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Community and Volunteers vacancies: projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer management.


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JOB: Sustrans Schools Cycling Volunteers - I Bike Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Various locations across Scotland

PAY: Training*

FOR: Sustrans Scotland

Are you passionate about cycling and walking and would like to help inspire young people to be more active? We're currently looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer with our fantastic I Bike schools projects in Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Dumfries; Falkirk; Glasgow; Inverness; Midlothian; Perth & West Lothian. You would be supporting activities for children aimed at encouraging more cycling, walking and scooting. What could be better than helping children to ride their bike without stabilisers for the first time! You don't need to be an expert cyclist - we're looking for people who are enthusiastic, committed, reliable, patient and good communicators. We offer an induction and training package for volunteers to develop your confidence in working alongside our I Bike officers in schools. We also provide regular support and opportunities to socialise with other I Bike volunteers, and you will be part of the wider Sustrans volunteering network. *All training provided, including Cycle Ride Leader, bike maintenance and safeguarding. Time commitment: at least once a month. ASK: Please contact annie.cousins@sustrans.org.uk for more information or visit https://c-js.co.uk/2Uy0WfQ

JOB: Community Outreach Volunteer, Riverlands. National Trust

BE4: 1/12/19

LOC: National Trust Estate Office, Holnicote, Exmoor TA24 8TJ

PAY: Full training and travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

Riverlands aims to increase local people’s connections with their rivers and streams and the wildlife found in them. The projects Engagement Officer, Sammy, is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to support her with this aspect of the project’s work. This role will involve helping to run community events, attending local events to meet people and promote the project, working with schools and families. This will be an extremely varied role with the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people from all ages and backgrounds. This project will also focus on working with those who will benefit the most from nature, reaching out to new audiences. This role would suit someone who is confident, outgoing, enjoys working with a wide variety of people and can inspire others. Training is provided. ASK: Contact samantha.fraser@nationaltrust.org.uk 07741129245.

JOB: Family Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT London Wetland Centre

PAY: Uniform and training provided*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

One of our biggest audiences are our families, and getting children enthused about wetlands at an early age is the best way to ensure they become future nature advocates. As a Family Engagement volunteer you will bring our site to life for family audiences, helping with our programmes of activities during weekends and school holidays. Examples of our holiday programmes include engaging children with pond life in our pond dipping sessions, assisting with Forest School-style Wild Play sessions and special events such as our much-loved Family Night Safaris. Full training and induction will be provided along with opportunities for more detailed training on specific areas of site biodiversity. *Free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days. Shifts are typically 10am - 4pm with 1 hour for lunch, depending on the season. Time commitment flexible. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2L7tV8A

JOB: Community Conservation Voluntary Placement

BE4: ?

LOC: Urban Wildlife Centre, Corfe Mullen

PAY: Travel expenses from the Urban Wildlife Centre to other DWT sites when required.

FOR: Dorset Wildlife Trust

3-4 days a week over 6 months from July 2019. This role would be suitable for a student industrial placement full time. You will be assisting with Dorset Wildlife Trust's community engagement and conservation work in east Dorset including at our Brownsea Island and Living Seas Visitor Centres. Tasks will also include assisting with our work with people with physical / mental health issues; assisting with social media, website and other publicity; helping with campaigns and conservation projects. There will be opportunities to get involved with other aspects of our work, including practical work parties. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2XoB4VX or contact sholford@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Trustee

BE4: 27/7/19

LOC: Nationwide

PAY: Travel & accommodation expenses covered where necessary

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

4+ meetings per year. We have recently set out an ambitious vision for the next 25 years. To help us fulfil these ambitions, we are looking for new, experienced and committed Trustees to play an essential role in the governance and development of the charity.  We are seeking Trustees with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas: wetland conservation; communications and media; inspiring education and engagement. You need not have been a charity trustee before, but you will have experience of participating at a senior level. Together with the other Trustees on the Council, you will have ultimate responsibility for the strategic direction of the charity and for ensuring WWT is effectively delivering wetland conservation. You will ensure WWT complies with charity law and is well-run. ASK: For more information and to apply visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2xxLA1q

JOB: Trainee Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 24/7/19 5pm

IV: 31/7/19

LOC: Fort William

PAY: £100 pw accommodation allowance available

FOR: Nevis Landscape Partnership

Two full time, 10 week, Trainee Volunteer Ranger opportunities starting Monday 19 August. The positions will provide hands-on experience of conservation work & habitat management. Working alongside our Footpath & Conservation Officers, you will gain experience in footpath maintenance, woodland regeneration, habitat management & species monitoring. Rel training incl outdoor emergency first aid & mountain awareness will be provided. Opportunities to attend workshops & community engagement events & network with conservation professionals from our partners & other locally based conservation organisations. ASK: Role description & application form: http://bit.ly/1UWook4, rory@nevispartnership.co.uk, 01397 701088.

