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Volunteering Opportunities

Roving Ranger

Roving Rangers meet us at our Heaton Park depot and go out for whole days of hands-on work. The role suits enthusiastic people who are able to commit to volunteering with us for at least a day a week. 

 

What’s involved?

The Urban Green Roving Rangers work alongside our existing Rangers and Community Gardeners. Rather than being focused on one park, however, they report to our Heaton depot in the morning and travel to whichever of our parks or countryside sites need them the most.

By becoming a Roving Ranger you could: 

  • Support our Ranger team with maintenance and conservation tasks

You will be working closely with our small team of Rangers on a variety of practical tasks to ensure that our parks and greenspaces are safe and welcoming places for everyone to visit. This could range from fixing fences to undertaking wildlife surveys. Each day could be different.

  • Help others to enjoy the Park

We want everyone to enjoy our parks, and part of this role is to be a friendly face for the general public, answering questions that they might have. You could also get involved in some of our Ranger-led activities and events.

  • Gain new skills and experience

Urban Green invests in our Roving Rangers. We will provide you with training in appropriate skills, including, for example, using strimmers or tree ID. You’ll also obtain a wealth of knowledge via hands-on work alongside our expert staff.

Who would this role suit?

We are looking for people who are:

  • Able to work effectively as part of a small team.
  • Enthusiastic about horticulture and the natural world.
  • Able to work outdoors across the seasons.
  • Able to learn new skills and take the initiative.
  • Over the age of 18

Able to commit to volunteering for at least one day (9- 3) each week.

Park Volunteer

Our park volunteers work on practical conservation, gardening and maintenance tasks across our parks and countryside sites.

 

 

 

What's involved?

By becoming a Urban Green Parks Volunteer you will be helping us to make sure that our parks are places that everyone can feel proud of. As a volunteer you will:

  • Undertake gardening and general maintenance tasks

Every park has a ranger lead who will be your volunteer manager. They will direct you as to what tasks need doing as a priority within the park. They will ensure that you have the tools, knowledge, and training to undertake the task.

  • Help others to enjoy the Park

We want everyone to enjoy our parks, and part of this role is to be a friendly face for the general public, answering questions that they might have.

  • Act as the eyes and ears within the Park

We are a small staff team, so we rely on our volunteers and community partners to help us keep on top of any issues within the park. Within this role we would expect you to report any issues that you see within the park to the lead ranger.

Who would this role suit? 

We are looking for people who are:

  • Enthusiastic about working outdoors across the seasons.
  • Happy to be part of a team and learn new skills.
  • Interested in horticulture and the natural world.

 

Nature Education Volunteer

Nature Education volunteers work alongside our Education Officer, helping run fun, interactive activities for school children, families, and the local community.

 

What’s involved?

We run a programme of nature education activities via the “Beelines” project, working with schools, young people’s organisations and the public to teach children and young people about the natural world.

As a Nature Education Volunteer you can:

Help to teach children and young people about the natural world

This is a hands-on role, helping children and young people to take part in activities such as arts and crafts, bug hunts, and practical conservation tasks like bulb-planting and seed-sowing.

Act as the public face of Pets’ Corner

We want everyone to enjoy our parks, and part of this role is to be a friendly face for the general public, answering questions that they might have.

Learn about nature and our relationship with it – as you pass that knowledge on to the next generation.

Who would this role suit?

We are looking for people who are:

Happy to work hard as part of a team.

Passionate about nature and able to pass that enthusiasm on.

Happy to work with children and young people.

People in this role would be expected to undertake a basic level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

 

Urban Green Clean

We need your help to keep our fabulous parks and open spaces free from litter!

 

 

 

What’s involved?

Urban Green Clean volunteers help us to pick up the rubbish in our parks and open spaces. We provide litter-pickers, hi-vis vests, gloves and bin bags, and our team of wonderful volunteers clean up the parks of their choice, at a time convenient to them.

As an Urban Green Clean volunteer you can:

Support our Rangers and Community Gardeners

The more time you spend picking up litter, the less time our Rangers and Community Gardeners have to dedicate to it – meaning that they’ve got more time to spare for gardening, habitat management, maintenance and upkeep of our parks and open spaces.

