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


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JOB: Youth Ambassador

BE4: 02/02/2018

LOC: UK-wide

PAY: Training and expenses provided

FOR: Groundwork UK

Groundwork Youth are looking for 16-24 year old to act as Young Green Ambassadors, driving forward a national campaign to create more inclusive community spaces and celebrate the impact of youth-led environmental action. By undertaking this flexible, voluntary role with Groundwork UK, a leading environmental community charity, you will receive full training alongside other Ambassadors and ongoing support to achieve your goals. You will run campaigns, projects and represent your area across the UK, meeting other environmental leaders and gaining voluntary experience with various partner organisations. ASK: Find out more about the role description here: http://bit.ly/gwk-youth-rec2

JOB: Ranger Placement

BE4: 05/02/18

LOC: Rothbury and The Sill, Hadrian's Wall

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

10 days over a 3 month period (April, May and June). The purpose of the placement is to help participants understand value and contribute to conserving, enhancing and enjoying the National Park’s distinctive natural and cultural qualities. The placement will develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, engaging and dealing with the public. Working as part of the Ranger Team, placements will become actively involved in the care and management of the National Park. You must be seeking a career as a countryside ranger or in the environmental / land management sector; be approachable, open, polite and helpful to others. Self motivated, adaptable with good organisational skills. Able to carry out the tasks in the described work areas and to work outdoors in all weathers and able to get to the chosen location (Rothbury or The Sill) for a 9am start.  ASK: For more information contact jane.riddell@nnpa.org.uk or visit http://c-js.co.uk/2lVzYjb.

JOB: Conservation Assistant (Volunteer)

BE4: 22/1/18 9am

IV: 1/2/18

LOC: East Dartmoor NNR, Bovey Tracey, Devon

PAY: Travel / expenses

FOR: East Dartmoor NNR

Hosted by Natural England, the role is a year-long structured training programme for 4 graduate volunteers to consolidate skills and knowledge in applied conservation management. This is a central component and delivery method of the Moor than meets the eye scheme, with Volunteer Conservation Assistants spending equal time at East Dartmoor NNR and with MTMTE project partners on the eastern side of Dartmoor National Park. The role is suitable for recent graduates wishing to develop applied and practical conservation skills in order to gain employment in the nature conservation. We are looking for candidates with a degree or equiv qual in an environmental subject and a demonstrable, keen interest in pursuing a career in the sector. A full, clean driving licence is essential. Exp will be gained in practical habitat and countryside management, biological and archaeology surveying and monitoring as well as public events and engagement with local community groups, schools and universities. ASK: For further details and a candidate pack: linda.corkerton@naturalengland.org.uk 01626 832330 http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/eastdartmoornnr http://eastdartmoorwoods.org/

JOB: Volunteer Crew

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Guildford, Surrey

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Surrey Care Trust

Two or three days a month. Our two Swingbridge boats provide a wonderful environment for people to learn new skills & develop confidence. Swingbridge1 & Swingbridge2 together are accredited as a training centre by the National Community Boats Association, & Swingbridge2 is also a base for environmental volunteering. Enjoying time on the water, an aptitude for the practical side of boats, an enthusiasm for environmental work & above all the ability to motivate & enthuse others. Our supported volunteers need support from others in the team. ASK: swingbridge@surreycaretrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officers & Leaders

BE4: N / A

LOC: Essex

PAY: Work experience

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Role is flexible & negotiable but usually involves 2 days per week for a min of 6 months. We have 4 weekly vol groups & work with community groups across the county. Whether part of one of our action teams or helping to organise & deliver projects to improve green spaces; vols are essential to everything we do. Volunteer officers & leaders can train to lead vol groups on a range of practical conservation activities & can get involved in all aspects of running projects depending on their interests & skills they want to develop. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain work experience in conservation, community building or someone looking to use their skills to help others. We can provide: work experience in conservation & community building; opportunity to use your skills to help others; leadership experience. All level of experience is welcome. Enjoy working outdoors; passion for nature. Community orientated & enjoy assisting people. ASK: Nicola Downs, Senior Project Officer, 01206 764470 essex@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Hertfordshire Health Walks Ambassador

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Countywide Opportunities

PAY: Training & materials provided

FOR: Countryside Management Service, Hertfordshire CC

1 or 2 hours per week. Man stalls at health & wellbeing awareness events; give talks to community groups & orgs who are potential advocates (GP patient participation groups etc.) or to potential walkers (diabetes, pulmonary rehab or cardiac support groups etc.); actively seek out opportunities for promotion & building partnerships within your local community to increase awareness of & signposting to the Health Walks initiative; lobby locally, use social media & engage with press to promote the Health Walks locally; support new walks & struggling walks to ensure sustainability long-term; attend 3 x yearly Ambassador steering groups with CMS & provide feedback for the 3 x yearly Health Walk Leader meetings in your area; maintain a stock of up-to-date promotional literature (programmes, flyers, posters etc.) at libraries, GP surgeries, tourist information etc. This role requires & can help to develop the following skills: ability to think creatively & communicate the health & wellbeing messages supporting the initiative; public speaking experience & confidence speaking in front of groups; ability to motivate others into action; proactive & organised; ability to plan ahead & see a project or task through to the end. ASK: 01992 588433, healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk

