suitable for outdoors activities and the weather. If you would like to get involved just turn up or please contact us.

Read the experiences of some of our regular volunteers below.

After a career that had me in London for 35 years I relocated to the Chilterns in 2018 and thought about doing some kind of voluntary work. I noticed that the Chiltern Rangers managed my local nature reserve and decided to check out their website where I discovered I could volunteer. Not only has this reconnected me with the countryside that I loved growing up and allowed me to work with a variety of people that I would never have met in my previous life, but I also realised that something I really enjoy, that was missing for years, is learning! Learning how the sites are managed, how to use the tools needed to manage them and constantly developing my knowledge of flora and fauna are all so rewarding it’s easy to forget that I’m actually contributing back.

 

Ian N

A passionate, friendly and hard working group of people at the helm of this organisation, loved every minute helping them alongside all the other volunteers with such a worthwhile and huge task ahead of them. Long may it continue.

 

Richard B

I volunteer for Chiltern Rangers to understand our environment better. As a result, I come into contact with knowledgeable and dedicated people who take our wildlife and green spaces seriously. They pass on their enthusiasm and skills to all their volunteers as well as the children they meet and work with. We must help the next generation care for this planet and if we can enthuse them when they are with us at Chiltern Rangers events, they will, hopefully, continue to a lifelong passion.  I love working with the school groups and watching them grow their skills, using tool and recognising plants and “bugs” and not being afraid of getting muddy !!!

 

Sue L

It’s not just being outside in the country and the physical work that I’ve enjoyed, it’s the people I’ve met too; such an interesting mix. The Rangers, bird experts, butterfly experts, the other volunteers, teams from companies, students on work experience, school children – all with varying levels of experience and all willing to share their knowledge and skills. Chiltern Rangers looks after its volunteers. They really appreciate the work that the volunteers do, and they regularly tell us that too. It’s not all one sided, the Rangers invest in its volunteers. See here for full article.

Colin D

Contact us for other volunteering opportunities such as helping at events etc.

Individual volunteers

Volunteer Warden

Do you live near a local woodland which you frequently visit or ever thought you might like to keep an eye on a favourite local nature reserve? We are always seeking volunteer wardens to watch over these special places. You will get full support from us and basic training if required and you will be part of the Chiltern Rangers team. Contact us if you would like more information about this.

Office volunteers

Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity inside? If you have PR, marketing, fundraising or administrative skills please contact us to see what opportunities we have available.

Community groups

Maybe you have a project that needs embarking upon in your community. It could be a pond that needs reinstating or even just some long overdue maintenance, an area of common or woodland that needs maintaining and managing or even just engaging the youngsters (and adults) with nature and conservation in your area. Whatever kind of community group you’re involved with contact us today and find out how we can help. Below are some examples.

Contact us if you belong to a community group who could use our help.

Corporate groups

Businesses of all sizes can become involved with our popular ‘Be a Ranger’ day team building sessions through to our corporate supporter packages. 

‘Be a Ranger’ day team building sessions

Businesses like yours can make a real difference to the environment by working at one of the many fantastic nature reserves across The Chilterns. Join our expert rangers who have over 30 years experience in conservation and over 5 years expertise in running outdoor team building sessions. Not only enjoy the Chilterns’ countryside and its fascinating wildlife, but also a day of exercise, fresh air, and for many, a life-enhancing experience.

Get hands-on with a range of tasks and create homes for birds, butterflies and wildflowers. You can choose to help a specific site, habitat type or even ‘help butterflies’ – let us know and we can make it happen with you. Or have a go at improving community visitor facilities by building a bench, installing steps or clearing paths to name a few. You will get your hands dirty in our chalk grasslands, woodlands, ponds, chalk streams and more, but it is great fun, don’t just take our word for it…click on the video to the left to see one of our sessions in action.

Contact us with your requirements if your company would like to get involved

Corporate Partnerships – working with Chiltern Rangers will benefit your company in many ways.

Have a browse through our partner package offers below and contact us to discuss how we can work together:

Contact us to discuss your preferences.

Schools

Paul Stack started Forest Ranger School for Chiltern Rangers in the summer of 2015. Since then it has gone from strength to strength with an ever increasing number of local schools benefiting from his previous experience as a Head teacher combined with his knowledge of the environment. Our team is made up of rangers who are wildlife conservationists and educationalists. We combine the Forest School approach to learning with coaching children to work as Rangers and do the work of improving their Forest Ranger School Habitat for wildlife. Children love being given real responsibility and doing proper work that makes a difference!

Forest Ranger School – How it works

Part of our agreement is to help you to set up and develop a site over time including helping to set up community work party days. We manage our own existing Forest School sites and are continually working in partnership with a large number of Wildlife Trusts and Landowners to create new ones depending on a school’s needs. Many woodlands have been poorly managed and the under-canopy can be lifeless. Trees need to be cut down in order to bring in light, new growth, plants and mini-beasts back to the habitat. We then use the wood from the trees that have been cut down to make base camp, provide natural building materials and dead wood piles for minibeasts. Chiltern Rangers can bring a team in to do this on our own or

we can work with a volunteer parent/staff team from your school – A great way to build teams and community involvement in your Forest Ranger School.

Staff and Volunteer Training

Chiltern Rangers will provide one or two staff to run your Forest Ranger School but the school will need to supply additional staff, either teachers, teaching assistants or volunteers to ensure a safe staff to pupil ratio. Our one day course is a mixture of classroom based and site based training with the aim that all helpers will feel confident in supporting their pupils’ learning in a safe and child-led way. We also offer a one and a half hour twilight Introduction to Forest Ranger School called Whole Staff Training. We will tailor this training with the Headteacher to match the values and development priorities of the school.

Risk assessment

At Forest Ranger School we encourage children to explore, take risks and lead their learning in their Woodland Habitat. Staff will be able to confidently let their children do this because of our rigorous risk assessments. We can tailor our model to your school and save busy teachers a lot of work.

Contact us today if you would like help to set up a Forest school for your child’s school

Private Landowners

Do you need help and advice as to how to manage your own woodland or natural area? We offer both to private landowners for an agreed fee. Frequently the costs can be reduced if we work with other funders at the same time – see the example below.

Through collaborative partnership working with the Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) and Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) we have provided practical management to four Local Wildlife Sites within the Radnage Valley Biodiversity Opportunity Area. This work has focused on restoring chalk grassland, a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitat. We brought in our Green Thursday team and our partners at Thames Valley Probationary Service Community Payback Team, together with our trained staff using chainsaws and brushcutters who set about improving several areas of chalk grassland that were beginning to become swamped by scrub. This work was funded in part by the land owner and subsidised by the CCB with BBOWT providing their alpine tractor and a driver for a morning. This work would not have been possible without a partnership approach and we hope it can continue in the future, much depends on the help of the land owners.

We can also provide/produce extensive site management and action plans and advice on other linked topics including how to make successful grant applications. 

Contact us if you have land that is in need of some TLC