Volunteer

We’re recruiting! Voluntary Intern wanted…

Are you looking for work experience in the conservation sector? Do you enjoy standing in rivers? If yes, we’re looking for an Intern to join our team. Read the job description to find out more.

Riverfly monitoring

We need riverfly monitors to do monthly invertebrate sampling at sites around the Derwent catchment area. Our training day will teach you all you need to know to complete the surveys, which can then be done at times that suit you.

Balsam pulls

Come and help us control this invasive plant which is choking our rivers and eroding our riverbanks.

We need help on: 

Check out our  event list for full details. 

Monthly volunteering days

Derwent River Watchers 

These days take place throughout the Derwent catchment area and include a wide range of activities. Meet us at our offices in Keswick and we’ll travel to the day’s site.

Wasdale Wednesdays 

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at locations throughout the River Irt catchment area, where we do a wide range of conservation tasks to improve the habitat and water quality. Our friendly group of regular volunteers will make you feel welcome. 

Wasdale Wednesdays are run in partnership with the National Trust.

Fish surveys (daily, July to September) 

Our annual fish surveys in the River Derwent catchment look for juvenile salmon and trout to determine the health and state of the catchment and monitor the species’ spawning success. Survey results also help us identify areas that are underperforming and secure funding for projects to improve habitat and water quality, and aid fish passage. We use the semi-quantitative electrofishing method to conduct our surveys.

We need your help for our 2019 survey season. Last year we surveyed 157 sites and nearly 7,000 fish were recorded, and we couldn’t have done it without our team of volunteers. If you’re interested in taking part, please contact  ruth@westcumbriariverstrust.org

Toad Patrol (Spring)

Every year, volunteers nationwide go out at night to help amphibians (frogs, toads and newts) on their spring migration cross busy roads. We need volunteers for West Cumbria Rivers Trust’s toad patrols on the A591 near Keswick.

Data from the different toad patrols is collected by citizen science project Toads on Roads, coordinated by charity Froglife. If you know of roads where animals are being run over, you can add it to their crossing site map (note: reporting a site doesn’t mean it will be patrolled).

Tell us about your local rivers and streams

Could you be our eyes and ears on the river? We need to understand the current condition of our rivers and streams so we can prioritise our work. 

You can help by filling in a simple survey about a stream or river near you:

Fill in one form per kilometre, or less if the characteristics of the river and surrounding land use change.

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Corporate team-building 

Why not organise an environmental leave day for your company? It’s a great team-builder and your staff will be smiling inside and out knowing they’ve done their bit for the environment. Contact Philippa on  philippa@westcumbriariverstrust.org for more information.

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We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. There is plenty to do from surveying rivers for invasive species to helping out at events and developing promotional material. Volunteering with us is a great way to learn about our work and enjoy the local countryside while doing your bit for the environment.

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