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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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JOB: Practical Conservationist

BE4: N / A

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

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

JOB: Site Warden

BE4: N / A

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

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

JOB: Wildlife Surveyor

BE4: N / A

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

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

JOB: Coast Care Intern

BE4: 10/8/18

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

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

JOB: General Help

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Netheridge Farm, Gloucester, GL2 5LE

PAY: Some training & expenses

FOR: Barn Owl Centre

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

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Leeds

PAY: Clothing and travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

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

JOB: Ant Survey in Bushy Park

BE4: 27/7/18

LOC: Bushy Park

PAY: Training / refreshments!

FOR: The Royal Parks

Join us in Bushy Park to survey and learn more about the Yellow meadow ants that shape the landscape. Training will take place on: Wednesday 1 August 2018 6.00pm - 8.00pm at Bushy Park office (children are not required to come to this session). It is advised that you attend the training session. This will give you a great introduction to the history of Bushy Park, ecology of the yellow meadow ant and the survey methodology. Surveys will take place at The Pheasantry Café on Friday 3 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm and Saturday 4 August 2018 10.00am - 12.00pm; at the model boating pond car park on Sunday 5 August 10.00 am - 12.00pm and Monday 6 August 2018 10.00 am - 12.00pm. ASK: Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2zqlwZW

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Warden Thameside Thurrock

BE4: 13/8/18

LOC: Thameside Thurrock Nature Park SS17 0RN

PAY: Training

FOR: Essex Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Trainee Reserves Officer - Volunteer Placement

BE4: 5/8/18 midnight

IV: IV 14/8/18

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

PAY: £300/month towards living costs, training

FOR: Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Field Operations Officer (Intern)

BE4: 31/7/18

IV: 31/07/2018

LOC: Lusinga, Democratic Republic of Congo

PAY: Accom, food & travel expense

FOR: Forgotten Parks Foundation

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

JOB: Volunteer Project Officer

BE4:

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Plymouth

PAY:

FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)

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

JOB: Volunteer Countryside Ranger

BE4: 16/8/18

IV: 20/8/18

LOC: MALBOROUGH, KINGSBRIDGE, DEVON

PAY: Accommodation, travel and training allowance

FOR: National Trust

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

JOB: Voluntary Conservation Internship

BE4: 22/7/18

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

PAY: Travel expenses & training*

FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Wild Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Pigneys Wood (near North Walsham)

PAY: Training

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: RSPB Residential Volunteers

BE4: 31/8/18

LOC: Various locations

PAY: Free accommodation and training where appropriate

FOR: RSPB

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

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

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stock, Essex, CM4 9QW

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

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

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Community), Berkshire

BE4: 23/7/18 9am

IV: IV 31/7/18

LOC: Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, Berkshire

PAY: Limited expenses

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

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

JOB: Volunteer Estates Ranger Placement

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Nene Park, Peterborough

PAY: Training

FOR: Nene Park Trust

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

JOB: Conservation Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: All over Scotland!

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

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

JOB: Biodiversity Survey Volunteer

BE4: 31/7/18

LOC: Kilmarnock

PAY: Training

FOR: Dean Castle Country Park

Get involved in our natural heritage research project at Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock & get trained in a range of survey techniques & ID skills. We're surveying for butterflies, moths, amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, bumblebees as well as haymeadows and hedgerow surveys throughout the country park in order to better manage our park for wildlife. We tap into national initiatives to ensure our data is contributing to national and local trends and so the skills and techniques you'll learn will be transferable to other locations. This is a flexible volunteering opportunity. We run ID and survey technique training sessions usually on Wednesday afternoons then you can go and complete surveys at times that suit you once you feel confident to branch out on your own. It's a great way to gain independent survey experience for a range of wildlife and habitats. ASK: Please contact jessica.wharf@eastayrshireleisure.com

JOB: Volunteer Wildlife / Conservation Surveyors

BE4: N/A

IV: 05/10/2018

LOC: Havant, Hampshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Hampshire County Council

