Volunteer with us!

Would you like to help increase knowledge of Fife’s wildlife?   Fife Nature Records Centre are looking for volunteers.

We’re particularly keen to recruit a regular office volunteer but we would also be interested in hearing from people who would like to help in other ways; various potential roles are described below that could be tailored to your interests and availability.  If you would like to offer skills not described here or help in other ways, please get in touch; we’re happy to discuss your ideas!

In return, we can offer you the opportunity to gain experience and develop transferable skills, to work within a passionate team and provide access to training opportunities.  You’ll also gain insight into a Local Environmental Records Centre – and the working lives of our biodiversity colleagues at the Council.

 

To apply for any of the positions below, please complete this Volunteer Application Form and return to nature.info@fife.gov.uk.  We’re happy to receive accompanying CVs in addition.  If you’d like to discuss any opportunities or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Any information or personal details provided will be stored securely and only be used in relation to your application.

 

Office volunteer

Gain insight into the day to day running of Fife Nature Records Centre and an excellent grounding in wildlife data entry techniques and quality assurance procedures.

Ongoing work would include digitising species records into Microsoft Excel and preparing data into a suitable format for import to the Fife Nature Records Centre database.  Depending on skills and interests, involvement may also include helping with event preparation and assisting in the development of content for the website and leaflets.

For this role, ideally we are looking for volunteers who can be available one day per week during usual office hours.  Computer literacy and an eye for detail is important; experience of Excel and an interest in wildlife are beneficial.  This role may suit volunteers based in the Glenrothes area as the role would be within our office in the town.

 

Event volunteer

Help us engage the public in biological recording and the wildlife of Fife in person.

We hold a small number of events and training courses every year and also attend a number of events with a small stand and display.  Depending on the event, involvement may involve helping set up a display and/or training space, assisting with administration on the day and talking to the public.  Depending on skills and interests, involvement could also include helping with event planning and preparation and production of materials.

As these opportunities could be at a variety of locations around Fife, on different days of the week and different times, we would like to gather details of a number of interested individuals who we could contact when an opportunity arose to see if they were available to help.  A friendly demeanour and interest in wildlife and biological recording are important.

 

Communications volunteer

Help us engage the public in biological recording and the wildlife of Fife through production of materials and content.

This could involve helping with the development of written content for and/or the design of leaflets, the website and other communications or publicity materials.

This role could be home or office-based.  It could be an ongoing role or would also be suitable for someone who might be interested in helping on particular projects, so we would also be interested in gathering details of a number of interested individuals who could be contacted as and when opportunities arose.  An eye for design and/or good written communication skills are important.

 

Survey volunteer

An opportunity to help us actively find out more about the species and habitats of Fife.

This role is very flexible and involvement would depend on your interest.  For example, it could be undertaking a range of surveys at a site local to you, helping gather information on under-recorded sites; carrying out a particular kind of survey in different places; looking for specific species…

Your contribution could be ongoing or would also be suitable for someone who might be interested in helping on particular projects, so we would also be interested in gathering details of a number of interested individuals who could be contacted as and when opportunities arose.