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JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger Box Hill and Headley Heath

BE4: 27/11/19

LOC: Dorking, Surrey

PAY: Shared accommodation, training

FOR: National Trust

We are looking for an Immersive Volunteer to join an energetic & innovative team at Box Hill & Headley Heath. Both sites are home to some extremely important & rare habitats, & an experienced & enthusiastic team of volunteers & rangers.  This role will suit you if you are:  a motivated & enthusiastic individual with the willingness to persevere & use their own initiative, with the ability to embrace new projects & challenges. Interested in gaining experience in countryside management or nature conservation. Looking for a detailed & immersive experience of the National Trust or the sector. Interested in understanding how we care for our special places over time. Interested in volunteering for up to 12 months. Over 18 with a full UK driving licence as driving the National Trust vehicles will be essential to the role.   We provide induction, uniform, PPE & training essential to the role. ASK: Contact David Benjamins on 07770 887673 or david.benjamins@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Trustee

BE4: 3/12/19

IV: 20/12/19

LOC: Stratford Upon Avon

PAY: 0

FOR: Heart of England Forest

Our goal is to create a huge, unbroken or contiguous woodland of 30,000 acres, a refuge where people can rediscover nature & wildlife can flourish. We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board, people who are passionate about woodland creation in the heart of England. If you have the time to commit, can think strategically, are committed to the Nolan Principles of Public Life, & have expertise in at least two of the areas below, we would like to hear from you. Charity finance; outdoor education; investment management; networking & relationship building; good working knowledge of the geographic area of the Heart of England Forest. You will help to ensure that we fulfil our duty to our beneficiaries through delivering our charitable objects, vision, mission & values. ASK: To download a role description, & for more information see https://c-js.co.uk/2r5oXBt

JOB: Animal Presentations Placement

BE4: 20/11/19

LOC: WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

PAY: Accommodation incl utility bills Full induction, training relevant to the role may include presentations skills, customer services,

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is one of the UK’s leading conservation organisations with a long history of managing wetland sites, animal husbandry, conducting research and engaging with visitors. Each year we offer a small number of opportunities to those looking to do long-term placements. These new placements provide a rare opportunity to gain practical experience with a wide range of animal species including birds, mammals and amphibians. This will be a varied role with activities including animal husbandry, assisting with animal training protocols and developing presentation skills.  It would suit those who enjoy being part of small enthusiastic teams, have a good variety of skills and love being outdoors. Two placements are available - one starting in early 2020 for up to 8 months and the other starting in August / September 2020 and running for 12 months. Accommodation incl utility bills. Full induction, training relevant to the role may include presentations skills, customer services. ASK: Full details and an application form are at www.wwt.org.uk/placements

JOB: Volunteer Role - Minutes Secretary for Friends of Staunton Country Park

BE4: N / A

LOC: Staunton Country Park

PAY: Parking, refreshments and training as needed.

FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park.

Friends of Staunton Country Park is local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation and conservation of Staunton Country Park, including its buildings and other identified sites of interest.  The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for a Minutes Secretary to take notes during meetings and carry out general administration to ensure meetings are well organised. Their projects seek to educate the public about the park's history and draw attention to the diversity of flora and fauna present in the Park. Duties would include; being available to attend and participate in meetings, taking accurate notes, writing up and disseminating these appropriately, plus carrying out other general administration. Ideally the volunteer would also have good attention to detail, as this would be a key part of the role. ASK: For more information email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Role - Health and Safety Officer for Friends of Staunton Country Park

BE4: N / A

LOC: Staunton Country Park

PAY: Parking, refreshments and training as needed.

FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park

Friends of Staunton Country Park is local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation and conservation of Staunton Country Park, including its buildings and other identified sites of interest.  The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for a Health and Safety Officer to ensure that that the group carries out their duties in relation to health and safety within the group and any visitors/public they may come into contact with. Their projects seek to educate the public about the Park's history and draw attention to the diversity of flora and fauna present in the Park. Duties would include; reviewing and updating current health and safety procedures, carrying out risk assessments for activities, events or trips and ensuring good practice. Ideally the volunteer would also have an interest in safety issues and have good attention to detail, as this would be a key part of the role.  ASK: For more information email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk

JOB: Reserve Management HQ – Office & Research placement

BE4: 20/11/19

IV: wb 2/12/19

LOC: WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

PAY: Accommodation incl utility bills. Full induction. Training package relevant to the role amay include GIS software (QGIS), biological recording systems (Recorder 6) and Conservation Management System (CMSi), research design, water quality and ecological mo

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Join the team at our wonderful WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre & develop useful skills for the UK job market in areas of ecology & conservation. We are looking to recruit a full-time volunteer for a 12 month period in a role that will provide support in all of the work undertaken at our reserve management headquarters. This will include desk & field based research, project design & data analysis supporting us in our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. A great opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in conservation & to see how our reserves are managed throughout the seasons. Accommodation for this role is provided locally, incl utility bills. Full induction. Training package may include GIS software (QGIS), biological recording systems (Recorder 6) & Conservation Management System (CMSi), research design, water quality & ecological monitoring, botanical & other taxa identification. ASK: Full details & an application form are at www.wwt.org.uk/placements

