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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: Volunteer Officer Warden

BE4: 30/11/18

LOC: Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

PAY: Training & travel expenses


3 days a week for 6 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of conservation with TCV at a beautiful urban oasis in London.  After training, you will gain work experience in organising and leading practical tasks and managing volunteer teams, plus extensive knowledge of urban ecology and effective habitat management.  You can also get involved with other work on site, including surveys, events, education, social media and interpretation.  Trained Volunteer Officers can gain paid work within TCV as cover wardens and session workers. You will receive training in leadership skills and First Aid, plus online training in H&S, safeguarding, equality and diversity and more. We also provide mentoring from experienced wardens and reimbursement of travel expenses within London. You will need a basic knowledge of or a background in ecology and conservation & good communication skills.   ASK: Email your CV to gpep@tcv.org.uk and we will then arrange an informal interview.

JOB: Coast and Countryside Ranger - full time volunteer

BE4: 27/10/18 6pm

LOC: The Lizard, Helston (TR12 7LR)

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: National Trust

28 hours per week for 6-12 months. In this role you will be: helping the ranger team keep the countryside in great condition & to a high standard of conservation & presentation; using tools, machinery & equipment & maintaining them in a safe working order in accordance with legal requirements; working on all types of terrain in a variety of weather conditions; getting to know H&S procedures in countryside work; flexible & able to adapt to changing circumstances & plans; maintaining good relationships with people who share the land; learning more about The Lizard Peninsula, its history, landscape, nature & archaeology; sharing what’s great about The Lizard; helping people understand why we need to take care of special places; providing people with a warm welcome & helping them have a safe & enjoyable day. Accommodation can be provided if needed. ASK: Apply: CV & covering letter to kathleen.trokethomas@nationaltrust.org.uk. For further information and to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2A4mUPY

JOB: Ancient Tree Recorder

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Homebased


FOR: Woodland Trust

Would you like to get involved with recording ancient, veteran and notable trees? Ancient trees are important culturally and ecologically. Their many niches provide vital habitat for wildlife and many of our most famous ancient trees have links to famous people from our history. The Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) - https://ati.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ - is a living database of ancient, veteran and notable trees. So far over 170,000 trees have been added to the ATI, but there are still lots of amazing trees to be discovered. The growing database gives us a much better understanding of where our most important trees are. Recording them is the first step towards getting ancient trees the protection they need. ASK: For further details and to register, please visit our website here : https://c-js.co.uk/2RLKisC

JOB: Long Term Residential Volunteer

BE4: 1/11/18

LOC: NE Scotland - Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve

PAY: Free accommodation


Strathbeg is a spectacular coastal loch with adjoining beaches, marsh, reedbed, wet grassland and arable farmland. We want to share this amazing reserve with you and are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to assist us in the effective day to day management of the reserve for 3-6 months (anytime from 16th November to 1st May, whenever suited best for the individual). During your stay you will be a key member of the team and be involved in a range of tasks. You will be living in shared accommodation with other volunteers. Heating and electricity bills are included. You will need to provide your own food and living costs and be at least 18 yrs old. Enthusiastic, an interest in conservation and wildlife, the ability to work as part of a team is essential. ASK: For more information contact Ed Grace 01346 532017 / 07899 678114 edward.grace@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Woodland Reserves Officer

BE4: 24/10/18

IV: 24/10/2018

LOC: Dingestow, Monmouth, working across sites in the lower wye valley

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Gwent Wildlife Trust

3 days a week for 6 months. To help implement practical management, primarily of SSSI woodland nature reserves through the winter period (Nov-Apr). This will involve coppicing, felling & extraction with firewood & charcoal production & will include some survey work. Full chainsaw training (NPTC CS30 & 31), first aid & brushcutter with other internal training courses such as hedge laying & local woodland owner workshops. This would suit someone looking to gain exp & certificated training to gain paid employment & preferably completed / working toward an environmental / land management qual. A hard working, enthusiastic individual able to work on difficult ground in all weather. Full UK driving licence with some exp of habitat management & working with volunteers would be an advantage. ASK: Contact Doug Lloyd, Woodland Officer, Usk to Wye 01600 740600 for an informal chat. To apply send CV & covering letter to dlloyd@gwentwildlife.org

