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Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.

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Arboriculture vacancies: working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.

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JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: 30/6/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

The estate team manage our 14 acre conservation site comprising of a commercial plant & tree nursery, 5 acre woodland & soon to be wildflower meadow open to the public, working with adults with learning difficulties. We also maintain an unadopted access road to the nursery which runs alongside the beck the nursery was named after. As part of the charity's aim to bring life skills & improve social abilities, the trainees work with staff & volunteers who make up the team & we are always open to welcome new people to our nursery. ASK: If you are interested in joining the estate team please contact lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543 or applications by post to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 29/3/19

LOC: South East Cornwall (Fowey)

PAY: Accomodation & package of training certificates

FOR: National Trust

You'll work as part of a small close knit team of rangers in a glorious part of south east Cornwall. Working on a wide array of tasks including conservation of maritime grassland, habitat creation, woodland management, maintenance & public engagement. You'll learn, develop your skills & gain experience in all aspects of countryside management including a number of qualifications in the safe use of machinery, vehicles & tools. Additionally you will gain experience & adhere to H&S legislation as applicable to your role & gain an understanding into the strategies & goals of the Trust, giving you a sound base to continue your career in countryside management. We're looking for positive, motivated individuals with a passion for the outdoors to work side by side with experienced rangers & deliver our summer work program. Around 6 months commitment required. ASK: Apply online: http://c-js.co.uk/2Hm7siT. For more information contact southeastcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Voluntary Conservation Trainee x 2

BE4: 29/03/2019

LOC: Surrey

PAY: Training costs and travel expenses

FOR: Surrey Wildlife Trust

An excellent training opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in conservation and land management. The placement will provide a diverse range of practical training from heathland management, sustainable woodland management, to conservation grazing, along with more transferable skills. Some flexibility exists around the role, dependent on candidates’ skills and availability. We offer a selection of external training covering first aid, brushcutter and NPTC chainsaw use, in addition to internal training including species ID, cattle welfare and habitat management.  A relevant qualification is desired. Must have some previous practical conservation experience, good communication skills, be computer literate, a good level of physical fitness, with a full driving licence. Keen interest in the environment and seeking a career in this field. Anticipated commitment - 3 days per week, for 12 months. ASK: To apply, please complete an application form: https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/jobs or to discuss the role in further detail email claire.courtier@surreywt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger Dunham Massey

BE4: 10/4/19

LOC: Dunham Massey, Altrincham, North West, WA14 4SJ

PAY: Accommodation, reasonable travel expenses & training*

FOR: National Trust, Dunham Massey

Volunteer with us and you could find youirself undertaking, invasive species control, leading volunteer groups, site presentation work, deer management,  fencing and any other tasks required to keep this successful property running in tip top condition.  *A training package to enable this is included, this includes in-house training on our plant and machinery such as tractors, flail mowers and sawmill, and external certification in chainsaw use (lantra basic felling 200mm), NPTC brushcutter, and pesticide use (PA1 and PA6)   This volunteer Ranger role covers all aspects of the Ranger role, helping with our ambitious plans for nature conservation, implementing the historic conservation management plan in the SSSI parkland or engaging with our local communities, this role will provide numerous transferable skills.  This role would also suit students looking for a placement year. Time commitment: 4 days.   ASK: Please email andrew.wyllie@nationaltrust.org.uk for further information about this role. More details and apply online at https://myvolunteering.nationaltrust.org.uk/opportunity-search

JOB: Trainee Country Park Ranger x 3 (3 roles)

BE4: 1/4/19

IV: 10/4/19

LOC: Cockington Country Park, Torquay

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

9-12 months. Want to: Learn & gain experience in a land-based sector? Gain a range of transferable skills? Contribute to the care of an historic country park? Becoming a trainee country park ranger is a fantastic opportunity to discover your potential & gain new skills, which may help focus build your career path. This may well be the next step into gaining employment in this diverse & exciting sector.  Help us deliver the Heritage Lottery funded Green Heart Project, aimed at rejuvenating Cockington Country Park. Free shared accommodation, in a restored 16th century Gamekeepers Cottage, in the heart of the park - £1000 training budget. Use a range of machinery; brushcutter, trimmer, mowers, chainsaw & leaf blower. Assist with grass cutting, maintaining paths & park furniture. Look after an important landscape within a conservation area. Help lead volunteer groups & engage with visitors. ASK: For further details & to apply; https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/about-tcct/vacancies

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Ranger

BE4: 26/3/19

IV: 26/03/2019

LOC: Swanage, Dorset

PAY: Training, on-site accommodation

FOR: Dorset County Council

Start date of late march / early April, running till the 4th May. To assist the ranger team in the practical maintenance of Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve. Working alongside the rangers & other volunteers to complete outdoor & indoor practical tasks in all weathers & conditions. Using & maintaining tools, machinery & equipment in safe working order; developing practical land management skills. Assisting with surveys, educational & family events as well as other visitor engagement activities. Essential: good communication skills; confident & approachable manner. Computer literate & comfortable using office software packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher & Outlook. Desirable: Some practical or conservation experience an advantage, but full training provided. ASK: For more information, contact Doug Hart, 01929 424443, douglas.j.hart@dorsetcc.gov.uk

JOB: Estate Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cannock

PAY: Meals & accomodation

FOR: The Beaudesert Trust

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer estate assistant, to assist our estate manager with a variety of tasks around our 120 park.  Tasks include grass cutting, tree work, construction, repairs and maintenance, littler collection and cleaning.   Some training available. Time commitment, 6 months min ASK: Please contact centremanager@beaudesert.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer – The Faughan Valley – Derry

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Londonderry, Northern Ireland

PAY: Expenses (up to 30 miles)

FOR: Woodland Trust

Would you like to use your passion for the environment to help conserve the natural beauty of the Faughan Valley by assisting the Faughan Valley project team with the practical management of the landscape with varied tasks from woodlands in Killaloo to farmland in Kilcreen?  Tasks incl woodland maintenance, tree planting, invasive species control, wildflower seed collection & meadow creation / maintenance.  The Faughan Valley runs from the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains along the beautiful River Faughan to the outskirts of Derry, Londonderry, covering some 80 square miles.  Pockets of precious ancient woodland, a habitat even rarer in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK, have been the inspiration for us to build a project around their protection. ASK: For further details & / or to apply please visit our website: https://c-js.co.uk/2Q7QSbv

JOB: Woodland working group member - Swan and Cygnet Woods - Stock - Essex

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stock, Essex, CM4 9QW

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active enthusiastic people to join our Woodland Working Group at Swan and Cygnet Woods in Essex.  The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management and conservation of Swan and Cygnet Woods. Old blends nicely with new at Swan Wood and its appropriately named smaller recently planted neighbour, Cygnet Wood. Swan Wood is an ancient site with both a distinctive and delightful character. As a Woodland Working Group Member you will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form: https://c-js.co.uk/2Kmc9hY

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.