It’s been a time of beginnings and endings here in the Technical Team over the past couple of weeks.
The end of October marked the completion of this year’s seal survey at the Tees Barrage. A hardy group of volunteers were out in all weathers at all times of the day to record the presence of seals in the water in front of the barrage gates. This formed part of a project with a number of organisations to look into seal feeding behaviour in the River Tees. I was fortunate enough to be able to join in with the survey – once in the pouring rain, and once in much better weather! But even whilst rather damp it was still a joy to see the sleek grey seals moving through the water.
The new student Environmental Assistants are settling well into their roles with their teams. In Leeds it’s been an action packed first month with inductions, site visits, wall building, surveying and much more. We’ll soon be starting the search for the 2015/16 placements.
This week, Amanda has been in Birmingham with volunteers interested in our Roundhouse role. This is a first for us – working in conjunction with the National Trust on a Heritage research project. Find out more about this interesting project here.
I’ve also been out and about recently at university volunteering fairs, spreading the news about volunteering with us, and what students can get involved in. Many came directly to see me having researched the Trust and wanting to find out more. Their enthusiasm was infectious and I had a great time.
With the temperatures dropping as winter approaches, our terrapin catchers have retreated inside to perfect their traps ready to return to the bank in the spring. Read more about their work here.
It’s at this time of year that we reflect on the input of volunteers into the work of the technical teams – many of the projects that have been carried out this year would not have been possible without the support of volunteers, and many teams have achieved even more due to the input of individual office based volunteers. Our heartfelt thanks go to out to you all. We’ve been steadily increasing the number of opportunities available within the technical teams this year, and hope to carry on that trend into 2015. As always our opportunities will be advertised on the volunteering pages of the website.
Away from volunteering I was very interested to see the dates and locations of our winter stoppage open days. I attended one at Sprotbrough this year, and am looking forward to the Tinsley one next year. It was a fascinating day out, and one I would highly recommend to everyone.
So that’s it from me for 2014 – I’ll see you again in January!
Amanda is a volunteer coordinator for the Technical Team within the Trust. Whether it’s finding a student for a long-term placement with the environment team or assisting the hydrology team with a team of volunteers to count boat movements, she can be counted on to find the right people for the role. Amanda joined the Trust in July 2012 and previously worked as the Volunteer Leader in the East Midlands. She has worked at other charities in people engagement roles, but is at her happiest besides the water.See more blogs from Volunteer coordinator