JOB: Forest School Volunteer

BE4: 13/12/19

LOC: Itchen Valley Country Park, Southampton

PAY: Training*

FOR: Youth Options

Help us support, develop & engage children & young people to realise their abilities, aspirations & make a valuable contribution to their communities through forest school & outdoor learning. You will need to be passionate about engaging young people in a process of personal & social development through parent & child groups, school visits, 1:1 support & community groups. *On the job training as well as opportunities to attend relevant training courses incl H&S, risk assessment & first aid. All roles are subject to an Enhanced DBS Check. A min commitment of one morning or afternoon session a week is required. ASK: Please submit an application form or contact jamieboyd@youthoptions.co.uk for more information. For more information or an application pack contact: 01794 525510 admin@youthoptions.co.uk or visit https://c-js.co.uk/2nfvuaz

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire

PAY:

FOR: Hampshire County Council

Hampshire Countryside Service are looking for volunteers to help maintain and improve four of our sites around Bishop's Waltham. These sites are: Claylands, The Moors, Dundridge Meadows and the Rail Path; each covering a variety of different habitats to manage. Our tasks run twice a month, on a Tuesday, from September to March and once a month through the rest of the year. Tasks begin at 10:30am and run until about 3pm. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in conservation work and to meet like-minded people. The work can vary from scrub control to infrastructure repairs and surveys. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge, as are all tools and equipment. ASK: If you are interested, please contact the Central Sites Team on: centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) & / or Epsom (Lower Mole)*

PAY: Experience

FOR: Surrey Countryside Partnerships (Hosted By Surrey County Council)

Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc.) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team.  Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). ASK: Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: Volunteer Community Fundraising Champion

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: In your local area, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire

PAY: Training & limited expenses

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Flexible! Give as much or as little time as you can spare. We know that a personal touch goes a long way in persuading people to get involved in causes that are close to their hearts, either through cash donations or getting more actively involved. Get to know your local neighbourhood and use your approachable personality to find locations for collection tins, set up fundraising events or attend local meetings. If you can travel around your local area and would like to bring people together to raise funds for wildlife then we would love to hear from you. BBOWT works to secure a better future for wildlife in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. You will be part of a friendly team, inspiring people to look after wildlife in your local area and gaining valuable fundraising experience. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. ASK: For more information about the role contact fundraising@bbowt.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Centre Volunteers at College Lake

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: College Lake Nature Reserve, near Tring

PAY: Training & limited expenses

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Any time, however large or small, during the week, weekends or bank holidays. As soon as visitors arrive at College Lake, we want them to have a memorable and enjoyable visit. As one of our remarkable team of ‘meet and greet’ volunteers, you will help people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, experience and learn about our wonderful wildlife. By communicating the value of nature, we believe people become more inclined to care for their environment and take action to preserve wildlife. If you enjoy meeting people and would like to share your enthusiasm with others then this could be just the role you are looking for. No prior knowledge needed! We will provide you with appropriate training and information. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. ASK: Contact collegelake@bbowt.org.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Assistants

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Farnham & Hazeley Heath RSPB Reserves

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: RSPB

Are you able to inspire people about nature? We are looking for people to chat, help and have fun! We want to make Farnham & Hazeley Heath reserves a wonderful place for everyone. Although we do not have a visitors centre we do attend local activities and are looking for people like you who can bring the personal touch to the world of nature and be able to enthuse people about wildlife and the RSPB locally. Your tasks will be varied but will include: assisting with guided walks; helping to set up, run a small event stand and pack away afterwards; chatting to people about our heathland reserves and the work of the RSPB; assisting with creating promotional work; creating information displays.   This is a seasonal role but we tend to be busier during the spring and summer. Time commitment: At least 1 day per month. ASK: Contact: Mary Braddock, RSPB, c/o Rural Life Centre, The Reeds, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL, 01252 795632, 07714 271024 mary.braddock@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Wildlife Care Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sidlesham, West Sussex

PAY: Training

FOR: Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital

Animal husbandry, incl feeding, cleaning and provide care to wildlife patients. Assisting staff with other tasks inside the hospital as required. At least once a week. ASK: Further information: 01243 641672 enquiries@brentlodge.org

JOB: Volunteer Fundraiser

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home based / Staunton Country Park, Havant

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park

Friends of Staunton Country Park is local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park, including its buildings & other identified sites of interest.  The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for a Volunteer Fundraiser to help them to apply for grants & to raise funds for identified projects. These projects seek to educate the public about the park’s history & draw attention to the diversity of flora & fauna present in the Park. Duties would include; researching, identifying & applying to funders & promotion of the Friends of Staunton Country Park group. The role would suit someone with previous exp / interest in working with community groups or charities. They would also need to be confident in undertaking research using the internet & able to complete online or written applications, as this would be a key part of the role. ASK: For more information email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Media Coordinator

