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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.


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: Ranger Placement

BE4: 05/02/18

LOC: Rothbury and The Sill, Hadrian's Wall

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

10 days over a 3 month period (April, May and June). The purpose of the placement is to help participants understand value and contribute to conserving, enhancing and enjoying the National Park’s distinctive natural and cultural qualities. The placement will develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, engaging and dealing with the public. Working as part of the Ranger Team, placements will become actively involved in the care and management of the National Park. You must be seeking a career as a countryside ranger or in the environmental / land management sector; be approachable, open, polite and helpful to others. Self motivated, adaptable with good organisational skills. Able to carry out the tasks in the described work areas and to work outdoors in all weathers and able to get to the chosen location (Rothbury or The Sill) for a 9am start.  ASK: For more information contact jane.riddell@nnpa.org.uk or visit http://c-js.co.uk/2lVzYjb.

JOB: Volunteer Rangers x3

BE4: 9th February

IV: 22nd or 23rd February

LOC: Glencoe

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

Three Volunteer Rangers required as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s countryside ranger service in Glencoe.  Would suit recent graduates or someone starting a career in conservation.  All posts would involve a variety of tasks which could include footpath maintenance, tree nursery work, delivery of education and events, ecological survey work/habitat monitoring, fencing, assisting the stalker, and staffing the ranger information desk. The posts would commence on 19th March until the end of October 2018. Applicants who are available for the duration of the season will be favoured. Some knowledge / exp in the relevant field required but a willingness to learn is essential. Ability to work under own initiative and good communication skills necessary. Volunteers must also be happy working and living in a remote place, leading events and working both indoors and outdoors. A full clean driving licence is essential. The post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check. ASK: Download an application pack from http://bit.ly/2lV7WnQ For any further information please contact Rachel McKerral rmckerral@nts.org.uk or call 01855 811307. Please do not send a CV.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: 1st March 2018

LOC: Poole Farm, Plymouth

PAY: 0

FOR: Plymouth City Council

Poole farm is set to become Plymouths first city farm, located within the new Derriford Community Park. The farm is constantly growing and developing through staff and volunteer efforts and partnership projects. Join our regular Tuesday volunteering from 9:30am to 4pm to help shape this community space through habitat management, wildlife surveying, animal care and developing site infrastructure.  This position seeks volunteers that can commit on a weekly basis for at least 2 months, and due to the nature of the role and accessibility of the site, must have a good level of fitness. If you like being outdoors and in nature, have practical skills in carpentry, building, habitat management, education or wildlife surveying or if you are keen to develop skills in these areas, please contact us to find out what opportunities could be available to you. ASK: To find out further information please visit www.facebook.com/poolefarmproject or email rosie.ball@plymouth.gov.uk

JOB: Trainee Volunteer Ranger x 4

BE4: 15th February 2018 @ 5.00pm

IV: 28th February & 1st March 2018

LOC: Fort William

PAY: Accommodation and Subsistence Allowance of £100 per week

FOR: Nevis Partnership

The Nevis Landscape Partnership Programme (NLP) is offering to take on 4 x Trainee Volunteer Rangers for a 12-week training programme starting 9th April 2018. This opportunity will allow motivated individuals seeking experience of the hands-on practice of conservation work and mountain tourism dynamics in a specific context. Key skills will be gained to build towards a career in this field. Programme will consist of specific core training such as first aid and mountain awareness as well as habitat and monitoring training and relevant environmental based workshops. Work experience will be gained in supporting NLP with their various projects along with the opportunity to network with and potentially support our partners such as Forestry Commission Scotland, John Muir Trust and Highlife Highland Rangers. ASK: Detailed job description and application form can be found on our website http://bit.ly/1UWook4 or for further information contact susan@nevispartnership.co.uk

