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

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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


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Vacancies advertised w/b: 16/4

Volunteer Countryside Assistant Rangers

Peak District National Trust is recruiting for Volunteer Countryside Assistant Rangers

Considering a career in conservation? This is an excellent opportunity to gain skills and build your confidence in a supportive, friendly and rewarding environment. Volunteering full time from September 2018 to July 2019 you will help deliver a wide variety of conservation activities and practical tasks.

Applicants must be able to drive, willing to learn, be committed to delivering excellent customer service, physically fit and enjoy being outdoors in all weathers; often on challenging terrain. In return, we’ll provide the formal training needed to develop countryside management skills.

  • Closing Date: 10/05/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 30/03/2018

Cost-free Ecology Course

Cost-free Ecology course on the island of Corsica.

One week in May 2018.

Survey skills, species identification, CV and interviews.

Tuition, airfares, accommodation all provided by reg. charity, Operation New World, if you are 20 – 25 without a full time job.

  • Closing Date: 01/05/2018
  • Sector: Ecology
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: International
  • Posted: 03/04/2018

Volunteer Trainee Nature Reserve Warden

2 posts available with the Sevenoaks Team based at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

1 post available with the Medway Valley Team based at Tyland Barn

Salary Range: This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector as a Nature Reserve Warden? We are looking for three people to help us with the general and practical management of a number of West Kent nature reserves.

  • Closing Date: 04/05/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 09/04/2018

JOB: Land Management Assistant Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

The work takes place on our reserves, in & around Sheffield & Rotherham from Blacka Moor & Wyming Brook on the edge of the Peak District to Centenary Riverside, a flood alleviation scheme & nature reserve on an ex steel works site, on the edge of the River Don near Rotherham town centre. Our current living landscapes project, Rotherham Rivers, funded through Waste Recycling Environmental, sees us visiting & improving sites, managed by other organisations for the benefit of wildlife, such as water voles, kingfishers & otters, in & around Rotherham, including Rother Valley Country Park, Don Island, Kilnhurst Ings & Whiston Meadows. This role would suit someone who is keen to engage in a range of practical conservation work, including site maintenance such as fencing, & habitat management such as woodland & heathland. Volunteering with the Land Management Team helps people develop practical conservation skills, build knowledge about local wildlife habitats, keep physically active & is a great place to start developing a career in the sector. In return we can cover expenses, on the job training & funding for relevant external courses such as brush-cutter & first aid at work. ASK: http://www.wildsheffield.com/volunteer 0114 2634335

JOB: Volunteer Officers & Leaders

BE4: N / A

LOC: Essex

PAY: Work experience

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Role is flexible & negotiable but usually involves 2 days per week for a min of 6 months. We have 4 weekly vol groups & work with community groups across the county. Whether part of one of our action teams or helping to organise & deliver projects to improve green spaces; vols are essential to everything we do. Volunteer officers & leaders can train to lead vol groups on a range of practical conservation activities & can get involved in all aspects of running projects depending on their interests & skills they want to develop. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain work experience in conservation, community building or someone looking to use their skills to help others. We can provide: work experience in conservation & community building; opportunity to use your skills to help others; leadership experience. All level of experience is welcome. Enjoy working outdoors; passion for nature. Community orientated & enjoy assisting people. ASK: Further information from Nicola Downs, Senior Project Officer, 01206 764470 essex@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Various Locations In Hertfordshire, Essex & London

PAY: Uniform, tool training

FOR: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Volunteers attend conservation tasks supervised by the Ranger Team & Volunteer Leaders to carry out management of the Lee Valley Park. Help to undertake management Plan & Biodiversity Action Plan driven tasks & activities to benefit conservation, the environment, fauna & flora, & visitors in the Lee Valley Park. ASK: Contact: volunteers@leevalleypark.org.uk 01992 709867

JOB: Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Cornwall

PAY: Training

FOR: Wild Futures the Monkey Sanctuary

Minimum stay is two weeks & maximum three months. Help clean the monkey enclosures, prepare their food & enrichment. Help with children's workshops & in the cafe. gardening & help in the day to day running of the sanctuary. No quals or experience required, just a willingness to be involved. ASK: More details from Antony Williams will@wildfutures.org

JOB: Fenn's Moss NNR Voluntary Warden

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR, & NNR Base (N Shropshire)

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Natural England & Natural Resources Wales

