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Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.

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Ecology vacancies: roles covering ecology, biodiversity, mitigation, consultancy roles e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works and advice provision also fieldwork such as bat surveys and EIA.

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Volunteer Conservation Trainee

Location: Based at Low Barns, Witton Le Wear, Bishop Auckland DL14 OAG

Time commitment: 4 days p/w (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) plus one weekend day per month

Benefits: A bursary of £111/week is provided plus travel.

To support Living Landscapes Officers in their work, particularly the management of the Trust’s nature reserves and planning and leading volunteer tasks.

  • Closing Date: 27/06/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 06/06/2019

JOB: Assistant River Projects Officer

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: Shrewsbury

PAY: The Trust is fully committed to personal development and training through its annual review and progress meetings.

FOR: Pete Lambert - River Project Manager

To assist the River Project Manager in the delivery & development of catchment based projects. Provide a range of support functions which will help with water quality assessment & riparian ecology monitoring. Engage with external partners & community groups in relation to project development & delivery. Help prepare funding bids, consent & permission applications for project works as required. This placement post is suited to someone who is able to communicate information in a straightforward & accessible manner. An understanding of riparian habitats & in-stream improvements or Sustainable Drainage Schemes would be valuable. IT skills in MS Office & digital mapping experience would be useful. A full driving licence is essential. You will be based at our HQ in Shrewsbury & working all year round, indoors & outdoors in most weathers. 1 year fixed term placement. ASK: Contact Pete Lambert, River Project Manager, petel@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Wildlife Survey Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Eglinton Country Park and other sites around North Ayrshire

PAY: Training

FOR: North Ayrshire Ranger Service

1 day a week or month depending on survey. North Ayrshire Ranger Service requires your help to build a picture of the wildlife within Eglinton Country Park and surrounding North Ayrshire sites.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert surveyor there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.   Report what you see whilst out walking or take part in a regular survey. Lots of support and training available.   1 day a week or month depending on survey ASK: Contact North Ayrshire Ranger Service on 01294 551776 or email eglintoncountrypark@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteer Bat Surveyors

BE4: N / A

LOC: Holnicote Estate, West Somerset

PAY: Training and equipment provided. Limited travel expenses available

FOR: National Trust

With 12,500 acres of woodland, heathland and farmland, we know the Holnicote Estate is a great place for bats! We are looking for individuals to monitor and survey Bat Transects and roosts across the estate. This research will help us gain a better understanding of how bats are using the landscape. As a Bat Transect Volunteer, you will be asked to commit to around 4-5 nights a year. You will be part of a team of dedicated survey volunteers. New volunteers do not need any existing knowledge of bat ecology, however would benefit from an interest in the subject. This role will suit people who have a keen interest in bats, wildlife or ecological surveying. Want to improve their survey skills or wildlife knowledge. Do not mind working evenings. Want to volunteer but on an irregular basis. ASK: Email Basil Stow basil.stow@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

JOB: Coastlife Citizen Science Volunteer

BE4: N/A

IV: 21/06/2019

LOC: Ramsgate

PAY: Training

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

This is a great opportunity to get involved in a survey project which is going to make a real difference for wildlife. No prior skills are needed as all the necessary training will be provided. Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve is host to a unique range of wildlife and habitats and is Kent Wildlife Trust’s largest and most protected site. It is home to Kent’s only ancient dune pasture, and the mosaic of rocky shore, saltmarsh and beaches provides a sanctuary for an incredible number of rare and sensitive shoreline birds. We want to improve the way we protect our shoreline birds and to do so we need to better understand how human activities affect bird behaviour and populations. We have started an exciting long-term study to survey these human activities and bird responses. This will enable us to move forward with protecting the area and with finding a way where people and wildlife can co-exist. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2X7jMMo

JOB: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Placement Volunteer

BE4: 30/6/19

LOC: Melton, Suffolk

PAY: Travel expenses and training

FOR: Dedham Vale AONB and Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

3-4 days per week for 6 months (negotiable). A fabulous opportunity to gain hands on experience in a range of conservation projects; this role offers the chance to hone your practical skills & conservation knowledge whilst getting to know what makes the Dedham Vale & Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONBs so special. You’ll be part of a small & dedicated team committed to delivering a varied programme of activity, from regular conservation task days to site surveys & office based tasks. Ideally suited to a recent graduate seeking a broad experience in the environmental sector. We are fully committed to offering a worthwhile & rewarding experience for participants. Applicants need excellent communication skills & a willingness to develop their knowledge through working alongside other team members as well as individually. Previous experience isn’t essential, although some experience of practical work outdoors would be beneficial.  Applicants must be over 18 with a full driving licence. ASK: For more information visit www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/about-us or call Paula or Deborah on 01394 445225.

