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Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.

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Countryside vacancies: Ranger posts, including those in greenspace and urban parks and estate workers. You'll also find vacancies for countryside officers, rural policy makers.


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JOB: Butterfly Habitat Improvement Officer

BE4: N/A

IV: 27/07/2018

LOC: Tees Valley

PAY: Reduced cost accommodation

FOR: Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

3 months minimum. As part of the Wings of the Tees Project, there is an interesting butterfly project that would be suitable for a current second year student to start considering to undertake for their final year dissertation. We would like to look at improving habitat for the Grayling and Dark Green Fritilliary. Both these species are struggling within the Tees Valley area. The idea of the project would be to do a feasibility study into the best areas within the River Tees Rediscovered Project area (areas immediately adjacent to the River Tees from the South and North Gares up to Croft on Tees). The Wings of the Tees project has funds to be able to pay for plug plants of the caterpillar food species. Groups of volunteers would be available to help with preparing the ground for habitat management and improvement and to assist with planting of the plug plants. The project would involve collating and looking at data of past surveys (which are very limited) and undertaking further surveys for evidence of these species currently. Vegetation surveys would be required to establish if the area is suitable to be managed for the butterfly species in question. Advice from a highly experienced botanist can be provided to assist with the project. ASK: sbarry@teeswildlife.org 01287 636382.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 27/6/18

IV: 27/06/2018

LOC: Hardcastle Crags

PAY: Travel & equipment

FOR: National Trust

Rangers love the countryside and being out in the fresh air, so they know what our outdoor visitors need. They’re great at taking care of the wildlife and stunning landscapes of Hardcastle Crags, for ever, for everyone. By getting involved you could be: helping the ranger team with practical work to keep the countryside in great condition including learning many skills, dry stone walling, scything hay meadows, improving our ancient woodland, footpath maintenance, construction tasks, invasive species removal, timber extraction and general estate repairs; act as information assistants for the National Trust, communicating with the public whilst onsite, maintaining exceptional standards of customer service as part of delivering the visitor experience; maintenance of vehicle and cleaning tools; maintaining a clean and tidy workshop, container and yard; adhering to the National Trusts health and safety procedures; making each visitor feel welcome, helping people understand why we need to take care of special places and thinking about the needs of all visitors; letting staff know of any issues with fences, footpaths etc.; maintaining good relationships with people who share the land. We provide equipment to help you do this role well and safely. We’ll also cover agreed costs of your travel between home and Hardcastle Crags. ASK: Contact: Emily Taylor 01535 607075 emily.taylor@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Cheshire Wildlife Trust

We have been working in the region for over 50 years & manage 45 nature reserves with habitats ranging from grasslands & wet meadows to reedbeds, coastal dunes & wetlands. Our reserves provide a refuge for rare species incl natterjack toads, great crested newts, the bittern & a wide range of dragonflies & butterflies. We carry out practical habitat management on our reserves & require assistance from volunteers in doing so. No specific quals required, we just ask for a good level of fitness, a love for the outdoors with an ability to work in all weathers & have your own transport. ASK: Download a volunteer registration form at www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteering & email to volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Environmental Assistant - Northwich

BE4: N/A

LOC: Northwich

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

We’re looking for a Volunteer Environmental Assistant as a voluntary sandwich year placement within our Environment Team. Based at Northwich, you can expect to travel regularly to our offices, canals and rivers across the North West and North & mid Wales on both field and office based work. You'll need a good understanding of environmental issues, and have good research, data management, communication and time management skills.   The placement will be available for a minimum period of 36 weeks and is being offered for a minimum of 3 days per week. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2Em4pti

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: Outdoor Ranger & Farm Opportunities

BE4: N/A

LOC: Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

PAY: Travel expenses, training available within role

FOR: National Trust

At least one day per fortnight. We are looking for ranger and farm volunteers to support us at Shugborough Estate. If you decide to join the ranger team, you will be helping to look after landscapes for future generations; working alongside passionate countryside management professionals and learning new skills along the way; keeping fit and healthy and making new friends. If you join the farm team you will learn more about livestock and running the farm; using your communication skills to make visitors feel welcomed and helping people feel as welcomed to Shugborough as you do. ASK: Contact Kate Gibbon, volunteering coordinator, kate.gibbon@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N/A

