Meet the Volunteering Team - put a face to a name!
Volunteering in Dorset Wildlife Trust is managed centrally by a small team of staff and volunteers, based at the Urban Wildlife Centre near Corfe Mullen. The team is responsible for ongoing management of the County-wide volunteering programme. The team consists of the Volunteering Programme Manager and the Volunteering Assistant, boosted by the additional support of several volunteers working on various administration tasks such as database and website management.
Volunteering Programme Manager - Steve Davis MinstLM
I have been working as the Volunteering Manager for 5 years now, and prior to joining in the Trust I was a volunteer myself for almost 10 years. My role is very much one of ensuring that the volunteering programme is delivered effectively and safely. I am a great advocate that volunteering should not be just about getting a job done - it is also a way for us to share the opportunity for people to be able to learn more about the countryside and to meet others.
I am a bat warden trainer and also hold a licence for smooth snake and sand lizard. I enjoy watching/recording all forms of wildlife, but particularly reptiles.
My main interests are photography and running - not at the same time!
Contact: Tel 01305 264620 or email
Administration Assistant - Susanna Holford
Susanna is responsible for signposting new volunteers and liaising with enquiries about opportunities. She is often the first contact that online registrations have with the Trust.
Susanna likes all wildlife and is particularly interested in wildlife gardening.
Until recently Susanna was a volunteer with the Trust.
Contact: Tel 01202 692033 or email
Dorset Wildlife Trust has regional teams throughout the County. Each team has a designated volunteering co-ordinator for all volunteering opportunities within their region. Feel free to contact them direct if you wish to discuss specific volunteering roles in their regions.
East Dorset- Sally Wright
Sally works as a Community Conservation Officer in East Dorset. Her role involves engaging with communities and local groups of all backgrounds to encourage an enduring interest in the conservation and restoration of The Great Heath sites. She co-ordinates and leads a number of practical habitat management volunteering opportunities for groups across the area.
Sally was introduced to DWT when she was a volunteer warden on Brownsea Island and then went on to do a traineeship. She feels these experiences were instrumental in her career course and development.
She is delighted to have the opportunity to return for a three year role on the exciting Great Heath project. The role combines her ideal recipe for a career with both the practical outdoors and hands on communication with the local public.
Contact: Tel no 01202 692033 email
Mid-Dorset - Steve Oliver
Steve Oliver is the reserve warden for Mid-Dorset. He is involved with survey/monitoring work in the Summer. In the Winter, tasks mainly involve habitat management.
He always ensure that volunteering tasks are enjoyable, action packed and fulfilling -so if that sounds like the sort of thing you want to be involved in, drop him a line!
Contact: Tel no 07824 874273 or email
West Dorset - Steve Masters
I am the new area warden for the West Dorset reserves. I have recently moved across from my previous post as assistant warden in the Mid Dorset team.
I have been involved with wildlife conservation for 6 years, working first as a volunteer and then as an employee of various organisations, before joining the wildlife trust in April 2011. I have managed many different habitats including woodland, grassland, heathland and wetlands, both in the UK and abroad.
My main areas of interest are mammals and birds. I run volunteering in the West Dorset area, mainly on reserves, on Tuesdays and Thursday.
Contact: Tel 01300 321329 or email
Marine - Julie Hatcher
Julie Hatcher is the Marine Awareness Officer for the Living Seas Team and manages the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge where she manages the volunteer marine wardens at Kimmeridge.
Contact: Tel 01929 481044 or email
Reserves Recording and Monitoring - Amber Rosenthal
Amber works with the wardens and site staff across the area teams to make sure we have the wildlife data we need to manage our (non-marine) Nature Reserves. She is interested in hearing from anyone with existing wildlife identification and survey skills who would like to contribute to the nature reserves recording and monitoring programme, or from regular recorders at any of our sites. Occasional opportunities to be trained for specific surveys are advertised through the volunteer e-mail newsletter.
Contact Tel: 01305 217984 or email
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