Job Details

Communications Volunteer

Ref: Comms18
Type: Temporary
Location: Based at Brooklands Farm, Forston, Dorchester
Salary:  Volunteer opportunity

Communications Volunteer

The ideal person will have experience of using websites and ideally Content Management Systems (although this can be learnt) and will be confident manipulating text to suit certain formats and styles.  Any experience using Drupal would be welcome.  Particular attributes essential to the role include attention to detail, high levels of accuracy, and excellent communication skills.  

Whilst data entry will be a large part of the role, experience of Communications, PR or Marketing would be really valuable, and there will be opportunities to help out with other aspects of the wider communications role, including writing articles, social media, and assisting with the creation of the Dorset Wildlife members magazine, three times a year. 

There will also be opportunities to get involved with Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Gardening Campaign in the lead up to the launch in 2019, which will involve communicating with DWT members and non-members on both digital and traditional platforms, with a particular focus on video.   

We’re always looking for new ideas and interesting ways to communicate about our passion for wildlife.  The ideal person for this role will have a love of nature and wildlife and enjoy thinking about communicating in a creative and impactful way.  We are a small team, but very friendly and fun, but most importantly we love what we do for wildlife and Dorset.  

Reporting To 

  • DWT’s Communications Officer will supervise all work.  Additional support will be provided by the Communications Team and the wider Fundraising & Marketing Team for other projects.  


  • Training on the use of DWT’s website content management system will be provided.  

Overall Role  

  • To help with DWT’s public relations and digital media communications, raising awareness and encouraging public involvement and support for the charity’s conservation work.   
  • Most work will take place at DWT’s offices near Dorchester.  If the volunteer is able to contribute additional hours to this the required 1 day a week, remote working could be an option.  All necessary travel expenses, such as those incurred for car or train journeys to/from work, will be paid for.   

Main Elements of the role:  

  • Website  
  • Copying over data, inputting data into the new website 
  • Helping to conduct a website audit   
  • Updating and creating DWT events listings  
  • Helping to create copy to the format of the new website  
  • Sourcing and cropping photos and video 
  • Liaising with DWT staff to keep information on the website up to date  

Other digital media communications work 

  • Assisting with DWT’s social media communications (Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, blogs etc) 
  • Assisting with ideas and activities to create fun and engaging videos  

Other duties  

  • Ad hoc administration tasks as and when required 
  • Assisting with cataloguing photos 
  • Assist with maintaining press release cutting records  
  • Helping to write interesting articles for local publications about the work of DWT. 
  • Helping with the creation of the Dorset Wildlife Magazine through writing articles, editing copy and sourcing photos.  

If you are interested, please contact Sally Welbourn (Communications Officer) on 01305 264620 or explaining why you’d like to work with our team as a volunteer.  

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