There are many ways to volunteer with Ballinderry Rivers Trust, from long-term volunteer opportunities to giving just a few minutes of your time when you are walking the dog or taking a stroll along the riverbank there is something for everyone.

Why Volunteer with the Trust?

There are lots of reasons why people volunteer their time, skills and knowledge, but for whatever reason you want to volunteer, your time is invaluable to us.

Volunteers enjoy free Supporters membership*, access to events run by the trust, including our Volunteer Appreciation Days; and, if you are 14-24 years old you can become a millennium volunteer and receive certificates for your volunteering which look great on your CV and UCAS applications.

*Free Supporters membership is subject to an agreed minimum amount of volunteering in each category and excludes work placements unless they are for 6 months or more.  Supporter membership terms and conditions apply.

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Don’t have time to volunteer but see the river every day?

Volunteering doesn’t have to take up hours and hours.  Having as many eyes and ears out on the river as possible is invaluable to the work of the Trust. 

Become a River Watcher and tell us what you see when you are out and about. 

You might see a kingfisher, dipper or otter, you might notice that the river is an odd colour or has a strange smell, or even that a tree has fallen or that rubbish has been dumped along the river banks. 

Just pick up the phone and call 028 867 61515 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register now as a River Watcher and take a few minutes to help your river.

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Between 14-24?

Become a Millennium Volunteer and earn certificates recognised by employers and UCASMillennium Volunteers is a national programme which recognises the achievements of young people in volunteering and developing their own skills and knowledge.

If you are aged 14-24 and volunteer with Ballinderry Rivers Trust, we will sign you up with Millennium Volunteers through the Cookstown & Magherafelt Volunteer Centre. 
All you need to do is keep volunteering and keep a log book of how much time you have volunteered and what you did – it’s easy. 

You will then be awarded with certificates for 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering. 

To find out more about volunteering with Ballinderry Rivers Trust and Millennium Volunteers contact the Trust on  028 867 61515 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Learning Guides
  • Conservation Breeding Centre Assistant
  • Riverfly Monitoring Assistant
  • Ballinderry River Volunteer
  • Daubenton’s Bat Monitor
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Type of volunteering

Find out which type of volunteering suits you best and what we have to offer

Trust Voluntary Posts

If you want to volunteer on regular days over a long period of time        

Trust Volunteer Opportunities

If you want to volunteer on days that you are free        

River Watcher

If you want to volunteer by feeding information back to the trust when you are out and about doing other things, like walking the dog or jogging.

River Champion

If you want to volunteer by making your skills and knowledge available to the trust e.g. You are a photographer and could take and share photos of the river and its wildlife; You are a historian and want to research the history along the river and share this with the trust etc.,        

Work Placement Scheme

If you are looking for a work placement for school, college or university.      

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