Environmental Monitoring Volunteer

Role description: Our extensive research and monitoring programme is an essential part of the work we do and we welcome the assistance of volunteers who can help us with tasks such as vegetation monitoring, hydrology and water quality monitoring. Most of the year, we offer ad-hoc opportunities when we require assistance in the field on a weather dependent basis.  We expect the field season to gain momentum when our annual vegetation monitoring surveys begin in late July and there are more regular days in the field during the autumn water table monitoring campaign, which can be one day per week in September through to December.

Environmental monitoring

• Ad-hoc: some regular days dependant on season. Monitoring work at weekends is not usually undertaken and so volunteers should be available Monday-Friday.
• Full training provided, no prior experience is necessary.
• Own transport is essential for most projects.
• Our sites can involve a long walk and difficult terrain and so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
• Volunteers should have clothing appropriate for working outdoors and should expect to do full days out in the field.

This work takes place in the Peak District National Park, north of Edale, and in the South Pennines around Rochdale. Many of our sites are remote and please note that there is often no mobile phone reception at our sites. 

Skills gained: Our monitoring opportunities offer volunteers the chance to learn more about the moorland and blanket bog habitats of the Peak District National Park and South Pennines. Volunteers will acquire a range of skills while working alongside our experienced survey staff, and in doing so, help us to gather data to evidence the multiple benefits of our work. They will also learn about our restoration and conservation work.

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