LOC: Badbury Woods, Oxfordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Rangers love the countryside and being out in the fresh air, so they know what our outdoor visitors need. They’re great at taking care of the woods, wildlife and stunning landscapes of Badbury Woods for ever, for everyone. Developing a good knowledge of the property, its history, landscape, archaeological and biological importance, supporting Rangers and other volunteers to complete outdoor and indoor practical tasks in all types of terrain and ground conditions. Welcoming visitors by providing information and guidance. Assisting with the upkeep and maintenance of our countryside properties in North Anglesey and achieving high standards of conservation and presentation. Maintaining good working relationships with visitors, tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities and local authorities. Monitoring conditions of footpaths and fences and reporting incidents and situations that may require follow up. Being aware of the different access requirements of all our visitors and assisting with these where necessary Becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times. There may be other activities where we could use your help. ASK: Contact rachel.coltman@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve

PAY: Travel expenses (restricted distance), on the job training

FOR: Natural England

Regular commitment preferred; Tuesdays & Wednesdays only at the moment. Volunteer on a National Nature Reserve helping us to conserve one of the UK’s most important sites. You will be learning practical conservation skills, such as grassland, scrub, woodland & boundary management. You would be volunteering alongside a small team of staff & vols delivering to a professional standard. Possibility of certified training for long term vols. Previous experience of practical conservation & quals a benefit but not essential. Steep terrain of the site & nature of the work demands a good level of fitness. ASK: CV or details of experience & certification to shaun.taylor@naturalengland.org.uk

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing, flexible opportunities

LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) &/or Epsom (Lower Mole)*

PAY: Experience

FOR: Surrey County Council

Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be principally joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team.  Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during/post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North/NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston) ASK: Please email your interest to countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. For initial informal discussion contact Debbie Hescott on 01737 733931. www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreycountrysidepartnerships

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: Conservation Volunteer - North East

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Dundee - to cover North East Scotland

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any full day Monday to Thursday. We are looking for volunteers to work with our Reserves Project Officer based at Dundee to undertake a varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management.   Travel from Dundee to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Contact Peter Gilbert pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk for details

JOB: Volunteer opportunities in Thetford Forest

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Suffolk / Norfolk

PAY: Volunteer benefits available

FOR: Friends of Thetford Forest

Friends of Thetford Forest is a voluntary organisation set up to help increase understanding, knowledge & enjoyment of Thetford Forest & to encourage the involvement & support of the community in its development. We have a wide range of outdoor & conservation volunteering opportunities supporting the Forestry Commission & are always looking for new volunteers. We are currently in particular need of ‘Meet & Greet’ volunteers welcoming visitors & providing information at High Lodge Forest Centre in Suffolk, & volunteers to inspect local walking trails. ASK: For more information about our volunteering opportunities, please visit https://www.fotf.org.uk/content/fotf_contact_us or email volunteering@fotf.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any day Monday to Thursday. You are free to choose your commitment but if you volunteer, you must be available for a full day. A varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management.   Travel from Grangemouth to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & interested in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N/A

IV: 03/08/2018

LOC: South Ockendon, Essex

PAY: Full training to carry out tasks will be provided.

FOR: Little Belhus Country Park Trust

Working 10 am - 3 pm Thursdays or 10 am - 12:30 pm Fridays / Other days can be arranged. Help with habitat creation and management. Typical tasks involve tree planting, mulching, weeding, litter picking and creating features for wildlife. You can help us carry out wildlife surveys if you prefer. ASK: lease contact dhrutibell@littlebelhuscountrypark.co.uk or phone on 07725 246192 or 01708 857245

