We are launching our Youth Panel! This is an exciting time to join a small but growing charity, gain experience within the conservation sector and have your voice heard.


What is the Youth Panel?

Our Youth Panel aims to make sure that young people are represented in our work and help us to shape the work that we do.

The Youth Panel will be responsible for creating a Youth Engagement Strategy, to define how we engage with fellow young people. Panel members will also have the opportunity to get involved in other aspects of the charity.

The panel will be made up of like-minded young people coming together online.

First online meeting: Saturday 22nd June

Meetings for the following meetings would are to be confirmed but would fall in the following weeks:

– w/c 22nd July

– w/c 19th August

– w/c 16th September

– w/c 14th October

What are we looking for?

We are looking for young people who are passionate about insects (especially dragonflies!) and wetlands, who want to join a small charity and have a big impact for dragonfly conservation! You should apply if you:

  • Are between 16 and 24
  • Are passionate about nature (don’t worry you don’t need to know everything about dragonflies!)
  • Enjoy being a part of a team
  • Can commit to attending online meetings
  • Want to inspire other young people to connect with dragonflies


What do we offer you?

Being a part of the Youth Panel is a voluntary role, however we will provide:

  • Free BDS membership and a welcome pack of goodies
  • Opportunities for mentoring and career advice
  • An insight into a national conservation charity
  • A platform to have your voice heard and represent us at events
  • Opportunities to get involved in other aspects of our work: social media, creating resources, practical conservation and much more
  • References for you on your job and university applications
  • Expenses if attending an in-person event

How to apply

Applications are now open! Click here to complete an online application form to apply.

You will be asked; what you would like to gain from being a part of the panel, your favourite thing about nature, and how you would help us inspire other young people.

Deadline for applications is midnight Sunday 5th May.

If you have any questions about the Youth Panel and how to apply please email Lauren Kennedy, Engagement Officer:

We will let you know within two weeks of the deadline whether you are invited to a short and informal online interview. Interviews will take place week commencing 27th May.