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Iver Environment Centre/Groundwork South - Site Maintenance Volunteer

Details of the Charity:

Iver Environment Centre is a 2.5 acre oasis located in the Colne Valley between Uxbridge and Slough. We offer a range of KS1 & KS2 education programmes and activities for Primary School children, designed to help children and families reconnect wit nature. Our skilled and experienced educators deliver engaging, hands on learning activities, encouraging children to exploring and understand the natural world and apply their scientific enquiry skills. We also run a packed programme of fun and educational holiday activities for children and families, including pond dipping, mini-beast hunts, woodland survival, den building and crafts.

We established the centre in 1990 in partnership with the National Grid to champion environmental education in the region. Over the past three decades, thanks to the invaluable support of local businesses and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the space has blossomed into a thriving outdoor classroom boasting a number different habitats, gardens and activity zones including our rainforest zone, orchard, woodlands, raised ponds, beehives and community allotments. We also have three indoor classrooms and a large kitchen in our purpose built log cabin.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Main Tasks:

  • Horticultural support to help maintain and improve the site
  • Watering plants
  • Weeding and pruning
  • Propagating plants
  • Harvesting produce
  • Footpath maintenance
  • Associated garden maintenance tasks such as repairing fencing, painting or building gabions
  • Tidy site with all tools away at the end of each visit

 Other Tasks:

  • To adhere to all the policies and procedures of the organisation
  • To comply with the organisation’s procedures and systems on health and safety
  • To commit to Continual Professional Development and undertake all training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post

Skills Required:

  • Plant/horticultural knowledge or interest
  • Experience of completing tasks outdoors
  • Environmental awareness or willing to learn
  • An interest in the aims of Iver Environment Centre

Additional Benefits:

  • Free training
  • Volunteering hours go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award
  • Interested? Apply below:
    Please note '*' denotes mandatory fields
  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the UK
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?