Youth Leader

If you are aged 15-23, love the great outdoors, care about the environment and are keen to help and inspire others, our Youth Leader volunteer programme is for you!

Volunteering with us will offer you a great opportunity to build on your people skills, boost your confidence working with groups and learn some fantastic outdoor skills such as traditional fire craft, green wood working and how to identify wild food or animal tracks and signs.

We almost always have volunteering sessions coming up, so get in touch if you would like to get involved. Join Wild things! for a fun filled day in the woods, and learn new skills in bushcraft, conservation and outdoor leadership. Download the Participant Form and email to if you are interested.

Volunteers are an important part of the Wild things! team. During your time with us, we will provide training and support whilst you will help us on a range of our programmes in a variety of ways.

Over time you will become a role model for our younger participants; leading group games and teaching some of the field craft you learn with us. You will get the chance to help our Activity Leaders in all aspects of our courses from learning to prepare for a session, coming along to Forest Schools, helping on our wilderness skills camps, You can choose to volunteer on short regular sessions, or on a longer wild camping experience – the tasks you will need to carry out and the skills you will learn vary from case to case.

In return for your commitment and time, Wild things! will offer you a range of training opportunities, from the initial Youth Leader Training course to a  First Aid Certificate through to the chance to participate in the nationally recognised NCFE Level 2 Intermediate Bushcraft Award or our accredited Woodland Activity Leader training.

After your time with us as a volunteer we will support you in your next steps by signposting you to further training opportunities and where possible, help guide you with your career aspirations.

You need to be 15 or older, willing to learn new skills and have an interest in working with groups of children or young people. You could be looking for a regular commitment – for example one morning a week in a school term, one Saturday a month, or we could take you for a one-off period such as a week or so in the summer holidays. We can also take on committed volunteers for longer or more intensive periods, like three days a week for three or six months.

To become a Youth Leader please download and complete our Volunteer Interest Form and Volunteer Participant Form and email both forms back to us at

Are you 15 to 23 years old? Do you have an interest in the outdoors? Do you want to gain valuable experience and training in outdoor leadership, bushcraft skills and conservation? Do you want the chance to meet new people, be a valuable part of the team and most importantly have fun doing so? 

If you answered YES to any of the above then please keep reading…

We have overnight training camps spread throughout the year for new volunteers. These are a great way to be introduced to the charity and find our what takes to be a Wild things! volunteer. It is also a good opportunity to receive some training and meet some of our other volunteers.

After the initial training/induction our volunteers will get involved in all sorts of things including; assisting the Field Workers on holiday camps (both day long and residential programmes), practical conservation work, running activities at public events, shadowing field workers on term time educational programs, as well as assisting back at base with equipment maintenance, stores organisation and logistical support.

Our volunteers receive a subsistence allowance of £10 per day (when not on trainings) to help with transport and lunches etc and will also have the opportunity to gain valuable training and experience in outdoor education.

Our volunteers will receive in house training covering Wild things! policies and basic bushcraft. Our more committed volunteers may be offered the opportunity to gain accredited certificates in various areas including; 16 hour Outdoor First Aid Certificate, and our Leader Training courses.

We also run a number of volunteer team building days throughout the year whereby volunteers can get together and receive further in house training and get to know each other better. This will also include volunteer activities such as conservation projects or helping prepare resources for our programmes. We have just returned from a 3 day residential camp in Glen Affric where a good time was had by all as we assisted in the replanting of the Caledonian Forest.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in please find attached our Volunteer Participant Form and Volunteer Interest Form. These need signed by parent/guardian if under 18 and returned to us via email.

If potential volunteers cannot make the July training we will have introductory volunteering opportunities throughout the year. Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form and send it to us anyway so we can be in touch.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please Contact Us.

“I liked going out to different places to experience new things. I also liked learning new skills like knife work and fire lighting.” – Youth Volunteer