JOB: Reserve Assistant – RSPB Conwy

BE4: N / A

LOC: Conwy

PAY: Training & expenses


We require volunteer help in the areas of habitat management, wildlife surveying & reserve maintenance. All tasks are vital for conservation of the site & for retaining good access to, & around the reserve. Enthusiasm & an interest in conservation are essential. A variety of skills are needed from surveying, research, habitat management, estate maintenance, A good level of fitness is essential. You will need an up-to-date tetanus injection & to enjoy working in a team. We have an opportunity to join our Monday or Wednesday team. Hours are generally 9.30am-3.30pm but this is negotiable. Benefits include: working as part of the reserve team & learning more about the reserve; the opportunity to build up skills; this is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity. ASK: Contact: Tim Wallis, Conwy, 01492 584091, tim.wallis@rspb.org.uk or visit https://c-js.co.uk/2On5E0B

JOB: Volunteer Ranger, Black Down Estate


IV: 26/10/2018

LOC: Haslemere, Surrey / Sussex Border

PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses

FOR: National Trust

6 months / 1 year. 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 in 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 a well-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, chickens and beehives, and get opportunities to develop and hone their skills with support from our dedicated and professional team. Through this and their work on the wide range of tasks across our countryside estate they get a great intro 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 will be provided.  ASK: For further information and an application form please contact: jo-anne.buckrell@nationaltrust.org.uk 01428 652359.

JOB: Urban Buzz Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Bristol

PAY: Expenses and some training

FOR: Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust

Seeking volunteers to assist in the creation of pollinator friendly habitats in parks & green spaces across Bristol. Tasks will incl practical habitat management, plug planting, meadow creation, tree planting & bulb planting. Seeking help on Wednesdays & some Mondays too. Time Commitment: Urban Buzz project ends March 2019. ASK: Contact: hayley.herridge@buglife.org.uk

JOB: Student Work Experience Placements

BE4: 31/12/18

IV: 31/12/2018

LOC: Jersey

PAY: Training

FOR: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Durrell is delighted to be able to offer a number of work exp placements which will give you a unique understanding of working for an international conservation organisation. Develop your skills across a variety of departments, incl the mammal, bird, herpetology, lab & veterinary, education & marketing departments. There is also the opportunity to complete research projects & dissertations during your placement. Please download the guidelines here https://c-js.co.uk/2PPssD0. We will be taking applications from mid-September 2018 for: summer placements (min eight weeks) - starting May / June 2019 to September 2019; short-term placements (min eight weeks) - starting September 2019 to May / June 2020; long-term placements (9-12 months) - 1st September 2019 to August 2020. If you are selected for interview we will arrange to contact you via Skype or telephone in early January 2019. If you are required to complete a research project during your placement please indicate this at the time of your application. ASK: To apply please send a CV & a letter of application to eluned.price@durrell.org. Please indicate which placement & your preferred department(s). Chat: Eluned Price, eluned.price@durrell.org, 01534 860044

JOB: Volunteer Project Officer

BE4: 1/11/18

IV: 01/11/2018

LOC: Plymouth

PAY: Training

FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action

A VPO is someone who can offer a regular amount of work with PEA, dedicating at least 2 events per month for at least 6 months. You will be excellent at organising & leading conservation projects & keen to fundraise for & promote the organisation. We aim to incorporate your interests & expertise with our needs as a conservation organisation. Working with volunteers to achieve a project is an incredibly fulfilling exp. You will be given responsibility, trusted & supported by professional team members & will gain exp & skills. Volunteer Officers have gone on to find employment in the environment / charity sector after their time volunteering with PEA. Essential: a love of the environment & the enthusiasm to engage & support conservation volunteers; willing to spend time outdoors in sometimes remote locations; able to communicate with & connect well with others, incl those who have difficulty communicating; held a driving licence for at least 2 years (clean car driving licence & / or D1 category licence). ASK: For more information visit www.pea-volunteering.co.uk/vacancies/

