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

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JOB: Voluntary Officer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Leicester / National Forest

PAY: Travel expenses, full training provided for trainee leader roles

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

2+ days per week. A range of posts available for keen people wanting to be involved in conservation - we have opportunities for practical conservation and leadership roles including for complete beginners, but also vacancies for back office work e.g. in publicity and social media, funding applications, communications for those with relevant skills. Get in touch and we will find you a niche! We are also looking for casual volunteers for our practical work days. ASK: Please contact K Thompson at kay.thompson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Lead Volunteer Standedge Visitor Centre

BE4: N/A

LOC: Marsden, West Yorkshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

We are looking for a Leader for our volunteers at Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre, undertaking tasks like outside garden and maintenance work, and indoor DIY/maintenance. You'll work alongside staff and volunteers to plan, deliver, and celebrate volunteering at this fascinating and inspiring site at Marsden, West Yorkshire. This is a responsible role with a lot to offer the right person, so if it sounds just what you've been looking for, we'd love to talk to you about it. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2E45McU

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: See: http://c-js.co.uk/2DjlJj4 Margaret Warren, Project Coordinator margaret.warren@keepbritaintidy.org 07583 019497

JOB: Lead Volunteers Asset Delivery

BE4: N/A

LOC: Lapworth, Stratford upon Avon canal, Solihull

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

We are looking for potential Leaders for our expanding volunteer teams on planned works, on tasks like moving boats to lock repairs, installing towpaths, and maintaining bridges. You'll work alongside staff and volunteers to plan, deliver, and celebrate volunteering, particularly on the Grand Union and Stratford Canals in Warwickshire. This is a responsible role with a lot to offer the right person, so if it sounds just what you've been looking for, we'd love to talk to you about it. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2FOdDMc

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Norwich

PAY: Training in practice conservation techniques

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Time: You can come along for as long as suits you. The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim green places. Through our own environmental projects and through our network of 2,000 community groups, we see people every day, and all across the UK joining in and feeling good. The Conservation Volunteers receive no core funding from the government to carry out our work supporting people and places. We rely entirely on the generous help of our volunteers and supporters. ASK: Debbie Murray 01603 274512 07740 899691.

JOB: Swingbridge Community Boats Volunteer Crew

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Guildford / Woking / Elmbridge

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Surrey Care Trust

We need people with all kinds of talents: an aptitude for mechanics, an enthusiasm for environmental work, coaching skills or just an all round willingness to help out. But above all we're looking for a good sense of humour, patience & empathy to encourage our supported volunteers who may have mental health problems, mild learning difficulties or are dealing with addiction or the aftermath of family breakdown or unemployment. Regular/occasional commitment required. ASK: Contact Miranda Soane, Community Boats Co-ordinator, miranda.soane@surreycaretrust.org.uk 07712 652675

JOB: Trust 10 Co-ordinator

BE4: N/A

LOC: National Trust Brean Down

PAY: Training will be provided

FOR: National Trust

4th Sunday of the month. Our Trust10 Co-ordinators are great leaders, who inspire people to get things done, on the day of the monthly running event. They motivate a group of volunteers to share their passion for running, the outdoors and working as a team. After 50 hours volunteering you will receive a membership card and discount in NT shops and cafes. ASK: Contact breandown@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteering Opportunities

BE4: N/A

LOC: Various

PAY: 0

FOR: Inland Waterways Association

Love Your Waterways with Inland Waterways Association. Our volunteers enable us to be a powerful champion for the nation’s inland waterways, protecting and expanding the network for everyone. Our volunteer community takes action to: speak for the waterways: listen to those who love the waterways and campaign, fundraise and influence to provide a sustainable waterway environment for everyone. Protect: conserve the heritage, environment and facilities for all along the waterways through advice, practical tasks and commenting on planning applications affecting the waterway corridor. Restore: bring the waterways back to peak condition for navigation and recreation through expert advice and our hands-on Waterway Recovery Group canal camps and weekend digs. Inspire: engage others in the waterways and our work both in person with walks, talks, educational and promotional events and communicate locally, nationally and online. ASK: For more information or to get involved visit www.waterways.org.uk/volunteer

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: Further information from 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: Find out more on 01992 588433, healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk

JOB: Community Engagement Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North Yorkshire

