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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: 15/10

JOB: Environmental Education Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds

PAY: Local travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

2 to 4 days per week (Mon - Fri) for 6 months or more. Do you want to work in the environmental sector, but lack the experience to land your first job? Do you want to share your passion for the environment with the next generation? You could spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them, & try your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skils, take part in a comprehensive training programme, & best of all jpin a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds. Previous volunteers have gone on to work for organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Groundwork, Sustrans, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

JOB: Volunteer Officer Warden

BE4: 30/11/18

LOC: Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

PAY: Training & travel expenses


3 days a week for 6 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of conservation with TCV at a beautiful urban oasis in London.  After training, you will gain work experience in organising and leading practical tasks and managing volunteer teams, plus extensive knowledge of urban ecology and effective habitat management.  You can also get involved with other work on site, including surveys, events, education, social media and interpretation.  Trained Volunteer Officers can gain paid work within TCV as cover wardens and session workers. You will receive training in leadership skills and First Aid, plus online training in H&S, safeguarding, equality and diversity and more. We also provide mentoring from experienced wardens and reimbursement of travel expenses within London. You will need a basic knowledge of or a background in ecology and conservation & good communication skills.   ASK: Email your CV to gpep@tcv.org.uk and we will then arrange an informal interview.

JOB: Coast and Countryside Ranger - full time volunteer

BE4: 27/10/18 6pm

LOC: The Lizard, Helston (TR12 7LR)

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: National Trust

28 hours per week for 6-12 months. In this role you will be: helping the ranger team keep the countryside in great condition & to a high standard of conservation & presentation; using tools, machinery & equipment & maintaining them in a safe working order in accordance with legal requirements; working on all types of terrain in a variety of weather conditions; getting to know H&S procedures in countryside work; flexible & able to adapt to changing circumstances & plans; maintaining good relationships with people who share the land; learning more about The Lizard Peninsula, its history, landscape, nature & archaeology; sharing what’s great about The Lizard; helping people understand why we need to take care of special places; providing people with a warm welcome & helping them have a safe & enjoyable day. Accommodation can be provided if needed. ASK: Apply: CV & covering letter to kathleen.trokethomas@nationaltrust.org.uk. For further information and to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2A4mUPY

JOB: Volunteer Countryside Ranger

BE4: 29/10/18

LOC: Malborough, South Devon

PAY: Training / accommodation

FOR: National Trust

4 days a week for 6 months. An exciting opportunity to work with a small Ranger team in a stunning coastal property. Carry out practical estate management work throughout the area. You will learn practical conservation skills & high quality site management to ensure visitors have an enjoyable exp throughout the estate that we manage. Some exp in working with volunteers & other groups with a good understanding of the countryside & recreation; exp of the use of hand tools; excellent communication skills; a ‘have a go’ attitude; drive to improve & succeed; ability to work outside in all weathers. Driving licence & own transport essential. *shared bungalow in a beautiful but isolated location 20 mins from the workshop. ASK: Contact Emma Reece for an application form or more information, emma.reece@nationaltrust.org.uk 01548 562344

JOB: Wildlife Watch Leader x 2

BE4: 30/11/18

IV: 30/11/2018

LOC: Grangemouth & Cumbernauld

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We have 2 opportunities to be part of an excellent environmental education group, inspiring the next generation to care about wildlife & the environment. You will have the chance to get out & about & exp wildlife whilst creating & leading sessions for children / young people. You need an interest in wildlife; creativity; good organisational skills; enjoy the outdoors; enthusiastic about helping children / young people to have fun discovering wildlife; PVG essential but you will be supported in this process by the Trust. ASK: Apply: complete online application form stating which location you are applying for: https://c-js.co.uk/2J44mm3


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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