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.
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.
JOB: Ranger Volunteer
LOC: Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: National TrustBy getting involved, you could: help look after important landscapes for future generations; use your passion for the outdoors and share your knowledge with visitors; work alongside passionate countryside management professionals and learn new skills along the way; join a friendly and varied team and make some new friends. What's involved? Help the ranger team with practical work to keep the countryside in great condition, dry stone walling, scything hay meadows, improving our ancient woodland, footpath maintenance, construction tasks, invasive species removal, timber extraction and general estate repairs. Act as information assistants for the National Trust, communicating with the public whilst onsite, maintaining exceptional standards of customer service as part of delivering the visitor experience. Maintenance of vehicle and cleaning tools and maintaining a clean and tidy workshop, container and yard. Make each visitor feel welcome and help people understand why we need to take care of special places and thinking about the needs of all visitors. Let staff know of any issues with fences, footpaths etc and maintain good relationships with people who share the land. ASK: Contact: Emily Taylor, 01535 607075, firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB: Estate Assistant
BE4: N / A
PAY: Meals & accomodation
FOR: The Beaudesert TrustWe 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 email@example.com
JOB: Assistant Ranger & Estate Assistant
LOC: Lundy Island
PAY: Accommodation & training
FOR: Landmark TrustWould you like experience in practical conservation? Could you live within a small community off the coast of North Devon? Are you a hard worker, ready to help out wherever needed? Then this could be the one for you. We’re posting for two positions to assist the full time Ranger on Lundy island- a stunning and unique island, designated a SSSI it also supports the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone. This position provides a great opportunity to gain hands on experience and join the Lundy team over the summer. Work includes a wide range of practical conservation and estate management tasks including; grounds maintenance, dry-stone walling, rhododendron eradication, bracken management, vegetation control, stock fencing, footpath maintenance, volunteer supervision and tree maintenance, and assisting with general island duties. The positions run from 4 April through to the end of October 2019, it’s a volunteer role but with provided accommodation, food and a suitable training course provided at the end of the season. ASK: For an application form and job description call 01237 423233 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Job description: https://c-js.co.uk/2Sff1Oe
JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation), Buckinghamshire x2
BE4: 28/1/19 (9am)
LOC: College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG)
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)Increase your experience, practical skills and knowledge, with the aim of helping you to progress towards a paid role in conservation. Employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques will range from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. You will take part in a varied training programme, tailored to your role (incl first aid certification) and have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Rel volunteering or work experience desirable. 3 days per week for 6-12 months. ASK: For more information visit our website: https://c-js.co.uk/2QtyxVH
JOB: Ranger Placement
LOC: Rothbury or The Sill, Hadrian's Wall
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: Northumberland National Park10 days over a 3 month period (April, May & June). You will be given training & development opportunities by working with current National Park staff. Placements will develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, & engaging & dealing with the public. Working as part of the Ranger Team placements will become actively involved in the care & management of the National Park, including its sites, woodlands & nature reserves. Essential: seeking a career as a countryside ranger, or in the environmental / land management sector; approachable, open, polite & helpful to others; self-motivated, adaptable with good organisational skills; able to carry out the tasks in the described work areas & to work outdoors in all weathers; able to get to chosen location (Rothbury or The Sill) for a 9am start each day. ASK: For an application form or further details please contact: Jane Riddell on 07795 834936 or email jane.riddell@nnpa,org.uk
JOB: Volunteer Conservation Traineeship
BE4: 25/1/19 (noon)
LOC: Low Barns, Witton Le Wear, Bishop Auckland
PAY: None, but attractive training package
FOR: Durham Wildlife TrustAn enthusiastic person with good communication skills, dedicated to nature conservation and working with people is required to assist in the delivery of the Trusts varied range of habitat and access management across its 37 nature reserves. Working with our accomplished volunteer teams you will gain valuable experience in volunteer leadership, reserves management and project development. You will also gain skills and experience relevant to communicating the importance of nature conservation to the public and in generating the resources required to deliver nature conservation activities. Furthermore you will gain experience of ecological survey techniques, particularly for protected species, by supporting the work of the Trust’s ecological consultancy. In addition an attractive training package is available which includes: chainsaw, pesticides, first aid, off road (4x4), ATV, brushcutter qualifications. A contribution towards mileage is available. This position requires a commitment for a minimum of 12 months, working 4 days p/w (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and one weekend day per month). ASK: A link to the full role details can be found here. https://durhamwt.com/jobs/ Contact Laura Tedstone, Living Landscape Officer (South) email@example.com 01388 488 728.
JOB: Voluntary River Steward
PAY: Training / Uniform / Expenses
FOR: River Stewardship Company2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days, waterway-related and environmental workshops in schools and guided walks. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships
LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) & / or Epsom (Lower Mole)*
FOR: Surrey Countryside Partnerships (Hosted By Surrey County Council)Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be principally joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team. Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). ASK: Please email your interest and CV to: email@example.com. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.
JOB: Conservation Volunteer
LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)
FOR: Scottish Wildlife TrustAny day Monday to Thursday. You are free to choose your commitment but if you volunteer, you must be available for a full day. A varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Grangemouth to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Information from firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB: Conservation Volunteer - North East
LOC: Dundee - to Cover North East Scotland
PAY: Training / expenses
FOR: Scottish Wildlife TrustAny full day Monday to Thursday. We are looking for volunteers to work with our Reserves Project Officer based at Dundee to undertake a varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Dundee to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Contact Peter Gilbert email@example.com for details
JOB: Conservation Volunteer
LOC: Plymouth & Surrounding Area
FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)We carry out a variety of projects including: tree planting; beach cleans; species & habitat surveys; wildlife pond creation; hedgelaying; invasive plant species management (e.g. rhododendron, parrotfeather, Himalayan balsam etc.); coppicing (a traditional woodland management technique); dry stone walling, to name but a few! Events each weekend, but no requirement to commit to a certain number of days. You will gain valuable nature conservation skills in countryside management, such as how to create & restore important habitats for wildlife & people. You will also gain other key skills such as communication, team working & leadership. If you are really keen you may want to progress to become a Volunteer Project Officer (VPO) & get more involved ‘behind the scenes’ planning & leading practical projects & social events. You don’t need to have any skills, experience or abilities to join as a volunteer; all you need is a love of the outdoors & be a good team player. ASK: Find out more from Chris Bond, firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk
JOB: Beinn Eighe NNR Conservation Volunteer
LOC: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
FOR: Scottish Natural HeritageStay for a month or come for up to six months. Volunteering at this reserve will give you the opportunity to work in this beautiful environment with skilled practitioners, discovering new capabilities & learning new skills. This is an excellent chance to gain work experience. Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland, make new friends, improve your CV & exp Highland life at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. We need help with a variety of estate work incl woodland management, path maintenance, deer management, species monitoring & help with visitor management incl working in our Visitor Centre (open Easter to late October). ASK: More information about Beinn Eighe & Loch Maree Islands NNR can be found at: https://c-js.co.uk/2GWsA3K. For more information or to apply email email@example.com or phone 01463 7001660.
JOB: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland
LOC: Creag Meagaidh Nnr, Aberarder, Kinlochlaggan, PH20 1BX
PAY: Accommodation / training provided
FOR: Scottish Natural HeritageMin one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. ASK: Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
JOB: Conservation Volunteer – The Faughan Valley – Derry
LOC: Londonderry, Northern Ireland
PAY: Expenses (up to 30 miles)
FOR: Woodland TrustWould 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 TrustWe 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.