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Knighton, Powys

PAY: Training & out of pocket expenses

FOR: Knighton Tree Allotments Trust

One day per week, alternating Thursdays & Sundays, 9.15am to approx 2.30pm. We are a group of volunteers who come together to share & learn woodland skills & use them for the benefit of wildlife & our members. We aim to manage woodland sustainably & to allow our members access to affordable woodland products - such as firewood & timber. We need help with hands-on woodland management (such as tree planting & firewood processing), regular flora & fauna surveys & admin tasks. Volunteers choose how much of the day to stay for & work at their own pace. KTAT provides all the tools & training needed. Where funding allows, formal training to industry recognised qualifications. Enthusiasm & willingness to get involved in our activities. A certain level of fitness is required for physical work in our woodlands, but we have a very wide variety of roles. We welcome those with plenty of experience & those with none, but one area we would appreciate help with is flora & fauna surveys. ASK: Find out more on http://c-js.co.uk/2kMTxLP or woodland@tveg.org.uk 01547 520374 or 520929

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: All over Sussex at National Trust Properties

PAY: Training & travel*

FOR: South Downs National Trust Volunteers

We have conservation work parties mostly every other Sunday with the occasional Saturday.  Work includes scrub clearance, coppicing, dry stone walling, fence work, laying paths etc.  No qualifications or previous experience required. No time commitment. *Petrol costs if car sharing, tool training, learning new skills, working alongside experts in their field, making new friends, knowing you’re making a unique contribution to the National Trust, counts towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award. ASK: Contact Details: sdntv@hotmail.com https://southdownsntv.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/SouthDownsNTV Need to say where you heard about us.

JOB: Green Academies Project

BE4: N/A

LOC: Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YT

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust Erddig

“We are champions of youth work and nature is our tool.” GAP is part of Our Bright Future, a £33m programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund. ASK: Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/green-academies-project-2 Facebook: www.facebook.com/ErddigNT Twitter: @ErddigNT Mobile: 07484 503674 Email: stephanie.fletcher@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: Practical Conservation Volunteer

BE4: 2/8/18

IV: 02/08/2018

LOC: Hollybush Conservation Centre, Kirkstall, Leeds

PAY: Expenses up to £4 per day

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

1-3 days per week. Gain well-rounded experience in many practical skills. Our team of project staff & fully trained volunteers – Hollyvols – work locally to enhance the natural environment. People from all backgrounds regularly participate & the work ranges from footpath construction, planting trees & dry stone walling in local green spaces & the countryside to building wildlife gardens, growing areas & outdoor classrooms in schools. Volunteers can expect training in the use of many different hand tools & conservation techniques, a lively, sociable team to be part of & some amazing outdoor places to visit & enhance. Hollyvols runs Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday each week, 9.15am to 4pm. Boots, waterproofs, tea / coffee & biscuits are provided. ASK: Contact Col Powell or Michael Bird, The Conservation Volunteers, Hollybush Conservation Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3BP 0113 274 2335 c.powell@tcv.org.uk or m.bird@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Ranger (Long Term Volunteer)

BE4: N/A

LOC: Crom Estate, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

PAY: Shared accommodation is provided*

FOR: National Trust

Min 25 hours per week. What's involved? Assist in the management of Crom Estate, working on  a wide range of practical conservation skills; practical conservation techniques from seasonal habitat work such as scrub clearance to maintaining fences, gates and other access points; monitoring work including compilation of fauna surveys and botanical quadrats/transects; invasive species control; environmental education and interpretation work including website articles and press releases; maintaining good working relationships with tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities and local authorities; welcoming and liaising with visitors by providing information and guidance, which may include public speaking and guided walks; undertaking such other appropriate practical and administrative tasks as may be reasonably requested; occasional weekend working; becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times; you will be required to support Florence Court and Castle Coole ranger teams in a variety of works - primarily with events. We will cover agreed cost, these will be discussed and clarified at interview. * Heat (oil central heating), wood burning stove and electricity costs are all covered. ASK: Contact Colin Beacom on tel 07818017160 or email colin.beacom@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/crom/

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: 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: 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 www.pea-volunteering.co.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, 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 Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Various Locations In Hertfordshire, Essex & London

