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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: 11/11



JOB: Learning Volunteer

BE4: Open

LOC: Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG

PAY: Full training & travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

National Trust Gibside are growing their Learning Activities Volunteer Team this winter. Starting in November with our very popular Christmas Trails for primary schools & winter birthday parties programme. We aim to train new volunteers over the winter period to prepare & deliver a range of educational activities to school & community groups throughout 2020. The opportunity to be a volunteer with the Learning Team is a fantastic opportunity to develop outdoor education skills & would be ideal for anyone who has worked in education or is interested in developing the skills necessary for a career in education. This volunteer role is open to people from lots of backgrounds. For example, you may be looking to share a skill from your prev education / employment or be looking to develop new skills & experience, or just eager to be outdoors in a busy activity focused environment.  Time commitment: full & half days. ASK: For more information: gibsidestablesldc@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Grounds and Surveying Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Williton, West Somerset.

PAY: Tea and cake

FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking volunteers to help us maintain our wildlife garden, extensive grounds and be part of our long-term wildlife surveying programme around the centre. Nettlecombe Court is a Tudor and Georgian mansion, which is now a residential field centre nestled within fantastic oak parkland, in a secluded valley on the edge of Exmoor. Knowledge of gardening and maintenance work beneficial. Regular volunteer days held on the last Friday of each month. ASK: To find out more email: education.nettlecombecourt@field-studies-council.org or call Verity Jones on 01984 640 320.

JOB: Events Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sevenoaks

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We’re looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers who can help us deliver events at various locations. The tasks are as varied as our events program, and you will always have a lot of fun! Kent Wildlife Trust's events program offers a diverse range of county-wide events for all to enjoy throughout the year, from walks and talks, to workshops and family days out. These events help to support Kent Wildlife Trust's work in conservation and projects to protect wildlife across the county. If you enjoy working with people, are looking to gain experience in a fun atmosphere, or looking to expand your skills and knowledge this is the role for you. Volunteers are welcome on a weekly, monthly or ad-hoc basis, working across multiple locations or sticking to just one if you prefer. There are also opportunities to take up team leader roles and learn to deliver events yourself. Volunteers must be over 16 and confident to talk to members of the public. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30sfFfN

JOB: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: New Romney

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Visitor Centre team at Romney Marsh through the summer months. Fortnightly commitment. Our volunteers support our work by greeting visitors, working on our grounds, serving in our small tea bar and shop, helping out in our art gallery and guiding visitor around the grounds; you'll also be sharing information about our exciting Fifth Continent project. We're looking for volunteers that would like to share their knowledge about Romney Marsh, wildlife and would like to help us to connect people with nature.  You don't need to be an expert in all things wildlife, as you'll be learning alongside our friendly and knowledgeable staff members, but you'll need to comfortable mucking in and carrying out a range of duties across the Centre. You'll be meeting new people, gaining new skills and making a huge difference to our work.  We are happy to provide references for regular volunteers.  ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2YAS6Ql

JOB: Roadside Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for Volunteer Roadside Wardens who can help us to keep an eye on the roadside verges and roads close to their homes.  We're currently looking for volunteers in the Dover, Swale and Medway areas, as well as some other areas across Kent (please see the application form for more information). This is a flexible role, and monitoring can be carried out at your convenience during daylight hours.  We'll need you to monitor the verges on at least a monthly basis.  You will be provided with full and on-going training and you will be provided with a point of contact to report any issues or concerns. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Sevenoaks Visitor Centre Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sevenoaks

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join the largest of our Visitor Centres during our summer period.  Weekly commitment Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays. The Visitor Centre is in the centre of our beautiful wildlife reserve containing lakes and ponds and is very popular with visitors from across the county and beyond. Our volunteers greet members of the public and provide information about the reserve (you don't need to be an expert, it's the perfect place to learn more about wildlife!) and you'll also be serving in our on-site shop and café. You'll need to be confident to welcome our visitors to the site, and happy to carry out light cleaning and stock checking, as well as serving in our cafe area and in the shop.   We offer full training, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved with our work on the reserve and with our events.  We are happy to complete reference requests for regular volunteers.  ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2w7x8w4

JOB: Parks in Mind Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Bournemouth, Dorset

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

We’ve created ecotherapy volunteer groups in Parks across Boscombe & Bournemouth to help improve participant’s health & wellbeing while enjoying being outdoors. With a focus on nature conservation, green exercise & other activities, you’ll enhance your own wellbeing while making improvements to local parks for people & wildlife. The project includes elements of nature study, art in the environment, relaxation & confidence building workshops. The emphasis is on providing a relaxed & friendly atmosphere while taking part in practical & sociable outdoor activities to improve the environment. You chose the activities you want to take part in & work to your own limits, between 2 hours to 20 days a month it’s completely up to you! No prior knowledge required, with the chance to learn from both the project leaders & the other people taking part. If you like to be outdoors, enjoy meeting new people & doing light manual work this is the perfect role for you! ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2yNn3pU

JOB: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stour Valley Nature Reserve, Bournemouth

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

An exciting opportunity to support our Visitor Centre at Kingfisher Barn, the gateway to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve. With over 90,000 visitors a year you'll be welcoming people to the Centre, letting them know about the local area & showing them round the Centre exhibition. Can you provide a warm welcome to all visitors, hand out information & make a good cup of tea? Full training given, & don't worry - you don't need to be a 'font of all knowledge' on the area, although some local knowledge would be beneficial. For those with green fingers, there is plenty to be done in the wildlife garden too. Whether you can help with a morning a month or become a regular weekly volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. ASK: Find out more here: https://c-js.co.uk/2JuOauf 01202 451548 stour.valley@bournemouth.gov.uk

JOB: Ecology Group Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Location: Darent, Sevenoaks, Dover, Medway, Lower Stour, Weald Area, Ashford Area, Kent. We're looking for volunteers with a passion for conservation to assist us with carrying out Ecological Surveys throughout the county. Our Ecology Groups have been established to demonstrate the effect of our reserve management work and to assess the quality of the habitats we manage. You’ll be working as part of a team in the field. Typical tasks include identifying and recording plants in various habitats using industry-standard methods. You’ll learn a huge amount through this work, gaining skills to identify plants, provide valuable data and see it used to assist with conservation preservation in your area. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced botanists who will help to develop your plant identification skills. We’ll need you to have an interest in botany and wildlife, although you don’t need a background or any prior knowledge in this, but you’ll want to grow your skills and help us to make a difference to wildlife in Kent. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30quQXa

JOB: Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the exciting ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ project in The Swale. The Making a Buzz for the Coast project is an ambitious project led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our Bee Road work, helping to conserve rare bumblebees and other pollinators in the Swale. We have a number of different volunteer roles, including wardens on sites and wildlife monitoring. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30ukeqj


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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