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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: 16/7

Volunteer Farm Officer / Tutor

Hillcrescent Farm

Location: Water Orton, North Warwickshire

Full time - live in post - Contact time 4.5 hours/day, farm duties 7 days a week

The role will require the farm officer/tutor to lead small groups of vulnerable people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and autism, in a range of animal related activities based on our educational farm. These include- horse care, agricultural animals, conservation and small animal care. Outside of the tutor role you will also manage the small farm, its animals and facilities. 

  • Closing Date: 05/08/2018
  • Sector: Environmental and Outdoor Education Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 09/07/2018

Trainee Countryside Ranger

This is a fantastic 9-12 month training opportunity based at Occombe Farm, set in the beautiful countryside of South Devon. The placement gives the opportunity to work on a wide variety of sites and habitats, including SSSI calcareous grassland sites, the award winning Cockington Country Park, LNR Woodlands, and the stunning South West Coast Path. The main focus will be on delivering the practical countryside management programme; some of the key work areas include hedgelaying, fencing and woodland management in winter and coast path cutting, footpath maintenance in the summer.

  • Closing Date: 03/08/2018
  • Sector: Arboriculture Countryside Ecology
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South West
  • Posted: 11/07/2018

Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve Volunteer Placement

Duration: Six months from September 2018, up to 5 days per week.

We are looking for someone keen to enter a career in conservation based education and/or practical conservation management to join our team at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve for six months from September 2018

  • Closing Date: 15/08/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 17/07/2018

JOB: General Help

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Netheridge Farm, Gloucester, GL2 5LE

PAY: Some training & expenses

FOR: Barn Owl Centre

We're looking to increase our voluntary team to help with our new 4 acre gallery trail. It's an all-weather, all-season countryside space around nature that will exhibit work of photographers, artists, crafts, wildlife garden & more. We're creating a facility where local communities can connect to exhibitors in open countryside with refreshments served from our new cafe area. Are you in a position to join an exciting team, day or evenings, to offer valuable time, this could be by helping out with basic labouring tasks, graphics, wildlife gardening, cafe & much more. We are an established conservation charity located about 2 miles from Gloucester city centre. ASK: If this is of interest to you or a friend, please give us a call on 01452 383999, we would love to hear from you.

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Warden Thameside Thurrock

BE4: 13/8/18

LOC: Thameside Thurrock Nature Park SS17 0RN

PAY: Training

FOR: Essex Wildlife Trust

To support the Warden at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. You will need excellent communication skills to liaise with the reserves team and visitors to the site. You will need a willingness to be outside in all weathers and a good level of fitness to carry out practical tasks all day (this can be built up over time). An understanding of nature reserves and conservation would be beneficial. All necessary training and assistance will be provided. Working closely with the Warden on site this opportunity will be a great chance to develop skills needed to get in to the conservation and landscape management sector. Ideally you will be able to help at least three days a week. ASK: To apply please visit www.essexwt.org.uk/volunteer-opportunities

JOB: Trainee Reserves Officer - Volunteer Placement

BE4: 5/8/18 midnight

IV: IV 14/8/18

LOC: Soar Lane, Leicester, with travel throughout Leicestershire and Rutland

PAY: £300/month towards living costs, training

FOR: Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

Working with the Reserves Officer to gain experience & knowledge for a career in conservation, includes leading a large volunteer work group & carrying out a wide range of practical habitat management tasks across the Trust’s 33 reserves. A busy & exciting opportunity to learn & develop skills in practical habitat management, group leadership, use & maintenance of power & hand tools & best practice in conservation management. Training: first aid at work, pesticide & chainsaw certification, & a broad range of in-house training. Must have great communication & organisational skills, good computing skills, a ready sense of humour, enthusiasm & ability to use initiative & motivate others. Full driving licence plus 1 years’ driving experience essential. Previous experience desirable but not essential. 6-12 month placement, 4-5 days per week. ASK: Apply: Morag Scott Porteous, Reserves Officer, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE, e-mail: msporteous@lrwt.org.uk, tel: 0116248736

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation), Oxfordshire x2

BE4: 7/8/18 9am

IV: 14/8/18

LOC: Oxford Office, Littlemore

PAY: Limited expenses

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

Gain exp on a variety of habitats from the limestone grasslands on the edge of the Cotswolds, the floodplain meadows of the Thames, the boggy fens around Oxford, to the mature beech woodlands & chalk grassland of the Chilterns. Your role will involve practical conservation on the reserves; restoring & improving habitats for wildlife. You will help look after our livestock, repair site infrastructure, use power tool & much more.  You will have access to training, covering habitat management, species ID, surveying, community engagement, interview training, certified First Aid at Work & NPTC chainsaw.  Would suit those with a keen interest in UK conservation wishing to develop skills required to follow a career in the sector. 3 days per week for 6-12 months commitment is essential.  ASK: For more information about the role visit www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21732.

