Volunteering on Skomer

Voluntary Assistant Wardens are required on Skomer Island from 19 March to 1 October 2016 inclusive.

We take up to six Voluntary Assistant Wardens each week (Saturday to Saturday), to help with managing day visitors, assisting with overnight guests and their accommodation, conservation work including monitoring and surveys, and building maintenance.

The 2016 Short-term volunteer information (Word doc) or 2016 Short-term volunteer information (pdf format) gives more information on what we expect from Skomer volunteers and gives more information on applying.

The minimum age is 16 years. You will need to be able to walk several miles each day and to carry luggage up a steep, long, flight of steps several times a day. You need to enjoy working outside in all weather conditions including strong sunshine, heavy rain and strong winds.

You will need to be happy talking to members of the public, have a cheerful and customer friendly approach to sometimes difficult situations. When the island is closed to visitors you will be helping out on the reserve. This may include maintenance of buildings and control of vegetation.

Please see our leaflet on volunteering on Skomer Volunteering on Skomer

Typical roles of volunteers on Skomer Island Skomer Volunteer tasks

How to book?

The Trust operates a recruitment and selection process for the Skomer volunteering opportunities. We have been heavily over-subscribed in recent years and so the decision has been made to allocate spaces on the strengths of people’s applications rather than on a first come first served basis, as this will allow the Trust to manage the island most effectively for the benefit of both wildlife and visitors.

As well as people’s practical and conservation skills we will also take into account knowledge of the island and, where multiple applications are equal in merit, membership of the Trust will continue to provide priority to places as a way of saying thank you for your support (membership costs just £2.05 per month). Applicants can indicate their preferred weeks and can volunteer from one to three weeks.

All applicants should complete the 2016 Short-term volunteer application form (word format) or 2016 Short-term volunteer application form pdf (pdf format). Completed forms should be emailed to skomer.assistant@welshwildlife.org or posted to the island booking office at Island Bookings, Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire SA43 2TB. All application forms will be forwarded to the Skomer wardens who will select people on the above basis. The closing date is 1 October 2015 and successful applicants should be informed within two weeks of this date. Please do not send payment at this stage. You will be sent an invoice in November/December and payment should be received within four weeks of the invoice date.

Please do not send letters or CVs as only the application form will be considered.

If you have any queries on this please phone the booking office on 01239 621600/621212 or email islands@welshwildlife.org

A reminder will be sent, along with further information, about 12 weeks before you are due to go to the island.

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