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Immersive Volunteer Role

National Trust Ranger team, Black Down Estate, Haslemere, Surrey.

c.30 hours per week for a period of 6-12 months (maximum 12 months).

The successful candidate would get an opportunity to develop their experience of countryside conservation on an estate with a variety of habitats including woodland, grassland and heathland as well dealing with small herds of in-hand cattle. This role will suit people who are looking to develop a career in the countryside management or conservation sector and want to gain practical experience on the ground in a variety of areas.


  • Closing Date: 26/11/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 05/11/2019

JOB: Community Outreach Volunteer, Riverlands. National Trust

BE4: 1/12/19

LOC: National Trust Estate Office, Holnicote, Exmoor TA24 8TJ

PAY: Full training and travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

Riverlands aims to increase local people’s connections with their rivers and streams and the wildlife found in them. The projects Engagement Officer, Sammy, is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to support her with this aspect of the project’s work. This role will involve helping to run community events, attending local events to meet people and promote the project, working with schools and families. This will be an extremely varied role with the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people from all ages and backgrounds. This project will also focus on working with those who will benefit the most from nature, reaching out to new audiences. This role would suit someone who is confident, outgoing, enjoys working with a wide variety of people and can inspire others. Training is provided. ASK: Contact samantha.fraser@nationaltrust.org.uk 07741129245.

JOB: Communications Volunteer

BE4: 8/12/19

LOC: Loughborough

PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed where needed

FOR: RSPB

The RSPB is partnering with idverde, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance company, to conserve biodiversity in parks and green spaces managed by idverde on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council, and empower the community to help their local wildlife. You will help promote all the conservation work done by volunteers, increase appreciation for Charnwood’s wildlife and green spaces and promote volunteering opportunities. You will use a variety of media to achieve this: social media, columns in the local paper, press releases. You will visit Charnwood’s parks and green spaces to take awe-inspiring photos and liaise with local volunteer groups. This is a flexible role, which can fit around your schedule to suit you! 0.5 days a week – flexible. You will need to have good social media and written communications skills, as well as good people skills: friendly, tactful and diplomatic.  You will need good photography skills, and to be enthusiastic about wildlife and nature conservation. ASK: Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or rita.gries@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Truleigh Hill Project Volunteer - 'Pondscapes' Champion

BE4: N / A

LOC: Truleigh Hill, South Downs Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5FB

PAY: Training

FOR: South Downs National Park Authority

Assist the Truleigh Hill Community Landscape Officer in the creation, management and monitoring of ponds, supporting terrestrial habitats and the development of 'Pondscapes'. Involves: practical habitat management, creation and surveying (including dusk and dawn surveys and inputting data onto a national database), working with the team, volunteers, the public and project partners including Froglife and people of varying backgrounds. The ability to support at events and to have an interest in ponds, wetlands and associated species particularly amphibians. All reasonable equipment will be provided. Benefits: project and site induction, personal safety and ongoing support. Ideally volunteers will have their own transport, alternatively they can join specified project workdays delivered by the SNDPA where transport will be provided. Initially the practical activities will be delivered over Saturdays with opportunities for weekday involvement. October 2019 to March 2020) with a review for spring / summer 2020 - extension onto further years funding dependant. ASK: Please contact vrs@southdowns.gov.uk with any queries or to apply.

JOB: Cycle Ride Leader/Assistant

BE4: 31/3/20

LOC: Kirkcaldy

PAY: Training and reasonable expenses

FOR: Greener Kirkcaldy

Greener Kirkcaldy runs activities encouraging people to walk and cycle more. We are looking to create a network of volunteers to run and assist with cycle rides across Kirkcaldy. Rides will vary from 2-14 miles in length. Volunteers can run activities for their own communities, groups or organisations, or assist with our public rides. We're looking for a team of committed volunteers to lead (or assist with) bike rides, carry out basic bike safety checks, make people feel welcome, encourage less confident cyclists and promote cycling as a mode of transport. Volunteers can also plan routes and carry out risk assessments if they would like to. Volunteers will need a bike in good working order, basic cycling skills and the ability to cycle at least four miles. Good communication skills and reliability are also important. We ask a regular commitment of at least once a month. ASK: Contact susan@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk or on 01592 858458 for more information.