PAY: Uniform, tool training

FOR: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Volunteers attend conservation tasks supervised by the Ranger Team & Volunteer Leaders to carry out management of the Lee Valley Park. Help to undertake management Plan & Biodiversity Action Plan driven tasks & activities to benefit conservation, the environment, fauna & flora, & visitors in the Lee Valley Park. ASK: Contact: volunteers@leevalleypark.org.uk 01992 709867

JOB: Fenn's Moss NNR Voluntary Warden

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR, & NNR Base (N Shropshire)

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Natural England & Natural Resources Wales

Great opportunity to assist with the restoration of part of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog. The NNR is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can incl practical estate & habitat management tasks, surveying / monitoring, assisting with events / guided walks & office projects. Protective clothing & some formal courses & in-house training provided. Suitable for a student looking for a work placement or someone wanting to gain further exp in the conservation sector. Reliable & enthusiastic, keen interest in wildlife & conservation, physically fit & prepared to work outdoors.  ASK: Contact David Tompkins, Reserve Manager david.tompkins@naturalengland.org.uk 01948 880362 www.gov.uk/natural-england

JOB: Churchyard Task Team Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Shropshire and Herefordshire

PAY: Travel expenses / training

FOR: Caring for God's Acre

The Churchyard Task Team is a group of volunteers, led by a coordinator, who go out & about every week to Shropshire Churchyards. We undertake conservation work such as scything, tree pruning, hedge laying, walling & sapling removal. There are two task days a week. Join in regularly or occasionally. All abilities welcome, work at your own pace, we are a very friendly bunch & we would love to have you along. ASK: Please contact Ben Mullen ben@cfga.org.uk, 01588 673041

JOB: Woodland & Countryside Skills Participant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Mid & West Wales

PAY: Travel expenses / training

FOR: Tir Coed

2 days / week for 12 weeks or 1 full week. Learn how to build paths, coppice woodland, build simple structures, identify species & more. Accredited training in a range of skills for persons who are unemployed, under-employed, disabled etc. Supportive environment. Free woodland skills training while volunteering with the charity Tir Coed. All levels welcome incl people with disabilities or long-term health problems; some minimum criteria (age, benefit status) are in place for some opportunities due to funding restrictions. Must live in / near to Ceredigion, Powys, Pembrokeshire. ASK: Details on the website at www.tircoed.org.uk

JOB: Land Management Assistant Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

The work takes place on our reserves, in & around Sheffield & Rotherham from Blacka Moor & Wyming Brook on the edge of the Peak District to Centenary Riverside, a flood alleviation scheme & nature reserve on an ex steel works site, on the edge of the River Don near Rotherham town centre. Our current living landscapes project, Rotherham Rivers, funded through Waste Recycling Environmental, sees us visiting & improving sites, managed by other organisations for the benefit of wildlife, such as water voles, kingfishers & otters, in & around Rotherham, including Rother Valley Country Park, Don Island, Kilnhurst Ings & Whiston Meadows. This role would suit someone who is keen to engage in a range of practical conservation work, including site maintenance such as fencing, & habitat management such as woodland & heathland. Volunteering with the Land Management Team helps people develop practical conservation skills, build knowledge about local wildlife habitats, keep physically active & is a great place to start developing a career in the sector. In return we can cover expenses, on the job training & funding for relevant external courses such as brush-cutter & first aid at work. ASK: http://www.wildsheffield.com/volunteer 0114 2634335

JOB: Saturday Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North West Kent

PAY: 0

FOR: North West Kent Countryside Partnership

Come and volunteer in the countryside and the community! Do you enjoy keeping physically and mentally well outdoors? Would you like to improve the community’s green spaces for people and wildlife? This weekend opportunity is new for Spring 2018. Meet our friendly team and come and see what we are all about! ASK: If you are interested, why not take a look at our website: http://www.nwkcp.org or give us a call: 01322 621 239. If you prefer email: sara.spellman@kent.gov.uk

JOB: Residential Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset

PAY: Accom. incl meals & training

FOR: Magdalen Environmental Trust

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. We teach volunteers basic animal care, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. Join different lessons on the farm, such as hands on farming, survival in the wild & river dipping, in order to get an overview of the outdoor education programme. Experience not essential as we can teach you. As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved. ASK: Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

