Investing in our volunteers!

As part of its 50th anniversary activities in 2017, the Snowdonia Society looked to the future and invested in its volunteers – by launching new, accredited training.  We currently have two units on offer, both accredited by Agored Cymru:

Practical Conservation Skills Level 2:  This unit is ideal for those who wish to have a more formal way of demonstrating their practical experience and knowledge.  You are required to undertake 4 different conservation days to complete this unit.

By undertaking this unit, you will:

  • Undertake a range of practical conservation tasks in a range of habitats
    • Demonstrate your ability to work in a safe manner, gain knowledge about risk assessments and the importance of e.g. personal protective clothing.
    • Become familiar with a range of tools, their maintenance, and uses
    This unit is great for people who already volunteer with us, or for those who are keen to begin. The unit should take around 30 hours to complete, with around 20 – 25 (4 days) of these being out on workdays or doing practical tool maintenance.

Paperwork is light, requiring you only to fill in brief a reflective log after each workday as well as filling in 2 risk assessments highlighting the main 3-4 risks of a site/task.

Lowland and Upland Footpath Maintenance Level 1: This unit allows you to learn and demonstrate your footpath maintenance skills and takes only a day to complete.

By undertaking this unit, you will:

  • Identify and clear blocked drains and culverts
  • Pick up and survey litter
  • Check and clean tools before and after use

Paperwork is very light, requiring you only to write a short paragraph about your experience.

Both these units are run periodically throughout the year – keep an eye on our website, join our mailing list or get in touch to find out more.  If you have a group who would be interested in completing either unit, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.