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You can use the above form button to request a work placement or work experience at our ranger sites.

A career working outdoors is very rewarding, especially when it involves engaging people with wildlife in a city the size of Birmingham. Jobs in Parks and Nature Conservation are very popular and adverts usually attract a high number of applicants. Most positions require experience in this type of work as well as a relevant qualification. Becoming a volunteer or taking an unpaid work placement can be a good way to gain this type of experience.

Our Birmingham Parks Ranger Service provides various opportunities for you to gain work experience in leisure and nature conservation work. This link gives you information about our facilities and venues for work placements – sites and their facilities.

We have opportunities for:

  • Year 10 work experience for school pupils for 1 or 2 weeks
  • Placements that are part of college courses – these can be part time or full time
  • Regular volunteering over a longer term

To request a placement or become a long term volunteer at one of our sites please use the button above to complete an application. We will contact you to discuss availability and to arrange an interview if appropriate.

You don’t have to be considering future employment or training to volunteer. There are many situations in which you can make an appropriate and significant contribution to your local environment

You can take an active role in the care and improvement of the green spaces and facilities that we manage by joining a practical conservation activity run by the Ranger Service. These regular activities are advertised on our Out and About Events page.

There are also opportunities to volunteer through your local Parks Friends group. Information can be obtained from the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum.

Essential Information
  • All year 10 pupils are eligible to apply for a work experience placements as long it is part of their school’s work experience programme. Placements are subject to availability and on some sites restrictions are placed on the number of placements per school each year.

  • As a general rule volunteers working with parks must be over 17 years of age. Young people under the age of 17 are welcome to attend events and activities but cannot become a regular volunteer.

    If you intend volunteering on a regular basis we will ask you to sign a volunteer agreement and undergo a CRB check. Please see our policy for details.

  • Working with animals appeals to a lot of people. These guidelines give you the basic facts about working with animals at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park and some things to think about for the future.

    Qualifications
    You don't need to have any qualifications to be a volunteer but remember that in most areas of work qualifications are very important, the higher the qualification the more interesting and responsible the jobs open to you will be.

    Something to think about
    It can be very satisfying working with animals and in many jobs you will be doing something really worthwhile. You can get first class training and there is a huge variety of jobs that are dealing with the care of animals.

    But also remember
    It is no good being too sentimental about the animals in your care they may get sick and even die, you will need to be able to deal with that happening.
    Some work in animal care can be very routine. Having to do the same jobs over and over again can be difficult.
    The work is often smelly, dirty and physically demanding.

    To have a voluntary placement at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park you need to be over 16 years old.

    You can apply for a work experience placement, for up to two weeks, through your school or organisation (for example Duke of Edinburgh award scheme).

  • We are committed to developing and maintaining an organisation in which differing ideas, abilities, backgrounds and needs are fostered and valued, and where those with diverse backgrounds and experiences are able to participate and contribute.

    Volunteers will be involved in work which adds value to that of existing staff.

    All Ranger staff and regular volunteers are CRB checked.

  • Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
    Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7RL

    Cannon Hill Park, Ranger Service
    The Information Centre:
    2 Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8RD

    Edgbaston Reservoir
    115 Reservoir Road, Ladywood, Birmingham B16 9EE

    Kingfisher Country Park
    Sports Pavilion, Kendrick Avenue, Shard End, Birmingham B34 7SA

    Lickey Hills Country Park
    The Visitor Centre, Lickey Hills Country Park,
    Warren Lane, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8ER

    Plantsbrook Local Nature
    Reserve
    The Interpretative Centre, Off Eachelhurst Road

    Sheldon Country Park
    Ragley Drive, Church Road, Sheldon, Birmingham B26 3TU

    The Shire Country Park
    and The Chinn Brook
    Sarehole Mill, Colebank Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 0BD

    Sutton Park
    National Nature Reserve
    The Visitor Centre, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield,
    West Midlands B74 2YT

    Woodgate Valley Country Park
    The Visitor Centre, Clapgate Lane, Bartley Green,
    Birmingham B32 3DS

Frequently Asked Questions
    • This will depend on whether there is a vacancy still available at the site you have chosen.

    • You will be given information on what to wear and what to bring etc at your interview.

    • This will depend on the site and the season and your own preferences. You will be given more information at your interview.

    • You can join one of our Practical conservation groups or even a local Friends Group who will be able to let you know what opportunities are available. You should also check the Events page to see if there are any current events which may be of interest.

    • Yes, you will have an induction and instruction in how to do any tasks and activities.

    • Practical experience as a volunteer gives you the edge but qualifications are needed too. See the Careers and Employment Information leaflet for further details.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

      Service Specific Enquiry