Our volunteers play a fundamental role in almost everything we do. Whether it’s planting trees at an old quarry site, carrying out big river cleans, or managing the spread of invasive species, we need your help to continue our work. Whether you’re a seasoned conservationist or a novice, we have a task that will suit you.

Hi! My name’s Laura and I’m the Environmental Engagement Officer for the Belfast Hills Partnership. As well as running environmental outreach sessions with local schools, I am also responsible for the wonderful volunteers here at BHP. I myself was a volunteer with BHP for the last 3 years. I’ve since landed my dream job helping to look after the Hills and supporting the volunteers who do so much for us. Being part of the conservation volunteer group helped with my wellbeing, confidence and physical fitness, as well as giving me the opportunity to learn lots of new skills and meet amazing people. Therefore, I know from experience how beneficial it can be. 

We have tasks to suit everyone, no experience is necessary! So don’t be afraid to come along and give it a go, learn new skills, help your local environment, improve your physical and mental health and have some great craic with a fab bunch of people. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and I feel really lucky I get to work with such a friendly group of people protecting some of the nicest spots across Belfast. Our volunteers are vital to the work that we do in conserving and enhancing the environment and habitats across the Belfast Hills. Come and get involved!

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Volunteer Roles

Conservation Volunteers

Our Conservation Volunteers get together every Monday and Thursday morning 10:30-13:00. There is a huge variety of tasks that we carry out. You can come along as often or as little as you want. Click the title for all information.

Tree & Hedge Planting Volunteer

This is a seasonal volunteer role where volunteers will help the Belfast Hills Partnership to plant trees and hedging plants on a variety of sites across the Hills. Click the title for all information.

Native Tree and Wildflower Nursery Volunteer

Come and help out in our native tree and wildflower nursery on Tuesday mornings 10:30-13:00. Tasks include seed collection, seed propagation, planting and maintenance of this special site. Contact [email protected] if you are interested.

Wildlife Survey Volunteer

This seasonal volunteer role will increase your survey skills and experience as well as biodiversity identification. Click the title for all information.

Hills Youth Ranger

Hills Youth Rangers are 18 – 24 year olds, that act as extra eyes and ears in the Belfast Hills, submitting monthly reports on a given site in the Hills. This role requires lone volunteering on a set site in the Belfast Hills. Click the title for all information.

If you are not a Ranger, you can help us look after the Hills by reporting issues or points of interest. Please see the ‘Anything to Report’ tab and follow the instructions.

The tasks we do are selected to appeal to as large a volunteer group as possible and so all abilities, ages and backgrounds are welcomed. As such, you don’t need any experience at all to get involved, but any that you do have will be put to good use. All we ask is that you come along with a smile, can-do attitude and clothes/sturdy footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty!

Given the physical nature of some of our tasks, as outlined in the role descriptions, if you require some level of support or assistance or have any concerns, please contact our Volunteer Officer and they will be able to give you the best advice on how you can volunteer with us or another local organisation.

We’re a really friendly bunch and love to meet new people from all walks of life. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Belfast Hills Partnership should get in touch with our Environmental Engagement Officer, Laura Shiels: [email protected] / 02890 603466

Essential Volunteering Information

Volunteer Handbook

This handbook provides you with essential information about volunteering with us as well as a broad introduction to the Belfast Hills Partnership.

Volunteer Interest Form

The Interest Form can be printed and posted, scanned or emailed back to our Volunteer Officer who will contact you upon receipt of the form with additional information. It is also available in hard copy in the Volunteer Information Pack which the Volunteer Officer can give to you.

Volunteer Feedback Form

Feedback is really important and I welcome all. It is a way of developing the volunteer programme to make it the best possible fit for everyone. It gives volunteers the opportunity to request training and tasks and to let me know how they feel about the volunteering opportunities. The Feedback Form can be printed and posted, handed to me at a task, put in the plastic-pocket in the ‘goodie-bag’ at tasks or emailed back to me.

Volunteer Policies and Processes Available Training

Watch this space for 2023’s training programme!

Please note: a certain amount of places will be reserved for Belfast Hills Partnership volunteers so book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment!

Bookings: [email protected] / 02890 603466

Anything to Report

There are certain issues and species which we like to receive reports on. If you are out and about in the Belfast Hills and notice anything worthy of reporting, please feel free to email [email protected] with your sightings recorded on the report sheet.

What to report:


Invasive species

Key species

Report sheet

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