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Assistant Ranger (Short Term)

£16,497 pa

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw to 31/07/19)


With your endless passion for our work, you’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and machinery, and your passion will inspire other to love this beautiful place as much as you do. We want you to engage with visitors, making time to talk to them, not rushing away to the next task. As an easily identifiable member of the Ranger team, on your best day you will be creating lasting memories for everyone.

  • Closing Date: 03/02/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 11/01/2019

JOB: Volunteer Community Fundraising Champion

BE4: 17/3/19

IV: 17/03/2019

LOC: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Flexible! Give as much or as little time as you can spare. We know that a personal touch goes a long way in persuading people to get involved in causes that are close to their hearts, either through cash donations or getting more actively involved. Get to know your local neighbourhood and use your approachable personality to find locations for collection tins, set up fundraising events or attend local meetings. If you can travel around your local area and would like to bring people together to raise funds for wildlife then we would love to hear from you. You will be part of a friendly team, inspiring people to look after wildlife in your local area and gaining valuable fundraising experience. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. BBOWT works to secure a better future for wildlife in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. ASK: For more information contact fundraising@bbowt.org.uk

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: Assistant Ranger & Estate Assistant

BE4: 18/2/19

IV: 18/02/2019

LOC: Lundy Island

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: Landmark Trust

Would you like experience in practical conservation? Could you live within a small community off the coast of North Devon? Are you a hard worker, ready to help out wherever needed?  Then this could be the one for you. We’re posting for two positions to assist the full time Ranger on Lundy island- a stunning and unique island, designated a SSSI it also supports the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone. This position provides a great opportunity to gain hands on experience and join the Lundy team over the summer. Work includes a wide range of practical conservation and estate management tasks including; grounds maintenance, dry-stone walling, rhododendron eradication, bracken management, vegetation control, stock fencing, footpath maintenance, volunteer supervision and tree maintenance, and assisting with general island duties. The positions run from 4 April through to the end of October 2019, it’s a volunteer role but with provided accommodation, food and a suitable training course provided at the end of the season. ASK: For an application form and job description call 01237 423233 or email: admin@lundyisland.co.uk Job description: https://c-js.co.uk/2Sff1Oe

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Community) Nature Discovery Centre

BE4: 4/2/19 (9am)

IV: 13/2/19

LOC: Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham

PAY: Limited expenses

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

3 days per week for 6-12 months. Gain experience of interacting with children and families, running events, sessions for groups and schools and practical conservation. The Centre and nearby Thatcham Reedbeds are a beautiful urban oasis near Newbury. We run a diverse programme of events designed to engage local people with the wildlife which is right on their doorstep and inspire them to protect it. Alongside your day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of external and internal training, covering community engagement, environmental education, habitat management, species ID and interview training. You will need to have a strong desire to work in nature conservation and an interest in encouraging others to take action for wildlife. You will be physically fit, enthusiastic and be able to engage with people from a range of ages and backgrounds. A valid driving licence and own transport is essential. ASK: Further details: https://c-js.co.uk/2CUMXe0

JOB: Ranger Placement

BE4: 4/2/19

LOC: Rothbury or The Sill, Hadrian's Wall

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

10 days over a 3 month period (April, May & June). You will be given training & development opportunities by working with current National Park staff. Placements will develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, & engaging & dealing with the public. Working as part of the Ranger Team placements will become actively involved in the care & management of the National Park, including its sites, woodlands & nature reserves.  Essential: seeking a career as a countryside ranger, or in the environmental / land management sector; approachable, open, polite & helpful to others; self-motivated, adaptable with good organisational skills; able to carry out the tasks in the described work areas & to work outdoors in all weathers;  able to get to chosen location (Rothbury or The Sill) for a 9am start each day. ASK: For an application form or further details please contact: Jane Riddell on 07795 834936 or email jane.riddell@nnpa,org.uk

JOB: Residential Volunteer Warden

BE4: 1/2/19

LOC: Aylesbeare Common

PAY: Relevant training and expenses


We are looking for 3 individuals to join our high performing Reserves Team, for a 6 month placement working on a suite of sites across the Pebblebed Heaths in East Devon. The majority of these sites are designated (SSSI, SPA, SAC) and all sit within the East Devon AONB. Successful applicants will play a key role delivering the management that supports a huge variety of wildlife species across our wet and dry heaths, woods, ponds and mire. This botanically diverse area is home to a huge array of wildlife and living on site in our eco log cabin will offer you the best possible chances of experiencing it. The work will consist of practical habitat work, undertaking surveys as well as leading volunteer groups with support from staff, with the aim of developing and supporting individuals towards a career in conservation. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with good bird ID skills to lead on BBS and species specific survey work. Min age 18, driving licence preferred but not essential. ASK: Please send a CV and brief details of reasons for applying and what you would hope to gain from a placement. Contact: aaron.boughtflower@rspb.org.uk Tel. 07768 040274

JOB: Volunteer Conservation Traineeship x 2

BE4: 25/1/19 (noon)

IV: 25/01/2019

LOC: Rainton Meadows, Houghton-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 Trusts varied range of habitat and access management across its 37 nature reserves. Working with our accomplished volunteer teams you will gain valuable experience in volunteer leadership, reserves management and project development. You will also gain skills and experience relevant to communicating the importance of nature conservation to the public and in generating the resources required to deliver nature conservation activities. Furthermore you will gain experience of ecological survey techniques, particularly for protected species, by supporting the work of the Trust’s ecological consultancy. In addition an attractive training package is available which includes: chainsaw, pesticides, first aid, off road (4x4), ATV, brushcutter qualifications. A contribution towards mileage is available. This position requires a commitment for a minimum of 12 months, working 4 days p/w (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and one weekend day per month). ASK: A link to the full role details can be found here. https://durhamwt.com/jobs/ Contact Chris Jones, Living Landscape Officer (North) cjones@durhamwt.co.uk or 0191 584 8949.

