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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: 17/6


Salary: Volunteer Role - unpaid

Location of Meetings: Nower Wood, nr Leatherhead

We are looking for new Trustees with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to commit to leading the charity in conjunction with the Senior Management Team.

  • Closing Date: 30/06/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 30/05/2019

Volunteer Conservation Trainee

Location: Based at Low Barns, Witton Le Wear, Bishop Auckland DL14 OAG

Time commitment: 4 days p/w (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) plus one weekend day per month

Benefits: A bursary of £111/week is provided plus travel.

To support Living Landscapes Officers in their work, particularly the management of the Trust’s nature reserves and planning and leading volunteer tasks.

  • Closing Date: 27/06/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 06/06/2019

JOB: Practical Reserve Management Placement

BE4: 30/6/19

LOC: WWT Martin Mere

PAY: Accommodation and food expenses will be provided while volunteering

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

As one of the UK’s leading wetland conservation organisations we have a long history of managing wetland sites & species as well as conducting research into wetland wildlife. Our ten sites are located across the UK but all are exciting places to be throughout the year, providing refuges for many different plants & animals. We are looking to recruit full-time volunteers for a 12 month period who will help us to manage our nature reserves & support our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. Starting in August / September 2019. These are great opportunities for people looking for experience in practical conservation as a reserve warden or similar outdoor career. ASK: Please contact Sam Hodgkinson, sam.hodgkinson@wwt.org.uk or for more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/31D2qtx

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteer Internship - RSPB Blean Woods

BE4: 7/7/19

IV: 16/7/19

LOC: Blean Woods & Seasalter Levels, Whitstable, Kent

PAY: Travel expenses,*training & PPE


Part-time non-residential internship - 3 days p/w for 6 months starting mid-August. We are looking for 3 enthusiastic and dedicated interns to join the Swale reserves team for the winter season. We manage two SSSI nature reserves - Blean Woods; a semi-natural ancient woodland site on the outskirts of Canterbury, and Seasalter Levels; a grazing marsh site to the west of Whitstable. You will gain experience of practical habitat management across both these sites as well as ecological surveying, leading volunteer work parties, invasive species control, livestock handling and infrastructure maintenance. You will have a dedicated mentor to guide your personal development throughout the internship and skills training will be provided. This role is perfect for someone who is looking to start a career in conservation. 18+, IT literate, driving licence essential. *Travel expenses reimbursed within a 25 mile radius of the reserve. ASK: Further information: https://c-js.co.uk/2ML3dkL

JOB: Residential Warden

BE4: N / A

LOC: Arne, Dorset

PAY: Accommodation and appropriate training as needed


We are looking for a keen new member to join our Warden Team. Working across 9 reserves in Dorset within a range of habitats including saltmarsh, wet grassland, ancient woodland, reedbed and heathland. You will be taking part in habitat management, surveys, key health and safety work and leading work parties. You will be flexible in your time and up for getting out and about in all weathers and terrain. There will be training available for the key work you will take part in and you will be given challenges to develop yourself during your time. Your accommodation will be in the heart of the nature reserve so you will get a chance to know it better than most of our visitors and learn the sights and sounds that make Arne so special. 6-12 months commitment. ASK: Contact Hollymay for more info and to apply via CV hollymay.gladwin@rspb.org.uk or call 07513111286

JOB: Full Time Nature Reserve Volunteers x 3

BE4: 1/7/19 9am

IV: 18/7/19

LOC: Woodah Farm, Doddiscombsleigh, Nr Exeter, Devon, EX6 7PR

PAY: Accommodation / training*

FOR: Devon Wildlife Trust

Join an established team delivering an extensive & varied programme of work, ranging from habitat management across 50 reserves of varied habitats geographically spread across Devon, fencing & maintenance work, survey & monitoring, working with volunteers / corporate groups & various educational activities. Although you will be trained in essential skills for land management, you must possess the following: desire to work in wildlife conservation, good level of physical fitness, willingness to use power tools, ability to work with a range of people, willingness to supervise & lead volunteers. *Farmhouse accommodation provided in a stunning location on the edge of Dartmoor, based on a 6-12 month commitment. Volunteers will be given the necessary training & experience to be fully effective in the role; this will also equip them to go on to seek employment in the land management sector. The range of training opportunities will vary but could include the following: NPTC certificates in chainsaw & brush cutter & first aid at work qualification. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2KhGsa1

JOB: Long Term Residential Volunteer - Practical Conservation

BE4: 1/11/19

LOC: Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands

PAY: Training / accommodation


This is an ideal opportunity for someone with an aspiration to work in the conservation sector. Insh Marshes reserve is flanked by the Cairngorm & Monadhliath mountain ranges & is home to a fantastic & unique array of wildlife. With only three full time staff members on the 1030 ha reserve, long term residential volunteers are crucial in assisting with the work program & implementing the reserve management plan on this internationally important site. Work includes habitat management (this involves strenuous work in all weathers), infrastructure maintenance, & surveys & monitoring in the spring. We are looking for a motivated & enthusiastic individual with a passion for conservation & wildlife to become a valued member of our team. You'll need to be at least 18 years old, have a full driving licence & ideally be available to start in October. 3 - 6 months, 5 days a week Monday to Friday. Some weekend working may be expected. ASK: Contact Pete Moore Inshmarshes@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Internships x 2

BE4: 30/6/19 6pm

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park is set in 30 acres of woodland & is home to over 500 exotic wild animals, offering a full programme of daily animal shows & events. We are recruiting 2 x voluntary internships for a period of 6 months working on either our Paddocks & Farmyard or Reptile Sections. The main role will be to assist the keeping team in their daily tasks in order for you to: gain exp within an animal keeping department, gain training & further knowledge of a selection of species, & apply own personal skills & improve upon them. Essential: 18+ years old; animal science related qual; animal-related work exp; good communication skills; flexible working hours; physically fit; able to work in a team & independently; reliable & trustworthy. ASK: Please send CV & covering letter to Jessie Boylan, Animal Park Manager (Curator), curator@pwpark.com stating ‘Internship Application’ in the subject line & when you would be available to begin.


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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