Essex Wildlife Trust is the county's leading conservation charity, with over 37,000 members and are one of the 46 constituent members of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and one of its largest.

The Trust's mission is "Protecting wildlife for the future and for the people of Essex" and they manage some 8,400 acres of varied wildlife habitat across the county, including around 90 reserves and two nature parks. They also run 11 Visitor Centres around Essex. These are a key means of engagement with the wider public and last year  welcomed more than 1 million visitors.

The Centres host a wide range of educational activities for people of all ages, with each also having a cafe and shop, encouraging visitors to linger a little longer and learn more about this county's fantastic wildlife.

The Trustee Board is the ultimate decision making body for the charity and is responsible for setting EWT's overall strategy and ensuring that it is delivered by the CEO and his excellent team of over 200 staff.

The Board comprises a group of people bringing the range of professional skills and experience needed to ensure that the charity is well governed - including legal, HR, education, conservation, marketing, charity management and finance.

The minimum volunteering commitment required for the Trustee role is for 5/6 (evening) board meetings each year plus the AGM / Members Day.

Trustees are also represented on three sub-committees and on the boards of EWT subsidiary companies. There are occasional learning visits arranged to significant sites around the county, as well as the chance to contribute your skills and knowledge more informally within the Trust.

Positions are voluntary but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.


In particular at this time (August 2019), EWT are very interested to hear from individuals bringing people related (HR, Volunteering, Health & Safety, Learning & Development, Organisational Development) or educational or land management & ecological experience - to complement the knowledge that we already have around the table.


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel expenses may be reimbursed, but this must be discussed prior to claiming
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 21/08/2019

End Date: 21/08/2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No Yes No No No No No

Availability Details

The board meets 6 times a year, usually on a Tuesday evening but this can be flexible.


This opportunity is available in: Braintree, Colchester, Maldon

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