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: North Yorkshire County Council

The role involves promoting the North Yorkshire Rotters project and offering information and practical advice about the ‘three R’s’: reduce, reuse and recycle - by promoting campaigns such as love food hate waste and home composting. You will have chance to talk to the public at events and help them to find out about ways that they can reduce waste sent to landfill and protect the environment. Opportunities are also available to help deliver waste prevention workshops to schools and deliver talks to community groups in your area. You should have an interest in helping your community, good communication skills, enthusiastic and enjoy volunteering as part of a friendly and helpful team. ASK: For further information and to apply email nyrotters@northyorks.gov.uk or 01609 797212. http://c-js.co.uk/2DT6NZd

JOB: Garden Project Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kings Heath Park, Birmingham

PAY: Induction, training and support given

FOR: Thrive

Anticipated time commitment required: one day per week. Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Our Garden Project Volunteers support our horticultural therapists in delivering a high level of service to our client gardeners by working alongside them encouraging them in the work and in developing social interaction with others. Tasks include demonstrating and guiding for instance sowing seeds, watering, weeding etc. Watching out for the health and safety of those you are working with. Taster days - second Monday of each month - come and find out more. ASK: To find out more, please look at our website: http://thrive.org.uk or call 0121 2934531 or send an email to birmingham@thrive.org.uk

JOB: Wildlife Trainee: Education & Community

BE4: 27/4/18 9am

IV: 8/5/18

LOC: College Lake, near Tring

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

3 days per week for 12 months. You will join our Buckinghamshire Education and Community team. Based at College Lake, our flagship nature reserve, education and visitor centre, you will exp first-hand our varied and exciting range of education and community work. This will incl assisting with and leading school group activities, both at the centre and off-site, planning and delivering events for families, supporting our Nature Tots pre-school group and our wider community projects. Applicants should have a keen interest in environmental education and conservation, working with children and enjoy interacting with people of all ages. Rel volunteering exp desirable. ASK: For more information visit our website www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21493

JOB: Ecological Surveyor

BE4: 7/5/18

IV: 07/05/2018

LOC: Mathry, North Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HE

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: National Trust

We are looking for a fit and active person to undertake ecological surveys and monitoring of vegetation, birds and insects across our North Pembrokeshire properties, mostly within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and assist in practical outdoors tasks / conservation. The job involves working with other volunteers and assisting the public in the countryside and at occasional events. Full UK driving licence essential. Some previous ecological surveying and outdoors conservation experience desirable, as is an ability to speak Welsh. Bunk-house accommodation can be provided. ASK: Contact James Roden 01348 837860 james.roden@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Coast and Countryside Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 27/4/18

LOC: Botallack, St Just, Cornwall

PAY: Travel expences covered to and from placement, £750 training budget for the year plus many internal training opportunities

FOR: National Trust

12 months. This role provides a great opportunity to work within a dynamic ranger team and develop new skills and experience in conservation. The focus of this role will be outdoor, practical coast & countryside work, survey work and may involve taking part in community events. Travel expenses covered to and from placement, £750 training budget for the year plus many internal training opportunities. ASK: Contact jasmin.odell@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information and application form.

JOB: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accomodation provided. Volunteering at this reserve will give you the opportunity to work in this beautiful environment with skilled practitioners, discovering new capabilities and learning new skills. This is an excellent chance to gain work experience a

FOR: Scottish Natural Heratige

To assist us with managing the reserve. Your role will be related to practical work as well as some survey work including: tree nursery work, woodland management, deer culling, path maintenance, removal of non-native plant species, visitor management, habitat & species monitoring. You'll be personable, approachable, enthusiastic, good communicator with fluent level of spoken English, strong interest in conservation & a good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage, a good team-worker, respecting others. Physically fit & have a responsible attitude to H&S, complying with procedures designed to keep you & others safe. Willing to work outdoors in all weathers, keen to learn & adaptable. At least 18 years old. There will be a small number of volunteer placements available throughout the year, each for a min of 1 month, the more time you stay with us the more jobs you will be likely to experience & the more you will learn. ASK: Further information please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2GWsA3K

JOB: Dragonfly Centre Volunteer for British Dragonfly Society

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Wicken Fen Dragonfly Centre, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

