Voluntary Opportunities - Full and part time placements
Community and Volunteers

21 pages in total, the lead article is from the Outdoor Recreation Network and provides best practice gathered at their recent seminar on People & Dogs in the Outdoors. Celebrating 10 years of Nordic Walking at Rosliston Forestry Centre – find out what Nordic Walking is. The Lee Valley Park extends to 4,010ha and attracts over 7.1m visits a year, discover what the Park has to offer and how the Authority manages such a large site. Scottish Natural Heritage can confirm that outdoor visits are at a record high; read more about the data behind the claim. University of Exeter LEEP Institute have developed ORVal – the outdoor recreation valuation tool – see how you could use it to your advantage for recreation management. Jack Davidson from Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail discusses how good data gathering & interpretation can help grow visitor numbers. The Mersey Forest outlines the growing value of England’s urban woodlands and finally Rob Sayers of Active Outdoors gives his opinion on how to create the building blocks to a resilient & healthy outdoor recreation industry. May is National Walking month with Living Streets and Walk in the Woods month with the Tree Council. Walk where ever you can this May. This edition also carries adverts for resources, products and services to aid a recreation offer. Read it here

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

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JOB: Volunteer Officer/Trainee Leader, Uxbridge Green Gym

BE4: 31/5/19

LOC: Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge UB8 1ES

PAY: Training and reasonable travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

Opportunity for a Volunteer Officer (VO) to help lead our Green Gym at Uxbridge, where we manage a wildflower meadow, pond and hedgerows and wider site around the River Pinn. As a VO, you will be helping volunteers to engage with and improve their environment and to learn about nature. You will be integral to the Gym’s smooth running: pre-project planning; practical wildlife and green space management; volunteer coordination; administration and marketing. Acceptance as a VO is subject to DBS clearance at the enhanced level. Full training provided includes First Aid, Project Leadership, Risk Assessment, and Safeguarding and mentoring by the Project Officer. Travel expenses are covered. There is scope to tailor the role to your interests. To really benefit, be prepared to commit to Wednesdays and a second day per week, for a minimum of 6 months. ASK: Submit your CV or contact Sarah for more information gg-uxbridge@tcv.org.uk 07801686014.

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: 7/6/19

LOC: Walthamstow

PAY: Full training*

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers.

You will be assisting volunteers to engage with and improve their local environment, learn about urban nature and enjoy healthier lifestyles. You will play an integral part in the running of the project including, pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys; practical nature conservation and leadership: leading and assisting groups of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. To assist you in this we’ll train you in the necessary skills to undertake the role and more. *(first aid, risk assessment, safe guarding, project leadership and health and safety.) Our leadership program is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital to land a paid position working in the environmental sector. Reasonable local travel expenses are covered and full support and mentoring is provided by the Project Officer. 1 day per week time commitment. Subject to satisfactory DBS clearance at the enhanced level. ASK: To apply please contact g.chalmers@tcv.org.uk 07731450839

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: Visitor Volunteer-Sandwell Valley

BE4: Not specified, please apply soon!

LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham

PAY: Expenses, full training and guidance


We want people coming onto our reserve to be met with a smile. You will welcome all visitors, thank members for their support and ensure that visitors' needs are met to the best of our ability. Your guidance and information will ensure the visitor has a fantastic experience. Our visitor volunteers will work across both the visitor centre and the lakeside hide, making a large flexible team whose focus is great customer service and promoting this special nature reserve. We know that wildlife inspires people, so interpreting wildlife here is important. RSPB membership really is the lifeblood of the RSPB, it is therefore important that you can inspire people about the work we do and warm them up to the idea of membership. You'll need to have the confidence to chat with visitors, an enthusiasm for wildlife but most importantly of all, a friendly demeanour and a ready smile! Time commitment 1 day a month. ASK: Please contact kostas.smponias@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Community Fundraising Development Volunteer

BE4: Not specified, please apply soon!

