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Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.

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

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JOB: Volunteer Officer Warden

BE4: 30/11/18

LOC: Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

PAY: Training & travel expenses


3 days a week for 6 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of conservation with TCV at a beautiful urban oasis in London.  After training, you will gain work experience in organising and leading practical tasks and managing volunteer teams, plus extensive knowledge of urban ecology and effective habitat management.  You can also get involved with other work on site, including surveys, events, education, social media and interpretation.  Trained Volunteer Officers can gain paid work within TCV as cover wardens and session workers. You will receive training in leadership skills and First Aid, plus online training in H&S, safeguarding, equality and diversity and more. We also provide mentoring from experienced wardens and reimbursement of travel expenses within London. You will need a basic knowledge of or a background in ecology and conservation & good communication skills.   ASK: Email your CV to gpep@tcv.org.uk and we will then arrange an informal interview.

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses / training

FOR: TCV, Hollybush

3 to 5 days a week for 6 months. Grab your chance to volunteer with the UK's leading practical conservation charity! As a stepping stone to your career in the environment sector or as personal development, becoming a Key Volunteer is a unique, highly rewarding exp. Learn practical skills working on conservation projects in & around Leeds. You will be responsible for organising & leading tasks, will gain exp in volunteer co-ordination & project management & have the opportunity to get involved with other projects & events, incl fundraising, educational activity days, publicity & marketing.  You will receive training in leadership, H&S, tools, First Aid, Midas, safeguarding, Mental Health First Aid, working with people with learning disabilities, & equality & diversity. ASK: Contact Ian Dowson, ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Experience Volunteer

BE4: 9/11/18

IV: 19/11/18

LOC: Exminster and Topsham

PAY: Training & expenses


6 month placement. We have created a family room with a view, 'The Lookout', at Bowling Green Marsh, complete with comfy sofas, tea & coffee & the most amazing view of the marsh. You will help us build our volunteer team, organise & run events, sell tea & coffee & deliver great customer service as well as help develop links with the local community. We want you to inspire people about the work of the RSPB & ask them whether they'd like to become a member. We need a 'people person', friendly, approachable & have good understanding of the importance of a great customer exp. You need to be confident, initiating & tailoring conversations with people. 2.5 days a week (incl min of 2 x weekend days per month). We will agree a training package that will be a combination of on the job training & rel specialist training. ASK: For more information or to apply (CV & cover letter) please contact exe.estuary@rspb.org.uk

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: Student Work Experience Placements

BE4: 31/12/18

IV: 31/12/2018

LOC: Jersey

PAY: Training

FOR: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Durrell is delighted to be able to offer a number of work exp placements which will give you a unique understanding of working for an international conservation organisation. Develop your skills across a variety of departments, incl the mammal, bird, herpetology, lab & veterinary, education & marketing departments. There is also the opportunity to complete research projects & dissertations during your placement. Please download the guidelines here https://c-js.co.uk/2PPssD0. We will be taking applications from mid-September 2018 for: summer placements (min eight weeks) - starting May / June 2019 to September 2019; short-term placements (min eight weeks) - starting September 2019 to May / June 2020; long-term placements (9-12 months) - 1st September 2019 to August 2020. If you are selected for interview we will arrange to contact you via Skype or telephone in early January 2019. If you are required to complete a research project during your placement please indicate this at the time of your application. ASK: To apply please send a CV & a letter of application to eluned.price@durrell.org. Please indicate which placement & your preferred department(s). Chat: Eluned Price, eluned.price@durrell.org, 01534 860044

JOB: Volunteer Project Officer

BE4: 1/11/18

IV: 01/11/2018

LOC: Plymouth

PAY: Training

FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action

A VPO is someone who can offer a regular amount of work with PEA, dedicating at least 2 events per month for at least 6 months. You will be excellent at organising & leading conservation projects & keen to fundraise for & promote the organisation. We aim to incorporate your interests & expertise with our needs as a conservation organisation. Working with volunteers to achieve a project is an incredibly fulfilling exp. You will be given responsibility, trusted & supported by professional team members & will gain exp & skills. Volunteer Officers have gone on to find employment in the environment / charity sector after their time volunteering with PEA. Essential: a love of the environment & the enthusiasm to engage & support conservation volunteers; willing to spend time outdoors in sometimes remote locations; able to communicate with & connect well with others, incl those who have difficulty communicating; held a driving licence for at least 2 years (clean car driving licence & / or D1 category licence). ASK: For more information visit www.pea-volunteering.co.uk/vacancies/

JOB: Volunteer Engagement Ranger

BE4: 31/10/18 midnight

LOC: Cockington Country Park, Paignton, Devon

PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses

FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

We are seeking 2 enthusiastic volunteers 18+ to support delivery of the visitor engagement side of the Trust’s Green Heart Project in Cockington Country Park, with the chance to gain skills & exp in areas such as: delivering environmental & heritage education; volunteer recruitment & management; event development & delivery; practical conservation; first aid & health & safety. Free accommodation, (en-suite room in refurbished cottage with communal areas) & training rel to the role is provided. 30-37 hpw, with degree of flexibility; may include occasional evenings / weekends; ideally for min. 6 months. You will be subject to a DBS check. These are volunteer positions & do not constitute employment, no employment contract or related rights will arise out of any appointment to these positions. ASK: Please visit https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/about-tcct/vacancies & complete a volunteer registration form. We will contact you for an informal chat & arrange for you to spend a day with us

JOB: Community Talks Volunteer

BE4: ?

