New volunteer opportunities in the Broads National Park

The Broads Authority is looking for enthusiastic local people with a knowledge of the Broads to support its ranger teams at Potter Heigham and Breydon Water and Haddiscoe Island. There is also an opportunity to undertake practical conservation work in sites throughout the Broads.

Potter Heigham Site Volunteers are new roles helping to look after the Broads Authority’s meadow, moorings and staithes in Potter Heigham, one of the Broads busiest visitor destinations. The work ranges from helping boaters to moor, litter picking and checking on livestock to dealing with enquiries from the public, brush-cutting and undertaking small repairs.

The Authority is looking for practical people who can offer a minimum of 16 hours a month regularly spaced in visits of two hours at a time in summer. In winter a minimum of eight hours a month is required. The closing date for applications is midday on Friday February 27th.

A new team of Volunteer Rangers are required for Breydon Water and Haddiscoe Island to carry out duties both on and off the water. Their work includes patrolling the Breydon area by boat and on foot, carrying out maintenance work, mowing and brush cutting, assisting the public, and helping with events, educational activities and small conservation projects.

As considerable training is invested in these applicants they are asked to commit to a year’s volunteering with a minimum of two days a month. The closing date for applications is midday Friday March 13th.

Vacancies also exist for Practical Volunteers – the life-blood of the Authority – who turn their hands to a huge range of activities across the Broads. Their work mainly includes habitat management, scrub clearance, and maintenance of footpaths, moorings and furniture. They are asked to help on weekdays on a weekly basis for at least six months.

Broads Authority Volunteer Co-ordinator Beth Williams said: “These are the unsung heroes of the Authority. They go out into remote areas, whatever the weather, and do anything and everything.

“People volunteer for so many reasons, to keep active, to improve their CVs, to make friends. But they all have one thing in common – the desire to maintain the Broads National Park to the highest standard for all who live, work and visit.”

There is no closing date for this role but a basic training and first aid day for all the volunteers is being held on Saturday April 18th.

To apply for the roles visit www.broads-authority.gov.uk

Tuesday 3 March 2015