Students - Get Involved

When you graduate you will be joining thousands of students each trying to find their first graduate position in the environment sector. Employers are looking for candidates who stand out from the crowd, who have developed their skills, abilities and ambitions and who are not afraid to get involved. Volunteering and extra-curricular activities can help you achieve and demonstrate this.

Volunteering opportunities

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with practical sustainability in the Devon area.  By volunteering, you can:

  • gain new, practical skills and develop your confidence
  • work in the beautiful Devon countryside
  • make a positive contribution to Devon’s wildlife habitats
  • meet new people and develop your regional networks 
  • build your CV
  • fulfil the volunteering element of the Exeter Award/Exeter Leaders Award
  • Do something different!

Don't forget to log your volunteering activity through Green Rewards to earn Green Points. You can also use Green Rewards to submit a new activity idea (and earn points for that too!).


Organisation and ContactActivity

Green Consultants



A free programme open to all University of Exeter students. Facilitated learning and practical hands on experience for those interested in pursuing a career with an environmental or sustainability focus.

Devon Wildlife Trust



Practical management of nature reserves including hedge-laying, fencing, scrub clearance, coppicing and bracken management. 

Exeter Community Garden



Join the friendly volunteers at Streatham Campus at the award winning Community Garden to join in with a wealth of gardening activities. 

Surfers Against Sewage



Get involved with beach clean activities and help protect our beautiful coastal environment.

A1 Positive Recycling



A wide range of opportunities available, including collections and deliveries for partner charities, coordinators, designing flyers and marketing materials, organising events, creating new designs on our website and managing the warehouse

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)



Get involved with a variety of projects in practical conservation throughout Devon.

Generation Wild - Penryn


A student-led volunteering project. The project's main goad is to form lnks with local schools and Scout/Guide groups, to get children engaged and inspired about nature and the environment through providing environmental education sessions by running various activities. 

Green Rewards

Log sustainable actions through the Green Rewards web platform or app and earn 'Green Points' for a chance to win prizes. Click here to find out more.


Green Futures Student Solutions 

Did you know that the university has a dedicated fund available for student-led environmental and carbon reduction projects? Click here to find out more.


Learning opportunities

Careers in the environment and sustainability sector are becoming increasingly popular. Click here to find out more about learning opportunities available to you. 


Have a look at our Environment and Climate Emergency Guide

Designed for you, including information on more ways to get involved, our sustainability journey, and helpful links and information. 


Sign up to the Sustainability Monthly Newsletter

Do you have a work-related or personal interest in the environment, sustainability or climate emergency? Sign up to our e-news update focused on the environment and climate emergency. To subscribe, click here


Thematic Forums

Interested in getting involved in one of our Thematic Forum, which consider actions, initiatives and projects that can tackle the forum-specific challenges associated with the environment and climate emergency? Click here to find out more. 


Go Green Week

Each year, the university and Students' Guild team up with a range of student societies, academics and local community members for Go Green Week, this year from 13 - 17 March. If your student society is interested in getting involved, please contact the Guild President. 


Sign the SDG Accord

The purpose of the SDG Accord is to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society. 

Individual students, researchers, academics and operational staff can sign the SDG Accord to make a personal and professional commitment to playing their part in advancing sector performance.

Click here to find out more.