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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: Trainee Leader/Volunteer Officer - Uxbridge Green Gym

BE4: 1/10/18

LOC: Uxbridge

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

This opportunity is ideal for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital for working in the environmental and / or community sector for at least 2 days a week for 6 months. A full training package is provided including project leadership, first aid, risk assessment, and safeguarding vulnerable groups. Within each project there is scope for you to tailor the role to your requirements and you can have a positive influence on the project's development. Pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys, and liaising with health referral partners, local authorities, and clients. Practical wildlife and green space management & leadership: leading and assisting groups of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds on project days to complete conservation tasks such as creating wildlife habitats, sowing or scything meadows and planting hedgerows. Administration & marketing: supporting the day to day running of the project including database management, creating newsletters and promotion. ASK: For further information email gg-uxbridge@tcv.org.uk.

JOB: Trainee Reserves Officer - Volunteer Placement

BE4: 5/8/18 midnight

IV: IV 14/8/18

LOC: Soar Lane, Leicester, with travel throughout Leicestershire and Rutland

PAY: £300/month towards living costs, training

FOR: Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

Working with the Reserves Officer to gain experience & knowledge for a career in conservation, includes leading a large volunteer work group & carrying out a wide range of practical habitat management tasks across the Trust’s 33 reserves. A busy & exciting opportunity to learn & develop skills in practical habitat management, group leadership, use & maintenance of power & hand tools & best practice in conservation management. Training: first aid at work, pesticide & chainsaw certification, & a broad range of in-house training. Must have great communication & organisational skills, good computing skills, a ready sense of humour, enthusiasm & ability to use initiative & motivate others. Full driving licence plus 1 years’ driving experience essential. Previous experience desirable but not essential. 6-12 month placement, 4-5 days per week. ASK: Apply: Morag Scott Porteous, Reserves Officer, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE, e-mail: msporteous@lrwt.org.uk, tel: 0116248736

JOB: Field Operations Officer (Intern)

BE4: 31/7/18

IV: 31/07/2018

LOC: Lusinga, Democratic Republic of Congo

PAY: Accom, food & travel expense

FOR: Forgotten Parks Foundation

Starting 1/9/18 for 6 months with possible extension. Upemba National Park. This is the dream ticket for the right person motivated by a desire to leave behind a biodiversity legacy & help reconnect people to one of Africa’s oldest national parks. We are looking for a mature professional, typically someone who has recently retired with a well-developed set of transferable skills, who wants to do something to contribute to a conservation initiative & is prepared to work in a difficult & challenging environment. This French / English dual-language role is being advertised as an unpaid internship because all the funds we receive are directed towards the parks & supporting the rangers, who are the critical element here. You will directly support the Park Director in a number of critical areas that relate to the efficient running of the national parks & have responsibility for helping to coordinate all internal operations, thereby freeing up the Park Director to focus on external issues, strategic planning & funding. ASK: Send your application incl a cover letter & chronological CV in PDF format to jobs@forgottenparks.org. The cover letter will be used to judge the quality of your application. References should accompany your application.

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 7/8/18

IV: 07/08/2018

LOC: Dawlish Warren NNR, South Devon

PAY: 1700 training allowance & travel expenses

FOR: Teignbridge District Council

3 to 4 days per week for 6 months with possible extension to 9 months. The Reserve is famous for its extraordinary mix of internationally important wildlife, it is also a high profile resort with a fabulous landscape. Working with our countryside rangers, your role will be largely practical, with the management of the National Nature Reserve & its key species & habitats, but you will also be involved in delivering environmental education to schools & universities, assisting the public on this busy site, as well as bird protection & monitoring work. You will gain experience in working with ponies used for conservation grazing. Knowledge & experience of countryside management & / or nature conservation is highly desirable. You will ideally have a relevant qualification in conservation, wildlife or countryside management but this is not essential. Keen interest in countryside management, wildlife & people with ability to engage with a variety of interest groups & visitors essential, along with a full driving licence. ASK: Chat: Philip Chambers, 01626 863980. Apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2tXxZ1S

JOB: Volunteer Project Officer

BE4:

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Plymouth

PAY:

FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)

Do you care about wildlife and want to do something to make a difference? Would you like to share your passion for the environment with others? Fancy working in the environmental sector, but don’t yet have the experience to land your dream job? PEA could be just the thing you need to kick-start your career! You could spend your time learning to teach people about the environment and trying your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills such as hedgelaying, dry stone walling, and invasive species management as well as improving your wildlife ID expertise. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a range of transferable skills such as leadership and team-working, get a free training course such as small mammal ecology or brushcutter (Lantra), and best of all join a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic team! ASK: For info and details on how to apply visit www.pea-volunteering.co.uk/vacancies/.

JOB: Practical Conservationist

BE4: N / A

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Working as part of a team to carry out practical conservation tasks including habitat management/restoration; removing invasive species (vegetation); improving public access to local sites (footpath clearance, constructing benches, stiles, gates, installing waymarkers etc.). Using, cleaning and maintaining hand tools and power tools / specialist tools (training provided). Supporting other Coast Care volunteers. Essential: commitment to working outdoors in all weathers; physically able to carry out practical tasks (details provided in advance) Risk assessment and H&S training. Flexible volunteer hours. Some activities may be performed regularly (eg during growing season). Regular commitment is required for volunteers who wish to benefit from training courses. ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

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: Site Warden

BE4: N / A

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Responsibilities: reporting incidents within the community or designated site; carrying out minor repairs / conservation works (with guidance from Coast Care team); observing coastal damage and erosion; conducting beach cleans; recording injured or deceased wildlife; recording data and reporting to Coast Care team. Existing skills & experience needed: commitment to working outdoors in all weathers; physically able to conduct beach surveys / beach cleans; effective communication skills (keeping in touch and providing updates / reports). Training in risk assessment and H&S; first aid training depending on commitment and availability; on task training in use of tools, practical conservation techniques / practice, ID skills; specialist heritage skills training; machinery training depending on commitment and availability. A regular commitment is required but this can be in your own time. ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

JOB: General Help

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Netheridge Farm, Gloucester, GL2 5LE

PAY: Some training & expenses

FOR: Barn Owl Centre

We're looking to increase our voluntary team to help with our new 4 acre gallery trail. It's an all-weather, all-season countryside space around nature that will exhibit work of photographers, artists, crafts, wildlife garden & more. We're creating a facility where local communities can connect to exhibitors in open countryside with refreshments served from our new cafe area. Are you in a position to join an exciting team, day or evenings, to offer valuable time, this could be by helping out with basic labouring tasks, graphics, wildlife gardening, cafe & much more. We are an established conservation charity located about 2 miles from Gloucester city centre. ASK: If this is of interest to you or a friend, please give us a call on 01452 383999, we would love to hear from you.

JOB: Wildlife Surveyor

BE4: N / A

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Responsibilities: carrying out ecological surveys (species / habitats dependent on skills and experience – training provided); collecting, recording and submitting data; working in collaboration with different organisations to carry out ecological monitoring; using best practice methodologies. Existing skills & experience needed: meticulous approach to recording data; effective communication skills (keeping in touch and providing updates / reports); willing and able to volunteer outdoors and in all weathers. Proven ID skills (training and support provided) desirable. Training in risk assessment and H&S; first aid training depending on commitment and availability; on task training in use of tools, practical conservation techniques / practice, ID skills; training in ID and survey techniques. Opportunity to attend volunteer networking days and to build experience for career development. At least once per week during survey season (variable depending on species / habitat). Days / times can vary at volunteer's convenience ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Leeds

PAY: Clothing and travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Joining TCV as a Volunteer Officer and assisting staff with the delivery of practical conservation work has a wide range of benefits to offer you. These include: developing useful and transferable practical conservation skills, using a multitude of manual and powered tools, formal courses in first aid, leadership, safeguarding and risk assessment, developing your group leadership and project organisation skills, learning event organising and publicity skills with a national charity, improving your confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills, inclusion training to enhance your ability to support volunteers with diverse individual needs.  Being supported in your role by experienced staff through an individual development plan and regular meetings.  Work experience with flexible hours and responsibilities as desired and a personal budget for work clothing and travel expenses (incl. bus travel within Leeds reimbursed). 3-4 days per week.  ASK: Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk.

