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Invitation to become a Trustee of Avon Wildlife Trust

Avon Wildlife Trust is a charity working to protect and restore wildlife in the West of England. We want to enable nature to recover on a grand scale, with more abundant wildlife in our cities and countryside. We work with schools and communities, landowners and volunteers, people of all ages and backgrounds - to develop wildlife-rich places and wildlife-rich lives. We create, connect and care for places rich in wildlife, champion the value of nature, and inspire people and communities to care for wildlife. The Trust has over 17,500 members, manages 32 nature reserves and educates 10,000 children a year.

We want to build a diverse and inclusive Board that reflects the membership and communities that we serve. So if you are over 18, and would like to use your skills and experience at Board level to help us help wildlife, then we would love to hear from you.

The only requirements for applicants are enthusiasm and commitment to work with a team of others for the benefit of the Trust and its objectives. To help us develop a Board with diverse experiences and skill sets we would particularly welcome:

• people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities within the region, and leaders from deprived communities – you share our vision of nature-rich places that benefit everyone and would be willing to work with us to help make this a reality,
• fundraising expertise – you have significant experience of managing charity fundraising, know how to plan and monitor fundraising activity and would be willing to help mentor staff,
• specialist knowledge of land management - you have high-level experience of managing land such as estates, nature reserves or parks to maximise their benefits for people and wildlife;
• expertise in health and wellbeing – you have a background in the health sector and a network of connections that will help to develop our work on social prescribing and green commissioning
As a member of our Board of Trustees you will be part of the strategic leadership of the Trust, helping us achieve our vision of restoring abundant wildlife and ensuring that the Trust fulfils its charitable purpose, mission and values.
More information about the Trust can be found in the attached Trustee brief and job description.

To Apply
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the areas of expertise (see above) and the skills you are able to offer, to To arrange an informal conversation with either the Chief Executive or one of the trustees, please contact Melissa.
Closing date: 23 July 2018
Successful candidates will be recommended for election to the Board at our AGM in November, or, in exceptional cases, may be co-opted directly onto the Board.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Practical Conservation Volunteering

Join one of our practical volunteer groups where physical exercise, fresh air and job satisfaction are guaranteed. Help protect the habitats of rare species, such as barn owls and water voles and get hands-on with managing ancient woodland and wildflower meadows.

Employee Engagement

Swap your computer for a spade for a day, work as a team and feel the benefits of being in the natural environment.

Volunteer Placements  

We offer volunteer placements positions from time to time. These aim to provide volunteers with work-based experience that can support career development, providing opportunities to take on more responsibility and learn new skills.

Community Volunteering

Inspire people about wildlife through innovative learning programmes, health and wellbeing projects and the award winning Feed Bristol community food-growing hub, to enhance communities and enrich nature.

Feed Bristol is currently at full capacity for new volunteers. 

Events Volunteers

Support our membership recruiters on stands, providing simple and fun activities from badge making to mask making.

Local Groups

Meet like-minded people by joining or starting your very own local group. Organise events, fundraise or simply get together to share your interest in wildlife.



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awt_trustee_brief_2018.doc253.5 KB
awt_trustee_role_description_2018.doc263.5 KB
my_wild_child_volunteer_role_description_feb_2017.pdf336.81 KB
personal_details_form_new_volunteers.doc147.5 KB
Feed Bristol Grow Leader role description Jan 18.doc138 KB
Volunteer information and support document.pdf610.38 KB