JOB: Communications & Visibility Officer (Intern)

BE4: 31/7/18

IV: 31/07/2018

LOC: Lusinga, Democratic Republic of Congo

PAY: Accom, food & travel expenses

FOR: Forgotten Parks Foundation

Starting 1/9/18 for 6 months with the prospect of extension. Upemba & Kundelungu National Parks. To help oversee the protection of a long-forgotten national park, from its basic planning & strategy formation to its overall vision & development. An opportunity to be part of a meaningful conservation initiative with the potential to become a conservation hot-spot in the near-future & that, if successful, will be used as a conservation management template for years to come. We are looking for a young & dynamic self-funding professional with appropriate academic quals wishing for a real challenge before moving into a career in a related field. Alternatively, we would welcome someone who has recently retired with a well-developed set of transferable skills who wants to contribute towards a conservation initiative & is prepared to work in a difficult & challenging environment. Ideally, 5 years of communications work with increasing responsibility in the conservation sector; we will consider students of conservation or media studies, with a passion for the environment, with excellent academic references. ASK: Please send cover letter & a chronological CV in PDF format to jobs@forgottenparks.org. The cover letter will be used to judge the quality of your application. References requested with your application.

JOB: Field Operations Officer (Intern)

BE4: 31/7/18

IV: 31/07/2018

LOC: Lusinga, Democratic Republic of Congo

PAY: Accom, food & travel expense

FOR: Forgotten Parks Foundation

Starting 1/9/18 for 6 months with possible extension. Upemba National Park. This is the dream ticket for the right person motivated by a desire to leave behind a biodiversity legacy & help reconnect people to one of Africa’s oldest national parks. We are looking for a mature professional, typically someone who has recently retired with a well-developed set of transferable skills, who wants to do something to contribute to a conservation initiative & is prepared to work in a difficult & challenging environment. This French / English dual-language role is being advertised as an unpaid internship because all the funds we receive are directed towards the parks & supporting the rangers, who are the critical element here. You will directly support the Park Director in a number of critical areas that relate to the efficient running of the national parks & have responsibility for helping to coordinate all internal operations, thereby freeing up the Park Director to focus on external issues, strategic planning & funding. ASK: Send your application incl a cover letter & chronological CV in PDF format to jobs@forgottenparks.org. The cover letter will be used to judge the quality of your application. References should accompany your application.

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 7/8/18

IV: 07/08/2018

LOC: Dawlish Warren NNR, South Devon

PAY: 1700 training allowance & travel expenses

FOR: Teignbridge District Council

3 to 4 days per week for 6 months with possible extension to 9 months. The Reserve is famous for its extraordinary mix of internationally important wildlife, it is also a high profile resort with a fabulous landscape. Working with our countryside rangers, your role will be largely practical, with the management of the National Nature Reserve & its key species & habitats, but you will also be involved in delivering environmental education to schools & universities, assisting the public on this busy site, as well as bird protection & monitoring work. You will gain experience in working with ponies used for conservation grazing. Knowledge & experience of countryside management & / or nature conservation is highly desirable. You will ideally have a relevant qualification in conservation, wildlife or countryside management but this is not essential. Keen interest in countryside management, wildlife & people with ability to engage with a variety of interest groups & visitors essential, along with a full driving licence. ASK: Chat: Philip Chambers, 01626 863980. Apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2tXxZ1S

JOB: Coast Care Intern

BE4: 10/8/18

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Placements are full-time or part-time for 3-9 months. Working closely with AONB Partnership staff to: engage landowners; write habitat and heritage management plans; identify funding sources; apply for funds; implement management plans. Existing skills & experience needed: essential - excellent written skills; commitment to Coast Care project values; reliable, trustworthy and enthusiastic. Desirable - degree or equivalent in ecology / environmental conservation/heritage management; ecological identification skills; experience of writing management plans; historic environment knowledge. Generous expenses & training budget allowed. Support and advice will be provided by project and partner staff. Opportunity to: join other project training events (heritage skills, first aid, risk assessment etc); attend volunteer networking days hosted by Coast Care / partner organisations; opportunity to build experience for career development. ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

JOB: Biodiversity Records Centre Volunteer (Trainee)

BE4: 5/8/18W/B 20/8/18

LOC: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, 27 Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AE.

