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Volunteers in waders at Connaught Water, fresh from litter picking the lake front

Volunteering is a great way to build your confidence and skills, gain specific experience, meet new people and improve the natural environment.

We welcome everyone to try volunteering with us, regardless of previous experience.

What you can do

There are new ways to get involved all the time, from practical conservation tasks to learning and public awareness about the natural world.

Epping Forest supports regular programmes of group volunteer tasks like woodpasture restoration at Chingford Plain. We also have opportunities to take up short-term roles helping with projects like our path survey; and ongoing roles such as being a Volunteer Forest Warden.

You can find a full list of roles and activities to volunteer for below.

Enquiries

If you any questions, or you want to help us with something not listed below, please complete an application form (98KB) as best as you can and submit to us by email - we'll find a way for you to get involved!

Volunteer roles

Volunteer warden

Please note, this position is only open to volunteers aged 18 and over.

​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 2 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

How you can apply

If you're interested in joining us as a volunteer warden, please complete an application form (98KB) and submit it by email - or call us on 020 8532 1010.

Publications promotion volunteer

​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 3 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

How you can apply

If you're interested in helping us out with our publications, please complete an application form (98KB) and submit it to us by email - or call us on 020 8532 1010.

Visitor centres volunteer

​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 3 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

How you can apply

If you're interested in volunteering at one of our visitor centres, please complete an application form (98KB) and submit it to us by by email - or call us on 020 7332 1911.

Other volunteer organisations

​Conservation work

Epping Forest holds regular volunteer tasks and you can find out more details on our events page​.​

​If you are interested in carrying out conservation work please contact one of the following voluntary organisations that support us on Epping Forest.

Sports and fitness

Every Saturday Parkrun hold a timed 5km run at Wanstead Flats. The organisers are always seeking new volunteers to help with this increasingly popular weekly fitness challenge.


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