JOB: Wildlife Support Officer

BE4: N / A

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Responsibilities: collecting sick or injured marine life to relay to veterinary clinics/rehabilitation centres; liaising with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on behalf of Coast Care. Existing skills & Experience needed: commitment to working outdoors in all weathers; access to own car for transportation; effective communication skills. Skills development offered: training in risk assessment, health & safety and first aid; opportunity to assist with marine conservation; specialist animal handling and training; training in identification and animal health assessments; opportunity to attend volunteer networking days hosted by Coast Care and partners; opportunity to build experience for career development. Volunteers will be contacted when required to fulfil this role. ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Warden Thameside Thurrock

BE4: 13/8/18

LOC: Thameside Thurrock Nature Park SS17 0RN

PAY: Training

FOR: Essex Wildlife Trust

To support the Warden at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. You will need excellent communication skills to liaise with the reserves team and visitors to the site. You will need a willingness to be outside in all weathers and a good level of fitness to carry out practical tasks all day (this can be built up over time). An understanding of nature reserves and conservation would be beneficial. All necessary training and assistance will be provided. Working closely with the Warden on site this opportunity will be a great chance to develop skills needed to get in to the conservation and landscape management sector. Ideally you will be able to help at least three days a week. ASK: To apply please visit www.essexwt.org.uk/volunteer-opportunities

JOB: Coast Care Intern

BE4: 10/8/18

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Placements are full-time or part-time for 3-9 months. Working closely with AONB Partnership staff to: engage landowners; write habitat and heritage management plans; identify funding sources; apply for funds; implement management plans. Existing skills & experience needed: essential - excellent written skills; commitment to Coast Care project values; reliable, trustworthy and enthusiastic. Desirable - degree or equivalent in ecology / environmental conservation/heritage management; ecological identification skills; experience of writing management plans; historic environment knowledge. Generous expenses & training budget allowed. Support and advice will be provided by project and partner staff. Opportunity to: join other project training events (heritage skills, first aid, risk assessment etc); attend volunteer networking days hosted by Coast Care / partner organisations; opportunity to build experience for career development. ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

JOB: Camden Volunteer Conservation Officer

BE4: 1/9/18

LOC: Camden & Islington

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Our leadership program is second to none and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to gain the exp vital to land a paid position working in the environmental or community sector. At least 2 days a week for 6 months. A full training package is provided including first aid, project leadership, risk assessment, and safeguarding vulnerable groups and full support and mentoring is provided by the Project Officer. Within each project there is scope for you to tailor the role to your requirements; you can have a positive influence on the project’s development. Essential to this role are excellent communication / people skills and an enthusiasm for the outdoors and the environment. If you have an interest in gaining practical conservation skills, learning about leading groups, community engagement and organising work days, this role is for you. A confident cyclist with a full clean or near clean driving licence is desirable but not essential. ASK: For further information email p.hutchings@tcv.org.uk.

JOB: Guide / Walk Leader

BE4: 10/8/18

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Responsibilities: providing on-site guidance for visitors and the general public at named sites; leading walks or activities; engaging visitors and the public in activities which raise awareness and generate support; promoting the core values of Coast Care. Existing skills & experience needed: previous experience of guiding or willing to undertake training; excellent rapport with the public; effective communication skills; knowledge of Northumbrian coast, wildlife, habitats or heritage desirable. Training in risk assessment and H&S; first aid training depending on commitment and availability; specialist heritage skills / knowledge training. Opportunity to attend volunteer networking days hosted by Coast Care and partner organisations. Opportunity to build experience for career development. Volunteers will be added to a list of people who can be called on for events or open days. At some sites, guiding teams will be needed on a weekly basis through the summer period. Out of season and at less well visited sites, volunteer opportunities will be occasional and as needed. ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