JOB: Trustees

BE4: 9th February 2018

LOC: Devon

PAY: 0

FOR: Devon Wildlife Trust

Trusteeship is a voluntary role where people who care about Devon’s wildlife work together to provide strong leadership for the charity and help it to achieve its vision of a Devon rich in wildlife, for everyone and valued by all. We believe that serving as a Trustee with Devon Wildlife Trust is a rewarding experience. Not only do our Trustees play a leading role in safeguarding Devon’s stunning wildlife and wild places for future generations, but DWT is a friendly, welcoming organisation, with high standards of delivery, a highly competent management team, a track record of good governance and a lot of ambition. ASK: To register your interest or if you have any questions, please contact Sarah Loweth 01392 79244 sloweth@devonwildlifetrust.org

JOB: Volunteer Coast and Countryside Ranger

BE4: Friday 9th February 2018.

LOC: The Lizard, Cornwall

PAY: Training, expenses & accommodation provided if needed

FOR: National Trust

28 hours a week (by negotiation) for 6-12 months. This is a great opportunity to work within a dynamic ranger team and develop new skills and experience in conservation. The focus of this role will be outdoor, practical work and may involve assisting at events. In this role you will be: helping the ranger team keep the countryside in great condition and to a high standard of conservation and presentation; using tools, machinery and equipment and maintaining them in a safe working order; working on all types of terrain in a variety of weather conditions; learning more about The Lizard, its history, landscape, nature and archaeology. Sharing what’s great about The Lizard with local people and visitors; helping people understand why we need to take care of special places; making people feel welcome and helping them have a safe and enjoyable day. Get ‘on the job’ training with experienced rangers and (depending on work plans) access to more formal courses to further your career e.g. first aid, brushcutter use. Volunteer card provided for those who do more than 50hrs volunteering. ASK: For more information visit: http://c-js.co.uk/2D6pWXi Send a CV and covering letter to darren.neville@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Information Assistant

BE4: 5/2/18

IV: 05/02/2018

LOC: Handa Island

PAY: Accom & some food costs

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

A chance to communicate with visitors about nature, conservation, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and to recruit members.  A 10 week full time role to coincide with peak visitor season.  Enjoy life on a small island just off the mainland and boost your career.  Must have communicable passion for wildlife/the environment and be able to inspire others.  Must be willing and able to live in a remote setting with other volunteers for long periods and have a flexible attitude.  ASK: See Handa page on our website: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/how-to-help/become-a-volunteer/volunteering-on-handa/

JOB: Handa Beach Volunteers (3 needed)

BE4: 11/2/18

IV: 11/02/2018

LOC: Handa Island

PAY: None, free accomodation

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Handa Island is a wonderful place to spend a week but like many beaches it suffers from man-made seaborne litter which we clear early in the season in conjunction with our ranger staff.  There might be the opportunity to undertake other maintenance or bothy related tasks if time allows.  Handa beach clearance week is Saturday 21 – Saturday 28 April.  Must be happy sharing living quarters with others in a remote setting.  Getting to Handa on time is now almost impossible without a car but we will try our best to match drivers with non drivers. ASK: Please see Handa page on our website and it is important to fully read all information http://c-js.co.uk/2DmP1dg

JOB: Conservation Assistant (Volunteer)

BE4: 22/1/18 9am

IV: 1/2/18

LOC: East Dartmoor NNR, Bovey Tracey, Devon

PAY: Travel / expenses

FOR: East Dartmoor NNR

Hosted by Natural England, the role is a year-long structured training programme for 4 graduate volunteers to consolidate skills and knowledge in applied conservation management. This is a central component and delivery method of the Moor than meets the eye scheme, with Volunteer Conservation Assistants spending equal time at East Dartmoor NNR and with MTMTE project partners on the eastern side of Dartmoor National Park. The role is suitable for recent graduates wishing to develop applied and practical conservation skills in order to gain employment in the nature conservation. We are looking for candidates with a degree or equiv qual in an environmental subject and a demonstrable, keen interest in pursuing a career in the sector. A full, clean driving licence is essential. Exp will be gained in practical habitat and countryside management, biological and archaeology surveying and monitoring as well as public events and engagement with local community groups, schools and universities. ASK: For further details and a candidate pack: linda.corkerton@naturalengland.org.uk 01626 832330 http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/eastdartmoornnr http://eastdartmoorwoods.org/

