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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 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: 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: Coast and Countryside Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 27/3/19

LOC: Botallack, St Just

PAY: Training budget (£750) / accommodation

FOR: National Trust

A 12 month opportunity involved in the conservation and management of the West Cornwall estate including areas of SSSI, World Heritage Sites, AONB‘s and over a hundred Scheduled monuments within a landscape of an intensity of archaeology that is rivalled by few places in Western Europe. Getting involved you could: gain experience of working with people of all ages and backgrounds in a beautiful outdoor setting; gain skills in estate management and knowledge of nature conservation from the ranger team; develop skills and gain experience in working with volunteers, visitor engagement and working in the heritage sector; gain experience of working within a historically important landscape; become part of a small, friendly and dedicated team; share your skills, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm with others; various projects & events to build on and develop your work experience. ASK: Contact - jasmin.odell@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information and application form.

JOB: Community Engagement Voluntary Internship

BE4: 31/3/19

IV: 29/4/19

LOC: Cardiff

PAY: Expenses covered, training & uniform provided


2-3 days per week from May - Oct 2019. We need someone to help us deliver wildlife workshops in primary schools & nurseries across Cardiff, run nature based activities for families in Cardiff’s parks & greenspaces & support the daily running of a busy & exciting project (Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff) delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council & Buglife.  You’ll need to be enthusiastic about learning outdoors & community engagement with a keen interest in wildlife, have excellent social skills & be a great team player with a positive, can do attitude, resourceful, flexible & keen to learn. Gain valuable experience with Europe's largest conservation organisation & acquire the training, skills & confidence to help you gain future employment in the conservation & education sectors.  ASK: Full details at https://c-js.co.uk/2Fc6CY8

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: Learning & Community Assistant

BE4: 25/3/19

LOC: Gibside, Gateshead

PAY: Accom, basic food costs, funding for training

FOR: National Trust

37 hpw, usually Monday to Friday, some evenings and weekends when required. A full time residential volunteer opportunity for 6-12 months to help in the preparation and delivery of educational activities to school and community groups. You will help in the day to day management of the bunkhouse, deliver family engagement activities incl birthday parties, and help create interpretation. This role will suit people who enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities and who are looking to develop their own skills and experience of working in the heritage sector. You should have some knowledge and exp of British natural history, working with young people and have the ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team. This role can be physically demanding so you need to be reasonably fit and willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. ASK: To apply please send a CV and cover letter to elizabeth.jenner@nationaltrust.org.uk For any questions please call 01207 541200.

JOB: Community Forum member

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

To advise on how the reserve can remain engaged with and relevant to the local community.  To act as a champion for, and raise awareness of, the reserve amongst the local community.  To support, give advice on and monitor the progress of community projects, including funding sources.  Networking with the local community and other groups.  Attending some events on the reserve to engage with community and gather feedback  Contribute to promotion of the community forum and recruitment of forum members. Attend CF meetings.   ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Help Fight Corruption & Wildlife Crime

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sub-Saharan Africa

PAY: No volunteer fees, training provided

FOR: Volunteer 4 Africa

This project is looking for activists who want to be at the forefront of the fight against wildlife crime by tackling corruption & the lack of justice within society. Participants will be given training & tools to pursue the activism path, initially in wildlife related issues & later as they choose. Get involved in the fight against wildlife crime & corruption in 9 African countries. There is no cost to participate but applicants are responsible for covering their own living expenses. Time: 2 months minimum ASK: info@volunteer4africa.org http://www.volunteer4africa.org

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Community Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training, mentoring & travel expenses of 35p/mile

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Ideally one day per fortnight. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Glenkens area. Help us raise awareness of the project by arranging & attending public events in the area. Tasks will include helping to increase the number of active volunteers by engaging with the public, mobilising the project’s network of volunteers in the area to attend public events, booking event stalls, arranging volunteer rotas, stall set-up, & volunteer engagement & support.   Passionate about red squirrels & want to spread the word about our exciting project. Good communication skills, enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels, diplomatic & tactful, able to explain project strategy & persuade others to get involved, well-organised with a good eye for detail, adaptable & flexible.   ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training & travel


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

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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.