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Volunteer Rangers

New Forest Volunteer Ranger Team

The Volunteer Ranger team in the New Forest was set up in 1999 and was one of the flagship volunteer projects with the Forestry Commission. Sin1064 Volunteer FB banner nationalce then it has grown into a hugely successful project with over 60 Volunteer Rangers helping the Forestry Commission carry out a range of different tasks throughout the year.

Being a Volunteer Ranger is a fantastic way of learning more about the forest,  to get fit, make friends, enjoy the open air and gain valuable work experience.

What do Volunteer Rangers Do?

Every duty as a Volunteer Ranger is different. In spring and summer months Volunteer Rangers can be found attending public events such as the New Forest Show, patrolling the forest in our dedicated Volunteer Ranger van,  leading guided walks and providing information to the public at our busy Bolderwood Information Unit.New Forest volunteer engaging with families at Bolderwood Information Unit

In autumn and winter months Volunteer Rangers work closely with our other volunteer group- the Two Trees Conservation team and New Forest Keepers.

Together we carry out a full programme of conservation tasks such as clearing edges of woodland tracks to improve butterfly habitats and removal of seeding pines from the heathlands, to provide good habitat for birds such as the rare Dartford Warbler.

There are also opportunities to:

  • Assist with public engagement at the Drifts – the New Forest pony round ups.
  • Become a Conservation Leader to lead conservation tasks.
  • Support our Christmas tree shops.
  • Carry out stream survey work through the Riverfly Initiative Partnership.


How to get involved

Although we are not currently recruiting for Volunteer Rangers we do recruit most years for those wishing to join the Volunteer Ranger team.

We welcome anyone who has a passion for the forest, loves talking to people, and are over 18 years old.

Demand for these opportunities is high and therefore we do ask for a regular commitment to volunteering, with a minimum of 35 hours per year. In particular we are looking for those who can be flexible and volunteer during weekends and holiday times.'Find Yourself!' event in the New Forest

You will need to be able to get to and from duty points.

If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Ranger team, please complete an Expression of Interest form and return to E-mail: 

We will hold your details on file and send out an application form when we are next recruiting.

Alternatively please keep an eye on this page for updates.





Last updated: 14th July 2018


Volunteer Administrator
0300 067 4642

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