Volunteer with us

Do you want to meet new people, learn new skills or simply spend more time in beautiful Sherwood?

Volunteers play such an important role in the work we do at Sherwood Forest and the wider RSPB network of more than 170 reserves.

It’s a great opportunity to do something you feel passionate about, demonstrate or pick up new skills and to make an important contribution to the conservation of the Nottinghamshire’s only National Nature Reserve.

Some of the things you’ll learn with us could set you on the way to the career you’ve always dreamed of.

You can find out more about the roles we are looking to recruit below.

From 1-7 June, it’s Volunteers Week and we are showing our appreciation for the time and dedication that people provide selflessly to help make a difference – it means so much.

Whatever volunteering role you are interested in and however much time you can commit to it, we will give you the support and guidance you need to carry it out successfully.

Here’s what some of our volunteers have to say:


Indy Kiemel Greene

Indy Kiemel Greene, Conservation Volunteer

Sherwood Forest has always been my local patch ever since I was little and I’ve been a volunteer here since 2018. I’ve been involved with some of the guided walks, practical conservation and all the bird surveys too.

I love helping out on the practical conservation work parties because seeing the site transform and all the new species arriving because of the work we’re doing is just so satisfying.

Alison Simkins

Alison Simkins, Roving Patrol

The thing I most enjoy about volunteering is that you are doing something that is going to benefit a wide range of people, including yourself. It’s good for the individual – the feelgood factor – but it’s also making a difference for other people’s experience of coming to Sherwood Forest. 

Volunteer Roles at Sherwood Forest

Administration Assistant

Helping us to keep things moving smoothly behind the scenes.
Read more about this role.



Making a great impression on each one of our visitors is really important, whether it’s their first time here or their 101st.
Read more about this role.



A busy Visitor Centre like ours needs a handy helping hand to keep on top of those jobs that help to enhance everyone’s experience of Sherwood.
Read more about this role.


Retail volunteer

Our popular gift shop is a great place to get valuable retail experience, as well as to engage with people throughout the day.
Read more about this role.


Welcome Stewards

Providing a positive and informed introduction to the Forest and its legends sets right the tone for each visit.
Read more about this role.


Catering Volunteer

A chance to develop new catering and customer service skills in our very popular and busy café.
Read more about this role.

Other volunteer roles

Click on each to find out more

Volunteer roles out in the forest

Contact us

Got a question? Try our volunteering FAQs  or contact us at sherwoodforest@rspb.org.uk.