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Volunteer at a City nature reserve or in a biodiversity programme<h2 class="sectHeading">​​​About volunteering​</h2> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>volunteer programme suspended</h4><p> Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not accepting any volunteers until further notice. View our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/get-involved/volunteer?L1=Volunteer">other volunteer opportunities</a>.</p></div></div></span> <p>Volunteers can choose from the following options when volunteering with us.</p><h4>​​Option 1:<br> You can choose to help at the following nature reserves:</h4><ul> <a href="mailto:nature.volunteers@capetown.gov.za?subject=U18%20Volunteer-job%20shadow%20and%20education%20programmes"> </a> <li> <a href="mailto:nature.volunteers@capetown.gov.za?subject=U18%20Volunteer-job%20shadow%20and%20education%20programmes"></a> ​​<a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Blaauwberg%20Nature%20Reserve">Blaauwberg Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Bracken%20Nature%20Reserve">Bracken Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Durbanville%20Nature%20Reserve">Durbanville Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Edith%20Stephens%20Nature%20Reserve">Edith Stephens Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/False%20Bay%20Nature%20Reserve">False Bay Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Helderberg%20Nature%20Reserve">Helderberg Nature Reserve</a>​</li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Table%20Bay%20Nature%20Reserve">Table Bay Nature Reserve​</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Tygerberg%20Nature%20Reserve">Tygerberg Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Uitkamp%20Wetland%20Nature%20Reserve">Uitkamp Wetland Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Witzands%20Aquifer%20Nature%20Reserve">Witzands Aquifer Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Wolfgat%20Nature%20Reserve">Wolfgat Nature Reserve</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Zandvlei%20Estuary%20Nature%20Reserve">Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve</a></li></ul><p>Find out more about our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/naturereserves" target="_blank">nature reserves. </a> </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>duties</h4><p> <b></b>Your duties will vary depending on the nature reserve that you are volunteering at.</p></div></div></span> <h4>You can choose from the following work streams available at City nature reserves: </h4><ul><li> <strong>General conservation</strong> – including various tasks that are required to successfully run a nature reserve. Some examples include: gate duty, fence patrols, invasive species control, bird counts, monitoring and evaluation, and communication.</li><li> <strong>Administration</strong> – including administrative tasks such as: filing, using computer programs and assisting with reception.</li><li> <strong>Environmental Education</strong> – assisting environmental education officers with tasks such as: teaching school groups, preparing lesson plans, venue bookings, making resources, preparing exhibitions and taking groups on guided hikes.</li><li> <strong>Research</strong> – tasks depend on the type of research being done.</li></ul><h4> Option 2:<br>You can also choose to volunteer at a unit that specialises in specific activities:</h4><ul><li> <strong>The Invasive Species Unit</strong> – specialises in the removal of invasive species. It would include tasks such as: hacking, insect-rearing and quality control. Volunteers will be based at the Westlake Conservation Centre in Westlake.</li><li> <strong>People and Conservation</strong> – includes activities such as: communication, tourism, events, environmental education, photography, resource development, customer service and research. Volunteers will be based in Maitland.</li><li> <strong>Monitoring and Evaluation</strong> – dealing with data management tasks, such as: (database cataloguing and analysis), field work to collect data, report and procedure collation and writing. Volunteers will be based at the Westlake Conservation Centre in Westlake.</li><li> <strong>Habitat Restoration Facility</strong> – volunteers will participate in: field work, propagation, data collection, updating labels, care for particular plants in the facility, seed collection, seed cleaning and seed sowing. They will be based at the Westlake Conservation Centre in Westlake. </li></ul><p>For more information on the types of volunteers and work available, please download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/New%20Volunteer%20information%20pack.pdf" target="_blank">Information Pack</a>.<span> </span></p> <span> <div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slide="1" data-slides="2" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​<figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1">​<img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/Invasive%20water%20hyacinth%20%20removal%20CCT.jpg" alt="" style="width:800px;height:500px;display:none;" /><figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <strong>Invasive water hyacinth removal​</strong></p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/Seasonal%20wetland%20survey%20CCT.jpg" alt="" style="width:800px;height:500px;display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <strong>Seasonal Wetlands Survey</strong></p> </figcaption> </figure></div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"> </div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 2​​​</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​​</div></div></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​Eligibility</h2><p>​As a volunteer, you will need to be:</p><ul><li>18 years or older (excuding job-shadowing)</li><li>Reasonably fit </li><li>Able to read, write and speak English (this is not applicable to group applicants where one or more member(s) of the group is able to translate for those who are unable to read, write or speak English)</li><li>Covered by medical insurance (for international volunteers only)​</li></ul><p>Volunteers with disabilities will be assessed on a case-to-case basis and will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately we may not be able to accomodate all disabled applicants.