JOB: Trainee Reserve Officer x2

BE4: 24/6/19

IV: 12/7/19

LOC: Rutland Water Nature Reserve

PAY: Training, living expenses, accommodation

FOR: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

4 days per week for 1 year. Based at Rutland Water Nature Reserve’s new purpose-built Volunteer Training Centre you will have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the nature reserve; including habitat management, wildlife recording and monitoring and community engagement. The role is very practical and this volunteer placement will be suitable for someone who is looking to start a career in conservation as a nature reserve warden or in a similar role. As part of your training you will gain certificates in the use of chainsaws, herbicide application and first aid; and you will be trained in hedge-laying, dry stone walling, charcoal burning, tractor driving and much more.  The placement is based on four days per week for one year (Monday-Thursday), beginning in September 2019. A living allowance of £55 per week will be paid for each 4 day week completed. ASK: For application pack visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2wugiru

JOB: RSPB Residential Volunteer Intern

BE4: 20/6/19

IV: 24/6/19

LOC: RSPB Central Highland Reserves , Inverness

PAY: Accommodation, training and out of pocket expenses

FOR: RSPB Scotland

7 months. Opportunity to gain skills and experience whilst being an essential part of the reserves team covering a variety of habitats, incl sand dune, wet grassland and coastal sites on SSSI and SPA designated reserves. Tasks will include surveys, invasive species control, working with volunteers, administration and office based tasks, habitat management and infrastructure maintenance. Opportunities to work at Tollie Red Kite Centre, Corrimony and other reserves in the region. Training relevant to the role will be provided.  You must be over 18, with a full UK manual driving licence and be able to cope with walking over rough ground and carrying heavy loads, demonstrable interest in working in the conservation sector and previous volunteer experience. Ideally you will be able to start the residential volunteer internship in early July. ASK: Please contact isabel.morgan@rspb.org.uk (CHR reserves Warden) for further information and an application form.

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee

BE4: 20/6/19 9am

IV: 2/6/19

LOC: Grebe House, St Albans*

PAY: Out-of-pocket expenses & training

FOR: Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Start Tuesday 6 August, 3 days per week (22.5 hours). An opportunity to gain experience & training in practical conservation work on over 40 different nature reserves to further a career in conservation & make a positive contribution to the conservation of Hertfordshire & Middlesex’s habitats & species. You will assist the Reserves Team with their daily reserve work & work closely with volunteers. There will be opportunities to undertake other aspects of reserve management such as surveying species, livestock husbandry, guided walks & helping with events. *You will pick up an allocated van & travel to sites across Herts & Middlesex. You’ll be a committed conservationist educated to degree level or equiv in a biological / environmental science & ideally have some experience of practical habitat management. A driving licence is required & the post is subject to a DBS check. Training will include NPTC chainsaw units 201-3, Brushcutter, First Aid, Identiplant as well as in-house training in habitat management, ecological surveying & monitoring, tree safety surveying & management planning. ASK: Chat: Jenny Sherwen, 01727 858901 ext 252 or 07771 823345. Apply / view the role: www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/about/jobs

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

IV: 28/06/2019

LOC: Balmacara Estate, Northwest Highlands

PAY: Training & accommodation

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

The Balmacara Estate takes in the western end of the Lochalsh peninsula, and includes native woodland, open moorland, sheltered bays and pretty crofting villages. This is an exciting opportunity for you to gain valuable practical experience in a wide range of estate management and conservation tasks. You will also have the chance to work in some of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful scenery and be involved in outdoor work that will directly enhance and benefit the biodiversity of the area. Ideally full-time for 6-12 months, but negotiable. Essential: current clean driving licence. Desirable: degree or vocational qualification in an environment, agriculture or forestry related subject; other equivalent qualifications or practical experience in related fields; current Pesticide Application (PA1 and PA6) certification; appropriate current chainsaw / tree-work certification and recent practical experience. ASK: For more information and to apply contact Iain Turnbull, iturnbull@nts.org.uk 01599 566325.

