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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: Species Protection Volunteer x 2

BE4: 2/2/18

IV: 02/02/2018

LOC: Dunkeld, Perthshire

PAY: Accomodation

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

A great chance to observe and help protect an iconic species.  Live on site and help our staff monitor nesting ospreys 24/7 using nest cameras.  Liaise with other volunteers and public.  Also monitor beavers through camera footage.  Free on site accommodation provided.  You should be available for duration of osprey season mid-March to June.  Hours could be full time and could involve unsociable working. You will be required to live & work with fellow staff & volunteers during the season.  ASK: Please see volunteer page on Scottish Wildlife Trust website or direct link http://c-js.co.uk/2CKGtA3

JOB: SWT Ipswich Hedgehog Project: Internship Position 2018

BE4: 5/2/18

IV: 05/02/2018

LOC: Ipswich

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is looking for an enthusiastic voluntary intern to join our Ipswich Hedgehog Project. The intern will assist with a specific research project aiming to estimate hedgehog population density at our second study site in Ipswich, which is part of a larger study being run by Nottingham Trent University. You will gain skills in science communication, the use of camera traps for scientific study and a range of hedgehog survey techniques. There may also be the opportunity to assist with public engagement and educational events. We are looking for a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, for a three -month period. We are looking for an individual with a positive, friendly attitude and excellent communication skills. This position would be suitable for someone looking to gain experience in the conservation sector, or for someone with a genuine interest in wildlife research and conservation. ASK: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/jobs/swt-ipswich-hedgehog-project-internship-position-2018 Please send your CV and covering letter to Ali North, Ipswich Hedgehog Officer ali.north@suffolkwildlifetrust.org, detailing your availability, experience and why you would like to join our project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

JOB: Wildlife Trainee - Ecology

BE4: Friday 2nd February 2018, 5pm.

IV: Tuesday 13th February 2018.

LOC: BBOWT Head Office, Littlemore, near Oxford

PAY: Limited expenses

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

3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. As a volunteer Ecology Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience by supporting the Biodiversity Team surveying and monitoring the wildlife and habitats on the Trust’s nature reserves. You will also assist the Trust’s Water Vole Recovery Project by carrying out Water Vole surveys and monitoring mink activity. Office-based tasks will involve the management of survey data with an emphasis on data entry. Trainees committing to the full 12 months will have the opportunity to undertake survey data analysis. You will have extensive internal training and a budget (subject to confirmation) for external training courses and have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Limited travel expenses are available. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation. Relevant volunteering experience is desirable. ASK: For more information about the role please visit our website http://www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21125

JOB: Volunteer In Galapagos National Park

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ecuador

PAY: Accomm / uniform

FOR: Volunteer Latin America

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

JOB: RSPB Residential Volunteer Seabird Research Bempton Cliffs

BE4: 16/2/18

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

PAY: Free accommodation and training where appropriate

FOR: RSPB

Bempton Cliffs is at the heart of England's largest mainland seabird colony. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed residential volunteer to help deliver a comprehensive programme of seabird monitoring and research at this internationally important site.  You will monitor species from gannets to guillemots, recording productivity and colony size. You will become a full member of the team and contribute to vital research to save our threatened seabirds. Gain exp in survey techniques, data management and analysis, contribute to the annual monitoring report and see an RSPB reserve is run. This role requires enthusiasm and dedication as you'll be required to complete the full 16 weeks.  You'll be happy working as part of a team or spending hours alone monitoring on the cliffs. You'll be able to tell kittiwakes from herring gulls, and be happy engaging with visitors.  A full driving licence is essential and the ability to work outside in all weathers.  Time Commitment: 16 weeks from mid April - mid July 2018. ASK: www.rspb.org.uk/residential/volunteering

JOB: Peatland Habitat Monitor

BE4: N/A

LOC: Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and North Yorkshire Moors

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Skomer Island Seabird Monitoring Volunteer

BE4: 26/1/18

IV: 26/01/2018

LOC: Skomer Island NNR, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Accommodation, boat transport & rel training

