Environmental Volunteer - Surveys

We are looking for people interested in surveying wildlife at Pontefract Castle
Flexible hours Flexible Pontefract North view map

We have been making improvements to the site at Pontefract Castle since we began the Key to the North project in 2015. We have already conserved the ruins, built a new visitor centre, café and band stand. This latest programme of work will see thousands of bulbs and saplings planted across the site, to improve habitats, diversity, winter colour and as a resource for craft materials.

We are looking for people interested in wildlife, but we aren’t seeking experts. All training will be provided so you can come with no experience or a lot of experience. You should be willing to count insects, take photographs and record on a tablet computer. 

Largely based outside in the grounds of the castle, you will:

  • Take part in invertebrate surveys in an attempt to record all individual species living within the Castle grounds.  
  • Photograph individual creatures.
  • Upload data onto a computer.


Travel expenses will be paid
Deadline: Sat 31st August, 2024


Nature & animals

Suitable for

People new to volunteering, People volunteering together, People who like being outdoors, People under 18, People who are older


Accessible toilet(s), Autism friendly, Wheelchair accessible

Minimum age


Skills gained

IT / Computers, Organising, Talking to others, Teamwork

Skills needed

IT / Computers, Organising, Photography, Reading & writing, Teamwork



Wakefield Council Museums & Castles

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, UK
Wakefield Museums & Castles is the museum service for the Wakefield district. We have three museums in Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract, and two castles in Pontefract and Sandal. We hold collections of over 110,000 objects, which record the history of our district from prehistory to modern day.
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