Volunteer FAQs Who can volunteer?Answer Anyone! Whatever your background - whether you are in full-time employment, in higher education, retired or unemployed - we've hopefully got a taskto suit you. To find out more see our volunteering pages. Are there any age limits?Answer No. It doesn't matter what age you are, although under 16's must be accompanied by a responsible adult. What skills do I need?Answer No specific skills are needed to be a volunteer, just a love of the outdoors and a willingness to help wildlife. All training will be provided as and when necessary. How long do I need to volunteer for?Answer For as long as you see fit. You are under no obligation to come along if you are unable to. Remember to let the task leader know if you've said you'll attend a session but your plans change. What kind of volunteer tasks can I help with?Answer There are several volunteer opportunities: practical conservation work, surveying and monitoring animals, helping at shows and events and talking to members of the public on our reserves are all things you can get involved with. We also need office-based volunteers to help out with the 'behind the scenes' work. Why should I help?Answer You get to meet like-minded people and develop new interests, knowledge and experience, as well as helping maintain some of Britain's rarest habitats and wildlife. Will it help further my career in conservation?Answer Almost definitely. Virtually all conservation organisations look favourably on candidates with volunteer hours under their belt. It can also give you an idea of what kind of job you're looking for. I'd like to volunteer but I don't live near an ARC office/reserve, what can I do?Answer Amphibian and Reptile Conservation also works closely with Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK) - a network of local volunteer groups, usually organised on a county basis. Find contact details for your local ARG representative on the ARG UK website. There is also the National Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring Programme (formerly the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme) which can provide you with an opportunity to survey herpetofauna near where you live.