Staunton Country Park is an area of parkland in Havant, Hampshire which is receiving £3 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to improve visitor facilities and restore its regency landscapes. We need interested and enthusiastic volunteers to conduct surveys of birds, reptiles, small mammals and butterflies from now until October 2018. The work will involve identifying species and manually recording evidence of sightings. The results can then be compared with prev years sightings and analysed for emerging trends. For bird and butterfly surveyors, it would be useful if volunteers had some prev knowledge of these species for this role, however, on-site training will be provided to help identify birds and butterflies as well as small mammals and reptiles. It is envisaged that animal surveys will take place every year in order to create and maintain an accurate record of the wildlife that resides in the Park. ASK: This role will provide a valuable addition to your CV, demonstrating to employers a range of particular skills and exp. liza.smith@hants.gov.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2w13EmF

JOB: County Dragonfly Recorder

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Monmouthshire (home based)

PAY: Training

FOR: British Dragonfly Society

Long term, time commitment dependent on volunteers' availability. You will upload records, sent to you by volunteer recorders, onto iRecord and validate and verify records on iRecord. Act as a central point of contact for local volunteer recorders, and enquires from organisations/groups (e.g. local wildlife groups) and members of the public, regarding information/advice on Dragonflies and recording in the area. You will also produce a short annual update article for our Darter newsletter. Additional activities vary depending on the volunteers' skills and interests e.g. leading field workshops and talks, attending events, and setting up a local group. ASK: Contact David Hepper, BDS Records Officer, records@british-dragonflies.org.uk or 01252 721053

JOB: Lead Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Pembrey Woods

PAY: Training

FOR: Pembrey Conservation Trust

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

JOB: Conserving the Thames Citizen Scientist

BE4: N/A

LOC: London

PAY: You will be fully trained so experience is not necessary and all equipment is provided.

FOR: Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

The River Thames is home to an often unexpected array of wildlife, and ZSL is working to conserve and enhance this biodiverse ecosystem. The estuaries and wetlands conservation team is offering an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on a number of the teams Tidal Thames conservation research projects as a citizen scientist. Enlisting the help of citizen scientist volunteers is vital to our conservation work. Whether you can help for a few hours, days or months, there are a number of projects for you to get involved with throughout the year. You will be fully trained so experience is not necessary and all equipment is provided. ZSL's Thames projects including: Conserving the Critically Endangered European Eel; Ensuring the health of London's rivers; Monitoring the spread of invasive species, Understanding fish life in the Thames. ASK: If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please visit http://c-js.co.uk/2pRPQaB.

JOB: Wildlife Champion Ryhope to Seaham

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North East

PAY: Training

FOR: Sustrans

We are looking for Wildlife Champions to cover National Cycle Network Route 1 from Ryhope to Seaham.  You will be responsible, along with others, for monitoring the biodiversity along this route.  This involves collecting data that enables us to record, improve & promote the diversity of wildlife on walking & cycling routes.  You will be expected to monitor your allocated section every month to allow us to gain an accurate picture of the area’s biodiversity.  This should take no more than a few hours.  In addition you will need to dedicate a day or two a year to supporting or organising an engagement event in your area. You will be supported by a local Group Coordinator & receive an induction pack with full instructions, guidance notes & resources & staff will be on hand to provide support & dedicated training. You don’t need to be a wildlife or biodiversity expert to take part!  All we need is your enthusiasm & dedication. ASK: Contact volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160 for details.

JOB: Wildlife Champion York

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Yorkshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Sustrans

We are looking for Wildlife Champions to cover sections of our National Cycle Network in York - NCN 62 at Foss Islands and NCN 65 Solar System Way (Skelton to Riccall).  You will be responsible, along with others, for monitoring the biodiversity along this route.  This involves collecting data that enables us to record, improve & promote the diversity of wildlife on walking & cycling routes.  You will be expected to monitor your allocated section every month to allow us to gain an accurate picture of the area’s biodiversity.  This should take no more than a few hours.  In addition you will need to dedicate a day or two a year to supporting or organising an engagement event in your area. You will be supported by a local Group Coordinator & receive an induction pack with full instructions, guidance notes & resources & staff will be on hand to provide support & dedicated training. You don’t need to be a wildlife or biodiversity expert to take part!  All we need is your enthusiasm & dedication. ASK: Contact volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160 for details.