PAY: Fuel expenses, in-house training

FOR: National Trust

At least once a month. Rangers love the countryside & being out in the fresh air, so they know what our visitors need. They’re great at taking care of the wildlife & stunning landscapes of Brockhampton Estate, for ever, for everyone. We need people who are outdoorsy; able to be out whatever the weather’s doing; reasonably fit & healthy - you don’t need to be Superman but you’ll do a lot of walking & practical tasks. Keen to work with people & animals! Keen to learn about countryside management. ASK: Apply through myvolunteering on the National Trust website - http://bit.ly/2bOf56Y or contact nicholas.hinchliffe@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

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: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) - 4 placements

BE4: 16/5/18 9am

IV: 23/5/18

LOC: Woolley Firs, Maidenhead, Berkshire

PAY: Limited expenses

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

The role involves practical tasks on our nature reserves, restoring and improving habitats and connectivity for wildlife. Trainees will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, use power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys, lead and engage with volunteers. They will spend some of their time assisting with the preparation and delivery of various community events. There is also an opportunity to assist other Berkshire teams with environmental education projects. The position would suit those wishing to develop the skills required to follow a career in the conservation sector. All recent Trainees in the Berkshire team have gone on to conservation roles. A commitment to volunteer three days a week for 6 - 12 months is required. ASK: For more information please visit our website www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21496

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Warden – South Walney

BE4: 23/4/18 (5pm)

IV: 23/04/2018

LOC: South Walney Nature Reserve, Barrow-In-Furness

PAY: Accommodation provided on site

FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

This residential volunteer placement will give you the unique opportunity to develop conservation skills and knowledge on one of our flagship reserves. The role will start May 2018 and run for a min of 3 months with extensions possible. Throughout the busy summer season, you will have a unique opportunity to live amongst the birds, seals and otters of the South Walney nature reserve. You will work alongside the warden and gain valuable experience and practical qualifications in habitat management, wildlife monitoring, reserve maintenance and visitor work. This post is ideal for anyone with a background in conservation, the ability to inspire people about the local environment and the drive to develop themselves in this fantastic setting. ASK: For further details, including how to apply, visit http://c-js.co.uk/2lqJxDC or call 01539 816300.

JOB: Practical Actions Volunteer Officer - East Sussex

BE4: 30/09/18

LOC: Hastings

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Can you commit to at least 2 days per week (Mon - Fri) for 6 months or more? Do you want to work in the environmental sector, but lack the experience to land your first job? Do you want to share your passion for the environment with others? You could try your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills, learn how to write grant bids, help run volunteer task days, etc. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skills, take part in a comprehensive training programme, & best of all join a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team.  Previous volunteers have gone on to work for organisations such as the RSPB, RSPCA, Hastings Borough Council, The Environment Agency & The Conservation Volunteers! Training provided will include First Aid, Leading Practical Conservation Groups, Green Gym, Grant Bid Writing and Conservation Skills Training. Reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses will be covered. ASK: For more information please contact Tim Hills on 01424 444 675 or email t.hills@tcv.org.uk

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: Wildlife Trainees: Conservation (College Lake) x 2

BE4: 24/4/18 9am

IV: 4/5/18

LOC: College Lake near Tring

PAY: Limited expenses.

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

3 days per week for 6 - 12 months. You will gain employer-valued practical exp of conservation techniques ranging from fencing and tree felling to species survey and livestock management. You will join a skilled and knowledgeable team and learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at this diverse site. These include wetlands, chalk grassland, farmland, woodland, fen and scrub habitat; and the role offers an opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills associated with these habitats. College Lake is also a busy site with a thriving visitor centre and an education centre, meaning this role gives a unique opportunity to gain valuable exp of visitor engagement, an essential skill in modern conservation work. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Rel volunteering exp is desirable. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2E1QGDL

JOB: Residential volunteer warden (x3)

BE4: 30/4/18

LOC: Exe Estuary, Devon

PAY: Accommodation within walking distance of the reserve is provided.