<br><br> If you are a younger volunteer, you can enquire about a job shadowing programme with us. The minimum age for job shadowing is 16 years.​ If you are under 18 and not volunteering as part of a job shadow programme, you can contact one of our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves">nature reserves</a> directly to book an activity based learning programme.<br><br> If you intend on volunteering long-term or on a continuous basis​, we recommend joining one of our partner organisations, such as a formalized Friends Group or CREW.​ See the 'Non career-related long-term volunteers' section in the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/New%20Volunteer%20information%20pack.pdf" target="_blank">​Information Pack</a> for more details.</p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><ul><li>​Space is limited and positions will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.</li><li>You should apply at least a month prior to your start date.</li><li>We do not offer work on weekends.</li></ul></div></div><h2 class="sectHeading">Apply​​</h2><p>​Make sure that you have read the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/New%20Volunteer%20information%20pack.pdf" target="_blank">Information Pack</a>, including the Code of Conduct before you apply for any positions with us.​<br>All applicants will need to download either an individual or group application form which you will find out more about below. <br> <br>Make sure that you fill out the application form accurately and do not leave anything out.<br>Your application form must be signed by you, in person (no electronic signatures will be accepted)</p><p>Once you have completed your form you may submit it, together with all supporting documentation to <a href="mailto:nature.volunteers@capetown.gov.za?subject=Volunteer%20application">nature.volunteers@capetown.gov.za​​</a>​​</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Individual applications:</h2><ul><li>​Download an <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/New%20individual%20volunteer%20application%20form.pdf" target="_blank">individual a​pplication form</a></li></ul> <span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>​​​​​​You will need to submit the following supporting documentation together with your application:</b></p><ul><li>Your CV​</li><li>A copy of your Identity Document (for South African Citizens) or passport (for international volunteers)</li><li> Copy of your travel/work visa – ​(for international volunteers only)</li><li>Letter from your educational institution indicating the scope and need for your volunteering experience (for career-related volunteers only)​</li><li>Copy of your driving licence if you have indicated that you have a driving licence</li></ul></div></div></span><br> <h2 class="sectHeading">Group applications:</h2><ul><li>​Download a <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/New%20group%20volunteer%20application%20form.pdf" target="_blank">group application ​form​</a></li></ul> <span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b> <span style="font-weight:600;">​​​​​​You will need to submit the following supporting documentation together with your application:</span></b></p><ul><li>Letter from your learning institution indicating the voluntary requirements – for career-related volunteers </li></ul></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​Contact us</h2><p>Find out more about volunteering with our Environmental Management Department’s Biodiversity Management Branch.<br><br>Download the information pack from the document downloads section below.​</p><p> <em>Email:<br><a href="mailto:nature.volunteers@capetown.gov.za?subject=%20Request%20for%20volunteer%20application%20form%20and%20info%20pack">nature.volunteers@capetown.gov.za​</a> </em>for more information.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info remember">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Remember</h4><ul><li>​Space is limited for volunteers so you should apply at least a month before your start date.​​</li><li>Placement is not guaranteed.</li><li>Volunteers who are able to assist during the week will be given preference.</li></ul></div></div></span>GP0|#6f49a589-68ef-4e2b-a30a-ef3140d2a936;L0|#06f49a589-68ef-4e2b-a30a-ef3140d2a936|Volunteer;GTSet|#a7cfb90d-44ad-4426-98ce-565f79932396;GPP|#7ecc61e7-9305-4d43-8bf7-f7c4dc6a5334The City is accepting non-paid volunteers to assist our Environmental Management Department0

 

 

Nature Volunteer Group Application Form139065GP0|#f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7;L0|#0f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7|Application form;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2018-04-24T22:00:00Z
Nature Volunteer Individual Application Form147755GP0|#f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7;L0|#0f0b069a9-84bd-4629-943b-3e3dfa0685a7|Application form;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2018-04-24T22:00:00Z
Nature Volunteer Information Pack: Guidelines and Code of Conduct1278916GP0|#63522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33;L0|#063522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33|Guideline;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b;L0|#0e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b|Regulation2020-08-31T22:00:00Z

 

 

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