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Voluntary opportunities with an occasional commitment requirement e.g. a few hours a week, one or two days a month. Work covers a wide range of areas: countryside, conservation and ecology voluntary opportunities including wildlife work and environmental education. Weekly updates.

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North West vacancies: Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.


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JOB: Midweek Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Greater Manchester

PAY: Training in practical conservation activities

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

We are a charity that specialises in taking volunteers out into the greenspaces of Greater Manchester to do practical conservation activities. We have been active in the area for over 20 years. We provide fully trained leaders who have first aid qualifications and can give you all the support you need throughout your time volunteering with us. Volunteer with our Midweek Group and get involved in tasks all over Greater Manchester. You can learn practical skills such as path and steps construction, tree felling, pond creation, tree planting and traditional skills such as hedge-laying and dry-stone walling. No previous experience is necessary as full training is given. ASK: If you're interested in learning more, email manchester@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Practical Conservation Grazing Placement

BE4: 20/11/19

IV: wb 2/12/19

LOC: WWT Martin Mere, Lancashire

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Join the team at our magnificent WWT Martin Mere wetland centre and develop useful skills for the UK job market in areas of ecology, conservation grazing and reserves management. This full-time one-year placement is ideal for those looking for a placement on a sandwich course or looking to gain practical experience in the field.  A 12 month placement allows you to see all that the seasons bring and with it a variety of activities from cattle management and grazing, as well as in wetland management and species monitoring. So you will need to enjoy being outdoors in all winds and weather, have a good level of physical fitness and enjoy being part of a team.  Accommodation incl utility bills. Full induction, training relevant to role may include animal husbandry, brushcutter, ATV, 4x4 and tractor driving training. ASK: Full details and an application form are at www.wwt.org.uk/placements

JOB: Membership Development Volunteer

BE4: 30/11/19

LOC: RSPB Dove Stone Reservoir

PAY:

FOR: RSPB

RSPB Dove Stone needs an enthusiastic and passionate individual with excellent people skills to join the RSPB’s dynamic membership team and help Give Nature Home. You will be based at our lovely reserve surrounded by hills and rewarded by fabulous views. You will enthuse and inspire the public to join the RSPB by using sales techniques, storytelling, and utilising wildlife spectacles. Thanks to your vital presence and work, you will be ensuring that nationally agreed membership recruitment targets and key performance indicators are achieved. If you have the ability to engage with a wide range of people face to face, and have experience in delivering wildlife and conservation messages, then this is the volunteering role you were looking for. Commitment: 1 day, 6 hours a week. ASK: To apply and find more information about the role, please contact our Visitor Experience Officer at angel.sanchezdevera@rspb.org.uk or call us 01457 819880.

JOB: Schools Outreach Session Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Greater Manchester

PAY: Training / expenses provided

FOR: RSPB

You will be working with primary school children in their school playgrounds. Giving children the chance to explore & learn about the nature around them. Helping them find mini-beasts. Encouraging them to use their senses to discover the sights, sounds, smells & textures of the plants & animals nearby. Supporting them to discover nature’s treasures & find the words to talk about them. Your Schools Outreach Officer, Rachel Robinson, will support & train you at all stages, & you will get all the resources you need. Training will be done around Manchester & in schools. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is considering a career in environmental education or would like to work with children. Requirements: an interest in wildlife & a love for nature; exp or desire to work with children; enthusiasm & willingness to communicate with adults & children; well organised; able to commit to 2 days a month. ASK: Email rachel.robinson@rspb.org.uk & complete an application form.

JOB: Visitor Engagement Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses & benefits*

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

4 hours per week as part of a rota, morning or afternoon slots available. Our Visitor Engagement Volunteer Team are based in the Welcome Centre on our floating Visitor Village and have an essential role to play in providing a warm welcome to all our visitors. This role involves helping our visitors to plan their day and get the most out of their visit. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer. *Free parking, restaurant & shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme, social events. ASK: Go to www.brockholes.org to find out more

JOB: Wigan Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Lancashire

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

Our Conservation Volunteers get stuck in with a variety of practical conservation tasks such as path work, fencing, coppicing and wetland work on sites in the Wigan area. Volunteers need to be enthusiastic with a reasonable level of physical fitness.  Full training and supervision by LWT staff. ASK: To find out more please email volunteer@lancswt.org.uk 01772 318374.

JOB: Myplace Ecotherapy Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Lancashire

PAY: Training / Expenses

FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Up to 4 hours per week. Myplace works with people who have physical or mental health issues and / or are experiencing long-term unemployment. We aim to empower people, encouraging them to take action, participating in environmental activity that has positive benefits for their own health and mental wellbeing, as well as for their local community. We do this through the delivery of 5 themes of Ecotherapy: Conservation, Growing, Nature Walks, Mindful Environments and Bushcraft. Volunteers are needed to help support our weekly sessions which are delivered across East, West and Central Lancashire for all ages (13+). This role will suit people who are empathetic with good interpersonal skills and are able to work with people from all walks of life. ASK: If you would like to make a difference in a person’s life whilst developing new skills and knowledge then get in touch: myplace@lancswt.org.uk 01772 872007

JOB: Events & Activities Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses*

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

Brockholes has a packed & varied programme of events & activities running throughout the year for visitors of all ages from tots to grown ups! We run lots of children’s activities, walks, talks, theatre performances & even Santa comes to Brockholes in December. Events & Activities Volunteers assist us with event set up, meeting & greeting, delivering the sessions & packing away at the end & helping to ensure that everyone has a fantastic experience! The majority of our events & activities are held at weekends & school holiday periods, so you will need to be available to volunteer then. *Free parking, restaurant & shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. ASK: Go the https://www.brockholes.org to find out more

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses*

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

Volunteer Rangers are our eyes and ears out on the reserve. The role involves patrolling the nature reserve and carrying out daily checks as well as being on hand to assist in emergencies or out of the ordinary situations. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer ensuring our visitors make the most of their visit. * Free parking, restaurant and shop discounts, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. We are looking for Volunteer Rangers for all 7 days of the week. Time: 2 hour slot on a weekly basis. ASK: Go to https://www.brockholes.org to find out more.

JOB: WWOOFing opportunity

BE4: 01/03/2020

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: Mere Brow Farm

Mere Brow are delighted to announce that we are now signed up as WWOOF Hosts. WWOOF stands for WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms. A worldwide movement linking visitors with organic farmers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange thereby helping to build a sustainable community. We have a new purpose built bunkhouse that sleeps 6 dormitory style, with separate bathroom and kitchen/diner/lounge area. Most importantly it is toasty warm in the winter months! Availability: 8/9/19 – 27/10/19 (sharing with a WWOOFer) & from 9/2/20 onwards. 5 days per week. We will consider families. Previous experience of WWOOFing or volunteering is preferable. We are an organic farm and undertake all our work to permaculture principles. ASK: You will need to request a placement through wwoof.org.uk our membership ID is #1004105 so you can find us on the Find a Host page. For any other questions you can contact us on volunteering@merebrowfarm.co.uk



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