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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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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: 15/7



JOB: Biodiversity Surveyor

BE4: 8/1/20

LOC: Various locations in Charnwood Borough

PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed where needed

FOR: RSPB

The RSPB is partnering with idverde, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance company, to conserve biodiversity in parks and green spaces managed by idverde on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council. To help wildlife in our green spaces, we need to know which species are present. Help us survey the wildlife in Charnwood’s green spaces, so we can better conserve them, and to monitor the effectiveness of our conservation efforts.   This a great opportunity to assist the RSPB in biodiversity conservation and make a real difference in your local area. It’s also a chance to spend time in nature and possibly discover a local or national rarity! You’ll gain useful experience of survey work and improve your identification skills. Flexible and reliable, you will need to have a decent amount of identification knowledge in either birds or insects ... or other! Time commitment: flexible, from a few days a month to a few days a year. ASK: Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or rita.gries@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Biodiversity surveyor - Telford

BE4: 08/12/2019

LOC: Telford and Wrekin

PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed where needed

FOR: RSPB

The RSPB is partnering with idverde, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance company, in Telford & Wrekin Borough. The aim of this partnership is to conserve biodiversity in parks and green spaces managed by idverde on behalf of Telford & Wrekin Council.  Help us survey the wildlife in Telford’s green spaces, so we can better conserve them, and monitor the effectiveness of our conservation efforts. This is a great opportunity to assist the RSPB in biodiversity conservation and make a real difference in your local area. It’s also a chance to spend time in nature and possibly discover a local or national rarity! You’ll gain useful experience of survey work and improve your identification skills. Flexible and reliable, you will need to have a decent amount of identification knowledge in either birds or insects ... or other! Time commitment flexible, from a few days a month to a few days a year. ASK: Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or rita.gries@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Communications Volunteer

BE4: 8/12/19

LOC: Loughborough

PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed where needed

FOR: RSPB

The RSPB is partnering with idverde, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance company, to conserve biodiversity in parks and green spaces managed by idverde on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council, and empower the community to help their local wildlife. You will help promote all the conservation work done by volunteers, increase appreciation for Charnwood’s wildlife and green spaces and promote volunteering opportunities. You will use a variety of media to achieve this: social media, columns in the local paper, press releases. You will visit Charnwood’s parks and green spaces to take awe-inspiring photos and liaise with local volunteer groups. This is a flexible role, which can fit around your schedule to suit you! 0.5 days a week – flexible. You will need to have good social media and written communications skills, as well as good people skills: friendly, tactful and diplomatic.  You will need good photography skills, and to be enthusiastic about wildlife and nature conservation. ASK: Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or rita.gries@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Experience Volunteer - Visitor Centre Assistant Volunteer

BE4: Please apply as soon as possible!

LOC: RSPB Coombes Valley, Leek, Staffordshire

PAY: Expenses, full training & guidance

FOR: RSPB

At RSPB Coombes Valley, we are striving to increase the number of visitors, as well as ensuring a positive visitor experience for all. We are looking for people to enthuse visitors about this beautiful reserve. We like to make sure there's a friendly face to greet all our visitors between 9am-5pm every day, if whole day is not possible, we'd still love to hear from you. Main tasks: help visitors have an excellent experience; encourage them to support our work, by becoming members or through volunteering; ensure our visitor facilities are well presented, engaging and kept clean and tidy. Every Thursday. All year, mainly spring and summer. Skills: outgoing, friendly, happy to chat to people about wildlife / conservation. Gain experience and training in customer service and income generation, valuable skills for those interested in a career in conservation. ASK: Please contact Kostas Smponias, 07710760352 kostas.smponias@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Office Angel

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Arne Work Centre, Dorset

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB

The RSPB would not be able to save nature without all the work that goes on behind the scenes in our lovely office at Arne. We need your help to support the team here with admin tasks, data entry and phone cover. Competent with Microsoft Outlook, Excel & Word. Confident communicating in person and on the phone. Excellent attention to detail and happy to do some repetitive tasks. One day per week. ASK: Please contact Emma Stephens, 01929 557821 emma.stephens@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Trustees

BE4: 4/9/19

LOC: Oxford

PAY:

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Could you help us thrive into the future? We are looking for new Trustees with energy & enthusiasm to take an active role in the running of the Trust. We are keen to hear from individuals with skills & exp in one of the following areas: outdoor or environmental education; community engagement; health & wellbeing; business development. If that’s you or you know someone who fits the bill, get in touch! As our Board is not currently fully representative of our local communities, we particularly welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds. ASK: Send cover letter & CV to Jade Sturdy jadesturdy@bbowt.org.uk or contact Jade to arrange an initial chat with a current Trustee. You can also learn more at https://www.bbowt.org.uk/new-trustees


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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