JOB: New Forest Volunteer Fair

BE4:

IV: 26/01/2018

LOC: New Forest National Park

PAY:

FOR: New Forest National Park Authority

The New Forest’s number one event for volunteering opportunities returns in January, bigger and better than ever. The New Forest Volunteer Fair is organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and brings together dozens of local groups to help budding volunteers find their perfect role. After another year of record attendance, hundreds of people are again expected to visit the free fair on Sunday 28 January, open between 10.30am and 4pm at Lyndhurst Community Centre. ASK: Find out more at http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/volunteerfair

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: 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: Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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. Please see the latest Conservation Tasks Programme for more example. Time commitment is flexible. You should be of an active nature. Knowledge & experience of conservation management helpful. ASK: volunteers@leevalleypark.org.uk 01992 709867

JOB: Volunteer In Galapagos National Park

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ecuador

PAY: Accomm / uniform

FOR: Volunteer Latin America

3 months min. University students & professionals from around the world have the opportunity to exp the uniqueness of the Galapagos & directly participate in conservation actions, management practices, & sustainable development of the Islands. Numerous positions are available, ranging from teaching English to the rangers of the Galapagos National Park to the nesting monitoring of the Green Tortoise. Applicants should be university students or professionals. Previous exp may be required for some positions. All candidates should be able to easily adapt to adverse climatic conditions, be in excellent physical condition, & have intermediate Spanish skills. ASK: http://www.volunteerlatinamerica.com/ info@volunteerlatinamerica.com

JOB: Fenn's Moss NNR Voluntary Warden

BE4:

IV: 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: 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: 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: Woodland Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Barkers Wood, Bulwell, Nottingham

PAY: Genuine expenses plus*

FOR: Bulwell Community Toy Library

At least 1 day a week but can be Saturday. Assist community woodland manager with hands on day to day management of the woodland incl: coppicing, clearing drainage ditches, planting, hedge laying path improvement & adding value to wood products incl green woodworking for sale to work towards woodland being self sustaining. *firewood if desired, on the job training possibility of access to short courses in woodland skills / conservation. Must be reasonably fit as work is physical in nature & able to work outdoors year round. Willing to undergo DBS check as may be working alongside children & young people but not a requirement of the position. Some experience in woodland work or green woodworking or knowledge of woodland environments beneficial but not essential. Most important & essential enthusiastic & willing to learn. ASK: jane@toy-library.co.uk 0115 9753898

JOB: Volunteer Crew

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Guildford, Surrey

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Surrey Care Trust

Two or three days a month. Our two Swingbridge boats provide a wonderful environment for people to learn new skills & develop confidence. Swingbridge1 & Swingbridge2 together are accredited as a training centre by the National Community Boats Association, & Swingbridge2 is also a base for environmental volunteering. Enjoying time on the water, an aptitude for the practical side of boats, an enthusiasm for environmental work & above all the ability to motivate & enthuse others. Our supported volunteers need support from others in the team. ASK: swingbridge@surreycaretrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Residential Warden

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Arne, Dorset

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: RSPB

12 months. This is a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to fulfil a career in conservation. This placement will work in our Dorset team at Arne. It will be mainly practical outdoor work across a large range of habitat types incl Ancient Woodland, Wetlands & Lowland Heath. Accommodation will be provided & appropriate training given which may incl, Brushcutter, ATV & species ID. ASK: Further information or to apply by sending your CV & cover letter to Stewart stewart.milburn@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Full-Time Practical Ranger

BE4: 25/1/18

LOC: Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth

PAY: Free accommodation, In house training on a variety of machinery, Wildlife courses, Volunteer expenses

