Skip to content
Date updated: 7/09/2020

Volunteer with us and help care for Epping Forest by doing conservation work, surveys, patrolling with our Keepers, helping at our visitor centres, and lots of other roles.

Volunteer roles at Epping Forest

Have a look below and find out about the volunteer roles we're looking to fill at the moment. If you don't see anything that interests you, get in touch and we'll see if there's anything else you can help us with.

Apply or enquire

Email the Epping Forest team

What you'll be doing

Volunteer litter pickers do the essential work of keeping the Forest clean, beautiful and healthy.

What we'd like from you

We're looking for volunteers who are:

  • enthusiastic about the Forest 
  • confident and happy working outdoors

What we can offer

  • formal recognition of your volunteer hours and, after six months, a reference for employers
  • annual volunteer gatherings and away days at our other green spaces

To apply

Sign up on BetterImpact to be a volunteer litter picker.

What you'll be doing

Volunteer wardens will carry out a host of diverse tasks in the Forest throughout the year, all aimed at supporting our management of the Forest. This could include patrolling the Forest to assist the public, carrying out survey work, leading conservation tasks or helping out with some of our events. 

What we'd like from you

We're looking for volunteers who are:

  • enthusiastic about the Forest and its natural history, management and protection
  • confident and happy working outdoors and with the public
  • able to get to and from duty points throughout the entire Forest (we can help with mileage or public transport fares)
  • happy to commit long term to volunteering two days a month, including some weekends and holidays when needed

What we can offer

  • plenty of opportunities to learn, grow and acquire new skills through a wide range of tasks
  • work experience relevant to conservation, events, forestry and several other sectors
  • formal recognition of your volunteer hours and, after six months, a reference for employers
  • annual volunteer gatherings and away days at our other green spaces

To apply

Sign up on BetterImpact to become a volunteer warden.

What you'll be doing

As part of our communications team, you'll be helping us get our message out there as a charity and as a fixture of London's green belt. You'll be helping us to get our posters and newsletters to stakeholder groups and visitors at hubs all around the Forest.

What we'd like from you

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • happy to work outdoors in most weather
  • confident finding their way around the Forest and local area on foot and by bike or car
  • able to commit three hours once or twice each season

What we can offer

  • a formal induction and training
  • experience working with a communications team in London's largest green space
  • formal recognition of your volunteer hours and, after six months, a reference for employers
  • annual volunteer gatherings and away days at our other green spaces

What you'll be doing

At our visitor centres you'll be assisting our staff in offering the Forest's visitors all the things they need to have a great day out here - whether that's giving them information on the Forest, walking them through its history, or helping them find a momento in one of our shops.

What we'd like from you

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • friendly and approachable
  • interested in history and/or conservation
  • enthusiastic about sharing knowledge with visitors
  • flexible and happy to help with different things each day
  • able to commit to three hour shifts

What we can offer

  • a formal induction and on-the-job training
  • plenty of opportunities to learn about the Forest, its history, ecology and how it's managed
  • work experience relevant to retail, visitor attractions and heritage services
  • formal recognition of your volunteer hours and, after six months, a reference for employers
  • annual volunteer gatherings and away days at our other green spaces

​If you are interested in doing conservation work in the Forest, there are three voluntary organisations who work in partnership with us that you could join. You can sign up to volunteer with these groups on their websites: