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Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.

To see all of this week's new additions, not just for this area - click here. Adverts are listed in chronological order, most recent at the top.


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.


Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.              Explanation of the headings here.



JOB: Long Term Residential Volunteer - Practical Conservation

BE4: 1/11/19

LOC: Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands

PAY: Training / accommodation

FOR: RSPB

This is an ideal opportunity for someone with an aspiration to work in the conservation sector. Insh Marshes reserve is flanked by the Cairngorm & Monadhliath mountain ranges & is home to a fantastic & unique array of wildlife. With only three full time staff members on the 1030 ha reserve, long term residential volunteers are crucial in assisting with the work program & implementing the reserve management plan on this internationally important site. Work includes habitat management (this involves strenuous work in all weathers), infrastructure maintenance, & surveys & monitoring in the spring. We are looking for a motivated & enthusiastic individual with a passion for conservation & wildlife to become a valued member of our team. You'll need to be at least 18 years old, have a full driving licence & ideally be available to start in October. 3 - 6 months, 5 days a week Monday to Friday. Some weekend working may be expected. ASK: Contact Pete Moore Inshmarshes@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger x 2

BE4: 23/9/19

LOC: Occombe Farm, South Devon

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

This is a fantastic 9-12 month training opportunity based at Occombe Farm, set in the beautiful countryside of South Devon. The placement gives the opportunity to work on a wide variety of sites and habitats, including SSSI calcareous grassland sites, the award winning Cockington Country Park, LNR Woodlands, and the stunning South West Coast Path. The main focus will be on delivering the practical countryside management programme; some of the key work areas include habitat management and woodland management in winter and coast path cutting, footpath maintenance in the summer. Free basic accommodation is provided on site and there is a budget for relevant training. ASK: Download a job description and application form at https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk or call 01803 520022 for more information.

JOB: Voluntary Intern

BE4: 2/9/19 5pm

LOC: Keswick, Cumbria

PAY: Training and some expenses

FOR: West Cumbria Rivers Trust

Are you looking for work experience in the conservation sector? Do you enjoy standing in rivers? If yes, West Cumbria Rivers Trust are looking for an Intern to join their team. The role is a voluntary position, but costs for training and expenses are available. WCRT is a charity dedicated to improving and enhancing rivers and lakes in West Cumbria for people and wildlife. The successful candidate will be given experience across the work of the Trust including wildlife surveying, events, education sessions and farm visits. Applicants will need to be confident working in the outdoor environment and have a full driving licence. The role is offered full or part time for six to twelve months and working hours will be flexible. ASK: For full role description visit our website https://www.westcumbriariverstrust.org. For more details and to apply contact philippa@westcumbriariverstrust.org.

JOB: Voluntary Reserve Officers (up to 2)

BE4: 30/8/19

IV: wb 9/9/19

LOC: Reserves across Northamptonshire

PAY: Training & travel expenses.

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

3+ days a week for 9 to 12 months. Volunteers with the Reserves Team will gain experience with the physical work managing nature reserves.  This includes habitat management of grassland, wetland, woodland sites, and access maintenance. There will also be opportunities to work with and lead volunteer work parties and assist with surveying and monitoring. You will receive the necessary formal training and certification in first aid, use of brushcutters and chainsaws, as well as a programme of in-house training central to their roles. You should be capable of using power tools and machinery and enjoy days of physical work outdoors in all weathers. Good team working skills and an ability to be self-motivated are essential. Some previous experience of practical conservation work would be an advantage but is not essential.  ASK: Application form and job description: www.wildlifebcn.org/volunteering-opportunities. Chat: ian.hilbert@wildlifebcn.org

JOB: Reserve Support

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

PAY: Training*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

8am - 4:30pm, Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays. At the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust we create and conserve wetlands and save species. Here at Martin Mere we have 214 hectares of wild nature reserve which are managed by our wardens and are a haven for wildlife. To help us to maintain this special area we have a team of dedicated volunteers who support our staff in ensuring we manage the habitat to the highest standards. * Uniform and training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days. This role would suit you if: you have experience of working practically in an outdoor environment; you have good bird identification skills and an interest in flora and fauna; you are able to work alone or as part of a team. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2WGPIHy

JOB: General Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Somerset

PAY: 0

FOR: League Against Cruel Sports

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries as help provide the much-needed maintenance and upkeep support. With a love for wildlife, you will undertake various tasks such as building much needed bird, bat and dormouse boxes, coppice areas of hazel, restore Baronsdown’s butterfly garden and so much more. This truly is a fantastic opportunity to help create an environment where wildlife can continue to flourish. Working with the Head of Conservation & Education, this is a chance to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution. ASK: To see the full volunteer description, please visit https://www.league.org.uk/animal-charity-jobs. To apply, please send a letter of interest to applications@league.org.uk

