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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: 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: 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: Wildlife Survey Volunteer

BE4: 30/4/18

IV: 30/04/2018

LOC: Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: National Trust

Once a week in spring and summer. Do you have a passion for plants or wildlife?  Could you share your knowledge to help survey and monitor flora and fauna around Lanhdyrock estate to create valuable online records that help the Ranger Team with conservation management of the estate?  By getting involved, you could: use/improve your wildlife ID skills and knowledge; see how ecological surveys help with conservation management decisions; become part of a friendly and dedicated countryside team; improve your communication skills. You will: help with surveys for a variety of species groups; record and provide data to the Ranger Team within the specified timescales; learn more about Lanhydrock, its history, landscape and nature; let staff know of any issues with fences, footpaths, etc.; maintain good relationships with people who share the land; become familiar with and follow the National Trust H&S Policy at all times; work outdoors in all weather conditions & get involved with other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with us. ASK: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/find-an-opportunity

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: County Dragonfly Recorder x 3

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire, Monmouthshire & Channel Islands

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: 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: 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 Assistant Warden – South Walney

BE4: 23/4/18 (5pm)

IV: 23/04/2018

LOC: South Walney Nature Reserve, Barrow-In-Furness

PAY: Accommodation provided on site

FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

This residential volunteer placement will give you the unique opportunity to develop conservation skills and knowledge on one of our flagship reserves. The role will start May 2018 and run for a min of 3 months with extensions possible. Throughout the busy summer season, you will have a unique opportunity to live amongst the birds, seals and otters of the South Walney nature reserve. You will work alongside the warden and gain valuable experience and practical qualifications in habitat management, wildlife monitoring, reserve maintenance and visitor work. This post is ideal for anyone with a background in conservation, the ability to inspire people about the local environment and the drive to develop themselves in this fantastic setting. ASK: For further details, including how to apply, visit http://c-js.co.uk/2lqJxDC or call 01539 816300.

JOB: Ecological Surveyor

BE4: 7/5/18

IV: 07/05/2018

LOC: Mathry, North Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HE

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: National Trust

We are looking for a fit and active person to undertake ecological surveys and monitoring of vegetation, birds and insects across our North Pembrokeshire properties, mostly within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and assist in practical outdoors tasks / conservation. The job involves working with other volunteers and assisting the public in the countryside and at occasional events. Full UK driving licence essential. Some previous ecological surveying and outdoors conservation experience desirable, as is an ability to speak Welsh. Bunk-house accommodation can be provided. ASK: Contact James Roden 01348 837860 james.roden@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Coast and Countryside Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 27/4/18

LOC: Botallack, St Just, Cornwall

PAY: Travel expences covered to and from placement, £750 training budget for the year plus many internal training opportunities

FOR: National Trust

12 months. This role provides a great opportunity to work within a dynamic ranger team and develop new skills and experience in conservation. The focus of this role will be outdoor, practical coast & countryside work, survey work and may involve taking part in community events. Travel expenses covered to and from placement, £750 training budget for the year plus many internal training opportunities. ASK: Contact jasmin.odell@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information and application form.

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: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) - 4 placements

BE4: 16/5/18 9am

IV: 23/5/18

LOC: Woolley Firs, Maidenhead, Berkshire

PAY: Limited expenses

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

The role involves practical tasks on our nature reserves, restoring and improving habitats and connectivity for wildlife. Trainees will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, use power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys, lead and engage with volunteers. They will spend some of their time assisting with the preparation and delivery of various community events. There is also an opportunity to assist other Berkshire teams with environmental education projects. The position would suit those wishing to develop the skills required to follow a career in the conservation sector. All recent Trainees in the Berkshire team have gone on to conservation roles. A commitment to volunteer three days a week for 6 - 12 months is required. ASK: For more information please visit our website www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21496

JOB: Reserves Volunteer - Predator Monitoring

BE4: 30/7/18

LOC: Castle Espie Wetlands Centre, Comber, Co Down, NI

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 or 2 days per week. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site. Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. Training opportunities will be provided. Survey and monitoring of predators on the reserve using a variety of techniques, not limited to field signs and trail cameras. Associated projects: Peninsula field management, additional bird counts and recording of disturbance events. Bird, wildlife and plant ID skills (particularly mammal tracks and signs). You require: observational skills; data gathering and analysis experience; mapping (ability in GIS desirable); reporting; attention to detail; basic computer and remote monitoring device skills; no formal qualifications are required. However this role would suit you if you have formal or informal experience or understanding of conservation. You must be practical and physically able. You must be able to work as part of a team of staff and volunteers. You will be proactive and able to work with minimum supervision under the direction of the reserves warden. You must be keen to support the work of WWT. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2q78bh4

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: Wildlife Trainees: Conservation (College Lake) x 2

BE4: 24/4/18 9am

IV: 4/5/18

LOC: College Lake near Tring

PAY: Limited expenses.