Great opportunity to assist with the restoration of part of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog. The NNR is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can incl practical estate & habitat management tasks, surveying / monitoring, assisting with events / guided walks & office projects. Protective clothing & some formal courses & in-house training provided. Suitable for a student looking for a work placement or someone wanting to gain further exp in the conservation sector. Reliable & enthusiastic, keen interest in wildlife & conservation, physically fit & prepared to work outdoors.  ASK: Contact David Tompkins, Reserve Manager david.tompkins@naturalengland.org.uk 01948 880362 www.gov.uk/natural-england

JOB: Coast and Countryside Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 27/4/18

LOC: Botallack, St Just, Cornwall

PAY: Travel expences covered to and from placement, £750 training budget for the year plus many internal training opportunities

FOR: National Trust

12 months. This role provides a great opportunity to work within a dynamic ranger team and develop new skills and experience in conservation. The focus of this role will be outdoor, practical coast & countryside work, survey work and may involve taking part in community events. Travel expenses covered to and from placement, £750 training budget for the year plus many internal training opportunities. ASK: Contact jasmin.odell@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information and application form.

JOB: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accomodation provided. Volunteering at this reserve will give you the opportunity to work in this beautiful environment with skilled practitioners, discovering new capabilities and learning new skills. This is an excellent chance to gain work experience a

FOR: Scottish Natural Heratige

To assist us with managing the reserve. Your role will be related to practical work as well as some survey work including: tree nursery work, woodland management, deer culling, path maintenance, removal of non-native plant species, visitor management, habitat & species monitoring. You'll be personable, approachable, enthusiastic, good communicator with fluent level of spoken English, strong interest in conservation & a good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage, a good team-worker, respecting others. Physically fit & have a responsible attitude to H&S, complying with procedures designed to keep you & others safe. Willing to work outdoors in all weathers, keen to learn & adaptable. At least 18 years old. There will be a small number of volunteer placements available throughout the year, each for a min of 1 month, the more time you stay with us the more jobs you will be likely to experience & the more you will learn. ASK: Further information please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2GWsA3K

JOB: Wildlife Trainee: Education & Community

BE4: 27/4/18 9am

IV: 8/5/18

LOC: College Lake, near Tring

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

3 days per week for 12 months. You will join our Buckinghamshire Education and Community team. Based at College Lake, our flagship nature reserve, education and visitor centre, you will exp first-hand our varied and exciting range of education and community work. This will incl assisting with and leading school group activities, both at the centre and off-site, planning and delivering events for families, supporting our Nature Tots pre-school group and our wider community projects. Applicants should have a keen interest in environmental education and conservation, working with children and enjoy interacting with people of all ages. Rel volunteering exp desirable. ASK: For more information visit our website www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21493

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) - 4 placements

BE4: 16/5/18 9am

IV: 23/5/18

LOC: Woolley Firs, Maidenhead, Berkshire

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

The role involves practical tasks on our nature reserves, restoring and improving habitats and connectivity for wildlife. Trainees will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, use power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys, lead and engage with volunteers. They will spend some of their time assisting with the preparation and delivery of various community events. There is also an opportunity to assist other Berkshire teams with environmental education projects. The position would suit those wishing to develop the skills required to follow a career in the conservation sector. All recent Trainees in the Berkshire team have gone on to conservation roles. A commitment to volunteer three days a week for 6 - 12 months is required. ASK: For more information please visit our website www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21496

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Warden – South Walney

BE4: 23/4/18 (5pm)

IV: 23/04/2018

LOC: South Walney Nature Reserve, Barrow-In-Furness

PAY: Accommodation provided on site

FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

This residential volunteer placement will give you the unique opportunity to develop conservation skills and knowledge on one of our flagship reserves. The role will start May 2018 and run for a min of 3 months with extensions possible. Throughout the busy summer season, you will have a unique opportunity to live amongst the birds, seals and otters of the South Walney nature reserve. You will work alongside the warden and gain valuable experience and practical qualifications in habitat management, wildlife monitoring, reserve maintenance and visitor work. This post is ideal for anyone with a background in conservation, the ability to inspire people about the local environment and the drive to develop themselves in this fantastic setting. ASK: For further details, including how to apply, visit http://c-js.co.uk/2lqJxDC or call 01539 816300.

