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“Volunteering as a Red Ranger allows me to do something locally, to help wildlife and biodiversity in a very practical way”

– Dave, Red Ranger Volunteer

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We have three different roles available as part of our Red Ranger volunteer programme so you can choose which aspects you’d like to be involved in – whatever suits you best!

No matter what your circumstance, we encourage anyone to apply, and we will try our best to make a volunteering plan that suits your needs.

See below for more details on the role.

Control volunteers

UPDATE: Induction & Training for control volunteers has now finished for 2021. If you are interested in this role, please still fill out a form and a member of our team will be in touch next year to arrange the next steps.

This role is designed in conjunction with our Control Ranger and involves the dispatch of grey squirrels for the purpose of managing the population in the Knowsley area. In this role you will work alone and be mainly responsible for managing a number of traps in our Community Trap Loan Scheme and on private land.

More experienced control volunteers may have the opportunity to become training buddies for future recruits. Previous experience with grey squirrel control would be advantageous but is not necessary as we provide full training.

Community volunteers

This role is designed in conjunction with our Community Ranger and involves community education and outreach. Over the course of the project, we will be doing workshops for schools and hosting/attending events to promote the project and raise awareness about the issues red squirrels are facing in the UK. We will also be raising awareness through leafleting households in the local area. We therefore need help from community volunteers to attend workshops and events with our Community Ranger, distribute leaflets and get involved with any ad hoc tasks to help spread the word about Reclaiming Reds!

No previous experience is necessary for this role, but confidence talking to the public would be advantageous.

Research & Administration volunteers

During the project we will be collecting lots of data for research and evaluation purposes. This role will involve collecting data for social science research and to monitor red and grey squirrel populations and inputting that data into our databases. It may also involve helping with any ad hoc administrative tasks.

Another important task for Research & Administration volunteers is the Squirrel Phoneline. The Squirrel Phoneline is where members of the Community Trap Loan Scheme report a grey squirrel in their trap. Volunteers who sign up to this role will dial into the answerphone, listen to the messages, and contact the relevant people to send out. This can be done from home so does not require any travel commitments.

This role is open to anyone but is particularly designed for people looking to gain practical experience in conservation research and/or administrative experience. Administrative tasks may also be preferable to anyone with mobility issues that may prohibit them carrying out other volunteer roles.

If you’d like to sign up to become a Red Ranger volunteer, please fill out the application form below and tick which role(s) you are interested in.

Alternatively, if you’d like more information please contact us with your query and a member of our team will be in touch.

Volunteer application

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the below application form and a member of our team will be in touch (please note: this can take up to 4 weeks, your patience is greatly appreciated).
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