JOB: Volunteer Countryside Ranger

BE4: 16/8/18

IV: 20/8/18

LOC: MALBOROUGH, KINGSBRIDGE, DEVON

PAY: Accommodation, travel and training allowance

FOR: National Trust

An exciting opportunity to work with a small Ranger team in a stunning coastal property. Carrying out practical estate management work throughout the area - part of the South Devon AONB. Working with the team, you will learn practical conservation skills and high quality site management to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience throughout the estate that we manage. Working 4 days a week for 6 months. Training provided and free accommodation in shared bungalow in a beautiful but isolated location 20 minutes from the workshop. Some experience in working with volunteers and other groups with a good understanding of the countryside and recreation. Experience of the use of hand tools. Excellent communication skills and a ‘have a go’ attitude and drive to improve and succeed. Ability to work outside in all weathers. Driving licence and own transport essential. ASK: For further information and an application form email lorna.sherriff@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Voluntary Conservation Internship

BE4: 22/7/18

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

PAY: Travel expenses & training*

FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

This role will suit someone with baseline exp of conservation volunteering, or with some existing estate skills and natural history knowledge, combined with a passion for wildlife.  It will entail working alongside the Assistant Reserve Officer to lead teams of conservation volunteers and deliver habitat and infrastructure tasks throughout the mosaic of wetland, grassland and woodland habitats in the reserve.  It is a very practical role, which builds on a candidate’s existing skills and offers valuable exp as a baseline for a career in this field. *25p/mile contribution towards travel expenses, in-house tuition and guidance, plus potential for 'ticket' training for a suitably committed candidate. 3 days per week (excl Friday, Saturday and Sunday), for a min 4 month period. ASK: Email sarah.leach@brockholes.org for a role description, then send Sarah your CV and covering letter.

JOB: Wild Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Pigneys Wood (near North Walsham)

PAY: Training

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help the wildlife of NWT’s Thorpe Marshes through assisting with habitat management. This runs once a month on a Friday & is part of the Broads Landscape Partnership project Water, Mills & Marshes, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). We also require volunteers on a Wednesday, once a month, at Pigneys Wood to assist with habitat management, increase our knowledge of wildlife on the reserve through assisting with wildlife surveys, & to help visitors enjoy this site by helping with keeping pathways open & improving access. This activity is run in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers, funded by the HLF. ASK: Contact Mark Webster 07843 069567 markw@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Woodland working group member - Canal Wood - Newry

BE4: N / A

LOC: Newry, County Armagh BT35 6TR

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

Your local wood needs you! We are the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management & conservation of Canal Wood, a low lying wet woodland site forming a linear wedge between the old canal to the east & the mainline railway to the west. You will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s site in line with the management plan & as agreed with the Woodland Working Group Leader & the Volunteer Manager. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form - https://c-js.co.uk/2txrtyG

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Community), Berkshire

BE4: 23/7/18 9am

IV: IV 31/7/18

LOC: Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, Berkshire

PAY: Limited expenses

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

3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. Gain experience of working with children & families, running events, sessions for groups & schools & practical conservation. Alongside the day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of external & internal training, covering community engagement, environmental education, habitat management, species ID, & interview training among many others. This will include external accreditation such as the St John Ambulance First Aid at Work certificate. You will need to have a strong desire to work in nature conservation & an interest in encouraging others to take action for wildlife. Enthusiasm, an ability to engage with people from a range of ages & backgrounds, physical fitness & a valid driving licence, are essential. Some experience of working or volunteering with groups or schools is desirable as is rel education. ASK: For more information visit www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21693.

JOB: RSPB Residential Volunteers

BE4: 31/8/18

LOC: Various locations

PAY: Free accommodation and training where appropriate

FOR: RSPB

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 us 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 should have 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 one we are looking for. ASK: For more details please see our website at www.rspb.org.uk/residentialvolunteering

JOB: Woodland working group member - Swan and Cygnet Woods - Stock - Essex

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stock, Essex, CM4 9QW

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active enthusiastic people to join our Woodland Working Group at Swan and Cygnet Woods in Essex.  The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management and conservation of Swan and Cygnet Woods. Old blends nicely with new at Swan Wood and its appropriately named smaller recently planted neighbour, Cygnet Wood. Swan Wood is an ancient site with both a distinctive and delightful character. As a Woodland Working Group Member you will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form: https://c-js.co.uk/2Kmc9hY