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: Support, training & travel expenses

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

Help us help our local community, by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and giving engaging talks! RSPB Sandwell Valley is an enchanting urban green space located in the middle of a vibrant and diverse community. We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to local people working 1 day every 2 months minimum commitment. You will deliver inspiring talks about RSPB Sandwell Valley to local community groups, inspiring them to come and visit. The talks will cover a range of topics relating to the nature reserve, such as nature and wellbeing, the history of the site, and the wildlife of Sandwell Valley. We are looking for someone with the “gift of the gab”! If you enjoy meeting new people, being in the spotlight, and are a confident speaker, this is the role for you. You will be making a meaningful difference in your local community and support the work of RSPB Sandwell Valley. ASK: Contact Rita Gries rita.gries@rspb.org.uk for further information and to apply.

JOB: Family Activities Assistant - Arts and Crafts

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1/2 - 1 day a week. You will take on a wide variety of roles in assisting with the organisation & delivery of arts & crafts during key seasonal events & smaller activities for the visiting public throughout the year. You will be assisting the learning team (staff & volunteers) to engage our visitors through the medium of arts & crafts. A key focus of your role will be to assist with the organisation & delivery of arts & craft themed activities throughout the year. Provide centre support through the preparation of arts & craft materials & resources for activities & seasonal events i.e. half-terms, Easter, summer holidays, Halloween, Christmas, weekends etc. ASK: To find out more contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Nidd Gorge - Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Hackfall to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This ancient woodland has been restored to its former glory & boasts original features such as grottos & glades, rustic temples & waterfalls, as well as carpets of bluebells in spring & an impressive number of woodland birds. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional exp during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2MjTCAC

JOB: Event Volunteer - Wales

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Wales

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Woodland Trust

In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside Woodland Trust staff and volunteers at events to engage with our audiences and support delivery of these events. This is a great opportunity for those who want to meet people in the heart of the community and for those who have an interest in woods, nature and trees. It is also ideal for volunteers wanting to develop their skills and experience in the tourism, events or conservation sector. ASK: Visit our website for further details and to apply https://c-js.co.uk/2KEy0xk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Waltham Forest, London

PAY: Training and expenses


3 or 4 days a week for min 6 month. Help deliver the Biodiversity Action Team programme in East London, which provides opportunities for people to keep fit & gain skills while improving & engaging with their local green spaces through practical conservation sessions. You will assist the Project Officer in elements of planning, promotion, delivery & administration of the project. The role will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on exp of practical conservation work, developing your knowledge & skills. Free training includes courses in leadership, first aid, risk assessment, H&S, safeguarding & practical conservation skills. At the end of your placement you will have a set of skills & exp that should better equip you to find paid work in the environmental sector. No prev exp required, just an enthusiasm for the environment & outdoor work. Full UK driving licence for at least 1 year & willingness to take MiDAS assessment. Over 18s only. ASK: Contact Tom Nandi t.nandi@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

JOB: Horsey Windpump Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Horsey Windpump, Horsey, nr Great Yarmouth

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: National Trust

Min 3.5 hours a fortnight. During 2018, the restoration project of Horsey Windpump will complete & reopen to paying visitors & to our members. This is your chance to get involved right at the start, to continue the restoration project, share the story ‘so far’ & engage visitors with our local industrial heritage. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to bring alive the story of Horsey Windpump for our visitors & help maintain & look after this broadland icon. We have exciting & flexible roles in which no 2 days will be the same. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2N2LZza or contact Alex 01263 740241, horseywindpump@nationaltrust.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: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Grey Squirrel Control Officer, Annandale

BE4: N / A

LOC: Annandale Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Annandale Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale.  Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the group & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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: 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: Community Champion - RSPB Sandwell Valley

BE4: 04/04/2019

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us engage with the local communities of Sandwell and Great Barr, so everyone can enjoy RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve. We have lots to offer to our community: somewhere to relax, play, enjoy nature and learn new skills. We need you to help us reach out to local people of all ages and backgrounds. Our Community Champions will lead fun activities, chat to people about nature at local events, and/or give talks to community groups. All the necessary training, support and background information will be provided and we will cover your travel expenses. This is a varied role, and you will be able to mould it to suit you, for example, if you love giving presentations but not delivering activities (or the opposite!). You will meet a wide range of people and help them reap the benefits of spending time in nature. This is a great opportunity to make a difference to urban communities and help nature! 1 day a month minimum. ASK: Find out more at https://c-js.co.uk/2GCXbPC

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.