Voluntary Opportunities


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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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In Depth Features. An index of articles about volunteering from CJS Focus editions dating back to 2005. Articles cover both participant and co-ordinator points of view. The adverts will most likely have closed for applications but the contact organisations can proof be useful. Click here.


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: 16/10

JOB: Carnivore Research Assistant


LOC: Nyika National Park, Malawi

PAY: ?

FOR: Carnivore Research Malawi

8 months. Responsible for day to day running of the research programme, duties incl: managing teams of volunteers in the field incl training; collecting & mapping scats & conducting faecal diet analysis in the lab; creating & maintaining a photographic database of carnivores & updating QGIS habitat & sightings maps; conducting various surveys; conducting behavioural observations & habituation of hyaena at dens & in the field (when possible); assisting with carnivore trapping & collaring when necessary; training of volunteers & creating volunteer schedules. Maintain records, data entry, project budget & produce project reports, newsletters, bulletins as requested. Attend & contribute to project meetings, working flexible hours to a fluctuating demand & work closely & co-operatively with other team members, networking internationally to represent the project with organisations. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2hCVAht Completed application form & covering letter outlining why you think you would be suitable for the post & CV if you wish to Emma Stone emma@conservationresearchafrica.org

JOB: Skokholm Long Term Volunteers

BE4: 12/02/2018

LOC: Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Each season we invite 4 volunteers to Skokholm to help the wardens manage the island & monitor its wildlife. There are 2 positions running from 1/4/18 until 30/6/18 & 2 from 1/7/18 until 30/9/18. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on one of Britain’s most spectacular islands & gain experience in a wide range of survey techniques. The successful applicants will also be integral to all aspects of island management, from providing sanitation & clean visitor accommodation to helping with boat deliveries & physical management such as pond digging. Each volunteer has their own bedroom at the farm & share the same facilities as our paying guests. Volunteers are also encouraged to run a personal project. Happy to spend time with our guests & share their passion for the phenomenal things which inhabit Skokholm. No qualifications or specific experience required as training will be given on the island, however, candidate who are working towards a career in conservation are preferred. Previous volunteering exp, rel quals such as a ringing permit & experienced birds welcomed. Enthusiasm for UK wildlife with a desire to learn & get involved in a range of tasks. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2yJsYxV


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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KEY: Quick reference

JOB title

BE4 [Closing date ie Apply BEfore:] IV if given is the interview date


PAY rate [usually zero for volunteers but any benefits are detailed here]

FOR [name of employer organisation]

DEScription [of the job] BUT [they require applicants to have the following:] ASK [for further details and/or application form from:]

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.