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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: 17/12

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


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: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training & travel


Joining TCV as a Volunteer Officer and assisting staff with the delivery of practical conservation work has a wide range of benefits to offer you. These include: developing useful and transferable practical conservation skills, using a multitude of manual and powered tools, formal courses in First Aid, leadership, safeguarding and risk assessment, developing your group leadership and project organisation skills, learning event organising and publicity skills with a national charity, improving your confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills, inclusion training to enhance your ability to support volunteers with diverse individual needs. Being supported in your role by experienced staff through an individual development plan and regular meetings. Work experience with flexible hours and responsibilities as desired and a personal budget for work clothing and travel expenses (incl. bus travel within Leeds reimbursed). 3-4 days per week. ASK: Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Warden at Stanmore Country Park

BE4: 10/1/19

LOC: Stanmore, Harrow, Middlesex

PAY: Expenses & training*

FOR: Harrow Nature Conservation Forum

One full day per week. We are looking for a volunteer warden for this 33 hectare biologically rich site, recently awarded Countryside Stewardship funding. The position would suit an ecology or nature management undergraduate or graduate or an active early retiree who is interested in nature. Main responsibilities: walking around regularly to check on the site and interacting with the public; defining and organizing volunteer and contractor work on the site. The warden will be supported by a management committee and by the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum. The site has an up to date and detailed management plan. This role is a great springboard towards a career in conservation: two of our volunteer wardens have moved on to full time paid positions at the Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust and DEFRA. *All reasonable expenses paid. We will pay for any useful training (techniques e.g. chainsaw; knowledge e.g. FSC courses). ASK: For more information on the site, visit www.harrowncf.org/SCP_home.html. Chat: Steve Bolsover at admin@harrowncf.org or on 0779 483 7302.

JOB: Winter on a Tropical Organic Farm

BE4: 31/12/18

LOC: Grenada, Caribbean

PAY: Work Exchange*

FOR: Garden of Eden, Grenada

Garden of Eden: where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea - B&B in Main House (closed), cottages, organic garden & secluded beach. Originally a seaside resort, neglected for several years. Jason & I are doing our best to maintain the property. Volunteers - experienced, independent, mature, responsible, hard-working required for 1 month, hopefully longer. Plumbing / electrical know-how a great asset. *Work exchange for accommodation & 2 meals - mornings 6:30 - 12:30, 5 days week. Duties incl garden work, preparing soil, compost; harvesting, weeding, new garden plots, building, maintenance, repairs. Clear land for cocoa, nutmeg & soursop at rainforest property. Share with domestic chores. Accommodation is a cottage with private veranda overlooking the sea & comfortable king-size bed. No electricity or running water in cottage but equipped with bathroom. Rain water is stored in drums outside the cottage (bathing & flushing). Bring candles & flashlight, battery lamp for reading. ASK: Email lauraingrenada@gmail.com The island of Grenada is truly a tropical paradiseā€¦

JOB: Skomer Island Seabird Monitoring Volunteer

BE4: 25/1/19

IV: 25/01/2019

LOC: Skomer Island NNR, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Accommodation, boat transport & rel training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

25/05/19 until 29/06/19. The seabird monitoring volunteer will be responsible for helping to conduct Manx Shearwater plot counts & assisting with whole island seabird population counts from land & boat. They will also help out with gull nest counts & monitoring amongst other tasks where necessary. The applicant will be willing to work long hours in a small boat in potentially uncomfortable sea states, have a hardy nature & be happy to work in all weathers. They will also have a high level of motivation, be happy to work independently, be physically fit & happy to spend long periods of time on the island without visiting the mainland. ASK: Contact https://c-js.co.uk/2QqP55D or Sarah Parmor on skomer.vo@welshwildlife.org

JOB: Skomer Island Long Term Volunteers

BE4: 25/1/19

IV: 25/01/2019

LOC: Skomer Island NNR, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Accommodation, boat transport & rel training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Three placements, one running from 30/03/19 until 15/07/19 & two from 15/07/19 until 30/09/19. Successful candidates will assist in welcoming visitors to the island, conducting species monitoring, maintaining visitor accommodation, leading educational activities, maintenance work & other tasks where necessary. They will have a love & enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation, have a hardy nature, & be willing to work in all weathers with unsociable hours in remote locations. They will have a high level of motivation, be happy to work independently, be physically fit & happy to spend long periods of time on the island without visiting the mainland. ASK: Contact https://c-js.co.uk/2QqP55D or Sarah Parmor on skomer.vo@welshwildlife.org

JOB: Volunteer Internships

BE4: 14/1/19

IV: 14/01/2019

LOC: Various

PAY: Training & expenses


6 month placements. Volunteer internships from March - September 2019 on various UK reserves; Rainham Marshes in Greater London, Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex, Leighton Moss in Lancashire, Conwy in North Wales, Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire & Loch Leven in Central Scotland. We are looking for volunteers to deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages & abilities throughout our summer season. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain exp working with families & adults. You could be a recent graduate or just changing careers & need to gain practical exp in this competitive arena. Good communication skills & enthusiasm are essential & some exp of working with children would be helpful. You will be working outside & on the go all day. Willing to learn new skills with a resourceful & flexible approach. You’ll get training in delivery, local species ID, the safe use of all equipment & first aid, mentoring, lots of first-hand exp, a uniform as required & expenses. ASK: Contact: Suzanne Welch, RSPB Education & Families Manager; RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Beds. SG19 2DL 01767 693271 suzanne.welch@rspb.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.

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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