JOB: Volunteer Wildlife Surveyor

BE4: N/A

LOC: Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

PAY: Training & fuel expenses

FOR: National Trust

Time: Anytime. Join our team of wildlife enthusiasts as we survey flora and fauna on the Brockhampton Estate. Take part in bat and bird surveys, butterfly transects and a wide variety of other wildlife and habitat monitoring programmes. Training and experience in identification of flora and fauna. ASK: Apply through myvolunteering on the National Trust website - http://bit.ly/2Eq2Dos or contact craig.cooper@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

JOB: Wood Pasture and Parkland Volunteer Surveyor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Countrywide

PAY: Survey pack*

FOR: PTES

Characterised by big old trees growing in open pasture-land, Wood Pasture often contains some of the oldest living trees in our country, providing a direct link with bygone landscapes and homes to many rare and threatened species. This survey is relatively simple to do but tells us so much about the structure, condition and management. You will be required to do a structured walk around a site, counting and estimating things like trees, canopy cover and scrub, whilst looking out for a few key species such as hawthorn, elder and bramble. All the data we get helps us build a better picture of the conservation task we have ahead of ourselves in order to preserve this precious habitat and the rare species to which it is home.*Surveyor will receive a survey pack with all the instructions, maps and guides. They can contact the project organiser for any additional help needed. Each survey should take a couple of hours, plus a bit of prep time. ASK: Contact megan.gimber@ptes.org or go to www.ptes.org/wpp for more information.

JOB: Butterfly Habitat Improvement Officer

BE4: N/A

IV: 27/07/2018

LOC: Tees Valley

PAY: Reduced cost accommodation

FOR: Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Butterfly Surveyors

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North Yorkshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Spending time outdoors is good for our wellbeing and getting some exercise is good for our health. Luckily we have the perfect opportunity for you if you enjoy being outside and walking around beautiful nature reserves. So what’s catch, well we’d like you to count butterflies while you’re there. We have some fantastic species on our sites from delicate Marbled Whites, to diminutive Duke of Burgundy and not leaving out the spectacular Peacock butterfly. We need Butterfly Surveyors at many of our nature reserves in North Yorkshire, you’d be part of a team of surveyors, on a rota to survey the site over a 6 month period. You will survey the same section of site each time, making a note of what species you encounter on the visit. As the survey period stretches from spring to autumn you will be able to see the delightful seasonal changes on your reserve. ASK: For enquires and application form email volunteering@ywt.org or call 01904 659570

JOB: Volunteer Citizen Scientist

BE4: N/A

LOC: Tobermory, Isle of Mull

PAY: Training on data collection & sailing experience

FOR: Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Time: 7-14 days depending on survey selected. Volunteers join our team on board to work alongside the HWDT crew as marine mammal field biologists. Full training in visual and acoustic data collection is provided by the excellent crew on board during these live-aboard monitoring expeditions. ASK: Find our full survey list here: https://hwdt.org/silurian-timetable

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: Volunteer Ecological Records Assistant

BE4: ?

LOC: Morley, LS27 7JQ

PAY: Expenses / training

FOR: West Yorkshire Ecology Service

Min 1 day per week for several months. WYES is the Local Ecological Records Centre for West Yorkshire. The objective of this post is to research protected/notable species & habitat data & input this data from a variety of sources into the WYES databases. Records are input into Excel & then imported into Recorder 6, an ecological recording package. These are then exported to a Mapinfo GIS system so that they can be viewed spatially. This will provide exposure to professional ecological survey reports, use of Recorder 6 & GIS packages & rel work exp. Records need to be entered accurately at the highest spatial resolution possible following WYES data structures. Keen interest in a career in ecology or similar discipline & be computer literate in the use of Microsoft Excel. The position would be ideal for under graduates or recent graduates looking for rel work exp. ASK: If you would like to be considered please email a CV to Robert Masheder robert.masheder@wyjs.org.uk.

