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Countryside, conservation and ecology full and part time voluntary placements including wildlife work and environmental education, updated weekly.

This week's additions are below or go straight to your chosen sector.

 

Administration, support and IT.administration and office support roles including IT.
Arboricultureworking with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.
Community and Volunteerscountryside and greenspace community work, e.g. helping with allotments or with a green gym, managing other volunteers and similar.
Countrysidecountryside work, ranger / warden type posts includes all practical and countryside conservation and management
Ecologyecology and biodiversity including fieldwork, scientific research and projects
Environmental and Outdoor Educationenvironmental education, field studies and work with children and young people 
Horticulturehorticulture, gardening, permaculture and manual estate work
Publicity and FundraisingPublic relations, marketing and membership tasks includes social media
Rights of Wayaccess and all public rights of way related work.
Visitor Managementvisitor engagement & events management
Wildlife Work and Animal Careanimal and wildlife work, including interpretation also animal care e.g. wildlife hospital and animal rehabilitation and some agricultural roles

 

Voluntary opportunities with an occasional commitment requirement e.g. a few hours a week, one or two days a month.

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Vacancies advertised w/b: 10/12



Volunteer Ranger x 2

North Pembrokeshire

Accommodation & training

5 days a week for at 12 months.

Join the North Pembrokeshire Ranger team on the spectacular North Pembrokeshire coast and inland heaths. Working alongside staff & other volunteers, you will gain knowledge, skills & experience in countryside management, whilst ensuring the protection & enhancement of the environment for all to enjoy.


  • Closing Date: 18/12/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Wales
  • Posted: 20/11/2018

Directors

The Welsh Perry and Cider Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the production of cider and perry in Wales and greater appreciation of these natural craft drinks.

The Society now has vacancies for Directors to join its Board on a voluntary basis to assist in the management and running of the Society and to help steer it towards further project funding.  Directors are responsible for the Governance of the Society, setting the strategic direction and financial management


  • Closing Date: 21/12/2018
  • Sector: Administration, support and IT. Publicity and Fundraising
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Wales
  • Posted: 04/12/2018

Countryside Assistant (Access)

Countryside Estate Team

Salary £10,920 pa (£10 per hour for 21 hours per week) fte £18,200 pa

If you have a passion for the countryside, enjoy sharing knowledge and engaging with others whilst undertaking practical tasks, this part time, outdoor role is for you. The core role of the Countryside Assistant is to encourage greater access and participation within the countryside estate managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, ensuring it is safe and welcoming with opportunities for volunteers and visitors to get stuck in.


  • Closing Date: 04/01/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Visitor Management
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 06/12/2018

JOB: Events Residential Volunteer & Guide

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Spey Bay, Moray, NE Scotland

PAY: Full training given

FOR: Whale and Dolphin Conservation

3 March - 31 October. Supporting the implementation of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre ‘events’ programme which runs from April to October and involves a variety of responsibilities including: creating, organising and delivering conservation events and activities - aimed at children from 3-11 years, young people and adults; organising and delivering conservation themed guided wildlife and nature walks; developing topical conservation talks and workshops; digital marketing; creating and managing social media posts; citizen science; working with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the local Spey Fishery Board, assisting with the monitoring of mink and habitat management; attending a variety of local coastal community events; assisting with school visits and activities at the Centre and the also offsite events and Shorewatch site visits; delivering environmental interpretation - inspiring people through land-based dolphin watching, tours, talks and guided wildlife walks; visitor engagement; managing ‘front of house’ of the visitor centre. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QIre0m

JOB: Shorewatch Residential Volunteer & Guide

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Sey Bay, Moray, NE Scotland

PAY: Full training given

FOR: Whale and Dolphin Conservation

3 March - 31 October. Role includes:  delivering environmental interpretation - inspiring people through land-based dolphin watching, tours, talks and guided wildlife walks; managing ‘front of house’ of the visitor centre including; welcoming visitors, customer service in the Centre’s eco-friendly gift shop (3-4 days per week); assisting the Policy Officer with the development of the WDC Shorewatch Programme; carrying out shore-based dolphin, whale and porpoise observations from various locations around Scotland, visiting partner organisations and cultivating relationships at these sites (1-2 days per week); citizen science - research in the form of hourly 10 min land-based cetacean watches; supporting recruitment and training of Shorewatch volunteers; digital marketing - managing social media as a tool to engage Shorewatch volunteers, creating physical and digital marketing resources; managing data collection and input from shore-based sites; support the organisation development and delivery of community events & talks; administration duties. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QIre0m

JOB: Education Residential Volunteer & Guide

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Spey Bay, Moray, NE Scotland

PAY: Full training given

FOR: WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre

3 March - 31 October. Role Includes:  assisting the Education Officer with the WDC schools programme including delivering talks, running workshops and assisting with group visits to the Scottish Dolphin Centre for groups of all ages from Primary School through to University (approx. 1-2 days per week); developing interpretative and educational resources; delivering environmental interpretation - inspiring people to take an interest and care for the environment through land-based dolphin watching, tours, talks and guided wildlife walks; visitor engagement - raising the profile of WDC - amaze & inspire our visitors (over 95,000 every year) about the world of whales and dolphins and the work that we do to protect them, keep visitors informed of the latest WDC campaigns; managing ‘front of house’ of the visitor Centre (3-4 days per week); digital marketing - creating physical and digital marketing resources; research in the form of hourly 10 minute land-based cetacean watches. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QIre0m