JOB: North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 27/8/19

IV: 4/9/19

LOC: York

PAY: Training and travel budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days a week for 12 months. Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out front line nature conservation through practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups & carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance & protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team & develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. You’ll be involved with helping to look after a suite of nature reserves across central North Yorkshire with varied habitats including wildflower meadows, wetlands & rivers. As the range of sites that we manage varies so much in this area, you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats & locations with this opportunity. ASK: For more information & to apply visit www.ywt.org.uk.

JOB: North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- River Projects

BE4: 29/8/19

IV: 10/9/19

LOC: York

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days a week for 12 months. Across North Yorkshire, we manage 30 nature reserves & have a number of exciting conservation projects including two river restoration projects on the R. Foss & the R. Wiske.  The team carries out practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups & carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance & protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team assisting with the river restoration projects. You’ll develop skills in many aspects of river restoration, surveying & partnership working through liaison with landowners, contactors & partner organisations. There will be the opportunity to assist with the wider reserve team. Office-based work will incl researching, writing & developing management plans, preparing & supervising contract works, GIS & mapping, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration. ASK: For more information & to apply visit www.ywt.org.uk.

JOB: Voluntary Conservation Trainee

BE4: 30/8/19

LOC: Surrey

PAY: Training & out-of-pocket travel expenses

FOR: Surrey Wildlife Trust

This is an excellent training opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in conservation and land management. The successful applicant will receive a diverse range of training from heathland management, sustainable woodland management, to conservation grazing, along with more transferable skills. We offer a selection of training covering outdoor first aid, brushcutter and NPTC chainsaw use, in addition to species ID, cattle welfare and habitat management. Applicants must have some previous practical conservation experience, good communication skills, be computer literate, a good level of physical fitness, with a full driving licence. A rel qual is desired. Candidates must have a keen interest in the environment and be seeking a career in this field. Trainees anticipated commitment will be 3 days per week, for 12 months. ASK: For further information or to apply visit https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org, or to discuss the role email claire.courtier@surreywt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee

BE4: 16/9/19 8.30am

IV: 16/09/2019

LOC: St Albans, Hertfordshire

PAY: Reasonable expenses paid

FOR: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

The Trust is looking for a Volunteer Reserves Trainee to assist the Reserves Officers to maintain, safeguard and develop the Trusts’ reserves, for people and wildlife, whilst promoting the Trust and its work to a wide audience. The Trainee will develop a wide range of practical career-enhancing skills and theoretical knowledge in countryside / conservation management. Based in St Albans, the Trainee will travel to sites across Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The role is for 22.5 hpw, Tuesday to Thursday, for a fixed term period of 12 months. ASK: For more information, download the role profile at https://c-js.co.uk/33jBUpU. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@hmwt.org

JOB: Swingbridge Community Boat Volunteers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Surrey

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Surrey Care Trust

Surrey Care Trust needs people with all sorts of talents to help run Swingbridge: an aptitude for the practical side of boats, an enthusiasm for environmental work and above all the ability to motivate and enthuse others. A number of our trainees and some of our volunteers need support from others in the team. ASK: For more information email info@swingbridge.org.uk

JOB: Usk to Wye Practical Conservation Weekly Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: GWT sites across Monmouthshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Gwent Wildlife Trust

The Usk to Wye volunteer group carries out practical conservation tasks on a variety of our reserves. The work is varied throughout the year but there is always something for people of all abilities. We provide all tools & protective equipment but please wear sensible clothing for the time of year & sturdy work boots (steel toe caps if you have them) & bring a packed lunch. ASK: Further details: https://c-js.co.uk/2TbefFM

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing

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

PAY: Experience

FOR: Surrey Countryside Partnerships (Hosted By 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 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 and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: Myplace Ecotherapy Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Lancashire

PAY: Training / Expenses

FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Up to 4 hours per week. Myplace works with people who have physical or mental health issues and / or are experiencing long-term unemployment. We aim to empower people, encouraging them to take action, participating in environmental activity that has positive benefits for their own health and mental wellbeing, as well as for their local community. We do this through the delivery of 5 themes of Ecotherapy: Conservation, Growing, Nature Walks, Mindful Environments and Bushcraft. Volunteers are needed to help support our weekly sessions which are delivered across East, West and Central Lancashire for all ages (13+). This role will suit people who are empathetic with good interpersonal skills and are able to work with people from all walks of life. ASK: If you would like to make a difference in a person’s life whilst developing new skills and knowledge then get in touch: myplace@lancswt.org.uk 01772 872007

JOB: BogLIFE Project Voluntary Warden

BE4: Ongoing

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

PAY: Travel expenses / Training

FOR: Marches Mosses Boglife Project

Great opportunity to assist with the restoration of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog as part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project. The National Nature Reserve is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can include 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 experience in the conservation sector. Reliable & enthusiastic, keen interest in wildlife & conservation, physically fit & prepared to work outdoors.   ASK: Apply with Pete Bowyer, Senior Reserve Manager peter.bowyer@naturalengland.org.uk 01948 880362

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 & 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 - 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 Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses*

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

Volunteer Rangers are our eyes and ears out on the reserve. The role involves patrolling the nature reserve and carrying out daily checks as well as being on hand to assist in emergencies or out of the ordinary situations. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer ensuring our visitors make the most of their visit. * Free parking, restaurant and shop discounts, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. We are looking for Volunteer Rangers for all 7 days of the week. Time: 2 hour slot on a weekly basis. ASK: Go to https://www.brockholes.org to find out more.

JOB: Canal & Lock Maintenance Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

To support the maintenance & upkeep of the Beeston Lock & Canal. Volunteers will be involved in various activities to help keep a 2km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. Role to include: painting fences, rails, mooring posts & step edges; clearing paths, planting, litter picking vegetation clearing, manual dredging. Volunteers will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have experience, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. ASK: For more information please phone 0115 9788 212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.org.uk

JOB: Canal & Lock Maintenance Project Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

To assist the Volunteer Co-ordinator to facilitate the maintenance & upkeep of a 2 km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. The role includes: contacting potential volunteers; supporting volunteers on the day; co-ordination of activities on site. Volunteer Project Leaders will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have exp, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance; team management. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hpw, Monday to Friday. ASK: For more information please phone 0115 9788 212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.org.uk

JOB: 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: Showing People Wildlife Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Norfolk

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

On average one day per month. We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who have knowledge of and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation, have good communication skills and are confident in dealing with people of all ages to raise interest in and awareness of Norfolk’s wildlife by showing members of the public / visitors to sites some of Norfolk’s most spectacular wildlife events. These could include Great Crested Grebes’ courtship displays, Marsh Harriers passing food to each other, Swallowtail butterflies emerging, or other wildlife spectacles that you have knowledge of or interest in. ASK: For more information about this opportunity please visit the webpage https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv where you will be able to download a role description and an application form or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk 01603 598360

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: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR, Aberarder, Kinlochlaggan, PH20 1BX

PAY: Accommodation / training provided

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Min one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. ASK: Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email Linda Simpson on volunteer@nature.scot

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. Must be over 18 & reasonably fit. ASK: Contact Julie Bond, 0131 4580315, jbond@nts.org.uk

JOB: Adopt a Path Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glen Finglas, Brig o’ Turk (Callender), Great Trossachs

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Great Trossachs Path is both a long distance path and a network of paths across The Great Trossachs Forest. This is an interesting volunteering opportunity where you will be acting as an extra pair of eyes on our path network, looking for problems before they arise as regular inspections can prevent expensive repair work in the long term. Your role will involve monitoring and undertaking basic maintenance of your chosen section of path network; we would appreciate a minimum of two path assessments per year. You will receive an induction and regular contact with your volunteer manager. Ideally you will be local to the area, or within approximately 30 miles. ASK: For more details about the role: https://c-js.co.uk/2DIn55n

JOB: Residential Volunteers - NNRs in the Scottish Highlands

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR; Beinn Eighe NNR and Rum NNR

PAY: Accommodation and training

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

1 to 6 months. The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their breath-taking scenery and nature. Residential volunteering opportunities are now open for three of our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for committed people who can stay for 1 to 6 months. Our volunteers get the chance to learn a manner of skills, and experience working in the spectacular landscapes of Scotland. The more time you stay with us the more you will experience and the more you will learn. This is an excellent chance to gain practical work experience, make new friends, and improve your CV. See our volunteering leaflet: https://c-js.co.uk/2I2XAjF Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be advantageous. We need help with a variety of work to keep our NNRs in good condition, welcome visitors, and to connect people with nature. ASK: Contact: volunteer@nature.scot

JOB: Task Force Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Rainton Meadows or Low Barn