JOB: Woodland Working Group Member - Marden Park

BE4: N / A

LOC: Marden Park, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DG

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management and conservation of Marden Park Wood. This mosaic of ancient broadleaf woodland, newer planting and rare chalk grassland sits high on the beautiful North Downs of East Surrey.  You will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s site in line with the management plan and as agreed with the Woodland Working Group Leader and the Volunteer Manager. As group member we would expect you to work within a group and not alone. ASK: Please apply here: https://c-js.co.uk/2yAx8cg

JOB: Volunteer Estates Ranger Placement

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Nene Park, Peterborough

PAY: Training

FOR: Nene Park Trust

Would you like to gain experience of working in a busy country park setting? You would be working alongside our skilled team of rangers and volunteers undertaking a range of maintenance, conservation and visitor related tasks. Placements are for 3-4 days per week for a minimum 4 week period and are available throughout the year. ASK: If you would like to find out more, email us at volunteer@neneparktrust.org.uk or see our website www.nenepark.org.uk/support-us/volunteer

JOB: Wade's Ranger Volunteers

BE4: 20/12/18

LOC: Armley and Gotts Parks, Leeds

PAY: Training / reasonable travelling expenses

FOR: Leeds City Council

Do you want to make a difference to Armley and Gotts Park? Do you enjoy the outdoors, being active and learning new skills, then why not join us to carry out vital work in both parks? We meet every second Sunday of the month (10 am - 12 noon) or every fourth Thursday of the month (10 am - 3 pm). All are very welcome, no experience required. ASK: Please contact Claire Rogers at claire.rogers@leeds.gov.uk for more information or telephone: 07891 277006

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Grey Squirrel Control Officer, Annandale

BE4: N / A

LOC: Annandale Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Annandale Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale.  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 group & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

4 days per month. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Glenkens area. 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 funding via the Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the group & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. Tasks include liaising with local trap hosts, trap placement, setting & maintenance, the humane dispatch of grey squirrels & record keeping.   This post would be ideal for someone looking to develop a career in conservation. Rel firearm licence & training preferred but not essential. Must have a full clean driving licence.   ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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: Conservation - Breeding Unit Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Slimbridge HQ, Gloucestershire, GL2

PAY: Training / uniform / discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

You will assist with aspects of vegetation management & building maintenance (e.g. applying timber treatments to wooden buildings) to ensure the safety of birds in conservation breeding programmes. Normally one day per week, hours to be agreed probably a Tuesday. To maintain the Conservation Breeding Unit facilities, you will assist us to keep bird enclosures & boundary fence-lines clear of vegetation by: push-mower grass cutting willow-coppicing blackthorn / bramble brush clearance using pruners or brushcutters (minimal); hand weeding (e.g. thistles) inside bird enclosures. Assist us to keep enclosures & buildings safe for birds by: repairing fences; applying timber treatments to wooden buildings. Hand clean plastic & fibreglass ponds & rearing tanks, from time to time using a power washer to do this & to clean artificial substrates such as rubber or cloth mats; conducting basic DIY & cleaning of store rooms. ASK: Contact Amy Hannan, 07584171420 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Lead Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Pembrey Woods

PAY: Training

FOR: Pembrey Conservation Trust

To support the organisation of small work parties to work within the 2,800 acres of coastal woodland where the trust works in partnership with NRW and the butterfly conservation trust to manage key habitats, 25km of access routes and recreation areas. Experience of risk assessment, habitat and group development would be great but overall the ability to commit one day a week would be desirable. You will be literate and numerate with a good knowledge of countryside skills and equipment aptitude, motivational skills and an ability to communicate with all levels of society. Sounds a lot but it’s really a great place to volunteer with a committed team - interested ??? ASK: Contact thomasnick7@hotmail.co.uk for a chat

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Trainee Countryside Ranger

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 hedgelaying, fencing and woodland management in winter and coast path cutting, footpath maintenance in the summer.


  • Closing Date: 03/08/2018
  • Sector: Arboriculture Countryside Ecology
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South West
  • Posted: 11/07/2018


Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.