JOB: Ecological Surveyor

BE4: 7/5/18

IV: 07/05/2018

LOC: Mathry, North Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HE

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: National Trust

We are looking for a fit and active person to undertake ecological surveys and monitoring of vegetation, birds and insects across our North Pembrokeshire properties, mostly within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and assist in practical outdoors tasks / conservation. The job involves working with other volunteers and assisting the public in the countryside and at occasional events. Full UK driving licence essential. Some previous ecological surveying and outdoors conservation experience desirable, as is an ability to speak Welsh. Bunk-house accommodation can be provided. ASK: Contact James Roden 01348 837860 james.roden@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Marine Biology Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: St Abbs

PAY: Travel expenses from reasonable distance, training

FOR: St Abbs Marine Station

We are looking for medium term volunteers available for 1-3 months, minimum 3 days a week, hours between 9am - 5pm. St Abbs Marine Station is currently accepting applications for volunteers to work in our research aquarium & laboratory for our busy spring & summer periods. We are seeking individuals who are interested in gaining or adding to existing practical experience of working in a marine research facility. Primary duties will be animal husbandry & general aquarium maintenance & upkeep. There will also be opportunities to aid & develop research projects, work in invertebrate larval rearing, carry out fieldwork, sample collection & analysis, & help with public outreach activities. Training will be provided as necessary. ASK: Please send your CV (2 page maximum) & a short covering letter describing why you are interested in this position, & how it will help you meet your long-term goals to hello@marinestation.co.uk

JOB: Ranger (Long Term Volunteer)

BE4: N/A

LOC: Crom Estate, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

PAY: Shared accommodation is provided*

FOR: National Trust

Min 25 hours per week. What's involved? Assist in the management of Crom Estate, working on  a wide range of practical conservation skills; practical conservation techniques from seasonal habitat work such as scrub clearance to maintaining fences, gates and other access points; monitoring work including compilation of fauna surveys and botanical quadrats/transects; invasive species control; environmental education and interpretation work including website articles and press releases; maintaining good working relationships with tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities and local authorities; welcoming and liaising with visitors by providing information and guidance, which may include public speaking and guided walks; undertaking such other appropriate practical and administrative tasks as may be reasonably requested; occasional weekend working; becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times; you will be required to support Florence Court and Castle Coole ranger teams in a variety of works - primarily with events. We will cover agreed cost, these will be discussed and clarified at interview. * Heat (oil central heating), wood burning stove and electricity costs are all covered. ASK: Contact Colin Beacom on tel 07818017160 or email colin.beacom@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/crom/

JOB: Butterfly Habitat Improvement Officer

BE4: N/A

IV: 27/07/2018

LOC: Tees Valley

PAY: Reduced cost accommodation

FOR: Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

3 months minimum. As part of the Wings of the Tees Project, there is an interesting butterfly project that would be suitable for a current second year student to start considering to undertake for their final year dissertation. We would like to look at improving habitat for the Grayling and Dark Green Fritilliary. Both these species are struggling within the Tees Valley area. The idea of the project would be to do a feasibility study into the best areas within the River Tees Rediscovered Project area (areas immediately adjacent to the River Tees from the South and North Gares up to Croft on Tees). The Wings of the Tees project has funds to be able to pay for plug plants of the caterpillar food species. Groups of volunteers would be available to help with preparing the ground for habitat management and improvement and to assist with planting of the plug plants. The project would involve collating and looking at data of past surveys (which are very limited) and undertaking further surveys for evidence of these species currently. Vegetation surveys would be required to establish if the area is suitable to be managed for the butterfly species in question. Advice from a highly experienced botanist can be provided to assist with the project. ASK: sbarry@teeswildlife.org 01287 636382.

JOB: Wildlife Ambassador

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Yorkshire wide

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

As a Wildlife Ambassador you would be assisting our Wildlife Supporter Officers by talking to visitors at our sites and going to events with them, or you could fly solo and attend events local to you. You will be helping to spread the word in your ambassadorial role by raising awareness of the Trust and telling our stories that will inspire people to take action for wildlife. We’d like to hear from you if; you enjoy being part of a team of passionate individuals, enjoy talking to people about the importance of nature conservation, would like telling our stories and be able to actively encourage people to join up should the moment arise. The role will be based from York for training and your staff contact, however we want volunteers based across Yorkshire. ASK: All enquiries to volunteering@ywt.org.uk or 01904 659570