JOB: OCND - Volunteer Trainees x 4

BE4: 26/6/19 midnight

LOC: Maidstone, Kent

PAY: up to 2500 training & expenses

FOR: Old Chalk New Downs HLF Project

Are you a post or undergraduate looking to gain work experience in the conservation sector? Are you willing to do practical conservation work in all weathers, research or support our public engagement work?  If so then we would like to hear from you. We have 4 volunteer traineeship opportunities ranging from 3 to 6 months based with us or our partners, Kent Wildlife Trust and Kent County Council.  As part of the programme we will help you build your practical skills, conservation knowledge, research work and increase your employability in the conservation sector. The role is unsalaried but there is a budget of up to £2,500 for pre-approved training, travelling and other work-related expenses. ASK: For more information on each trainee opportunity go to our website https://www.oldchalknewdowns.org.uk/action/studentbursary

JOB: Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 8/7/19 9am

LOC: Spurn NNR

PAY: Accommodation, travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Do you enjoy learning in a past paced setting and enjoy being part of multi-faceted team? If you'd like to learn the various aspects of managing a National Nature Reserve that includes habitat management, visitor engagement, surveying and much more, then this could be the perfect training and development opportunity for you to get stuck into. We’d like a new Voluntary Trainee to join the team at Spurn that is enthusiastic, dynamic and a real people person that can help us with our work, while learning plenty of new skills for yourself. You will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge centred on reserve management, visitor engagement and running a programme of events at a large visitor centre. A driving license is essential for this role. 6-12 months at 3 days a week. ASK: For more information or to apply for this role email volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Nature Reserves Trainee- North Cave Wetlands

BE4: 8/7/19 9am

LOC: North Cave, Hull

PAY: Travel expenses & training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Would you like to learn about wetland habitats at one of the fastest growing wetlands sites in Yorkshire? You really can watch nature progress before your eyes in this role! As the North Cave Wetlands Voluntary Trainee you will help with site management and practical habitat management, plus have the opportunity to lead community and educational events. Much of this will take place at North Cave Wetlands, however there will also be opportunities to get involved with tasks happening across our other reserves in the area. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out habitat management activities including invasive species removal, meadow management, surveying and monitoring, and a variety of other jobs. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage sites and part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities. 12 months for 2-3 days a week. ASK: To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website https://www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

JOB: Butterfly, bird or plant assistant

BE4: 21/6/19

LOC: Moray

PAY: Accommodation and training

FOR: Taylor Wildlife

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with all aspects of bird & butterfly surveying.  This may include field surveys, data entry (Excel), QGIS, social media & writing blogs.  The candidate must have a reasonable level of fitness.  Exp of identifying birds or butterflies would be useful.  Applicants should be happy to share a room & to muck in with whatever job needs done. ASK: Please send a 1 page CV to info@taylorwildlife.co.uk & include the dates you would be available to volunteer.

JOB: Residential Volunteer Interns

BE4: 14/7/19

LOC: Various locations around the UK

PAY: Accommodation / training


Are you passionate about conservation? Or more of a people person? Got good bird ID skills? We are looking for Residential Volunteer Interns to join some of our reserve teams across the country. We have practical conservation and visitor experience internships at various locations around the UK for volunteers who would like to come and join our teams for 6 -12 months. We will give you a great insight into the life of a conservation charity and offer free accommodation and training including mentoring and career coaching. 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 some practical or people skills, volunteering experience or a conservation qualification. ASK: For more details please see our website at https://c-js.co.uk/2IyrBCw

JOB: Residential volunteer, New Forest

BE4: ASAP for immediate start

LOC: Franchises Lodge Reserve, New Forest

PAY: Training / expenses / accommodation


6 months. We are looking to recruit an experienced Residential Volunteer to become a vital member of our team on one of our newest and most exciting reserves. We are offering the chance to volunteer on Franchises Lodge reserve within the beautiful setting of the New Forest.  You will have the opportunity to help shape the long term vision for the site as well as gaining first hand experience of reserve operations. Housed in a beautiful cottage deep within the woods, surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife, you will have the chance to develop skills you have learnt elsewhere, as well as being provided with further training and experience to improve your CV.  As a key part of the site team you will have responsibility of managing your own work schedule as well as local volunteers and work parties. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2MwgDEW

JOB: Voluntary Reserve Officers (up to 4)