PAY: Full training and support will be given

FOR: British Dragonfly Society

We would like to be able to open our Dragonfly Centre at Wicken Fen every weekend and bank holiday from May-Sept every year. We need plenty of enthusiastic volunteers to help us make this a reality! If you have an interest in wildlife, like chatting to people and live within travel distance of Wicken Fen please get in touch! We would love to welcome you to our small friendly team. Full training will be given and you can do half day or full day - whatever time you can spare will be appreciated. No experience needed, all welcome! We look forward to hearing from you. Time Commitment: As much as you can give, 1 day a year or 1 day a week in the summer, it all helps us out. ASK: Contact: Fiona McKenna fiona.mckenna@british-dragonflies.org.uk

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

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Officer (VRO)

BE4: 7/5/18

IV: 07/05/2018

LOC: Rainton Meadows, Haughton-le-Spring

PAY: None, but attractive training package

FOR: Durham Wildlife Trust

An enthusiastic person with good communication skills, dedicated to nature conservation and working with people is required to assist in the delivery of the Trust’s varied range of habitat and access management across its 35 nature reserves. Working with our accomplished volunteer teams you will gain valuable experience in volunteer leadership, reserves management and project development. In addition an attractive training package is available which includes;- Chainsaw, Pesticides, First Aid, Off Road (4x4), ATV, Brushcutter qualifications and access to a residential and vocational courses. A comprehensive in-house training programme is also provided. A contribution towards mileage is available. This position requires a commitment for a minimum of 12 months, working 3 dpw (ideally Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). ASK: Chris Jones, Living Landscape Officer (North) cjones@durhamwt.co.uk or 0191 584 3112

JOB: Visitor Experience Residential Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

PAY: Training, free accommodation and bills paid


Atop 400ft cliffs and with a backdrop of almost half a million seabirds, you'll help to ensure that all our visitors, young and old, have a fantastic time when they visit the reserve. You’ll help us to achieve this through visitor engagement, interpretation, marketing, education and volunteer management. No previous exp is necessary as we provide all the support you'll need. Required for 2 - 6 months, we can be flexible. ASK: Chat: Sarah Aitken, Visitor Experience Manager sarah.aitken@rspb.org.uk, 01262 422213, all enquiries are welcome. Apply: http://c-js.co.uk/2GdmHxW

JOB: Wildlife Education & Engagement Assistant

BE4: 27/4/18

LOC: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

PAY: Training and may be some contribution towards travel expenses

FOR: Dorset Wildlife Trust

Assist at our popular Marine and Terrestrial Visitor Centres in Weymouth and Portland this summer. You will gain valuable experience supporting the day-to-day running of our Centres, assisting with schools and public event programmes, and getting involved with the wide variety of tasks associated with running a busy visitor Centre. 4 days a week for 12 weeks starting in June, although longer placements and sandwich years will also be considered. The role would suit a student of marine or environmental biology, conservation or similar with career aspirations in marine / environmental education and awareness. Applicants must be able to confidently communicate with the public, willing to turn their hand to range of tasks, and have a passion for UK wildlife.  ASK: For a full job description please email Emily Brown at ebrown@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. To apply please email a CV and covering letter or to discuss this opportunity further please call 01305 206191.

JOB: Conservation Assistants and Walking Guides

BE4: Ongoing and no formal interview

LOC: Wakefield, from Thornes Park

PAY: Full training will be provided

FOR: Open Country

At least one day a month. Open Country is a disability charity based in Harrogate, working to enable any adult with any disability to access the countryside. We achieve this through delivering a suite of outdoor activities and by providing information, training and advice. Open Country have recently set up a new outreach project - Wild about Wakefield - based from Thornes park and we are now running weekday walks, conservation work parties, evening tandem cycling and weekend outings. We need volunteers to support us on the full days with guiding visually impaired adults, pushing wheelchairs and helping with the conservation activities. If you have an empathy for people with disabilities, a passion for the outdoors and want to make a real difference locally, we'd love to hear from you! You do not need any specific quals but a friendly nature and patience is very important. ASK: Ella Dixon, 'Wild about Wakefield' Project Officer, Open Country, Community House, 46 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LT Tel: 01423 507227 Mob: 07426 716677 www.opencountry.org.uk

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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.