We are currently recruiting live stock checkers on various grazing sites, including:

We have around 180 grazing animals - sheep, goats and cattle - spread out across the Downlands Partnership area. The voluntary role takes around one hour to complete each week. It includes counting the number of livestock and checking over their health. Also checking fencing/utilities and reporting any issues. All volunteers will have a full induction outlining the role as well as the site. 

What skills do I need?

The role requires a commitment of one day a week, usually working for no more than 1-2 hours a day including travel.

Unfortunately no expenses are offered, but we do provide free informal training before you start, and there is a member of staff on call 24 hours a day as support.

It is advised you have access to a car if you do not live close to these sites. The volunteer would need to be mobile and reasonably physically fit as there is always an element of walking involved. Often the sites are uneven or steep, so you would need to be steady on your feet. You do not need experience with animals (although some is preferable) as we can show you what to do, but obviously some interest in nature conservation and animal welfare is desirable.

  • Animals and Wildlife
  • Environment
  • Animals
  • Conservation


When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Hillpark, Tatsfield - Tuesday Cuddington Meadows near Sutton - back up volunteer for Tuesday, Thursday and/or Sunday

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