BE4: 28/6/19

LOC: 1 based in Bedfordshire and up to 3 in Northamptonshire

PAY: Mileage and training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

A Voluntary Reserves Officer role is suitable for someone looking to begin a career in practical wildlife conservation. You will gain hands on experience of the physical work involved in the habitat management of grassland, wetland, woodland sites, and access maintenance. There will also be opportunities to work with and lead volunteer work parties and assist with surveying and monitoring. The Volunteer Reserves Officers will receive the necessary formal training and certification in first aid, use of brushcutters and chainsaws, as well as a programme of in-house training central to their roles. Applicants should be capable of using power tools and machinery and enjoy days of physical work outdoors in all weathers. Good team working skills and an ability to be self-motivated are essential. Some previous experience of practical conservation work would be an advantage but is not essential. ASK: For further details and an application form please see https://c-js.co.uk/2EXs02B

JOB: Practical Reserve Management Placement

BE4: 30/6/19

LOC: WWT Martin Mere

PAY: Accommodation and food expenses will be provided while volunteering

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

As one of the UK’s leading wetland conservation organisations we have a long history of managing wetland sites & species as well as conducting research into wetland wildlife. Our ten sites are located across the UK but all are exciting places to be throughout the year, providing refuges for many different plants & animals. We are looking to recruit full-time volunteers for a 12 month period who will help us to manage our nature reserves & support our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. Starting in August / September 2019. These are great opportunities for people looking for experience in practical conservation as a reserve warden or similar outdoor career. ASK: Please contact Sam Hodgkinson, sam.hodgkinson@wwt.org.uk or for more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/31D2qtx

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteer Internship - RSPB Blean Woods

BE4: 7/7/19

IV: 16/7/19

LOC: Blean Woods & Seasalter Levels, Whitstable, Kent

PAY: Travel expenses,*training & PPE


Part-time non-residential internship - 3 days p/w for 6 months starting mid-August. We are looking for 3 enthusiastic and dedicated interns to join the Swale reserves team for the winter season. We manage two SSSI nature reserves - Blean Woods; a semi-natural ancient woodland site on the outskirts of Canterbury, and Seasalter Levels; a grazing marsh site to the west of Whitstable. You will gain experience of practical habitat management across both these sites as well as ecological surveying, leading volunteer work parties, invasive species control, livestock handling and infrastructure maintenance. You will have a dedicated mentor to guide your personal development throughout the internship and skills training will be provided. This role is perfect for someone who is looking to start a career in conservation. 18+, IT literate, driving licence essential. *Travel expenses reimbursed within a 25 mile radius of the reserve. ASK: Further information: https://c-js.co.uk/2ML3dkL

JOB: Volunteer Placement - Ranger Team

BE4: 3/7/19

LOC: Rothbury or The Sill

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

Successful applicants will develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, and 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, including its sites, woodlands and nature reserves. Personal specification: essential: seeking a career as a countryside ranger, or in the environmental / land management sector; 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; able to get to chosen location (Rothbury or The Sill) for a 9am start each day. Time commitment, 3 months (one day per week).   ASK: For further details please contact: Jane Riddell on 07795834936 or email jane.riddell@nnpa,org.uk

JOB: Residential Warden

BE4: N / A

LOC: Arne, Dorset

PAY: Accommodation and appropriate training as needed


We are looking for a keen new member to join our Warden Team. Working across 9 reserves in Dorset within a range of habitats including saltmarsh, wet grassland, ancient woodland, reedbed and heathland. You will be taking part in habitat management, surveys, key health and safety work and leading work parties. You will be flexible in your time and up for getting out and about in all weathers and terrain. There will be training available for the key work you will take part in and you will be given challenges to develop yourself during your time. Your accommodation will be in the heart of the nature reserve so you will get a chance to know it better than most of our visitors and learn the sights and sounds that make Arne so special. 6-12 months commitment. ASK: Contact Hollymay for more info and to apply via CV hollymay.gladwin@rspb.org.uk or call 07513111286

JOB: Holton Lee Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Holton Lee, nr Wareham, Dorset



As a conservation volunteer you will be undertaking a range of practical tasks on a 350 acre SSSI encompassing Dorset heath, woodland & reedbeds. You will be working alongside a range of different people, incl members of Livability, a disability charity & welfare centre. Summer work typically involves infrastructure maintenance & some habitat work, whilst winter work is much more focused on habitat work. You don't need to have any prev exp, as everyone is welcome & appropriate training will be provided. Wednesday every other week, 9.30 til 16:00 (time flexible). ASK: Contact william.russell@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Full Time Nature Reserve Volunteers x 3