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home based / Staunton Country Park, Havant

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park

We are a local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park, incl its buildings & other identified sites of interest. The projects that the group gets involved in seek to educate the public about the park’s history & draw attention to the diversity of flora & fauna present in the Park.  Duties would include; maintaining a positive public profile, taking responsibility for the creation & maintenance of a web page & Facebook group & to be the main point of contact for any media enquiries (with support from the Committee as required). Time commitment flexible, ongoing. The role would suit someone with prev exp / interest in working with community groups or charities, they would also need be confident in IT, web page construction & social media. ASK: Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Conservation Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: Hampshire County Council

This role will work alongside other volunteers and Staunton Country Park Ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of conservation tasks. This is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park, which has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. Dependent on the seasons, conservation tasks could include; clearing overgrowing vegetation over paths or fence lines, installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches, coppicing, scrub management, wildlife surveying /monitoring and keeping the park tidy and litter free.  No specific skills are needed for this role, although, as most of the work is based outdoors, an interest in the countryside and a willingness to volunteer in all weathers is desirable. A basic level of fitness is needed, as conservation tasks require physical activity on uneven terrain. Volunteers must be able to follow instructions and comply with our health and safety procedures. Flexible time commitment. ASK: Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Trustee

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England Buckinghamshire

4-6 meetings per year. Do you care about protecting the Buckinghamshire countryside? Are you a champion for affordable, sustainable housing - but in the right places? Please consider joining CPRE Buckinghamshire as a trustee. This is an ideal opportunity for people who live in & love Buckinghamshire & who want to support environmental & conservation campaigns. You will be part of the local branch of a highly regarded, national charity & feel part of a friendly & highly-engaged group. Experience in organising / administration or fundraising would be especially appreciated. ASK: Contact: office@cprebucks.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Outdoor Leaders - Youth

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex

PAY: Expenses & training

FOR: Wilderness Foundation UK

Volunteer Outdoor Leaders required for our environmental youth programme at our Essex base. Placements include: school visit group leaders (week days), forest school assistants (Saturdays), holiday day camps leaders (school holidays). Time commitment to suit, can be 1 - 5 days per month. Applicants should have: an interest in nature and the outdoors, an approachable and welcoming demeanour suitable for working with children aged 5 - 10yrs, ability to work safely and responsibly with children in the outdoors. Excellent opportunity to engage young people with the natural world, build experience and skills and get some quality outdoor activity for yourself too. ASK: Please contact jenna@wildernessfoundation.org.uk 0300 123 3073 for a volunteer form. A DBS will be processed through us, and you will be asked to complete basic child protection training.

JOB: Park Explorers Leaders

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: National Trust Morden Hall Park, South London

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Mondays during school term times. You will help to lead an innovative programme of weekly activities for children aged from 18 months to 4 years and their parents / carers. Bring Morden Hall Park to life for families as they learn through outdoor activities, storytelling, crafts & songs.   Friendly & enjoy working with families; enthusiastic about being outdoors, developing & leading activities that get young children hands on to explore & learn about the natural world. Enjoys storytelling, leading songs, creating & leading craft activities. Strong communicator with good customer service skills, enjoys being part of a team & comfortable leading & giving directions to others. Suitable for somebody looking to improve their CV & gain hands-on early years exp. ASK: For more information visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or contact the Learning Assistant on 0208 5456853 or mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk with any enquiries.

JOB: Farm Visit Supporter

BE4: N / A

LOC: Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire

PAY: Travel expenses paid

FOR: The Country Trust

Farm Visit Support volunteers assist The Country Trust staff to take urban children out to farms, nature reserves, woods, rivers and the coast to learn about the working countryside, and where their food come from, as well the wider natural world. The volunteers ensure the smooth running of these visits and work alongside host farmers and staff to enhance the children’s experience of the countryside which in the long term, helps them to widen their horizons and have greater aspirations. Given the nature of our visits, it is important that you are fit enough to cope with rough terrain on occasions. We are looking for people who have an interest in working with children and a willingness to share knowledge of the countryside. ASK: Please email ahuggins@countrytrust.org.uk or ring 07926 889527.

Immersive Volunteer Role

National Trust Ranger team, Black Down Estate, Haslemere, Surrey.

c.30 hours per week for a period of 6-12 months (maximum 12 months).

The successful candidate would get an opportunity to develop their experience of countryside conservation on an estate with a variety of habitats including woodland, grassland and heathland as well dealing with small herds of in-hand cattle. This role will suit people who are looking to develop a career in the countryside management or conservation sector and want to gain practical experience on the ground in a variety of areas.


  • Closing Date: 26/11/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 05/11/2019


Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.