LOC: Birmingham

PAY: Training / expenses


Collecting the necessary funds to do our important conservation work is crucial, this is why we urgently need your support. We are looking for a volunteer to help us develop and maintain a scheme of our pin badge collection boxes in and around the Birmingham city centre. (For more information on this: https://c-js.co.uk/2LLq4Qr). You will also have the opportunity to be actively involved in our fundraising strategy, as you’ll be able to share and deliver innovate new ideas to further enhance our income and community outreach. Would you imagine yourself being the next person who will help the RSPB develop its fundraising capacity even further? Skills: basic computer literacy; communication skills; numeracy & record-keeping skills; proactive; ability to work independently; able to research online. This is an exceptional opportunity that will allow you to develop strong practical skills in community fundraising and marketing. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2JpONYQ

JOB: Fundraising Team Leader Volunteer (Area Coordinator Volunteer) – Midlands

BE4: Please apply soon

LOC: Various places - West Midlands

PAY: Training / expenses


We are looking for a volunteer willing to put his / her local knowledge in action and support us expand our community fundraising scheme locally. Your work will focus on the organisation and coordination of volunteers in placing and looking after boxes in busy locations in your local area (More information on this: https://c-js.co.uk/2LLq4Qr ). With your support our volunteers could raise thousands of pounds for conservation every year. Our community fundraising volunteers are the local face of the RSPB. Currently, we are looking for team leaders for: Birmingham & West Midlands; Derbyshire; Herefordshire; Northamptonshire; North Shropshire; Worcestershire. Skills: networking & communication skills; good local knowledge; experience in volunteering; computer literate; excellent organisational skills; friendly manner; ability to work independently; ability to motivate others. This opportunity will allow you to develop strong practical skills in community fundraising. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2VGp84C

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 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: Volunteer Officer

BE4: 31/5/19

LOC: Glasgow

PAY: some formal and informal training provided

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

We need Volunteer Officers to support our full-time Project Officers working from our Glasgow office delivering practical conservation and food growing days. You will shadow experienced staff until you are confident in your leadership skills to take groups out. You will work across a variety of greenspace locations in and around Glasgow and gain experience in areas such as footpath maintenance, woodland and habitat management, food growing, carpentry and bush craft. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of community engagement activities. Time commitment: at least one day a week for a six-month period. We can help you access a range of training such as: first aid; community engagement; leadership skills; environmental education; species identification workshops. Essential: full UK driving license; excellent time management skills; good communication and organisation skills; passion and enthusiasm for working in conservation. ASK: Please apply with a CV and letter of application to: juliette.walsh@tcv.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: Events Volunteer - Londonthorpe Wood, Belton Estate (Bellmount)

BE4: N/A

LOC: Grantham, Lincolnshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

In partnership with the National Trust team at Belton House we have exciting plans for Londonthorpe Wood and the eastern side of the Belton Estate, referred to as Bellmount, which will see this natural playground being significantly enhanced to provide wider appeal to existing and new user groups.  In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside other volunteers at events, to engage with the public and support event delivery. You will be using your natural enthusiasm and your passion for nature to help us engage with the public within our project area at Woodland Trust and National Trust events, to encourage people to become engaged with the Woodland Trust and National Trust’s work and to learn more about Bellmount. ASK: For further details about this role please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2BaeeI2

JOB: Woodland Engagement Volunteer - Public Consultation

BE4: N/A

LOC: Grantham, Lincolnshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

In partnership with the National Trust team at Belton House we have exciting plans for Londonthorpe Wood and the eastern side of the Belton Estate, referred to as Bellmount, which will see this natural playground being significantly enhanced to provide wider appeal to existing and new user groups.  As a Woodland Engagement Volunteer you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to assist with public consultation events and by asking members of the public to participate in completing questionnaires &/or surveys. ASK: Further details https://c-js.co.uk/2UuSApf

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: 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


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

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.

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.