Could you help protect and improve the rivers in the Don Catchment?

Can you inspire people to care about their natural heritage? Do you want to work as part of a team, get outdoors, keep active and learn new skills? DCRT have some exciting volunteering opportunities for you to make a difference!

To find out more about our volunteer opportunities, please see below. Sign up to our Volunteering specific mailing list at the bottom of the page for callouts about interesting events! If you have any queries, get in touch with our Volunteering Officer via [email protected].

Need some inspiration?

Watch our video about volunteering from our previous National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Living Heritage of the River Don!

Want to try out volunteering?

If you’d like to give volunteering with us a try before applying, you’re welcome to turn up to a volunteer day as advertised on our events calendar.

Meet at the designated spot for a welcome talk and briefing about the day’s tasks. All equipment will be provided but please wear waterproof, warm clothes and sturdy shoes. We will bring the tea, coffee and biscuits! All are welcome to join in with our volunteer work parties!

Expression of Interest

Feel free to fill out one of our forms for the different volunteer roles below. Whilst you are welcome to join any event, these forms can help us recommend events that suit your interests/needs. Our volunteering opportunities are flexible and you can pick and choose the events you enjoy.

Catchment Volunteer – All Hands on the Don (Doncaster)

Working alongside DCRT staff you will help to improve the River through practical work. This can involve clean-up days to make the river a more pleasant place to be, improving access to the Don, invasive plant species removal and even habitat improvement work!

Citizen Science – All Hands on the Don (Doncaster)

Working alongside DCRT staff you will help to survey the ecology in and around the River. This can involve surveys for plants, insects and animals and even kick sampling!

Volunteer Events Assistant – All Hands on the Don (Doncaster)

Working alongside DCRT staff you will help to run events to help promote the rivers in our catchment, the work the trust undertakes and the All Hands on the Don project!

Education Assistant Volunteer – All Hands on the Don (Doncaster)

Working alongside DCRT staff you will help to help run educational sessions for school and youth groups so that they can learn about their local river and the creatures that live in it. This can involve working with young people to go bug hunting, pond dipping, run classroom activities and helping to set up and pack away DCRT’s equipment!

Catchment Volunteer – Sheffield, Chesterfield, Rotherham And Barnsley

Catchment Volunteer
Working alongside DCRT staff you will help to make physical improvements to the rivers in the Sheffield, Chesterfield, Rotherham and Barnsley area. This will include river clean-ups, litter picking, removing invasive non-native species, natural flood management and much more!

Citizen Science Volunteer – Sheffield, Chesterfield, Rotherham And Barnsley

Citizen Science Volunteer
Working alongside DCRT staff you will help to monitor the ecology in and around the rivers in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Rotherham and Barnsley. This will include kick sampling, plant, animal, insect and bird surveys much more!

What our volunteers think about volunteering with us

Suzie Saunders, Citizen Scientist

“Volunteering for DCRT has been amazing. They have been so supportive and provided me with opportunities to learn that I would not have had otherwise. I’ve been given the chance to help organise projects and spend time in nature. I’ve met some amazing people and made some great friends.”

Sarah Umpleby, Catchment Volunteer

“Having lived in Chesterfield for the past 14 years, I have long held a desire to want to help clean up our local rivers and pathways. I have spent time in my local area helping to pick up litter and generally make the area look much nicer and more presentable. All staff and volunteers are a friendly bunch and I have always been made to feel really welcome, even though it’s not something that I can commit to regularly.”

Dan Sellers, Catchment Volunteer

“Volunteering is fun and relaxing. I’ve been learning a lot and I like feeling like I have achieved something. You can’t be more connected to the river than wading in it.”

Upcoming volunteering opportunities

Check on our calendar for all upcoming opportunities

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