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

21 pages in total, the lead article from Lantra details the importance of practical training to complement the knowledge within the environmental conservation task force. Countryside Management Association talks about networking and how to sell yourself to potential employers. We get an update on the Our Bright Future programme at its half way point. CJS provide some hints and tips to help those asking the question “I think I’d like to work in the countryside”. Ben Deed from Merseyside Biobank was able to utilise his transferable skills from years of bar & shop work to get a foothold in the sector, read about his experience. Groundwork discusses CV’s & application forms and how to maximise your career chances. Can you get in to the sector through a love of wildlife and the ability to articulate that in writing? James Common from New Nature thinks so. Oonagh Nelson knows what she’s looking for in a potential employee; she provides suggestions for a successful interview from an employer’s point of view. Thought about going self-employed? Richard Crompton knows all about it and gives some great tips for success. This edition also carries lots of adverts for training courses, services and projects that will improve your career prospects. Read it here

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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: 19/11

JOB: Practical Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Penwith, Cornwall.

PAY: Travel expenses and training available

FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

First & Last - Our Living Working Landscape. Come & learn more about the work we do across Penwith in practical conservation, archaeology, ecology & footpaths. We run volunteer sessions Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10am - 3pm, to clear vegetation, uncover some of Penwith’s archaeological treasures, restore Cornish hedges & improve access along trails connecting ancient sites.  We need people who are willing to roll up their sleeves & get stuck in, embrace learning new skills & enjoy working outside in all weathers. The sessions are fascinating days out with friendly people - a great way to boost your health & wellbeing. Bring sturdy footwear, lunch & waterproof / outdoor clothing.  All training, tools, equipment & refreshments (tea / coffee & biscuits!) provided. Other volunteering opportunities are available for a range of different tasks. ASK: Contact Holly for more information & to register: holly.berwick@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk, 01736 805306, www.penwithlandscape.com.

JOB: Good Food Nation Ambassador

BE4: 5/12/18 (midnight)

LOC: Home (training day in in Edinburgh 15/12/18)

PAY: Full day of training, expenses reimbursed

FOR: Scottish Food Coalition

10 hrs per month, December 2018 - May 2019. Interested in the power of food to create social & environmental change? Just love a good meal & want to share this with others? The Scottish Food Coalition is recruiting local volunteer campaigners to help us change the food system from farm to fork. As part of a network of ‘Good Food Nation Ambassadors’ you would be working within your community to help others make their views around food heard. You would be helping to create big changes, & develop your skills in advocacy, campaigning, & communications. ASK: Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2DpzGL9

JOB: Welcome Team - Information Desk

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Llanelli, SA14 9SH

PAY: Uniform and training*


We believe the best way for people to understand & connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close & let it do the talking. People feel part of something amazing & are motivated to make a difference. By providing an excellent visitor experience, you will be encouraging our visitors to make the most of their visit, & to understand & support our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. We are currently looking for volunteers to help out on a Friday afternoon, or volunteers who can be flexible with their availability to help fill gaps when they arise. *Free entry to all WWT centres, & discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. ASK: For more information & to apply, visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2RXLaJU

JOB: Maintenance - Vehicle and Machinery

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Martin Mere, Burscough, Ormskirk, L40 0TA

PAY: Uniform and training*


We create & conserve wetlands & save species; here at Martin Mere wetland centre we have a wild nature reserve as well as a captive collection of birds & mammals which are managed by our wardens & a small, dedicated team of volunteers. To help us to maintain this special area we need a variety of vehicles & pieces of equipment to help us in our work. This all needs constant maintenance & repair in order that it can be used to its maximum potential. This is an excellent opportunity to hone skills in machinery maintenance & repair while keeping a ‘hands on’ approach, & spending time in a beautiful wetland environment. We are looking for volunteers to help out 1 day per week. Hours to be mutually agreed. *Free entry to all WWT centres, & a discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. ASK: To read more & apply visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2DqWHNx

JOB: Woodland Working Group Member


IV: 28/12/2018

LOC: Stoke Wood, Bicester, Oxfordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

Would you like to join a friendly Woodland Working Group at Stoke Wood?  We are looking for local volunteers (within 30 miles) to assist with practical conservation tasks at this attractive woodland.  Located just outside Bicester, Stoke Wood is a peaceful 35-hectare ancient woodland with a mix of conifer and native broadleaves.  The local volunteer group play a really important part in making this site a haven for wildlife, nature and people. Tasks include assisting with the maintenance and restoration of the woods, scrub clearance, coppicing and path repairs.  This role supports our aim of protecting, restoring and creating woodland for people and wildlife. ASK: For further details and to apply please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2B86Nl9

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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