BE4: 1/7/19 9am

IV: 18/7/19

LOC: Woodah Farm, Doddiscombsleigh, Nr Exeter, Devon, EX6 7PR

PAY: Accommodation / training*

FOR: Devon Wildlife Trust

Join an established team delivering an extensive & varied programme of work, ranging from habitat management across 50 reserves of varied habitats geographically spread across Devon, fencing & maintenance work, survey & monitoring, working with volunteers / corporate groups & various educational activities. Although you will be trained in essential skills for land management, you must possess the following: desire to work in wildlife conservation, good level of physical fitness, willingness to use power tools, ability to work with a range of people, willingness to supervise & lead volunteers. *Farmhouse accommodation provided in a stunning location on the edge of Dartmoor, based on a 6-12 month commitment. Volunteers will be given the necessary training & experience to be fully effective in the role; this will also equip them to go on to seek employment in the land management sector. The range of training opportunities will vary but could include the following: NPTC certificates in chainsaw & brush cutter & first aid at work qualification. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2KhGsa1

JOB: Long Term Residential Volunteer - Practical Conservation

BE4: 1/11/19

LOC: Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands

PAY: Training / accommodation


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

JOB: Voluntary Marine Assistant Placements

BE4: N / A

LOC: Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge

PAY: 0

FOR: Dorset Wildlife Trust

This opportunity would suit a student or young person, with an interest in marine conservation, the marine environment and / or environmental education. The placement is available from April, throughout the summer, is unpaid and involves working one weekend per month. However, there would be the opportunity to extend this if the placement wishes to be involved in further weekend activities. Own transport and accommodation are essential. All posts are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Check. ASK: To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PE. Tel: 01929 481044. Email kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2XoB4VX

JOB: Little Tern Warden

BE4: June 2019

LOC: South Swale Nature Reserve, Seasalter Road, Faversham, Kent CT5 4BP

PAY: Training will be provided on wildlife identification. Reasonable Travel expenses will be reimbersed

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We need your help to help the little terns successfully breed. You can do this by talking to the public about little terns and encouraging them not to walk on Castle Coote where they breed. Informing the public about the reserve and monitoring the colony of rare birds as well as other birds and wildlife found there. If you love being outdoors and keeping active, this role is for you. You will be monitoring a small group of little terns and other sea birds found on the reserve. Engaging with members of the public about the reserve and how to enjoy it without disturbing the little terns. Ideally it would be once a week throughout May, June and July with bookable shift patterns. ASK: To Apply: 01622 662012 volunteering@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved

JOB: Eco-Ranger Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: Training / lunch voucher / uniform

FOR: Zoological Society of Hertfordshire/ Paradise Wildlife Park

Help us achieve our mission in encouraging sustainable behaviours in our visitors. If you love to take action for wildlife & all things conservation; this is the role for you! The role involves, engaging visitors in fun activities linked to topics such as recycling, climate change & poaching; participation in annual animal fundraiser events where all money raised is donated to wildlife conservation projects around the world; carrying out events & activities designed around annual conservation holidays such as World Oceans Day. There the potential to assist with other on-site & off-site education events. ASK: If you are 18+, confident in speaking to the public & have an interest in conservation email Barbara & Jenna on volunteer@pwpark.com

JOB: Young Volunteers Group Leader

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley

PAY: Travel expenses


One Saturday a month. RSPB Sandwell Valley’s young volunteers (13 to 18-year-olds) contribute to keeping the reserve in great shape for both people and wildlife, whilst learning new skills and having fun. We need adult volunteers to lead the group, ensuring it remains a safe, welcoming and fun space for teenagers. You will work as a team with other leaders to plan, organise and deliver the sessions, ensuring RSPB policies are followed.  We are specifically looking for someone with previous experience of practical conservation work and knowledge of safe working methods including tool use. You need to be able to understand and apply Health and Safety policies. You will be making a meaningful difference in the life of young people, empowering and enabling them to volunteer. Help create the next generation of conservationists and contribute to essential work on the nature reserve. ASK: Contract sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk for further information.