FOR: National Trust

Our team manage 197 acres of ancient woodland & grassland with the river Plym & abundant industrial archaeology at the heart of the site. The valley supports a wide range of habitats & is home to Kingfishers, Otters, & Peregrines falcons. With over 350,000 visitors each year, the placement provides the perfect opportunity to work within a buzzing property enabling you to develop a broad range of practical countryside skills. Plym Peregrine Project is an exciting & engaging element of our work here & would provide great opportunities to work with volunteers, neighbours & thousands of supporters. In house training on a variety of machinery incl. You will be enthusiastic & passionate about working in the outdoors. Time: 9 months - 1 year. ASK: Further information / apply by sending your CV & covering letter to jessica.tatton-brown@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Residential Volunteers

BE4: 2/2/18

LOC: RSPB Loch Lomond

PAY: Free accommodation and training where appropriate

FOR: RSPB

RSPB Loch Lomond is looking for enthusiastic long term residential volunteers, for a visitor exp & a practical conservation & surveying role. You will develop a set of skills that will make you a competitive candidate for nature conservation roles. You will be an integral part of our small & friendly team & assist with all aspects of our work. The roles are diverse, & vary depending on the time of year. You will need to be at least 18 years old, preferably with a clean driving licence. The ability to work in a team is essential, as is enthusiasm, good communication skills & a friendly disposition. Time Commitment: 6 months Mid March - Mid September.  ASK: Applications should be sent in the form of a CV to rebecca.austin@rspb.org.uk. Please see our website for more details of the individual roles at http://www.rspb.org.uk/residentialvolunteering

JOB: Events Planning Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

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

JOB: Conservation Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: All over Scotland!

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

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

JOB: 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: Sphagnum Planting Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Skipton and Swinton

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

What's Sphagnum?! I hear you ask. Sphagnum are mosses that are the wonderful multi-coloured living carpets of moss found in wet places like peat bogs, marshland, heath and moorland. The Yorkshire Peat Partnership are currently running a project to investigate how re-planting damaged peatlands with Sphagnum moss improves ecosystem service benefits such as water quality and greenhouse gas emissions. We have 60 research plots to plant up, all part of the scientific study, therefore a keen eye for detail is required to maintain accurate planting and consistency throughout. You'll get to spend time out in some of Yorkshire's finest landscapes, planting key peatland species that will feed into research to determine future methods of peatland management. Planting will take place in February 2018. ASK: For further information contact volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Peatland Habitat Monitor

BE4: N/A

LOC: Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and North Yorkshire Moors

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The Yorkshire Peat Partnership is a peatland restoration programme that delivers restoration by blocking drains and revegetating bare peat in the Yorkshire uplands. We want to develop a programme for long term monitoring on sites where restoration work has taken place with the help from volunteers. Monitoring will take place in upland areas of Yorkshire and you'll get to enjoy our most wild landscapes in the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the North Yorkshire Moors. Knowledge of upland plant species is desirable as you'll need to know your heather from your bilberry, plus be savvy with Sphagnum. An induction workshop is planned and training for basic plant ID is also available if required. ASK: To apply: volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Skomer Island Long Term Volunteers

BE4: 26/01/18

IV: 26/01/2018

LOC: Skomer Island NNR, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Accommodation, boat transport & rel training

FOR: Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Four placements available, two running from 01/04/18 until 15/07/18 & two running from 15/07/18 until 30/09/18. Successful candidates will assist in welcoming visitors to the island, conducting species monitoring, maintaining visitor accommodation, leading educational activities, maintenance work & other tasks where necessary. They will have a love & enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation, a hardy nature, & be willing to work in all weathers with unsociable hours in remote locations. They will also have a high level of motivation, be happy to work independently, be physically fit & happy to spend long periods of time on the island without visiting the mainland. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2BunV2y or Leighton Newman on skomer.vo@welshwildlife.org

