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

18 pages in total, the lead article is from the Ancient Tree Forum on the importance and management of veteran trees. Having discovered the difference between veteran & ancient trees we also find out from the Woodland Trust how managing an ancient woodland is different from any other woodland. Forest Research provide an update on tree health describing some of the new threats. The Tree Council discuss their work with Ash Dieback and the threat it poses to non-woodland trees. The Orchard habitat and how to manage orchards is provided by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). Building your career in forestry from Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the importance of education and learning. Dr James Walmsley at Bangor University talks about the differences between commercial forestry work and a career in arboriculture. Rounding off nicely with a ‘day in the life’ of Amelia Williams, a Tree Officer for Test Valley Borough Council. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus


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For Full or part time placements, subdivided into subject areas, ie the type of work you'll be doing, click here.


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: 20/11

JOB: Devon Countryside Access Forum Members

BE4: 09/02/2018

LOC: Devon

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Devon County Council

The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000. It has seventeen members who advise on the "improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation & the enjoyment of the area..." The Forum gives independent advice to a number of Government bodies in addition to Devon County Council, district & borough councils & parish & town councils. All applications considered & we would love to hear from landowners & managers, access users & people with other rel professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport & business. You can: contribute to the debate, sharing your exp & expertise from your specific field; meet & work with others, listening to & sharing ideas on solving access problems; influence local & UK policy affecting access; receive regular local & national access information updates. ASK: http://www.devon.gov.uk/dcaf

JOB: Visitor Marketing Support Volunteer

BE4: 10/02/2018

LOC: WWT Martin Mere / Homebased

PAY: 0

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Up to 2 days per week. At WWT we believe the best way for people to understand & connect to wetlands is to experience them. We have many skilled & enthusiastic people at our centres & at the HQ office in Slimbridge who work hard on the marketing of these amazing experiences & we welcome over a million visitors a year to our centres across the UK.   We'd love to do more & we are looking for someone to support our national visitor marketing team. In this new role, you will be supporting with the research of marketing opportunities & data for the development of visitor marketing. Good eye for detail & exp using Excel. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2iq4Bf4

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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