JOB: RSPB Fairburn Ings - Reedbed Monitoring Volunteer

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: RSPB Fairburn Ings, The Visitor Centre, Newton Lane, Ledston, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 2BH

PAY: Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary.


Once per week - March to August. We need knowledgeable people to help us to monitor the breeding activity of some of the reserve's most iconic species, whilst helping the visitors to the reserve enjoy the wildlife spectacle, & minimising disturbance. An opportunity to develop field skills & make a great contribution to conservation. Gain valuable experience in specific species monitoring as well as public engagement skills. You will hone your existing skills with the support of the warden & visitor experience team & inspire visitors with your passion for wildlife. You need a genuine interest in birds, wildlife & conservation. Some basic bird identification skill is essential, but no previous survey experience is necessary.  You also need to have good people skills & be happy to approach & talk to a wide range of visitors to the reserve. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2D7ANhA

JOB: Butterfly Survey Co-ordinator

BE4: 11/7/19

IV: 11/07/2019

LOC: Home Based or from a Regional Office

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Each year, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust carries out transect surveys of butterflies on many of its nature reserves. The information is gathered by a team of volunteer surveyors & the results are used to inform our reserve management plans & passed to the UK Butterfly Conservation Trust as part of their nationwide monitoring effort. We’re looking for an individual that is an organised coordinator, great at communicating & has an eye for detail that can coordinate the team of surveyors, deal with associated admin of the project & liaise with the Butterfly Conservation Trust to deliver an event once a year. This opportunity would be perfect some someone who loves nature, people & being organised. You can be homebased & flexible to fit around your other commitments. ASK: Apply: download an application form from our website www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: N/A

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / reasonable travel expenses

FOR: River Stewardship Company

2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

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 - Canal Wood - Poyntzpass

BE4: N / A

LOC: Poyntzpass, County Armagh

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: Practical Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Worcestershire

PAY: Learn new skills

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Conservation Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: Hampshire County Council

This role will work alongside other volunteers and Staunton Country Park Ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of conservation tasks. This is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park which has recently been awarded a £2.75 million Heritage Lottery Funded grant to enhance its physical environment and upgrade community facilities for visitors. Dependent on the seasons, typical conservation tasks include:  coppicing, woodland management and dead hedge laying and scrub management; installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches; keeping footpaths accessible by clearing overgrowing vegetation and maintaining the surface; wildlife surveying and monitoring. No specific skills are needed, although most of the work is based outdoors so an interest in the countryside and a willingness to work in all weathers is desirable. A basic level of fitness is needed as conservation tasks require physical activity on uneven terrain. Flexible time commitment. ASK: Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, BT92 8AJ

PAY: Accommodation*

FOR: National Trust Fermanagh

25 - 30 hpw for up to 1 year. Assist in the management of Crom Estate, working on a wide range of practical conservation skills. Monitoring work including compilation of fauna surveys & botanical quadrats / transects. Invasive species control. Environmental education & interpretation work including website articles & press releases. Maintaining good working relationships with tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities & local authorities. Welcoming & liaising with visitors by providing information & guidance, which may include public speaking & guided walks. Undertaking such other appropriate practical & administrative tasks. This role will suit you if you: enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions; work well as part of a team; have an appreciation & enthusiasm for the wildlife & the outdoors; prepared to undertake physical work; full driving licence essential. *Various household bills, travelling expenses, on the job training, & potential certified training (as & when needed by property). ASK: Email jade.blair@nationaltrust.org.uk for more info.

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing

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

PAY: Experience

FOR: Surrey Countryside Partnerships (Hosted By Surrey County Council)

Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc.) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team.  Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). ASK: Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: BogLIFE Project Voluntary Warden

BE4: Ongoing

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

PAY: Travel expenses / Training

FOR: Marches Mosses Boglife Project

Great opportunity to assist with the restoration of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog as part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project. The National Nature Reserve is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can include practical estate & habitat management tasks, surveying / monitoring, assisting with events / guided walks & office projects. Protective clothing & some formal courses & in-house training provided. Suitable for a student looking for a work placement or someone wanting to gain further experience in the conservation sector. Reliable & enthusiastic, keen interest in wildlife & conservation, physically fit & prepared to work outdoors.   ASK: Apply with Pete Bowyer, Senior Reserve Manager peter.bowyer@naturalengland.org.uk 01948 880362

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Conservation Volunteer - North East

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Dundee - to Cover North East Scotland

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: 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: Hedgerow Surveyors

