Volunteer

Volunteers carrying out a botanical survey
Volunteers carrying out a botanical survey

Volunteer for TVERC

We occasionally have opportunities for volunteers to help us to collect and manage environmental data, either in the field or desk based. Volunteering can be greatly satisfying and enjoyable. Unravelling a particularly knotty problem with a dataset, seeing a species you haven’t seen for some time or meeting up with like-minded people are great ways to feel that your time has been well spent. If you are looking for new experience, working alongside TVERC staff and learning skills may help you to meet personal goals and discover hidden talents. From planning to conservation, the data we provide with your help influences decision-making.

Species data volunteering usually involves:

  • data validation to make sure records contain accurate information
  • digital mapping, using GIS
  • preparation of datasets for import into our Recorder 6 database
  • sourcing ecological reports from local authority planning portals

Field volunteering usually involves:

  • carrying out standard habitat and botanical surveys
  • undertaking surveys for specific species or taxonomic groups

 

We currently have a number of volunteer opportunties available:

  • Species Data Volunteer, this is a home-based ongoing opportunity.

​Please get in touch if you are interested, tverc@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • learn more about how biodiversity and geodiversity data are collected, managed and used
  • develop skills in using software such as Excel and GIS
  • increase knowledge of local biodiversity
  • visit sites which may not be accessible to the general public
  • gain experience of recording and enhance your field skills
  • work alongside enthusiastic and professional ecologists
  • contribute to a valuable resource for conservation

Other volunteering opportunities

See also our list of local wildlife groups and the NBN database of wildlife surveys and recording schemes for ways to get involved with wildlife surveys, fieldwork and conservation projects.

Get Involved in Recording

Another extremely valuable way to get involved in protecting and conserving your local biodiversity is to record the wildlife you see. Find out on how to get started.