FOR: RSPB

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the Exe Estuary team. Help manage for breeding Lapwing, freshwater ecosystems and farmland birds incl the iconic Cirl Bunting at Labrador Bay. The job varies with the seasons, the majority being practical habitat management and estate work tasks incl hedge laying, mowing and maintaining fences. You'll get training, mentoring, and lots of first-hand exp. There are opportunities for surveying, working on public engagement events, developing leadership and more. If you’re looking for a career in conservation this is the place to start. The ability to work in a team is essential, as is enthusiasm. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an interest in wildlife and conservation is. Be prepared to work outside in all weathers. Work can be physically demanding especially in winter. Min age 18, driving licence essential. 6 month position to start ASAP. ASK: Applications and questions to rebecca.longden@rspb.org.uk 01392 833311.

JOB: Long Term Volunteer Ranger x 2 Posts

BE4: 26/4/18

IV: w/c 21/5/18

LOC: Wicken Fen

PAY: Accomodation provided

FOR: National Trust

Starting Aug or Sept for 12 months. One post working with the reserve team 5 days a week on habitat creation and conservation management. The second post is a conservation grazing orientated role (horses and cattle), with some days working with the reserve team. An ideal opportunity to gain exp at one of the country’s premier nature reserves. Manual driving licence preferred. ASK: Please send CV and covering letter to, or for more information and full role description to John Hughes john.hughes1@nationaltrust.org.uk (Reserve Role) and Carol Laidlaw carol.laidlaw@nationaltrust.org.uk (Grazing Role). Both can be reached on 01353 720274 or at Wicken Fen NNR, Lode Lane, Wicken, Cambs, CB7 5XP.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 1/5/18

IV: 01/05/2018

LOC: Black Down Estate Near Haslemere

PAY: Accommodation / training / expenses

FOR: National Trust

We are looking for motivated people who want to develop their career in countryside management by broadening their practical skills and have a proven track record of leavers going on to a job in the field. Gain exp of working on a range of habitats, from woods to heaths and meadows, as well as working with our in hand herd of cattle and working on our established popular events programme. There will be opportunities to work with and lead groups of volunteers and working holidays as well as working on some fascinating sites and with some wonderful wildlife. Our volunteers have their own vegetable garden and chickens, and get opportunities to develop and hone their skills with support from our dedicated and professional team. Through this and their work on our countryside estate they get a great introduction to working life as a Ranger. Appropriate training will be given on the job as well as tailored practical skills based formal training and quals such as chainsaw certification.  We are looking for a min commitment of 6 months / 1 year. Suitable applicants are invited to an interview day on the property. This consists of working on a task with the countryside team over the course of a day with a short sit down discussion. ASK: Further information and application form contact: david.elliott@nationaltrust.org.uk 01428 652359.

JOB: Trainee Volunteer Ranger x 4

BE4: 26/4/18 5.00pm

LOC: Fort William, Scottish Highlands

PAY: Accommodation and Subsistence Allowance of £100 per week

FOR: The Nevis Partnership

12-week training programme starting 18 June 2018.  This opportunity will allow motivated individuals seeking experience of the hands-on practice of conservation work and mountain tourism dynamics in a specific context. Key skills will be gained to build towards a career in this field.  Programme will consist of specific core training such as first aid and mountain awareness as well as habitat and monitoring training and relevant environmental based workshops. Work experience will be gained in supporting NLP with their various projects along with the opportunity to network with and potentially support our partners such as Forestry Commission Scotland, John Muir Trust and Highlife Highland Rangers.  ASK: Detailed job description and application form can be found on our website http://bit.ly/1UWook4 or contact susan@nevispartnership.co.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses, onsite shop and restaurant discount, discount at Cotswold Outdoors, LWT training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