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: 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: Murlough Volunteer Boardwalk Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down

PAY: Training

FOR: National Trust

Working with the boardwalk ranger, you will carry out formal inspections of all parts of the boardwalk network including way marking, signage, interpretation and the boardwalks themselves and will look at sustainable ways to repair / replace boardwalk. You will be working with a broader team of countryside staff and volunteers on the property and delivering an excellent service to visitors. If you have a friendly and enthusiastic manner and enjoy working outside in particular, this role may suit you. This role can be physically demanding and you may be on your feet all day in all types of weather. Why not become part of a friendly and dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working on a Nature Reserve. ASK: There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our ‘Join In’ web page for more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Green Academies Project Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Erddig, Felin Puleston Outdoor Centre

PAY: Volunteer card

FOR: National Trust

Conservation & horticulture volunteering at Erddig with the Green Academies Project (GAP), National Trust, Wrexham. The GAP team at Erddig is looking for volunteers with a love for the outdoors, nature conservation & / or horticulture to help us develop & maintain our community green spaces at Felin Puleston & in our local communities. You can also get involved in delivering outdoor activities, support & encouragement for our young volunteers. Roles & time commitment are very flexible depending on the availability of our volunteers. GAP supports young people 11-24ys & local communities to grow the skills & exp they need to look after nature on their doorstep. We help them develop a passion for the environment, learn new, practical skills & prepare for education & employment. GAP is part of Our Bright Future, a £33m programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund. ASK: Contact: mieke.delathouwers@nationaltrust.org.uk, 01978 356 223. Website: https://c-js.co.uk/2CrCTLj Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcademiesProjectNT/ , www.facebook.com/ErddigNT

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / Uniform / 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, waterway-related and environmental workshops in schools and guided walks. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Voluntary Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Leicester / National Forest

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

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Time: 2+ days per week. A range of posts available for keen people wanting to be involved in conservation - we have opportunities for practical conservation 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:

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 exp in conservation, community building, leadership exp or someone looking to use their skills to help others. All level of exp 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: Community Gardening and Maintenance

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Craigmillar

PAY: Training* & Expenses

FOR: Carr Gomm, Craigmillar Community Grows

Options of different roles all in Craigmillar. Being part of a walking group on Tuesdays till September and then Thursdays with an elderly group 1-3, being part of one of many community gardens, helping to cook soup or make seats out of wood or working alongside others as a mentor. Also joining their management committees. Volunteering with a group gardening at the local community centre on a Monday 12.30 - 2. Volunteering at a community garden Wauchope community garden on a Wednesday 12 - 3. Volunteering at the library garden Wednesdays 10 - 12. *Training in pruning, growing vegetables with others in the community, working in groups, expenses for bus fares paid. ASK: Contact Karin on 07824 838364 or at karinchipulina@carrgomm.org

JOB: Conservation Volunteering

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Edinburgh


FOR: Lothians Conservation Volunteers

We carry out practical nature conservation work every weekend in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians for the benefit of wildlife, people and the environment. This can range from woodland management, removing non-native invasive plant species, pond work, meadow creation or even path maintenance. No previous experience is required and we only ask you commit to a single day task, so it’s a perfect opportunity for someone who is curious about the conservation sector and wants to find out more. ASK: For further information about our current tasks and how to get involved please visit www.lcv.org.uk

JOB: Practical Volunteer Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Manchester

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Why We Need You: You will help us deliver our Midweek Group volunteering days, and guide volunteers on practical projects to help them make the most of their experience. Being a VO can give you management skills and help your career. You will also help the Project Officer with promotion, site visits, completing quotes.  Benefits to You: This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of conservation, working to improve the green spaces of Greater Manchester. What You Need: Enthusiasm Communication skills  Interest in the environment and nature  No experience is necessary, but any background in conservation is desirable   How Much Time:A minimum of two days is required. One office day (Monday or Friday), and one practical day (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday). It is possible to do more days.  For further details and information on how to apply, contact Abby at Abigail.mcbrien@tcv.org.uk or call  07764655689  2 days minimum ASK: For further details and information on how to apply, please contact Abby abigail.mcbrien@tcv.org.uk or telephone 07764655689.

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Weaverham, Cheshire


FOR: Mere Brow Farm Ltd

12.5 acre permaculture led organic farm in Cheshire.  We are always looking for volunteers (with or without experience) to come and join us and help us for as much or as little as a volunteer can commit to. ASK: Contact Sadie Platt, 07808774173, sadie.platt@merebrowfarm.co.uk or find out more on https://www.facebook.com/merebrowfarm

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.