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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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Vacancies advertised w/b: 21/10

Shadow Ranger Voluntary Scheme

Forestry England are providing a voluntary scheme known as Shadow Rangers. This voluntary scheme is targeted at individuals seeking to gain experience in the countryside sector. 

A number of 6 month opportunities are available across Central England Forest District. Volunteering 1-3 days per week, each opportunity allows volunteers to develop on the job skills in their chosen work area.  Opportunities available are within the following teams - National Forest, Manchester and Nottinghamshire Community Woodland teams, Salcey and Cannock with the recreation rangers and Sherwood with the Bushcraft team.

  • Closing Date: 03/11/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 16/10/2019

JOB: Coast and Countryside Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 15/11/19

LOC: Botallack TR197QQ

PAY: £750 training budget for the year

FOR: National Trust

This is an opportunity involved in the conservation & management of the West Cornwall estate including areas of SSI, WHS, AONBs & over one hundred scheduled monuments within a landscape of an intensity of archaeology that is rivalled by few places in Western Europe. This role will suit people who: enjoy working on the coast & in the countryside; are looking to learn new skills & want hands-on experience for a future in conservation; enjoy being part of a dedicated team & enjoy engaging with members of the public; have a full UK driving licence; are good communicators; are looking for a detailed & immersive experience of the National Trust or the sector & interested in understanding how we care for our places at National Trust over time; interested in volunteering 4 days a week for 12 months to give you a well-rounded experience. ASK: Please contact jasmin.odell@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01736 785 903 for more information & an application form.

JOB: Natural Heritage Traineeship - Volunteer

BE4: 4/11/19

IV: 7/11/19

LOC: Leeds

PAY: Travel expenses and £1500 value training package

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Trainees will help deliver our programme of nature education, bushcraft, wild play days, & even help lead a wild camping adventure for children during the summer. We require people aged 16-25 who can commit 3 or 4 days a week for 6 months. We can consider people who can only do 2 days a week, though they would have to choose whether to focus on practical conservation work or working with children. You don’t need any previous experience, but you must be keen to learn & try something new. References for prospective volunteers will be followed up & an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out. ASK: To apply visit our website & complete an application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2J8k6F2.

JOB: Volunteer Gardener - Development Role

BE4: 8/11/19

LOC: Dunham Massey, Cheshire

PAY: Travel expenses, & training. Accomm may be available

FOR: National Trust

Up to 30 hpw. Assist with the upkeep & maintenance of Dunham Massey’s gardens, achieving high standards of conservation & presentation. Help look after the walled garden nursery area, incl, watering, feeding, potting up & propagation. Help us look after our borders, lawns & hedges, with training offered on machinery work & maintenance. Training provided in many aspects of horticulture. This role will suit you if you are: practical & enjoy all aspects of horticulture & being outdoors; keen to pursue employment in gardening or you’re considering retraining or changing your career; looking for a detailed & immersive exp of the National Trust or the sector. Whatever your motivation for getting involved, you will be looking to increase your horticultural skills & knowledge. The role can be physically demanding & working with machinery can be dangerous, so Volunteer Gardeners are required to be aware, sensible & active team members.  ASK: Apply online at https://c-js.co.uk/2J0HmoS


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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