Join our weekly practical conservation teams, carrying out habitat management and estate tasks in accordance with the reserve’s Conservation Management Plan. Our conservation teams assist in maintaining and creating habitats for wildlife, and in repairing and modifying reserve infrastructure. Our conservation teams meet one day a week on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 10.00am - 3.30pm. The teams continue to meet all year round, during the school holidays, whatever the weather! You will need to have a good level of fitness and be willing to work outside in all weathers and have a degree of exp in outdoor practical work and in using common hand tools safely. A genuine interest in wildlife conservation, good interpersonal skills and a good sense of humour along with good team working skills are also needed. ASK: www.brockholes.org

JOB: Volunteering - practical, visitor, education and ecology

BE4: 30/8/18

LOC: Walthamstow Wetlands

PAY: Reasonable travel and lunch expenses reimbursed

FOR: London Wildlife Trust

1 day a week. Join London Wildlife Trust at Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe\'s largest urban wetlands reserve. We have a range of regular volunteering opportunities including weekly habitat management sessions, surveying and monitoring wildlife on site, activity days including family events, education sessions, and public walks and talks on the site\'s industrial and natural heritage. We've 211 hectares of SSSI to manage, a fantastic range of wildlife and a great volunteer team. New volunteers are always welcome and no prior experience necessary. Our practical conservation days run weekly and we have regular induction and training sessions for ecology, education and visitor engagement volunteers. Volunteers can develop their skills and interests and reasonable expenses can be reimbursed. ASK: Contact Nadia Ward, Conservation Volunteering Officer, London Wildlife Trust by email walthamstow@wildlondon.org.uk

JOB: Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve Volunteers

BE4: 21/8/18

LOC: Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accommodation / training

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Make new friends, improve your CV and have a great time volunteering at Creag Meagaidh NNR. Come for just a day a month or come to stay for up to six months, you should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills and a moderate level of fitness would be an advantage You will help with a variety of estate work including: working with our farm stock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, tree removal; species and habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to and helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. Check out the youtube link to see what a previous volunteer says http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. ASK: For further information please contact Julia Colpus 01397 715320, julia.colpus@snh.gov.uk http://c-js.co.uk/1CYKGYs

JOB: RSPB Residential Volunteers Long term Placements

BE4: March/April 2018

LOC: Various Locations

PAY: Free accommodation and training where appropriate

FOR: RSPB

6 months commitment. Are you passionate about conservation? We are looking for residential volunteers to join some of our reserve teams across the country. We have practical conservation and visitor experience opportunities at various locations around the UK for volunteers who would like to come and join our teams for 3 - 6 months. We will provide you with a great insight into the life of a conservation charity and offer free accommodation and training where appropriate. You will need to be over 18, and have a clean driving licence, although this is not an essential at some locations. You will need to demonstrate a genuine interest in conservation and wildlife, and if you have some practical or people skills, volunteering experience or a conservation qualification, then you could be the person we are looking for. ASK: Please see our website for further details: www.rspb.org.uk/residentialvolunteering

JOB: Conservation Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: All over Scotland!

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

NTS is always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Conservation Volunteer Groups based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen & Inverness. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills & work in beautiful gardens & stunning countryside throughout Scotland. Over 18 & reasonably fit. ASK: Julie Bond, 0131 4580315 jbond@nts.org.uk

JOB: Events Planning Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

2 - 4 days per month. CPRE is a national charity which fights to protect & enhance the English countryside for everyone to value & enjoy. We are looking for a volunteer to help us plan events to raise funds & awareness of our work. You'll help organise & run the day at events such as county fairs, farmers markets & planning workshops, booking speakers, organising logistics, following up on fundraising leads & communicating our message creatively through printed & social media. Some exp of running events, comfortable contacting people by phone, computer literate, well organised & can work to deadlines. Care about protecting the countryside & the environment & are able to communicate with confidence. ASK: F Lahiguera, CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustee, falahiguera@gmail.com

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Marton Mere Nature Reserve, Blackpool