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: Volunteer Trainee Country Park Ranger

BE4: 29/7/19

IV: 5/8/19

LOC: Cockington Country Park, Torquay, Devon

PAY: Training & accommodation*

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Want to learn and 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 and confidence, which may help focus build your career path. This opportunity could well be the next step into gaining employment in this diverse and exciting sector. Help us deliver the continued rejuvenation of Cockington Country Park. *Free shared accommodation in a restored 16th century gamekeepers cottage, in the heart of the park. £1000 training budget i.e. NPTC, Lantra and in house training. Use a range of machinery: strimmer, hedge trimmer, mowers, chainsaw, leaf blower. Assist with grass cutting, maintaining paths, park furniture. Look after a conservation area landscape. Help lead volunteer groups, engage with visitors. Ideally 9-12 months commitment.  ASK: For further details and to apply: http://bit.ly/19lpBql

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: Volunteer Assistant Ranger

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: Swanage, Dorset

PAY: Training, shared on-site accommodation

FOR: Dorset Council

Fantastic 3-6 month practical training opportunity based at Durlston Country Park set in the beautiful countryside of Purbeck. Durlston Country Park is a 320 acre National Nature Reserve on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The placement is for a volunteer Ranger with the main focus being practical tasks to deliver our conservation management plan & engage with the local community. You will be working alongside other Rangers & volunteers with tasks incl scrub clearing, path maintenance, assisting with events, educational sessions & surveys. Essential: we are looking for an enthusiastic person to come & join our team, willing to work outdoors in all weathers & have good interpersonal skills. Desirable: some practical or conservation exp an advantage, but full training provided. ASK: Further information: Doug Hart 01929 424443, durlston@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

IV: 02/08/2019

LOC: Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB

PAY: Training at a value of approx. £1,000 + expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Two to three days per week (Monday - Friday), for six months or more. Volunteer Officers assist and lead on a variety of sessions from green gyms, community events to educational activities. This role involves aspects such as planning and organising tasks, equipment maintenance, volunteer recruitment, and helping to deliver tasks with a view of leading tasks in the future. There are 3 Volunteer Officer positions available. Based in Doncaster with the view of practical work across our sites in Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. Some knowledge of practical skills is desirable but not essential. No experience required as training will be provided, however, good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the outdoors is essential. A driver’s licence would be beneficial but not essential and this role is subject to the completion of an enhanced DBS. ASK: To register your interest please call 01302 388832 or email southyorkshire@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Dino Team Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: Training / lunch voucher / uniform

FOR: Zoological Society of Hertfordshire / Paradise Wildlife Park

Dinosaurs have arrived at Paradise Wildlife Park! We are looking to add new members to our existing Dino Team who ensure that our dinosaurs are well looked after, & our guests leave having had an outstanding experience. Volunteers will be required to commit to a one day per week place throughout the busy season. Training provided, but an interest in dinosaurs is a bonus. Role description: general visitor engagement through the World of Dinosaurs attraction, demonstrations of fossils & other artefacts, occasional photography for families in the exhibit; manning of interactive exhibits.  We are looking for confident volunteers as you will be interacting with visitors.  Volunteers will also need to be comfortable with being outside in all weathers & be able to stand for a few hours at a time. ASK: For more information contact Barbara & Jenna volunteer@pwpark.com

JOB: Living Seas Wales Volunteer

BE4: Open year round

LOC: South / West Wales area

PAY: Training / some expenses

FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

We’re looking for volunteers to become involved in the Living Seas Wales Project, an exciting new, Wales wide coastal project. Volunteer tasks can include marine and coastal surveys, attending our Living Seas Live roadshow (set locations), community engagement / education, collecting / archiving historical records and more! Some activities can be undertaken in your local area or from home. Volunteering is a great way to experience our amazing marine life, contribute towards marine conservation, gain new skills and have fun! We’re looking for wildlife enthusiasts, people with a passion for marine conservation, those interested in coastal heritage / history or individuals aiming towards a career in conservation. You don’t need a background in science to become involved!  ASK: For more information please contact volunteer@cbmwc.org or 01545560224. You can also visit https://goo.gl/QknrVd

JOB: Swingbridge Community Boat Volunteers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Surrey

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Surrey Care Trust

Surrey Care Trust needs people with all sorts of talents to help run Swingbridge: an aptitude for the practical side of boats, an enthusiasm for environmental work and above all the ability to motivate and enthuse others. A number of our trainees and some of our volunteers need support from others in the team. ASK: For more information email info@swingbridge.org.uk

JOB: Canal & Lock Maintenance Project Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