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

3 days per week for 6 - 12 months. You will gain employer-valued practical exp of conservation techniques ranging from fencing and tree felling to species survey and livestock management. You will join a skilled and knowledgeable team and learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at this diverse site. These include wetlands, chalk grassland, farmland, woodland, fen and scrub habitat; and the role offers an opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills associated with these habitats. College Lake is also a busy site with a thriving visitor centre and an education centre, meaning this role gives a unique opportunity to gain valuable exp of visitor engagement, an essential skill in modern conservation work. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Rel volunteering exp is desirable. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2E1QGDL

JOB: Residential volunteer warden (x3)

BE4: 30/4/18

LOC: Exe Estuary, Devon

PAY: Accommodation within walking distance of the reserve is provided.

FOR: RSPB

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the Exe Estuary team. Help manage for breeding Lapwing, freshwater ecosystems and farmland birds incl the iconic Cirl Bunting at Labrador Bay. The job varies with the seasons, the majority being practical habitat management and estate work tasks incl hedge laying, mowing and maintaining fences. You'll get training, mentoring, and lots of first-hand exp. There are opportunities for surveying, working on public engagement events, developing leadership and more. If you’re looking for a career in conservation this is the place to start. The ability to work in a team is essential, as is enthusiasm. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an interest in wildlife and conservation is. Be prepared to work outside in all weathers. Work can be physically demanding especially in winter. Min age 18, driving licence essential. 6 month position to start ASAP. ASK: Applications and questions to rebecca.longden@rspb.org.uk 01392 833311.

JOB: Long Term Volunteer Ranger x 2 Posts

BE4: 26/4/18

IV: w/c 21/5/18

LOC: Wicken Fen

PAY: Accomodation provided

FOR: National Trust

Starting Aug or Sept for 12 months. One post working with the reserve team 5 days a week on habitat creation and conservation management. The second post is a conservation grazing orientated role (horses and cattle), with some days working with the reserve team. An ideal opportunity to gain exp at one of the country’s premier nature reserves. Manual driving licence preferred. ASK: Please send CV and covering letter to, or for more information and full role description to John Hughes john.hughes1@nationaltrust.org.uk (Reserve Role) and Carol Laidlaw carol.laidlaw@nationaltrust.org.uk (Grazing Role). Both can be reached on 01353 720274 or at Wicken Fen NNR, Lode Lane, Wicken, Cambs, CB7 5XP.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 1/5/18

IV: 01/05/2018

LOC: Black Down Estate Near Haslemere

PAY: Accommodation / training / expenses

FOR: National Trust

We are looking for motivated people who want to develop their career in countryside management by broadening their practical skills and have a proven track record of leavers going on to a job in the field. Gain exp of working on a range of habitats, from woods to heaths and meadows, as well as working with our in hand herd of cattle and working on our established popular events programme. There will be opportunities to work with and lead groups of volunteers and working holidays as well as working on some fascinating sites and with some wonderful wildlife. Our volunteers have their own vegetable garden and chickens, and get opportunities to develop and hone their skills with support from our dedicated and professional team. Through this and their work on our countryside estate they get a great introduction to working life as a Ranger. Appropriate training will be given on the job as well as tailored practical skills based formal training and quals such as chainsaw certification.  We are looking for a min commitment of 6 months / 1 year. Suitable applicants are invited to an interview day on the property. This consists of working on a task with the countryside team over the course of a day with a short sit down discussion. ASK: Further information and application form contact: david.elliott@nationaltrust.org.uk 01428 652359.

JOB: Trainee Volunteer Ranger x 4

BE4: 26/4/18 5.00pm

LOC: Fort William, Scottish Highlands

PAY: Accommodation and Subsistence Allowance of £100 per week

FOR: The Nevis Partnership

12-week training programme starting 18 June 2018.  This opportunity will allow motivated individuals seeking experience of the hands-on practice of conservation work and mountain tourism dynamics in a specific context. Key skills will be gained to build towards a career in this field.  Programme will consist of specific core training such as first aid and mountain awareness as well as habitat and monitoring training and relevant environmental based workshops. Work experience will be gained in supporting NLP with their various projects along with the opportunity to network with and potentially support our partners such as Forestry Commission Scotland, John Muir Trust and Highlife Highland Rangers.  ASK: Detailed job description and application form can be found on our website http://bit.ly/1UWook4 or contact susan@nevispartnership.co.uk

JOB: Large Blue Butterfly Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 22/4/18