JOB: Reserve Assistant Volunteer

BE4: 28/02/2018

LOC: RSPB Cors Ddyga & RSPB South Stack Cliffs

PAY: Training / travel expenses (up to 25 miles)

FOR: RSPB Cymru

1 / 2 days per week. RSPB Cors Ddyga: we require volunteer help with habitat management & reserve maintenance on the North Wales wetland reserves. Tasks incl controlling invasive non-native plants, hay cutting, fencing, track maintenance & nest-box building. This can be muddy work, but also very rewarding. Be part of a cheerful team that meet weekly & work amongst some of the finest wildlife on Anglesey! RSPB South Stack: on Fridays we have a team of local volunteers that come & help with general maintenance & conservation work on the reserve such as fence building, path work & heather burns. Some opportunities arise in ad hoc assistance with this. We also have the occasional project work such as chough surveys. Enthusiasm & a good level of fitness essential! No special skills are needed although exp of surveying, habitat management & estate maintenance welcome. An up-to-date tetanus injection & enjoy working in a team. ASK: Eva Vazquez-Garcia, Community & Volunteer Development Officer - North Wales 01248 672850 eva.vazquezgarcia@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Environmental Project Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Stocksbridge, North Sheffield

PAY: Training / workwear / travel expenses

FOR: Steel Valley Project

1 day per week - 8.30am - 4.30pm. Monday - Friday. To assist in the practical management of local public greenspace sites by the Steel Valley Project. Tasks include: practical habitat management of sites such as, woodland, heathland & grassland habitats; the installation & repair of countryside access & boundary infrastructure; the development & planning of practical work; undertake training where necessary. Recent projects include vegetation cutback along local public rights of way, wildlife pond installation, dry stone walling, various habitat management tasks to favour the woodland 'willow tit' bird, woodland step & path installation & tree planting. New projects include more of the same plus numerous small woodland management projects aimed at improving woodland conditions throughout the area to benefit wildlife & public access. No formal quals or exp required. However, volunteers should have a desire to work outdoors in all weathers & be willing to learn new skills. Volunteers should be able to communicate well, work as part of a group & have a reasonable level of physical fitness. ASK: info@steelvalleyproject.org 0114 2830880 http://www.steelvalleyproject.org

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: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Marton Mere Nature Reserve, Blackpool

PAY: Training

FOR: Blackpool Council

Marton Mere Nature Reserve is calling all enthusiastic people with an interest in wildlife & green spaces to join our friendly Volunteer Ranger Service. Be part of our amazing 3 year, HLF project to transform the reserve & preserve Blackpool's most important ecological haven for future generations. You will work alongside an enthusiastic team of volunteers, assisting experienced staff & getting involved with a wide variety of projects including habitat conservation, estate maintenance, surveys, environmental activities as well as the promotion of our new visitor centre. No experience or quals needed, as training is given. Only essential requirement is an interest in the env & a willingness to get stuck in! ASK: Iollan Banks, Environmental Volunteer Co-ordinator, 07768 557271 martonmere@blackpool.gov.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Mortonall, Edinburgh

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

You will be assisting & learning from the current volunteer & senior project officer. You could spend your time trying a variety of practical conservation skills travelling to community gardens, parks & reserves around Edinburgh, or engage with communities & schools. As confidence & skills develop, you will take a leading role on the practical volunteering days helping load & maintain tools & supervise other volunteers. When appropriate you will do extra days supporting us with advertising & administrative tasks. You will gain excellent work exp valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skills, & best of all join a friendly & supportive team in a camping park in the South of Edinburgh. Willing to lead a group; work well in a team; passionate about the environment & conservation; time management skills; willing to drive the mini-van of volunteers; full driving licence held for a year. Knowledge & exp in practical conservation; conservation & ecology; community & public engagement; exp leading a group or team. ASK: Please contact Diane Obst diane.obst@tcv.org.uk 07824 522314

