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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: 22/4

Volunteer Trainee Nature Reserve Warden - Sevenoaks x 2

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

Based at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector as a Nature Reserve Warden? We are looking for someone to help us with the general and practical management of Sevenoaks Nature Reserve, whilst gaining experience working with and leading volunteer tasks, working with stock graziers and Trust livestock, carrying out surveys and monitoring and gaining certificates for various practical skills such as brushcutter and chainsaw.

  • Closing Date: 29/04/2019
  • Sector: Arboriculture Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 29/03/2019

Volunteer Shadow Ranger

Forestry England are providing a voluntary placement known as Shadow Rangers. These placements are targeted at individuals seeking to gain experience in the countryside sector.

A number of 6 - 12 month placements are available across Central England Forest District. Volunteering 1-3 days per week, each placement allows volunteers to develop on the job skills in their chosen work area.

  • Closing Date: 02/05/2019
  • Sector: Arboriculture Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands North East North West
  • Posted: 16/04/2019

JOB: Residential Visitor Experience Intern - Dorset

BE4: 20/5/19

LOC: RSPB Arne, Dorset

PAY: Training & accomodation


We are looking for an enthusiastic Residential Volunteer to join the visitor experience team for 6-12 months starting beginning of June. This role is a unique opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the visitor operation on a busy nature reserve, and a perfect opportunity for someone looking to build a career in conservation. We are looking for someone who is keen to learn, shows initiative with the ability to work as part of a small team. Good people and communication skills and an approachable personality are essential for this role. You will be adaptable, self-motivated and ready to turn your hand to the multitude of different tasks required. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for wildlife and an interest in conservation is. 37.5 hours per week. Regular weekend and evening working will be required. Training will be provided for key tasks to be carried out. Accommodation provided on site. ASK: Please contact the RSPB Arne office for more information on 01929 553360 or arne@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Bird Ringing Camp Volunteer

BE4: 10/5/19

LOC: Kuznica, Poland

PAY: High-quality certified vocational training

FOR: Wild Areas Network

Volunteers welcome on a bird ringing camp on the wild Polish Baltic Coast this Spring, 6 days. You have an opportunity to support one of the oldest bird ringing schemes of the World - Operation Baltic. You will help to handle caught birds, identify and ring them as well as with measuring and data entry tasks. You will get to know and distinguish every caught species by direct contact! This is a hands-on experience for Birders, Bird Ringers and Nature Lovers from all walks of life. You don't have to be an expert - training is provided on site. ASK: For more information, email Joanna at wildareas@gmail.com - you will receive a detailed Infosheet with available dates and an application form. More information: www.wildareas.net www.facebook.com/wildareas

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: 31/5/19

LOC: Glasgow

PAY: some formal and informal training provided

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

We need Volunteer Officers to support our full-time Project Officers working from our Glasgow office delivering practical conservation and food growing days. You will shadow experienced staff until you are confident in your leadership skills to take groups out. You will work across a variety of greenspace locations in and around Glasgow and gain experience in areas such as footpath maintenance, woodland and habitat management, food growing, carpentry and bush craft. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of community engagement activities. Time commitment: at least one day a week for a six-month period. We can help you access a range of training such as: first aid; community engagement; leadership skills; environmental education; species identification workshops. Essential: full UK driving license; excellent time management skills; good communication and organisation skills; passion and enthusiasm for working in conservation. ASK: Please apply with a CV and letter of application to: juliette.walsh@tcv.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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