PAY: Training

FOR: Devon Wildlife Trust

Devon Biodiversity Record Centre (DBRC) will be hosting a volunteer training placement in 2018, & this year the focus will be on offering training & exp in a range of desk based skills, incl elements of project management.  This role is highly suitable to individuals who wish to work in the ecology & conservation sector, & want to increase their expertise & technical exp within the sector. This will provide a motivated individual with an opportunity to become experienced in GIS (MapInfo / QGIS) & programming languages such as R studio & python, & the application of these systems within a range of ecological projects. This may appeal to those with a higher interest in technical desk based applications which inform & influence conservation. A firm understanding & interest in the world of ecology is fundamental. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2O0ru6W to download a task brief. Apply: CV & covering letter, explaining why you have the aptitude for this role, to Ian Egerton iegerton@devonwildlifetrust.org or post to Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, 27 Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AE

JOB: Residential Volunteer Warden

BE4: 27/7/18

LOC: RSPB Aylesbeare Common

PAY: Expenses and training


6 month placement working on a suite of sites across the Pebblebed Heaths in East Devon, a few miles inland from the stunning Jurassic Coast. You will play a key role delivering the management that supports a huge variety of wildlife across our wet and dry heaths, woods, ponds and mire including specialist species such as nightjar, dartford warbler, southern damselfly and silver-studded blue. The job varies but consists of practical habitat management with opportunities for survey work as well as working on specific projects, leadership skills and more. You will be enthusiastic and positive with the aptitude to work as part of a team & a keen interest in wildlife & conservation. Ability to work outside in all weathers, work is often physically demanding. Min age 18, driving licence is preferable but not essential. ASK: Contact aaron.boughtflower@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Event Coordinator, South West Outdoor Festival

BE4: 31/7/18

LOC: Salcombe Devon

PAY: Accommodation, expenses & training

FOR: National Trust

A great opportunity to lead on the coordination of this year’s South West Outdoor Festival (SWOF) on 5-7 October at East Soar Farm near Salcombe. This is a part-time 3 month volunteering post, 22.5 - 30 hpw (incl some weekend working). Must be available for the festival period. Working with the Festival Director and the National Trust South Devon ranger team you will be helping to deliver a fantastic weekend of sports, adventure, music and food. You will be assisting with marketing and communications and all aspects of event management. Reimbursement of reasonable expenses as agreed with your line manager. As part of your induction you will receive training to help equip you for your role. ASK: For an application form and more information please call 01548 562344 or email lorna.sherriff@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer

BE4: 10/8/18

LOC: East Cornwall

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Join the East Cornwall Nature Reserves team and Penhale Dunes Ranger as a trainee and gain skills vital for starting a career in the wildlife and countryside sector. You will learn practical conservation and land management across a range of habitats and develop your wildlife knowledge and volunteer leadership skills. Formal training package to include Chainsaw, Tractor, First Aid, Brushcutter and Pesticides Application. Species identification and surveying courses are also available. We have an excellent track record of trainees going on to find employment in the conservation sector. Relevant qualifications are desirable but not essential, however applicants must enjoy working outdoors and be physically fit to undertake practical tasks. A commitment of 4 days a week for 12 months and a full UK driving licence are essential. ASK: Please send CV and covering letter to natalie.mitchell@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk Please quote Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.

JOB: Learning & Events Assistant - Long Term Volunteer

BE4: 6/8/18

IV: 06/08/2018

LOC: Box Hill, Surrey Hills

PAY: Accommodation / training

FOR: National Trust

12 months. You will exp working in a busy department, where you will have to think and respond to varied and stimulating situations.  The exp you will gain during your time here will be far reaching and will serve you well in future ventures.  You will be keen to learn about designing stimulating and interactive workshops to promote a love of learning about nature and conservation.  Shrinking violets need not apply!  Knowledge of UK flora and fauna is helpful, as is any exp working with children.  ASK: Apply: CV and covering message as to why you are suitable for the role to learningboxhill@nationaltrust.org.uk


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.

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