Act as the public face of Urban Green

We want everyone to enjoy our parks, and part of this role is to be a friendly face for the general public, answering questions that they might have.

Who would this role suit?

We are looking for people who:

Can work outdoors throughout the year.

Care about our parks and open spaces.

Are able to work independently.

Pets' Corner Volunteer Keeper

Pets' Corner Volunteer Keepers work in our much-loved miniature zoo. They look after the animals on site, engage with members of the public, and help with general site maintenance and repair. 

 

What’s involved?

Pets’ Corner was set up in the 1960s in Jesmond Dene to enable city kids to experience farm life and to learn about animal care. Since then, it has provided a welcoming, fun and educational visit for thousands of people each year. It hosts an assortment of residents including visiting pigs and sheep from our partner farms, and our own goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, ducks, poultry and fowl.

As a Pets’ Corner Volunteer Keeper you can:

Help to ensure our animals and birds are well cared for and happy

Volunteer Keepers carry out all of the tasks needed for animal care, including feeding, mucking out, providing shelter, and helping to keep the animals entertained and happy by providing them with toys.

Act as the public face of Pets’ Corner

We want everyone to enjoy our parks, and part of this role is to be a friendly face for the general public, answering questions that they might have.

Who would this role suit?

We are looking for people who are:

Happy to work hard as part of a team.

Keen to learn new skills.

Able to work outdoors throughout the year.

Interested in animals and their care.

Play Area Volunteer

Play Area volunteers take an interest in a particular play area, generally one close to their homes. They carry out brief inspections to make sure our play areas are safe for children and young people.

 

 

What’s involved?

As an Urban Green Play Area Volunteer you could:

Undertake visual observations and general maintenance tasks

UGN Play Area Volunteers carry out regular inspections of our Play Areas and report back on any problems that might be observed. They also carry out minor maintenance tasks, such as painting and replacing play bark, under the guidance of our Play Area Ranger.

Help to ensure the UGN Park Play Areas are safe and litter free

We want our Park Play Areas to be safe and accessible. This means that litter picking and removing other things that are harmful, like broken glass, is a regular part of the work of an UGN Play Area Volunteer.

Help others to enjoy the UGN Play Areas

We want everyone to enjoy our Play Areas, and part of this role is to be a friendly face for the general public, answering questions that they might have and reporting issues back to UGN.

Act as the eyes and ears within the UGN Play Areas

We rely on our volunteers and community partners to help us keep on top of any issues within the Play Areas.

Who would this role suit?

We are looking for people who are:

Able to work independently in the park Play Areas.

Enthusiastic about working outdoors across the seasons.

Happy to be part of a team and learn new skills.

Interested in play areas, horticulture and the natural world.

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Park Volunteering

Our park volunteers work on practical conservation, gardening and maintenance tasks in our parks and countryside sites. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Urban Green Clean 1
Work Party - Big Waters Nature Reserve 5 12/8/2022 3/23/2023
Work Party - Brandling Park 4 12/8/2022 3/2/2023
Work Party - City Stadium 3 1/31/2023 3/28/2023
Work Party - Elswick Park 4 12/14/2022 3/8/2023
Work Party - Exhibition Park 17 12/7/2022 3/29/2023
Work Party - Harbottle Park 4 12/21/2022 3/15/2023
Work Party - Havannah Three Hills Nature Reserve 4 1/12/2023 3/16/2023
Work Party - Heaton Park 7 12/13/2022 6/13/2023
Work Party - Jesmond Dene 7 12/7/2022 3/15/2023
Work Party - Leazes Park 17 12/6/2022 3/28/2023
Work Party - Paddy Freeman's Park 4 12/28/2022 3/22/2023
Work Party - Summerhill Square 4 12/7/2022 3/1/2023
Work Party - Tyne Riverside Country Park 7 12/14/2022 3/22/2023
Work Party - Walker Park 4 12/21/2022 3/15/2023

Mission Statement

Urban Green Newcastle is an independent charity responsible for the management, maintenance, restoration, development, and protection of 33 parks and over 60 allotment sites across Newcastle upon Tyne. Our vision is for more people to enjoy and benefit from our beautiful, vibrant open spaces, which are safe, welcoming, and provide a great environment for wildlife and people which is valued by all.