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A list of countryside, conservation and ecology voluntary opportunities including wildlife work and environmental education, updated weekly.


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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: 14/1



JOB: Seabird Cruise Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

1 day a week for 3-4 months. RSPB Bempton Cliffs is home to almost quarter of a million seabirds over the spring & summer months, incl puffins, gannets & kittiwakes. We run a series of very popular weekend seabird cruises from Bridlington harbour to show visitors our ‘Seabird City’ at close quarters. We are looking for knowledgeable volunteers for these three hour cruises to help ensure that passengers not only enjoy their experience but also learn from it. This is an opportunity to be part of the country’s largest nature conservation charity; a chance to pass on your knowledge of & passion for nature to others; to use & develop skills & personal initiative. You need: a good knowledge of seabirds in this area, or willingness to learn; a good stomach for sailing; an awareness of the RSPB’s work & the ability to talk about it; the enthusiasm & confidence to greet & initiate conversations with members of the public; good speaking & listening skills; availability for several weekends between May-September. ASK: Contact: Kim Smales, 01262 422206, kim.smales@rspb.org.uk or visit www.rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Live Seabird Interpreter

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB

We need live interpreters so that visitors can meet a friendly face out & about on the reserve; helping visitors to identify wildlife & point them in the right direction. This role serves to enhance the experience visitors have on the reserve & encourages return visits. It’s an opportunity to spend your days out on the sea cliffs surrounded by up to a quarter of a million nesting seabirds & the chance to pass on your passion for nature to enthuse others. The skills you need: approachable, with a friendly demeanour; willingness to undertake appropriate training & personal development; ability to stand for long periods of time in all weather; confidence to initiate conversations with members of the public; enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation; own transport. You need to be fit, able to stand for long periods of time in all weathers, should be a quick learner & comfortable with using optical equipment efficiently (training provided). Must be over 18 & able to work without a chaperone. ASK: Contact Sarah Aitken 01262 422213, sarah.aitken@rspb.org.uk or visit www.rspb.org.uk

JOB: Car Park Attendant Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB

2 - 6 months. We want you to help control traffic and directing new arrivals to available spaces in the car parks, which makes a huge difference for the visitor experience. What’s in it for you? The opportunity to spend your day outdoors; you may be looking for a way of putting something back; relevant training; an opportunity to be part of the country’s largest nature conservation charity; the opportunity to become part of a friendly, supportive team; regular line management support; opportunities to use and develop skills and personal initiative; references if appropriate. The skills you need: approachable, with a friendly demeanour; problem solving; enjoy being part of a team; confidence to initiate conversations with and talk to members of the public. You need to be fit, able to stand for long periods of time in all weathers. Applicants must be over 18 years old. ASK: Contact: Scott Smith, Visitor Operations Manager, scott.smith@rspb.org.uk 01262 422219.

JOB: Ranger Placement

BE4: 4/2/19

LOC: Rothbury or The Sill, Hadrian's Wall

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

10 days over a 3 month period (April, May & June). You will be given training & development opportunities by working with current National Park staff. Placements will develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, & engaging & dealing with the public. Working as part of the Ranger Team placements will become actively involved in the care & management of the National Park, including its sites, woodlands & nature reserves.  Essential: seeking a career as a countryside ranger, or in the environmental / land management sector; approachable, open, polite & helpful to others; self-motivated, adaptable with good organisational skills; able to carry out the tasks in the described work areas & to work outdoors in all weathers;  able to get to chosen location (Rothbury or The Sill) for a 9am start each day. ASK: For an application form or further details please contact: Jane Riddell on 07795 834936 or email jane.riddell@nnpa,org.uk

JOB: Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail Ranger Placement

BE4: 4/2/19

LOC: The Sill, Hadrian's Wall (coast-to-coast on the National Trail)

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

10 days over a 3 month period (April - June). You will be given training & development opportunities by working with the Hadrian’s Wall Path (HWP) National Trail staff to undertake a range of access related tasks incl: surveying; practical maintenance projects; working with volunteers, &; engaging with the public. Working with the Trail Ranger placements will develop on the job skills in managing & maintaining Public Rights of Way with the added dimension that the HWP is set within a National Park & UNESCO World Heritage Site. Personal specification: seeking a career as a countryside ranger, or in the environmental / land management sector; approachable, open, polite & helpful to others;  self-motivated, adaptable with good organisational skills;  able to carry out the tasks described & to work outdoors in all weathers;  able to get to chosen location (The Sill) for a 8.30am start each day.  ASK: Apply: Jane Riddell on 07795 834936 or email jane.riddell@nnpa,org.uk

JOB: Groundwork Youth Advisory Board

BE4: 10/2/19

IV: 10/02/2019

LOC: Travel around the UK to meetings

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: Groundwork

Groundwork Youth supports young people to take action in their local environment, providing opportunities and experiences to develop your leadership potential and connecting you with like-minded people wanting to make a difference in their communities. Our Youth Advisory Board shapes our campaigns and programme of activity, ensuring we inspire and include young people from different backgrounds. This flexible, voluntary role with Groundwork UK, a leading  community charity, includes full training and ongoing support to achieve your goals. You will run campaigns, motivate and inspire young people and represent your area across the UK, gaining voluntary experience with various partner organisations. Some existing experience of volunteering, taking part in campaigns, or organising fundraising events is desirable. ASK: To find out more about the role and link to the application go to: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/youthhub


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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