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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


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

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Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.              Explanation of the headings here.

Vacancies advertised w/b: 12/8

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 13/9/19

IV: 24/9/19

LOC: Berry Head NNR & SSSI, Brixham

PAY: £1000 training budget & free on site accommodation

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Start date: Nov 2019. 9 to 12 month placement. To assist with delivering the practical countryside management programme, assist with ongoing scientific studies, stock handling & public engagement. Living on the reserve, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the most important sites in the region. The ranger team, based at the NNR, work with volunteer groups & help to staff the visitor centre. The successful applicant will initially assist then eventually lead events such as Bat Walks & volunteer work parties. Working duty weekends & occasional evenings will be required. These placements are a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the day to day management of a National Nature Reserve through the changing seasons. Those selected for interview will have the opportunity to come & spend a day on site, with a reserve tour & practical session in the morning & interviews in the afternoon.   ASK: Any queries please call office on 01803 882619.

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger x 2

BE4: 23/9/19

LOC: Occombe Farm, South Devon

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

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 habitat management and woodland management in winter and coast path cutting, footpath maintenance in the summer. Free basic accommodation is provided on site and there is a budget for relevant training. ASK: Download a job description and application form at https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk or call 01803 520022 for more information.

JOB: Volunteer Fundraiser

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home based / Staunton Country Park, Havant

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park

Friends of Staunton Country Park is local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park, including its buildings & other identified sites of interest.  The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for a Volunteer Fundraiser to help them to apply for grants & to raise funds for identified projects. These projects seek to educate the public about the park’s history & draw attention to the diversity of flora & fauna present in the Park. Duties would include; researching, identifying & applying to funders & promotion of the Friends of Staunton Country Park group. The role would suit someone with previous exp / interest in working with community groups or charities. They would also need to be confident in undertaking research using the internet & able to complete online or written applications, as this would be a key part of the role. ASK: For more information email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Media Coordinator

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home based / Staunton Country Park, Havant

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park

We are a local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park, incl its buildings & other identified sites of interest. The projects that the group gets involved in seek to educate the public about the park’s history & draw attention to the diversity of flora & fauna present in the Park.  Duties would include; maintaining a positive public profile, taking responsibility for the creation & maintenance of a web page & Facebook group & to be the main point of contact for any media enquiries (with support from the Committee as required). Time commitment flexible, ongoing. The role would suit someone with prev exp / interest in working with community groups or charities, they would also need be confident in IT, web page construction & social media. ASK: Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Voluntary Conservation Trainee

BE4: 30/8/19

LOC: Surrey

PAY: Training & out-of-pocket travel expenses

FOR: Surrey Wildlife Trust

This is an excellent training opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in conservation and land management. The successful applicant will receive a diverse range of training from heathland management, sustainable woodland management, to conservation grazing, along with more transferable skills. We offer a selection of training covering outdoor first aid, brushcutter and NPTC chainsaw use, in addition to species ID, cattle welfare and habitat management. Applicants must have some previous practical conservation experience, good communication skills, be computer literate, a good level of physical fitness, with a full driving licence. A rel qual is desired. Candidates must have a keen interest in the environment and be seeking a career in this field. Trainees anticipated commitment will be 3 days per week, for 12 months. ASK: For further information or to apply visit https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org, or to discuss the role email claire.courtier@surreywt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee

BE4: 16/9/19 8.30am

IV: 16/09/2019

LOC: St Albans, Hertfordshire

PAY: Reasonable expenses paid

FOR: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

The Trust is looking for a Volunteer Reserves Trainee to assist the Reserves Officers to maintain, safeguard and develop the Trusts’ reserves, for people and wildlife, whilst promoting the Trust and its work to a wide audience. The Trainee will develop a wide range of practical career-enhancing skills and theoretical knowledge in countryside / conservation management. Based in St Albans, the Trainee will travel to sites across Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The role is for 22.5 hpw, Tuesday to Thursday, for a fixed term period of 12 months. ASK: For more information, download the role profile at https://c-js.co.uk/33jBUpU. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@hmwt.org


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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