JOB: Expedition Leaders

BE4: December 2019 or ASAP

LOC: Training around the UK, possibly Peru, India, Iceland Finland or Scotland

PAY: Travel expenses, insurance and subsistence during expedition

FOR: British Exploring Society

British Exploring Society is a youth development charity that brings diverse people together to work in challenging environments. It creates expeditions that help equip young people with the courage, skills & resilience to make the most of their future. Expeditions are between 2 & 6 weeks long & take typically place in the spring, summer & autumn holiday periods. We are recruiting passionate, skilled volunteer knowledge leaders. These leaders bring with them experience working with young people in remote settings & are able to facilitate the personal development of young people by inspiring curiosity in science activities, media projects & the natural environment. They will be responsible for designing & delivering activities incl the John Muir Conservation Award, scientific fieldwork & creative media projects. ASK: Visit www.britishexploring.org for further info about our volunteer roles & to apply. Feel free to contact us on expeditions@britishexploring.org or call 020 7591 3141.

JOB: European Solidarity Corps Volunteer Island Birds Project

BE4: 20/11/19

LOC: Croation Islands / Nature Parks

PAY: All travel and living expenses

FOR: Association BIOM, BirdLife partner Croatia

10 months, 1/2/20-30/11/20. Excellent European Solidarity Corps opportunity for 4 young persons (aged 18-30) to gain voluntary experience in carrying out fieldwork for a number of wild bird conservation projects in Croatia and learning to promote nature conservation within the local communities. Applicants must be passionate about nature conservation, have good teamwork skills, be fit and able to live and work in remote locations on challenging terrain, and are ready to step outside of their comfort zone. Successful applicants will be positioned in a series of locations in Croatia including remote islands and the Učka Nature Park. Successful applicants will also be asked to carry out a range of tasks including monitoring seabirds from boats, participation in invasive mammal eradication, bird ringing, and organising and running public engagement activities (including for children). Bird identification skills and driving licence desirable. Ability to communicate in English or Croatian essential.  ASK: For more information please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2WTawfH

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger Box Hill and Headley Heath

BE4: 27/11/19

LOC: Dorking, Surrey

PAY: Shared accommodation, training

FOR: National Trust

We are looking for an Immersive Volunteer to join an energetic & innovative team at Box Hill & Headley Heath. Both sites are home to some extremely important & rare habitats, & an experienced & enthusiastic team of volunteers & rangers.  This role will suit you if you are:  a motivated & enthusiastic individual with the willingness to persevere & use their own initiative, with the ability to embrace new projects & challenges. Interested in gaining experience in countryside management or nature conservation. Looking for a detailed & immersive experience of the National Trust or the sector. Interested in understanding how we care for our special places over time. Interested in volunteering for up to 12 months. Over 18 with a full UK driving licence as driving the National Trust vehicles will be essential to the role.   We provide induction, uniform, PPE & training essential to the role. ASK: Contact David Benjamins on 07770 887673 or david.benjamins@nationaltrust.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

FOR: TCV

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: Community Ambassador

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gosforth NE33XT

PAY: Travel costs covered

FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

An excellent opportunity to spread the word about Northumberland Wildlife Trust in your local community! If you are willing to speak up, comfortable talking to people about wildlife, raising the profile of the Trust and promoting our events and visitor centres, then this is the role for you. Talking to people in your community about us (residents’ association, local groups, your local magazine). Visiting places (doctors, dentists, shops, libraries) and leave magazines or leaflets, put up posters. Representing NWT at local events and gatherings (fetes, allotment shows, sports events). Organising local fundraisers (coffee mornings, challenges and sports events). Leading volunteer teams, e.g. putting leaflets through doors. Visiting local businesses, giving information about corporate membership. Organising visits to schools to do assemblies on climate change and wildlife. Raising our profile on social media by sharing stories. 0.5 / 1 day per week. ASK: Contact john.gibbon@northwt.org.uk for my more details or check our website www.nwt.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 kat.navrouzoglou@groundworknottingham.org.uk.

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, surveying historic routes & 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. 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: Community Outreach Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

Help us help our local community by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and leading fun activities! We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to local people and share their love of nature. You will attend local venues (museums, children’s farms etc.) and community events, as part of a small team. You’ll be chatting to people, inspiring them about nature and RSPB Sandwell Valley. You’ll deliver fun nature-inspired crafts or activities such as making bee homes or leaf crowns, bird bingos and scavenger hunts. 1 day a month. ASK: Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Community Talks Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

Help us help our local community, by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and giving engaging presentations. RSPB Sandwell Valley is an enchanting urban green space located in the middle of a vibrant and diverse community. You will deliver engaging and 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 in Sandwell Valley. Commitment flexible / as needed. ASK: Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Community Forum Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

The community forum is a group of volunteers who ensure we remain relevant to and engaged with our local community. You will attend a meeting every 2 months where we plan and discuss projects and activities that will encourage more people to visit the reserve. ASK: Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk



Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.