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: http://www.tircoed.org.uk

JOB: Historic Features Team Volunteering

BE4: 28/02/2018

LOC: RSPB Cors Ddyga (LL60 6LB)

PAY: Training / travel expenses (up to 25 miles)

FOR: RSPB Cymru

We are looking for a small team of 4 - 6 local history enthusiasts to study, maintain, & raise awareness of the historic features at RSPB Cors Ddyga Reserve on Anglesey. This site is a fascinating reserve that is becoming better known to the public. It has a wealth of historic features incl the Berw Colliery Scheduled Ancient Monument, which provide an additional avenue of interest to the wildlife importance of the reserve. Meet once a month to inspect & maintain the historic buildings. Research & possible restoration projects may take more time, but will largely be up to the team. RSPB Cors Ddyga has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support this volunteering opportunity. Enthusiasm & a willingness to learn & an ability to undertake historical research. ASK: Eva Vazquez-Garcia, Community & Volunteer Development Officer - North Wales 01248 672850 eva.vazquezgarcia@rspb.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/2wDZFJc

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Murlough

PAY: In house training & free accommodation

FOR: National Trust

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

JOB: Volunteer Estate Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Castle Ward

PAY: In house training & free accommodation

FOR: National Trust

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

JOB: Volunteer Forest Warden

BE4: 31/01/2018

LOC: Epping Forest

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: City of London, Open Spaces Department

16 hours per month min. Wardens carry out a host of tasks so diverse that there are many opportunities to acquire new skills & knowledge. Tasks incl: carrying out survey work; lead conservation tasks; assist with public engagement; help with events; support the forest keepers. No formal quals required but candidates must have a love of Epping Forest & an interest in natural history. Self-motivated, outgoing local people who can communicate to a wide & varied audience. Enjoy meeting & working with people, providing assistance in a polite & constructive manner. Prev exp of volunteering advantageous. Age 18 & above. ASK: 0208 5321010 http://c-js.co.uk/2xTqT2q martin.whitfield@cityoflondon.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scotland

PAY: ?

FOR: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association

The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) is looking for volunteers from its current membership, or from people who support the work of the Association aims. You would be assisting in our membership drive, supporting regional groups & assisting in the following topic groups: training, education, SCRA professional qual & youth awards, communication, editorship. SCRA offers you the opportunity to extend your knowledge & understanding of rangering in Scotland. It should assist you in building your CV. If you only wish to volunteer to do conservation work we can direct you to your nearest group. Our quest is about building a committed volunteer team to assist SCRA into the future. ASK: rangerbobreid@gmail.com

JOB: Skokholm Long Term Volunteers

BE4: 12/02/2018

LOC: Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Each season we invite 4 volunteers to Skokholm to help the wardens manage the island & monitor its wildlife. There are 2 positions running from 1/4/18 until 30/6/18 & 2 from 1/7/18 until 30/9/18. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on one of Britain’s most spectacular islands & gain experience in a wide range of survey techniques. The successful applicants will also be integral to all aspects of island management, from providing sanitation & clean visitor accommodation to helping with boat deliveries & physical management such as pond digging. Each volunteer has their own bedroom at the farm & share the same facilities as our paying guests. Volunteers are also encouraged to run a personal project. Happy to spend time with our guests & share their passion for the phenomenal things which inhabit Skokholm. No qualifications or specific experience required as training will be given on the island, however, candidate who are working towards a career in conservation are preferred. Previous volunteering exp, rel quals such as a ringing permit & experienced birds welcomed. Enthusiasm for UK wildlife with a desire to learn & get involved in a range of tasks. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2yJsYxV

JOB: LOHP Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Near Diss & Thetford, Norfolk / Suffolk Border

PAY: A variety of training opportunities

FOR: Little Ouse Headwaters Project

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

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: Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk http://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Grantham Canal Restoration Volunteers

BE4: March 2018

LOC: Woolsthorpe By Belvoir (Near Grantham)