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Maidstone Area, Kent

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Old Chalk New Downs Project, Kent County Council

We are looking to recruit a small team of dedicated volunteer surveyors to work on a hedgerow survey project. The survey is part of a bigger Heritage Lottery funded project called Old Chalk New Downs. The aim of the hedgerow survey is to ground truth a previously completed desktop study of historic hedgerows. The project will be using the “Hedgerow Survey Handbook” which is a nationally agreed methodology for recording the wildlife and cultural significance of hedgerows. ASK: For further information please contact matthew.pitts@kent.gov.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Plymouth & Surrounding Area

PAY: Training

FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)

We carry out a variety of projects including: tree planting; beach cleans; species & habitat surveys; wildlife pond creation; hedgelaying; invasive plant species management (e.g. rhododendron, parrotfeather, Himalayan balsam etc.); coppicing (a traditional woodland management technique); dry stone walling, to name but a few! Events each weekend, but no requirement to commit to a certain number of days. You will gain valuable nature conservation skills in countryside management, such as how to create & restore important habitats for wildlife & people. You will also gain other key skills such as communication, team working & leadership. If you are really keen you may want to progress to become a Volunteer Project Officer (VPO) & get more involved ‘behind the scenes’ planning & leading practical projects & social events. You don’t need to have any skills, experience or abilities to join as a volunteer; all you need is a love of the outdoors & be a good team player. ASK: Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Dragonfly Recorder

BE4: N / A

LOC: Homebased

PAY: Training

FOR: British Dragonfly Society

The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) needs your help in protecting Britain’s Dragonflies. Join the DragonflyWatch and record Dragonflies at your local wetland sites. Your records will help the BDS monitor the health of Dragonfly populations across the county, identifying important sites, and influencing conservation action. Beginners are always welcome and advice, and support, is available to those who need it. BDS recorders are also encouraged to pursue other volunteering activities for Dragonflies, depending on their personal interests, including fundraising, engagement, research, and practical habitat management. ASK: Visit https://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/get-involved

JOB: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

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

PAY: Accommodation / training provided

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

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

JOB: Hounslow Heath Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Hounslow, Middlesex

PAY: Local tool box talk training

FOR: Lampton Greenspace 360

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

JOB: Voluntary Survey Assistant (Casual), Bats

BE4: N / A

LOC: Manchester area

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

To help with dusk emergence and dawn return-to-roost surveys, from April / May to September / October inclusive. This casual work can be a useful addition to your CV. It can be done around other commitments, perhaps one to three times a week, possibly incl weekends. You have the option of switching to being paid on a freelance basis when suitably experienced. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. With over 30 years' experience of working with bats, I offer a learning opportunity for anyone interested in working with bats. Existing experience of watching bats in flight and / or using a heterodyne detector is useful. Punctuality, reliability, good concentration skills and a professional approach are vital. Otherwise most reasonably-local applicants get the opportunity to participate. Due to the unsocial hours involved, access to a vehicle is usually necessary.  There may be an opportunity for you to gain experience of other aspects of bat and bird survey work. ASK: Applications are accepted throughout but please apply as early as possible. Please supply your name, e-mail address, phone number and summer address for an application pack to bat.consultancy@talktalk.net. 0161 763 6171.

JOB: Grounds and Surveying Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

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

PAY: Tea and cake

FOR: Field Studies Council

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

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Roadside Verges, Kent

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Roadside Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent


FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Ecology Group Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent


FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Location: Darent, Sevenoaks, Dover, Medway, Lower Stour, Weald Area, Ashford Area, Kent. We're looking for volunteers with a passion for conservation to assist us with carrying out Ecological Surveys throughout the county. Our Ecology Groups have been established to demonstrate the effect of our reserve management work and to assess the quality of the habitats we manage. You’ll be working as part of a team in the field. Typical tasks include identifying and recording plants in various habitats using industry-standard methods. You’ll learn a huge amount through this work, gaining skills to identify plants, provide valuable data and see it used to assist with conservation preservation in your area. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced botanists who will help to develop your plant identification skills. We’ll need you to have an interest in botany and wildlife, although you don’t need a background or any prior knowledge in this, but you’ll want to grow your skills and help us to make a difference to wildlife in Kent. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30quQXa

JOB: Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent


FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Conservation volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: West Dunbartonshire*

PAY: Training

FOR: West Dunbartonshire Council

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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.