IV: 22/04/2018

LOC: Collard Hill, Somerset

PAY: Accommodation / subsistence costs

FOR: National Trust

We are offering a great opportunity to be the lead person responsible for visitor management and biological recording during the busy flight season of the rare Large Blue butterfly. The role will ensure that visitors to Collard Hill have a safe but enjoyable time, and that the butterfly is protected. You will also be responsible for conducting important research into the butterfly’s population and distribution as well as the visitor experience and for summarising findings in an end of season report. Collard Hill is the only UK open access site to see this rare butterfly & attracts hundreds of enthusiasts from right across the country. This high profile role offers a unique chance to work with some of the country’s leading butterfly experts. You will provide a friendly welcome to all visitors offering information and guidance, orientation; questions about the location of butterflies in flight and their ecology. Start date of 5th June until 15th July volunteering for five days a week. ASK: For more information or apply please email thomas.matchet@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

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

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

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

JOB: Invasive Non Native Species

BE4: 30/4/18

LOC: West, East and South Yorkshire

PAY: Limited travel expenses are available

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Have you seen the aliens invading Yorkshire’s rivers? Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) are the second largest threat to global biodiversity and the colonisation is spreading along Yorkshire’s waterways. We are on the front line, battling the tide of INNS such as Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed. To win, we need you! This year we’re taking the fight to them with a team of amazing volunteers. Run surveillance missions to find out where the invasion is happening. Help us create a map of where we need to battle INNS first. The best thing is all you need to do is enjoy peaceful walks and be able to use a smartphone. We're looking for volunteers who can carry out INNS surveys on specific waterways across Yorkshire. 2-4 surveys between March and August.  ASK: Please email volunteering@ywt.org.uk for more details about how to get involved.

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: Bird Ringing Camp Volunteer

BE4: 5/5/18

LOC: Poland, Baltic Coast

PAY: High quality vocational training confirmed by Certificate of Participation

FOR: Wild Areas Network

You have an opportunity to support one of the oldest bird ringing schemes in the World - the Operation Baltic. You will help to handle the birds, identify and ring them as well as in measuring, weighting and data entry tasks. You will get to know and identify every caught species by direct contact. The camp duration is 6 days. It will be an international, hands-on experience for Bird Ringers, Birdwatchers and Nature Lovers in general, but we welcome persons from all walks of life. You don't have to know birds well - the tasks will be tailored to your abilities and field training will be provided on site. ASK: For application and further inquiries contact Joanna: wildareas@gmail.com You will receive a detailed Infosheet and an application form.

JOB: Volunteering - practical, visitor, education and ecology

BE4: 30/8/18

LOC: Walthamstow Wetlands

PAY: Reasonable travel and lunch expenses reimbursed

FOR: London Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Little Tern Volunteer - East Norfolk

BE4: 28/04/2018

LOC: Winterton on Sea, East Norfolk

PAY: training & travel expenses

FOR: RSPB

The Little Tern is one of the UK's rarest breeding seabirds and has suffered chronic declines over the past 25 years. While populations have stabilised around the UK thanks to protection projects, they are under more pressure now than ever before due to increased beach use, climate change, habitat loss and predation. Norfolk is a stronghold for Little terns, holding 30% of the UK's breeding population during the summer months, and the numbers in the East Norfolk area make up one of the largest and most important colonies in the UK. We need your help to continue to protect this iconic species. Take part in surveys and predator monitoring, man the watch point and raise awareness with the visiting public about the importance of the project and what they can do to help prevent disturbance to the nests and chicks. Minimum half a day per week/ one day per fortnight throughout the summer season (May to September). (The RSPB is flexible to booked holidays) ASK: Daniel Hercock, Berney Marshes and Breydon Water, Ashtree Farm, Burgh Castle Marina, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 9PZ 07525 992194 norfolklittleterns@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Endangered Species Site Monitors

BE4: N/A

LOC: England and Wales

PAY: Training resources provided

FOR: The Species Recovery Trust

We are looking for people who are passionate about saving species to help us monitor the network of over 400 sites across England & Wales where some of the UK’s rarest species occur.  The work will typically involve a single visit each year, possibly combined with some light habitat improvement work (eg cutting back brambles) as is necessary.  Detailed guidance is available from us & no specific botanical knowledge is needed but we are ideally looking for people who are happy to work independently, with good navigation skill & most importantly a good pair of eyes for spotting things! Ideally you will live local to the sites.   ASK: monitoring@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

JOB: LOHP Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Near Diss & Thetford, Norfolk / Suffolk Border

PAY: A variety of training opportunities

FOR: Little Ouse Headwaters Project

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

Cost-free Ecology Course

Cost-free Ecology course on the island of Corsica.

One week in May 2018.

Survey skills, species identification, CV and interviews.

Tuition, airfares, accommodation all provided by reg. charity, Operation New World, if you are 20 – 25 without a full time job.


  • Closing Date: 01/05/2018
  • Sector: Ecology
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: International
  • Posted: 03/04/2018


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