PAY: Training

FOR: Grantham Canal Society

The Grantham Canal Heritage Initiative is an exciting Heritage Lottery Funded project that aims to restore two historic locks on the Grantham Canal as part of our long term ambition to restore approximately 30 miles of this picturesque, historic waterway to its former glory. This volunteer led initiative is delivered in partnership with the Grantham Canal Society, the Canal & River Trust & the Waterway Recovery Group providing wide ranging objectives including the physical delivery, education & event management. We are looking for volunteers to support us in delivering this project over the remaining 3 years of the project & beyond, helping us to maintain & restore the canal. Opportunities available include: practical restoration & maintenance works; supporting volunteer activity; supporting events & education activities; fundraising work; administrative support. Experience & knowledge of some areas of work would be desirable - such as the fundraising role & volunteers who are motivated & good team workers to support our ongoing commitment to restoring the Grantham Canal. ASK: http://www.granthamcanal.org/news/ volunteer@granthamcanal.org

JOB: Volunteer Ranger X 3

BE4: Ongoing (March)

LOC: Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Northern Ireland

PAY: Accommodation & in house training

FOR: National Trust

To assist with the practical habitat management & monitoring of flora & fauna on the NT's South Down properties in N Ireland on the coastal property of Murlough NNR. An opportunity to gain experience in environmental conservation undertaking a wide variation of tasks involved in managing a National Nature Reserve. No practical experience required but must have an interest in nature conservation & able to work as part of a team. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, reasonably fit & enjoy working outdoors. ASK: Kim McMonagle, Castle Ward, Strangford, BT30 7LS 028 44881204 kim.mcmonagle@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stowmarket, Suffolk

PAY: PPE & occasional training opportunities

FOR: The Museum Of East Anglian Life

Help us to manage the land under higher level stewardship, we have 14ha of wet grassland, flood plain grazing marsh, fen & woodland & we use cattle & rare breed sheep to manage the grassland. We need help to deliver the HLS prescriptions including control of invasive species, scrub control, coppicing in the small woodland, surveying, leading walks. Duties may include hand clearing of weeds in species rich grassland, hand pulling & cutting of scrub regeneration, strimming, using a chainsaw, floral & bird survey. Any time between 8am & 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. Qualification in countryside related subject, experience in practical conservation, & comfortable around large livestock, experience using brushcutter, chainsaw, surveying. Must have an interest in nature conservation & be willing to work in all weathers & have own initiative. ASK: Shaun Wolton, Estate Officer, shaun.wolton@eastanglianlife.org.uk

JOB: Estate Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stowmarket, Suffolk

PAY: PPE & occasional training opportunities

FOR: The Museum Of East Anglian Life

You will help us manage the museum estate, carrying out grounds maintenance, gardening in the walled garden or helping with animal care for the museum animals, setting up events. Duties could include: lawnmowing & strimming of grassed areas, hedge trimming, animal husbandry, ground based tree work, moving tables & chairs & preparing the marquee & building for events & weddings. Any time between 8am & 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. Qualifications are not essential, but it would be desirable to have an interest in outdoor work, desirable qualifications & experience in using brushcutters, chainsaw, ride on lawnmower, tractor & an interest or training in horticulture. Need to be willing to work in all weathers & have a positive can do attitude. ASK: Shaun Wolton, Estate Officer, shaun.wolton@eastanglianlife.org.uk

JOB: Various Volunteer Roles

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Exe Estuary, Exeter

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

Help to make a difference on the amazing Exe Estuary reserves. We have a variety of roles such as practical conservation, assisting with events, manning the Bowling Green Marsh hide, data recording, dragonfly surveys & more. We aim to find a role that suits you & fits around other commitments. Great chance to meet like-minded volunteers / make new friends. Flexible, 1 day a week would be ideal. No special skills required, just enthusiasm & willingness to work with others. ASK: 01392 833311 eleanor.gifford@rspb.org.uk or tom.pace@rspb.org.uk



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