To assist the Volunteer Co-ordinator to facilitate the maintenance & upkeep of a 2 km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. The role includes: contacting potential volunteers; supporting volunteers on the day; co-ordination of activities on site. Volunteer Project Leaders will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have exp, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance; team management. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hpw, Monday to Friday. ASK: For more information please phone 0115 9788 212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.org.uk

JOB: Small Steps Big Change (SSBC) Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

Assist Family Mentors to deliver the SSBC Family Mentor programme across Bulwell & Aspley. Volunteers will be supporting families to increase their confidence & ability in group activities such as Triple P, Active Play, Stay & Play, Songs & Rhymes, Bump, Birth & Baby, Infant Massage & Cook & Play. Min 2 hours per week Monday to Saturday. Skills / exp: being a parent & / or grandparent; working with children; being supportive; a good listener; developing relationships. ASK: For more information contact Richard Owen, Volunteer Co-ordinator, richard.owen@groundworknottingham.org.uk or call 07771348655.

JOB: Our Past, Our Future Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: New Forest National Park

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: New Forest National Park Authority

The Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme volunteers can take part in archaeological digs, botanical surveys, digitising historical documents, recording the history of commoning, clearing invasive plants, monitoring water quality & much more. The range of activities are supported by 11 different partners to inspire a new generation to champion & care for the New Forest. Volunteers can give as much time as they would like. No previous experience or qualifications required, just a desire & passion to learn about, improve & enjoy the New Forest National Park. ASK: Contact Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk for more details.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Plymouth & Surrounding Area

PAY: Training

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, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Local Outreach Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Homebased and local area – England and Wales only

PAY: Training & some expenses

FOR: British Dragonfly Society

Do you love Dragonflies? Would you love to share your passion for these iconic insects with others? As a Local Outreach Volunteer you will be an ambassador for our charity and for dragonflies and their conservation. Duties may include giving talks to local groups in your area about our work and the wonderful world of Dragonflies, representing us at local events, taking leaflets to local venues, running Dragonfly identification courses, or leading guided walks at local nature reserves/parks to see Dragonflies. We can provide templates and content for talks, materials for event displays and all the support you will need to make the role your own. The role is very flexible and it is totally up to you which type of events you cover and how much time you can give. ASK: Please get in touch with Conservation Outreach Officer Fiona to find out more and to apply for the role: fiona.mckenna@british-dragonflies.org.uk

JOB: Nature Force Group Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Wakefield District

PAY: Training / DBS check

FOR: Open Country

We run every Tuesday throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to come at least one Tuesday a month. The Nature Force Group is run by the disability charity Open Country's 'Wild about Wakefield' project. The Harrogate-based charity enable people with disabilities to access the countryside more, mainly through a series of outdoor activities. Every Tuesday we carry out fun conservation tasks with adults with learning disabilities across the district. We need your help assisting these disabled adults to do tasks such as tree planting, scrub clearing, wildflower planting and more! We are based at Thornes Park near the centre of Wakefield but go out for the full day with minibus provision. No experience is necessary, all training, tools and PPE are provided. ASK: Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email wakefield@opencountry.org.uk

JOB: People Enjoying Nature Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ribble Valley and Pendle, East Lancashire

PAY: Benefit from being outdoors + training & expenses

FOR: Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

The PEN sessions take place in three 6 week blocks between March and October and 4 stand-alone sessions from November to February. Most on the same day and time each week for the 6 week blocks (e.g. every Thursday afternoon from 1pm-4pm). People Enjoying Nature (PEN) is an outreach project offering supported activity sessions to individuals and groups who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues. Activity may incl practical conservation tasks, creative tasks in the landscape, archaeology, sessions with artists etc., which will link in with other PHLP projects or seasonal activity. This role involves: Supporting staff with preparation and delivery of landscape and heritage based activity sessions; Supporting participants and fellow volunteers throughout sessions; Assisting with resource creation, social media promotion and activity planning. ASK: Details: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved Before starting this role you will require a full induction. Please call 01200 420420 or email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: N/A

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / reasonable travel expenses

FOR: River Stewardship Company

2 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. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training & travel

FOR: TCV

Joining TCV as a Volunteer Officer and assisting staff with the delivery of practical conservation work has a wide range of benefits to offer you. These include: developing useful and transferable practical conservation skills, using a multitude of manual and powered tools, formal courses in First Aid, leadership, safeguarding and risk assessment, developing your group leadership and project organisation skills, learning event organising and publicity skills with a national charity, improving your confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills, inclusion training to enhance your ability to support volunteers with diverse individual needs. Being supported in your role by experienced staff through an individual development plan and regular meetings. Work experience with flexible hours and responsibilities as desired and a personal budget for work clothing and travel expenses (incl. bus travel within Leeds reimbursed). 3-4 days per week. ASK: Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk



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