JOB: Butterfly Surveyors

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North Yorkshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Spending time outdoors is good for our wellbeing and getting some exercise is good for our health. Luckily we have the perfect opportunity for you if you enjoy being outside and walking around beautiful nature reserves. So what’s catch, well we’d like you to count butterflies while you’re there. We have some fantastic species on our sites from delicate Marbled Whites, to diminutive Duke of Burgundy and not leaving out the spectacular Peacock butterfly. We need Butterfly Surveyors at many of our nature reserves in North Yorkshire, you’d be part of a team of surveyors, on a rota to survey the site over a 6 month period. You will survey the same section of site each time, making a note of what species you encounter on the visit. As the survey period stretches from spring to autumn you will be able to see the delightful seasonal changes on your reserve. ASK: For enquires and application form email volunteering@ywt.org or call 01904 659570

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Cheshire Wildlife Trust

We have been working in the region for over 50 years & manage 45 nature reserves with habitats ranging from grasslands & wet meadows to reedbeds, coastal dunes & wetlands. Our reserves provide a refuge for rare species incl natterjack toads, great crested newts, the bittern & a wide range of dragonflies & butterflies. We carry out practical habitat management on our reserves & require assistance from volunteers in doing so. No specific quals required, we just ask for a good level of fitness, a love for the outdoors with an ability to work in all weathers & have your own transport. ASK: Download a volunteer registration form at www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteering & email to volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N/A

LOC: Badbury Woods, Oxfordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Rangers love the countryside and being out in the fresh air, so they know what our outdoor visitors need. They’re great at taking care of the woods, wildlife and stunning landscapes of Badbury Woods for ever, for everyone. Developing a good knowledge of the property, its history, landscape, archaeological and biological importance, supporting Rangers and other volunteers to complete outdoor and indoor practical tasks in all types of terrain and ground conditions. Welcoming visitors by providing information and guidance. Assisting with the upkeep and maintenance of our countryside properties in North Anglesey and achieving high standards of conservation and presentation. Maintaining good working relationships with visitors, tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities and local authorities. Monitoring conditions of footpaths and fences and reporting incidents and situations that may require follow up. Being aware of the different access requirements of all our visitors and assisting with these where necessary Becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times. There may be other activities where we could use your help. ASK: Contact rachel.coltman@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing, flexible opportunities

LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) &/or Epsom (Lower Mole)*

PAY: Experience

FOR: Surrey County Council

Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be principally joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team.  Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during/post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North/NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston) ASK: Please email your interest to countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. For initial informal discussion contact Debbie Hescott on 01737 733931. www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreycountrysidepartnerships

JOB: Volunteer at Mountain Gorilla Camp

BE4: 30/6/18

IV: 30/06/2018

LOC: Uganda

PAY: Accomodation

FOR: Volunteer4Africa

This locally owned and operated camp, close to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, offers accommodation for international gorilla trekkers. The mountain gorilla camp is looking for volunteers to help local staff with operational tasks, including taking reservations, meeting and briefing guests on arrival. Volunteers receive free accommodation and contribute US$15 per day for food. 1 month minimum. Exceptional opportunity to work at a World Heritage site & encounter families of mountain gorillas. ASK: Please visit https://www.volunteer4africa.org/ for full project details and application instructions.

JOB: Jaguar Care & Maintenance

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Argentina

PAY: Free accommodation and food

FOR: Volunteer Latin America

3 months minimum. This wildlife reintroduction project is looking for volunteers to help take care of jaguars at a breeding centre and maintain the facilities. This a good opportunity to work in a remote and natural setting with an endangered species. The project provides free accommodation and food. ASK: You can view further information on the VLA website. www.volunteerlatinamerica.com

JOB: Volunteer Citizen Scientist

BE4: N/A

LOC: Tobermory, Isle of Mull

PAY: Training on data collection & sailing experience

FOR: Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Time: 7-14 days depending on survey selected. Volunteers join our team on board to work alongside the HWDT crew as marine mammal field biologists. Full training in visual and acoustic data collection is provided by the excellent crew on board during these live-aboard monitoring expeditions. ASK: Find our full survey list here: https://hwdt.org/silurian-timetable

JOB: Volunteer Environmental Assistant - Northwich

BE4: N/A

LOC: Northwich

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

We’re looking for a Volunteer Environmental Assistant as a voluntary sandwich year placement within our Environment Team. Based at Northwich, you can expect to travel regularly to our offices, canals and rivers across the North West and North & mid Wales on both field and office based work. You'll need a good understanding of environmental issues, and have good research, data management, communication and time management skills.   The placement will be available for a minimum period of 36 weeks and is being offered for a minimum of 3 days per week. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2Em4pti


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