FOR: Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

One placement running from 25/05/18 until 30/06/18. The seabird monitoring volunteer will be responsible for helping to conduct Manx Shearwater plot counts & assisting with whole island seabird population counts from land & boat. They will also help out with Gull nest counts & monitoring amongst other tasks where necessary. The applicant will be willing to work long hours in a small boat in potentially uncomfortable sea states, have a hardy nature & happy to work in all weathers. They will also have a high level of motivation, be happy to work independently, be physically fit & happy to spend long periods of time on the island without visiting the mainland. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2BunV2y or Leighton Newman on skomer.vo@welshwildlife.org

JOB: National Whale & Dolphin Watch Assistant

BE4: 12/03/2018

IV: 19-23/3/18 (Skype)

LOC: New Quay, West Wales

PAY: Training

FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

28/5/18 - 2/9/18. This position will suit a volunteer who has a strong interest in marine conservation & recognises the importance of educating & raising awareness by involving the public. You will help with promoting, organising & running the National Whale & Dolphin Watch event. There will be some opportunity to be involved in the boat-based fieldwork aspects of the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project. Shared accommodation provided at approx. £73 / week + living expenses. Part time work is quite easy to obtain in the area if required. Only available to undergraduates or people who can demonstrate a desired change in career. Essential: strong interest in marine conservation & education; outgoing personality with confidence to interact with the public; excellent verbal & writing skills; initiative & able to bring own ideas & personality to the position; strong commitment to volunteering work; ability to work in an organised & reliable manner & to manage a variable workload incl appropriate delegation; good IT skills (Office packages); ability to get on well with others in a small team in shared accommodation. Desirable: strong interest & some knowledge of British cetaceans; exp of public speaking, postings on social media & events organising; willing to work long hours outdoors in changeable Welsh weather. ASK: CV, cover letter & contact details of 2 referees to Kathy James, kathy.james@seawatchfoundation.org.uk Outcome notified by 30/3/18.

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: Wildlife Surveyor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Eglinton Country Park

PAY: Training opportunities available

FOR: North Ayrshire Ranger Service

1 day per week. North Ayrshire Ranger Service requires your help to build a picture of the wildlife within Eglinton Country Park & the surrounding District area. 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 & training available. No experience required. ASK: Contact North Ayrshire Ranger Service 01294 551776 eglintoncountrypark@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

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: volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160

JOB: Volunteer Forest Warden

BE4: 31/01/2018

LOC: Epping Forest

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: City of London, Open Spaces Department

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

JOB: LOHP Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Near Diss & Thetford, Norfolk / Suffolk Border

PAY: A variety of training opportunities

FOR: Little Ouse Headwaters Project

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

JOB: Volunteer Ranger X 3

BE4: Ongoing (March)

LOC: Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Northern Ireland

PAY: Accommodation & in house training

FOR: National Trust

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

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stowmarket, Suffolk

PAY: PPE & occasional training opportunities

FOR: The Museum Of East Anglian Life

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

JOB: Seal Watch Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ravenscar, Yorkshire Coast

PAY: In house training

FOR: National Trust

4 hours a day, once a week. At Ravenscar there is a grey seal colony which is visited by members of the public & has up to 300 seals. You will engage with visitors informing them about the seals & how to behave around them. Training will be given. You will also be required to monitor the seals by counting numbers on a regular basis.  Outdoorsy, whatever the weather's doing; reasonably fit & healthy - you don’t need to be Bear Grylls but you will need to be fit to walk up the cliff; keen to work with people & animals; passionate about Ravenscar & seals. ASK: yorkshirecoast@nationaltrust.org.uk 01723 870423.

JOB: Various Volunteer Roles

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Exe Estuary, Exeter

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

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

Volunteer Trainee – Guardians of the Deep Trainee

Salary Range:   This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector? We are looking for someone to help us in the delivery of an exciting new marine awareness-raising project, whilst gaining experience in our Conservation, Policy & Evidence team.


  • Closing Date: 26/01/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 05/01/2018

Cost-free Ecology Course

Canary Islands: one week March 2018.

Survey skills, species identification, CV and interview skills.  

Airfares, tuition and accommodation provided by registered charity Operation New World if you are aged 20 – 25 without a fulltime job.


  • Closing Date: 31/01/2018
  • Sector: Ecology
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: International
  • Posted: 15/01/2018



Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.