JOB: Wildlife Champion Washington to Consett

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North East

PAY: Training

FOR: Sustrans

We are looking for Wildlife Champions to cover the Coast to Coast track from Washington to Consett. You will be responsible, along with others, for monitoring the biodiversity along this route. This involves collecting data that enables us to record, improve & promote the diversity of wildlife on walking & cycling routes. You will be expected to monitor your allocated section every month to allow us to gain an accurate picture of the area's biodiversity. This should take no more than a few hours. In addition you will need to dedicate a day or two a year to supporting or organising an engagement event in your area. You will be supported by a local Group Coordinator & receive an induction pack with full instructions, guidance notes & resources & staff will be on hand to provide support & dedicated training. You don't need to be a wildlife or biodiversity expert to take part! All we need is your enthusiasm & dedication. ASK: Contact volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160 for details.

JOB: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accomodation provided. Volunteering at this reserve will give you the opportunity to work in this beautiful environment with skilled practitioners, discovering new capabilities and learning new skills. This is an excellent chance to gain work experience a

FOR: Scottish Natural Heratige

To assist us with managing the reserve. Your role will be related to practical work as well as some survey work including: tree nursery work, woodland management, deer culling, path maintenance, removal of non-native plant species, visitor management, habitat & species monitoring. You'll be personable, approachable, enthusiastic, good communicator with fluent level of spoken English, strong interest in conservation & a good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage, a good team-worker, respecting others. Physically fit & have a responsible attitude to H&S, complying with procedures designed to keep you & others safe. Willing to work outdoors in all weathers, keen to learn & adaptable. At least 18 years old. There will be a small number of volunteer placements available throughout the year, each for a min of 1 month, the more time you stay with us the more jobs you will be likely to experience & the more you will learn. ASK: Further information please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2GWsA3K

JOB: Voluntary Survey Assistant (Casual), Bats

BE4: N/A

LOC: Manchester area

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

I'm looking for voluntary assistants in and around the Manchester area to help with dusk emergence and dawn return-to-roost surveys, from April/May to September/October inclusive. Reasonable travelling expenses are paid. Applications accepted throughout but please apply as early as possible. This casual work can be a useful addition to the cv of anyone interested in ecology and wildlife conservation. It can be done around your other commitments, perhaps once or twice a week, possibly including weekends. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. With 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 professional approach are vital. The closer to BL9 you live the more opportunities you are likely to have. Most reasonably-local applicants get the opportunity to participate. Due to the unsocial hours involved, access to a vehicle is usually necessary. Please supply your name, e-mail address, 'phone number and summer address for an application pack. There may be an opportunity for you to gain experience of other aspects of bat and bird survey work. ASK: bat.consultancy@talktalk.net. 0161 763 6171

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

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

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

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

JOB: Monitoring Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Fenns, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses NNR, Whitchurch, Shropshire

PAY: Monitoring training to be given as appropriate

FOR: Natural England

We are looking for a volunteer to carry out various monitoring tasks on our Lowland Raised Bog NNR. The monitoring tasks include: once monthly hydrological monitoring (measuring water levels in dipwells along a transect across the NNR); once / twice monthly reptile monitoring; breeding bird surveys; collating records or survey results that you collect onto Excel spreadsheets or onto other databases. This role is typically suited to someone who lives local to the site. We would ideally prefer someone who is able to commit to volunteering with us for at least 12 months, between 1 and 3 days per month. ASK: If you are interested please contact David Tompkins david.tompkins@naturalengland.org.uk or phone 01948 880362

JOB: Volunteering - practical, visitor, education and ecology

BE4: 30/8/18

LOC: Walthamstow Wetlands

PAY: Reasonable travel and lunch expenses reimbursed

FOR: London Wildlife Trust

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

Trainee Countryside Ranger

This is a fantastic 9-12 month training opportunity based at Occombe Farm, set in the beautiful countryside of South Devon. The placement gives the opportunity to work on a wide variety of sites and habitats, including SSSI calcareous grassland sites, the award winning Cockington Country Park, LNR Woodlands, and the stunning South West Coast Path. The main focus will be on delivering the practical countryside management programme; some of the key work areas include hedgelaying, fencing and woodland management in winter and coast path cutting, footpath maintenance in the summer.


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


Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.