PAY: Training

FOR: Blackpool Council

Marton Mere Nature Reserve is calling all enthusiastic people with an interest in wildlife & green spaces to join our friendly Volunteer Ranger Service. Be part of our amazing 3 year, HLF project to transform the reserve & preserve Blackpool's most important ecological haven for future generations. You will work alongside an enthusiastic team of volunteers, assisting experienced staff & getting involved with a wide variety of projects including habitat conservation, estate maintenance, surveys, environmental activities as well as the promotion of our new visitor centre. No experience or quals needed, as training is given. Only essential requirement is an interest in the env & a willingness to get stuck in! ASK: Richard Holmes, Environmental Volunteer Co-ordinator, richard.holmes@blackpool.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Murlough

PAY: In house training & free accommodation

FOR: National Trust

We are looking for volunteer conservation rangers at Murlough. People who volunteer at Murlough incl students, graduates & we also offer accommodation for long-term overseas volunteers. Be part of a broader team of staff & volunteers that will be involved in the day to day running of Murlough Nature Reserve. What you can expect: habitat management; wild flower surveys; beach cleans; site patrols; fencing repairs; boardwalk maintenance; events; fixed point photography; mapping of invasive species; butterfly surveys (seasonal). Full time commitment. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2yGnUtO

JOB: Volunteer Estate Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Castle Ward

PAY: In house training & free accommodation

FOR: National Trust

A volunteer ranger is someone who would like to work as part of our outdoor team. Be part of a broader team of countryside staff & volunteers, you will have the opportunity to assist with general gardening & estate maintenance duties. Learn about the day to day running of a large estate & get involved with a wide range of practical conservation duties. Assist with estate livestock as required. Trails maintenance, tool & vehicle maintenance; maintain a high standard of H&S in accordance with National Trust policies & procedures. There may be other activities where we could use your help e.g. events. You will enable a broad range of visitors to have outstanding & inspirational exp. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2y7c1O1

JOB: LOHP Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Near Diss & Thetford, Norfolk / Suffolk Border

PAY: A variety of training opportunities

FOR: Little Ouse Headwaters Project

Minimum 2 hours per week commitment. Join our existing team of dedicated & amazing volunteers & help restore rare fen habitat, carr woodland or dry grasslands. Anyone is welcome to join. You can gain knowledge & experience in a wide range of wildlife conservation activities throughout the seasons in some of Norfolk & Suffolk's most picturesque landscape. LOHP offer a range of volunteering opportunities including: practical restoration management, implementing monitoring, such as dipwell & water quality monitoring. Wildlife surveys include butterflies & dragonflies, aquatic invertebrates, bats, water voles, aquatic & terrestrial plants, otters, small mammals, grasshoppers & many, many more. Opportunities to learn about monitoring equipment, including fixed-point photography, trail cameras, bat detectors, moth traps & associated data input & collation. Assist, support or lead education & community engagement activities, such as guided walks, school visits & special events. We also need people interested in livestock, who would be happy to check the welfare of our cattle & sheep. You will be trained in a variety of skills, with opportunities to attend training courses for free, incl species ID. There are weekly work parties every Wednesday; Sunday work parties once a month & our Conservation Manager can support & assist volunteers Mondays & Thursdays. ASK: rob.martyr@lohp.org.uk or Chat: Conservation Manager, 07919 912045.

Volunteer Countryside Assistant Rangers

Peak District National Trust is recruiting for Volunteer Countryside Assistant Rangers

Considering a career in conservation? This is an excellent opportunity to gain skills and build your confidence in a supportive, friendly and rewarding environment. Volunteering full time from September 2018 to July 2019 you will help deliver a wide variety of conservation activities and practical tasks.

Applicants must be able to drive, willing to learn, be committed to delivering excellent customer service, physically fit and enjoy being outdoors in all weathers; often on challenging terrain. In return, we’ll provide the formal training needed to develop countryside management skills.


  • Closing Date: 10/05/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 30/03/2018

Volunteer Trainee Nature Reserve Warden

2 posts available with the Sevenoaks Team based at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

1 post available with the Medway Valley Team based at Tyland Barn

Salary Range: This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector as a Nature Reserve Warden? We are looking for three people to help us with the general and practical management of a number of West Kent nature reserves.


  • Closing Date: 04/05/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 09/04/2018


Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.