JOB: Full-Time Practical Ranger

BE4: 25/1/18

LOC: Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth

PAY: Free accommodation, In house training on a variety of machinery, Wildlife courses, Volunteer expenses

FOR: National Trust

Our team manage 197 acres of ancient woodland & grassland with the river Plym & abundant industrial archaeology at the heart of the site. The valley supports a wide range of habitats & is home to Kingfishers, Otters, & Peregrines falcons. With over 350,000 visitors each year, the placement provides the perfect opportunity to work within a buzzing property enabling you to develop a broad range of practical countryside skills. Plym Peregrine Project is an exciting & engaging element of our work here & would provide great opportunities to work with volunteers, neighbours & thousands of supporters. In house training on a variety of machinery incl. You will be enthusiastic & passionate about working in the outdoors. Time: 9 months - 1 year. ASK: Further information / apply by sending your CV & covering letter to jessica.tatton-brown@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ecotherapy Buddy

BE4: 2/2/18

LOC: Hainault, Essex

PAY: 2 days training

FOR: Forest Farm Peace Garden

One day a month over one year. Forest Farm Peace Garden runs an ecotherapy programme for people with low-level mental health support needs at our 2-acre garden in Hainault, East London. Becoming a buddy is an opportunity to gain skills and hands-on experience in support work and social and social and therapeutic horticulture. Buddy volunteers provide additional support to people referred to our service, assisting them with gardening tasks, as well as helping with the general running of the ecotherapy sessions. Buddies can make a huge impact to their wellbeing by helping to make their experience in the garden welcoming and purposeful. We provide two days free training on Friday 9 & 16 February 2018. After completion of the training, successful applicants are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check arranged by FFPG. ASK: If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer buddy please read the role description and complete the short application form on our website here. http://c-js.co.uk/2Ba07Ui Please contact Fran Reeves, our Ecotherapy worker, if you would like to find out more about being a buddy on: mobile 07525 125057, email fran@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

JOB: Education & Outreach Assistant

BE4: 07/05/2018

IV: 14-18/5/18 (Skype)

LOC: New Quay, West Wales

PAY: Training

FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

16/7/18 - 21/10/18. To help with: promoting & running the National Whale & Dolphin Watch event (28th July - 5 Aug 2018). Participate in presentations & create activities to take to local schools / community groups / tourist centres; research & write articles; create educational / promotional materials Also some opportunities to be involved in fieldwork. Shared accommodation provided at approx. £73 / week + living expenses. Part time work is quite easy to obtain in the area if required. Essential: strong interest in marine conservation & education; outgoing personality with confidence to interact with the public; excellent verbal & writing skills; initiative & able to bring own ideas & personality to the position; strong commitment to volunteering work; ability to work in an organised & reliable manner & to manage a variable workload; ability to get on well with others in a small team in shared accommodation. Desirable: good IT skills (Office packages); strong interest & some knowledge of British cetaceans; background in marine biology / environmental science or similar; exp with social media & in boat based survey work; willing to work long hours outdoors in often changeable Welsh weather. ASK: CV, cover letter & contact details of 2 referees to Kathy James, kathy.james@seawatchfoundation.org.uk Outcome notified by 25/5/18.

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: Waste Reduction Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Keep Britain Tidy

No min length of commitment, this is a fully flexible role. Events & talks take place during the week, weekends & evenings & you can attend as little or as many of these whenever you are available. Help us to reduce waste across Cheshire West & Chester by doing any of the following: attending events, local shows, fetes & fairs, giving individual advice; delivering workshops in schools; working with community groups; writing articles for press or websites; delivering talks & presentations to local groups & organisations; working with waste management departments at larger events; or anything that suits their skills! Benefit from developing communication skills in a variety of settings with a wide range of people, whilst helping local people save money & help the environment. Age 18+. Driving licence & vehicle may be necessary to attend events. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2ivAWDs Margaret Warren, Project Coordinator margaret.warren@keepbritaintidy.org 07583 019497

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Mortonall, Edinburgh

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

You will be assisting & learning from the current volunteer & senior project officer. You could spend your time trying a variety of practical conservation skills travelling to community gardens, parks & reserves around Edinburgh, or engage with communities & schools. As confidence & skills develop, you will take a leading role on the practical volunteering days helping load & maintain tools & supervise other volunteers. When appropriate you will do extra days supporting us with advertising & administrative tasks. You will gain excellent work exp valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skills, & best of all join a friendly & supportive team in a camping park in the South of Edinburgh. Willing to lead a group; work well in a team; passionate about the environment & conservation; time management skills; willing to drive the mini-van of volunteers; full driving licence held for a year. Knowledge & exp in practical conservation; conservation & ecology; community & public engagement; exp leading a group or team. ASK: Please contact Diane Obst diane.obst@tcv.org.uk 07824 522314

Volunteer Trainee – Guardians of the Deep Trainee

Salary Range:   This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector? We are looking for someone to help us in the delivery of an exciting new marine awareness-raising project, whilst gaining experience in our Conservation, Policy & Evidence team.


  • Closing Date: 26/01/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 05/01/2018



Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.