JOB: Estate Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cannock

PAY: Meals & accomodation

FOR: The Beaudesert Trust

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer estate assistant, to assist our estate manager with a variety of tasks around our 120 park.  Tasks include grass cutting, tree work, construction, repairs and maintenance, littler collection and cleaning.   Some training available. Time commitment, 6 months min ASK: Please contact centremanager@beaudesert.org.uk

JOB: Ecotherapy Buddy Volunteer

BE4: 1/2/19

LOC: Hainault, East London

PAY: Training

FOR: Forest Farm Peace Garden

1 - 2 days (or more) a month for one year duration (or longer). We are seeking new buddy volunteers to join our ecotherapy team. Do you love being in nature and helping people? Volunteers make a huge difference to supporting others in our garden sessions. Being a buddy is an opportunity to gain skills and experience in support work and social and therapeutic gardening. Our ecotherapy programme supports people with mental health recovery needs and learning disability. We will provide free training for buddies on 8th & 15th February 2019. ASK: Find out more here: https://c-js.co.uk/2zJVsGy

JOB: RSPB Residential Volunteer Interns

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Across the UK

PAY: Free accommodation and training

FOR: RSPB

1 year, some 6 month internships available. Are you looking for a career in practical conservation or are you a people person looking for experience in a public facing role? We have a range of opportunities offering structured training and development in locations across the UK for which we are now recruiting. There are internships on offer for Practical Conservation, Visitor Experience, Specialist Surveyors and All Rounders, all including a full training package with hard and soft skills built in (please note this will vary from location to location). We will give you free accommodation and the chance to live and volunteer in some spectacular locations, immersing yourself in RSPB reserve life, and offering the skills and experience to equip you for your chosen career in the conservation sector. Come and join us in our mission to save nature. ASK: For details please go to our website at https://c-js.co.uk/2IyrBCw

JOB: Mentoring Officer

BE4: 21/12/18

IV: 21/12/2018

LOC: Home Based

PAY: Small stipend to cover expenses

FOR: A Focus on Nature

You will play a pivotal role in helping young people find exciting mentoring opportunities & enable them to secure & pursue careers in the nature conservation sector. You will co-ordinate our network of mentors (a group of leading figures & experts in the sector, with skills ranging from photography to political advocacy). You need to be confident in dealing with people & have good interpersonal skills to support both mentees & mentors. You will have an interest in nurturing young people & helping them to develop & will be passionate about improving inclusivity within conservation. Applicants must be below the age of 28 at the time of application. We expect the role will with be for a min of one year, max of 3. It is anticipated the role will require an average of 4-6 hpw, although this will increase in September 2019. ASK: More information: www.afocusonnature.org/vacancies

JOB: Web & Graphic Designer

BE4: 21/12/18

IV: 21/12/2018

LOC: Home Based

PAY: Small stipend to cover expenses

FOR: A Focus on Nature

You will work with other committee members to update the content of our website, embed content, & develop new material for our site as well as design graphics when needed. This is an excellent role for someone looking to get into digital communications. We ideally want someone with a creative vision & an eye for detail. Web development & graphic experience is ideal, but we understand that individuals may have different backgrounds. Please do not be put off from applying if you feel you may not be experienced enough. Applicants must be below the age of 28 at the time of application. We expect the role will with be for a minimum of one year, maximum of 3. It is anticipated the role will require an average of 4-6 hours per week, although this may increase in times when your support is needed more. ASK: More information: www.afocusonnature.org/vacancies

JOB: Social Media Officer

BE4: 21/12/18

IV: 21/12/2018

LOC: Home Based

PAY: Small stipend to cover expenses

FOR: A Focus on Nature

You will work with all members of the committee, as well as members of AFON, to ensure the blog & social media accounts are kept up to date with the latest news, events & information. In particular, you will be working closely with the Associate Director to promote the Now for Nature campaign. You need to have a passion for social media & some experience with using different platforms. Experience with writing, & preferably editing other people’s wiring is highly desirable. You will need strong organisational skills in order to plan content for the blog, schedule social media posts & plan the social media strategy & content for campaigns. Applicants must be below the age of 28 at the time of application. We expect the role will with be 1-3 years. It is anticipated the role will require an average of 6-8 hours per week, although this will increase in September 2019. ASK: More information: www.afocusonnature.org/vacancies


 


Other Useful Information.

If you are unable to commit to a long term placement but would still like to do a little voluntary work have a look at the Pratical Work Days page which has details of specific tasks occurring over one or two days.

For possible sources of funding have a look at the Grants and Funding page.

For some suggestions on how to enter the countryside sector and pointers on how to get your perfect post read our Helpful Hints guide.


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