PAY: Training

FOR: Durham Wildlife Trust

1 day a week. Practical habitat management incl scrub clearance, tree felling, burning, coppicing, tree planting/maintenance, hedge laying, meadow raking, balsam control, bracken control, path mowing and reed cutting as part of a group of volunteers. Assist with fencing work and infrastructure repairs or new installation of bridges, steps and surfaced footpaths. Help move livestock. Assist with survey work & habitat management, learn to use hand tools and gain carpentry and fencing skills with opportunities to learn practical management skills. On the job training relevant to tasks undertaken. Improve communication skills & have the opportunity to learn/enhance/share local knowledge of wildlife and conservation. ASK: To find out more and apply contact Zoe Hull on 0191 5843112 zhull@durhamwt.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: Please contact K Thompson at kay.thompson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Nature Reserve Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Slapton Ley Field Centre, Devon

PAY: Lunch

FOR: Field Studies Council

1 day a week. Conservation Tasks might include: Clearing vegetation with hand tools, constructing woodland paths and steps, hand pulling invasive plants, constructing fences and stiles. You will need to be physically fit and happy to work out in all weathers. Some experience of using hand tools would be helpful. ASK: Find out more from Alice Henderson on 07734 781374, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Hounslow Heath Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Hounslow, Middlesex

PAY: Local tool box talk training

FOR: Lampton Greenspace 360

1 day per week min. Various volunteer roles available including work with grazing herds (cattle / goats / sheep), survey work (adders / birds / butterfly / moth), and practical habitat management across a number of countryside sites within Hounslow. ASK: Contact the Rangers at countryside@hounslow.gov.uk

JOB: Woodland Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Penllergare Valley Woods, Penllergaer, Swansea, SA4 9GS

PAY: Training

FOR: The Penllergare Trust

9am-2pm approx, every Monday (we also have volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays). The Penllergare Trust relies on volunteers to help us to preserve and restore Penllergare Valley Woods; a magical, green oasis which provides a haven for wildlife and a peaceful place to walk and enjoy the countryside. We are looking for new woodland volunteers to join us for Phase Two of our project - restoring the Walled Gardens. If you are willing to work hard and get your hands dirty helping us to preserve the local history of the Penllergare Estate, we would love to hear from you.  We are starting a new volunteer group to work every Monday 9am-2pm, alongside our Estate Team and existing volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and be a part of saving this  beautiful and unique landscape and historical site.  ASK: Please email volunteer@penllergare.org or call 01792 344 224 for further information. Thank you.

JOB: Walled Garden Volunteer Supervisor

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stowmarket, Suffolk

PAY: Training in small garden machinery

FOR: The Museum of East Anglian Life

Helping the museum to run its walled garden, growing a range of vegetables, trained fruit trees, soft fruit and flower, for sale in the shop and for planting around the museum. Main duties include maintaining the garden, helping to plan plantings and to help supervise other volunteers. No qualifications are needed, but should be a keen gardener and able to work on own initiative, exp with small garden machinery would be helpful. ASK: Please contact me at shaun.wolton@eastanglianlife.org.uk.

JOB: Grounds and Surveying Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Williton, West Somerset.

PAY: Tea and cake

FOR: Field Studies Council

An opportunity to be part of a busy Field Studies Centre by helping to look after the surrounding grounds; creating wildlife friendly habitats and doing biological surveying work. Flexible hours to suit. No experience is necessary just an enthusiasm to work outdoors and be physically fit. ASK: To find out more email: education.nettlecombecourt@field-studies-council.org or call Verity Jones on 01984 640 320.

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Roadside Verges, Kent

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Roadside Nature Reserves Team across the county. Our volunteers help us on task days, and keep an eye on our roadside verges throughout the year. Fortnightly commitment. Roadside Nature Reserves can link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. This supports a living landscape, which benefits both people and wildlife and makes nature more resilient to future change. They provide vital wildlife corridors for many species, particularly reptiles such as slow-worms and viviparous lizards, and mammals such as badgers.  Our Roadside Nature Reserve Volunteers help us by participating in task days, carrying out essential work on the verges and roadside alongside our staff team.  Volunteers can join us for a full or part day, and you don't need any previous experience in conservation work, so long as you are enthusiastic and willing to learn. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Roadside Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for Volunteer Roadside Wardens who can help us to keep an eye on the roadside verges and roads close to their homes.  We're currently looking for volunteers in the Dover, Swale and Medway areas, as well as some other areas across Kent (please see the application form for more information). This is a flexible role, and monitoring can be carried out at your convenience during daylight hours.  We'll need you to monitor the verges on at least a monthly basis.  You will be provided with full and on-going training and you will be provided with a point of contact to report any issues or concerns. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the exciting ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ project in The Swale. The Making a Buzz for the Coast project is an ambitious project led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our Bee Road work, helping to conserve rare bumblebees and other pollinators in the Swale. We have a number of different volunteer roles, including wardens on sites and wildlife monitoring. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30ukeqj

