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.|
|Arboriculture||working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.|
|Community and Volunteers||countryside and greenspace community work, e.g. helping with allotments or with a green gym, managing other volunteers and similar.|
|Countryside||countryside work, ranger / warden type posts includes all practical and countryside conservation and management|
|Ecology||ecology and biodiversity including fieldwork, scientific research and projects|
|Environmental and Outdoor Education||environmental education, field studies and work with children and young people|
|Horticulture||horticulture, gardening, permaculture and manual estate work|
|Publicity and Fundraising||Public relations, marketing and membership tasks includes social media|
|Rights of Way||access and all public rights of way related work.|
|Visitor Management||visitor engagement & events management|
|Wildlife Work and Animal Care||animal 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
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
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
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
LOC: Netheridge Farm, Gloucester, GL2 5LE
PAY: Some training & expenses
FOR: Barn Owl CentreWe'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
LOC: Thameside Thurrock Nature Park SS17 0RN
FOR: Essex Wildlife TrustTo 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 TrustWorking 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0116248736
JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation), Oxfordshire x2
BE4: 7/8/18 9am
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)
LOC: Lusinga, Democratic Republic of Congo
PAY: Accom, food & travel expenses
FOR: Forgotten Parks FoundationStarting 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 email@example.com. The cover letter will be used to judge the quality of your application. References requested with your application.
JOB: Field Operations Officer (Intern)
LOC: Lusinga, Democratic Republic of Congo
PAY: Accom, food & travel expense
FOR: Forgotten Parks FoundationStarting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter will be used to judge the quality of your application. References should accompany your application.
JOB: Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger
LOC: Dawlish Warren NNR, South Devon
PAY: 1700 training allowance & travel expenses
FOR: Teignbridge District Council3 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
LOC: Northumberland Coastline
FOR: Coast CarePlacements 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: email@example.com 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.
FOR: Devon Wildlife TrustDevon 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, 27 Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AE
JOB: Residential Volunteer Warden
LOC: RSPB Aylesbeare Common
PAY: Expenses and training
FOR: RSPB6 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 email@example.com
JOB: Event Coordinator, South West Outdoor Festival
LOC: Salcombe Devon
PAY: Accommodation, expenses & training
FOR: National TrustA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer
LOC: East Cornwall
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Cornwall Wildlife TrustJoin 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 email@example.com Please quote Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.
JOB: Learning & Events Assistant - Long Term Volunteer
LOC: Box Hill, Surrey Hills
PAY: Accommodation / training
FOR: National Trust12 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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