JOB: Parks in Mind Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Bournemouth, Dorset

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

We’ve created ecotherapy volunteer groups in Parks across Boscombe & Bournemouth to help improve participant’s health & wellbeing while enjoying being outdoors. With a focus on nature conservation, green exercise & other activities, you’ll enhance your own wellbeing while making improvements to local parks for people & wildlife. The project includes elements of nature study, art in the environment, relaxation & confidence building workshops. The emphasis is on providing a relaxed & friendly atmosphere while taking part in practical & sociable outdoor activities to improve the environment. You chose the activities you want to take part in & work to your own limits, between 2 hours to 20 days a month it’s completely up to you! No prior knowledge required, with the chance to learn from both the project leaders & the other people taking part. If you like to be outdoors, enjoy meeting new people & doing light manual work this is the perfect role for you! ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2yNn3pU

JOB: Conservation volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: West Dunbartonshire*

PAY: Training

FOR: West Dunbartonshire Council

We are looking for more volunteers to join us on our practical conservation workdays (weekly) and our wildlife surveys (3 a month June - September across the 3 sites) *Balloch Castle Country Park, the Saltings LNR, Brucehill Cliffs pLNR.  Around 5 hours commitment per week. Benefits: lunch / refreshments / travel reimbursement / PPE / on job training. No particular training necessary, just a willingness to join in and learn on the job. All dates and locations are published on our website and there is an online booking form there.  We are also looking for people willing to help with data input so we can update our biological records and contribute to the local records centre.   ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2HZazjX

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scottish Borders

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Scottish Borders red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Berwickshire, Teviot & Rule, Upper Tweed Valley & the surrounding areas. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the networks & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. ASK: Further information & to download application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Totnes, South Devon

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: The Sharpham Trust

If you like gratifying, physical work outdoors, you can help us with the conservation of Sharpham’s breath-taking parkland - thought to have been laid out by England’s most famous landscaper Capability Brown - which surrounds Sharpham House, a Grade 1-listed Georgian villa. This summer the group will be helping to restore some of the paths and steps around the Estate and building some new fencing near the orchards. The volunteers have just finished creating a new oak circular bench beside the River Dart amid the reed-beds. Our conservation volunteers meet by the coach-yard at the back of Sharpham House. No experience is necessary as guidance will be given by group leader Martin Beat from our partners Ambios ASK: Contact Lucy Bell on 01803 731802 or email volunteer@sharphamtrust.org to find out more information

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Worcestershire

PAY: Learn new skills

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation, carrying out thousands of hours of practical conservation across our reserves each year.  We have volunteer work parties based on reserves all across Worcestershire - joining your local volunteer group is a great way to meet new people, get fit (and stay fit!) and get closer to the wildlife that's local to you.  Learn new skills alongside our experienced team. Time commitment is variable – you decide. From woodlands to wetlands, from gentle tasks to a full 'wild work-out', there is something for everyone. ASK: Why not visit our website to find out more about the opportunities local to you: https://c-js.co.uk/2Lx8F9N or contact Helen Dorey, Conservation Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919.

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: Conservation Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: Hampshire County Council

This role will work alongside other volunteers and Staunton Country Park Ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of conservation tasks. This is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park, which has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. Dependent on the seasons, conservation tasks could include; clearing overgrowing vegetation over paths or fence lines, installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches, coppicing, scrub management, wildlife surveying /monitoring and keeping the park tidy and litter free.  No specific skills are needed for this role, although, as most of the work is based outdoors, an interest in the countryside and a willingness to volunteer in all weathers is desirable. A basic level of fitness is needed, as conservation tasks require physical activity on uneven terrain. Volunteers must be able to follow instructions and comply with our health and safety procedures. Flexible time commitment. ASK: Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Danebury Hill Fort Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stockbridge, Hampshire

PAY:

FOR: Hampshire County Council

10.30am-3.30pm, every third Sunday. Danebury Hill Fort is one of the most studied Iron Age hill forts in Europe, surrounded by valuable downland habitat. This herb rich grassland supports a variety of species including some of our most beautiful blue butterflies. You will be helping us to manage Danebury Hill Fort's habitats and keep it an enjoyable place for all to visit. Tasks include fencing, surveys, scrub management and lots more. If you would like to help protect and improve your countryside, be active outdoors or just meet like-minded people then come along and try a session. Tools, gloves and tea / coffee provided. ASK: For more information please contact us on: 01962 860948 or centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk



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