JOB: Water Quality Monitor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: River Thame Catchment (Aylesbury, Thame, Dorchester-on-Thames)

PAY: 0

FOR: The River Thame Conservation Trust

Clean, unpolluted water can support rich and diverse wetland plant and animal communities. Sadly it only takes a little pollution to cause the loss of much of this wildlife. With increasing pressures on the freshwater landscape it is important to monitor the water quality of streams, rivers and ponds to pick up harmful pollution and to ensure we continue working towards good water quality in which wildlife can thrive. We are looking for volunteers to help monitor the water quality of the River Thame and its hundreds of surrounding waterbodies by using quick and simple kits to measure the levels of two widespread nutrient pollutants, nitrate and phosphate. These two nutrients are invisible to the eye, but within a few short minutes and a colour change reaction you can make the invisible visible, and contribute to a catchment wide survey.     Choose as many sites as you would like - time commitment is up to you ASK: For more information please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2nEmxVf

JOB: Reserves Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre, Tyne & Wear, NE38

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 - 2 days per week. A very rewarding experience and ideal for those considering work within the conservation sector. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. By working as part of the reserves volunteer team you will assist with the management of all aspects of the nature reserve. This will help to provide our wildlife with the most beneficial of habitats and provide visitors with a great day out and encourage them to engage with and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. You will be: removing invasive plant species; assisting with maintenance of hedges and trees; assisting with maintenance of meadows; creating and maintaining infrastructure such as pathways and hides; creating and maintaining wildlife habitat including ponds, woodland and meadows; assisting with wildlife and wildflower surveys. ASK: To find out more please contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420.

JOB: Woodland Working Group Member

BE4: N / A

LOC: Londonthorpe Wood, Grantham, Lincolnshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Woodland Working Group at Londonthorpe Wood are seeking new members to perform practical tasks at this attractive wood.  Londonthorpe boasts a range of habitats including an area of mature woodland and a pond, divided into three parts by roads. Grass pathways meander through the trees and open meadow areas ablaze with wild flowers in spring and summer. 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 site in line with the management plan and as agreed with the Woodland Working Group Leader and the Volunteer Manager. Time commitment: once a month, Sundays, October to March. ASK: For further details and to apply, please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2NOaGiA

JOB: Seed Collection Volunteer - Wales

BE4: N / A

LOC: Various sites, Snowdonia, Wales

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for a seed collector to join a small team of volunteers undertaking a large scale collection of local provenance Welsh tree seed and cuttings.  You will be assisting the Volunteer Manager in planning and delivering the collection of native tree seed and cuttings on a seasonal basis from woods in North West Wales, particularly Meirionnydd Oakwoods, Coed Felinrhyd & Llennyrch, Maentwrog, to improve the availability of local provenance Welsh trees for planting in the region. This may involve the use of simple hand tools and equipment. If you have a genuine interest in wildlife conservation and woodlands, especially Western Atlantic Oakwoods, and the ability to identify different native tree species we would be very happy to hear from you.  You will also need an awareness of the importance of biosecurity. ASK: For further details and to apply please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2K0qaOi

JOB: Gems in the Dunes Regular Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Ainsdale, Merseyside

PAY: Training

FOR: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

1-2 days per week. We are looking for volunteers to assist with habitat management for our rarest species including sand lizards, natterjack toads, northern dune tiger beetles and petalwort. The habitat management work is varied and will involve removing invasive scrub, creating areas of bare sand and digging new breeding pools. You will also assist with the monitoring of these species and will receive training in identification and survey techniques. You need to be hard working, willing to work outdoors in all weathers and work well in a team. We also run volunteer weekends every third weekend of the month. ASK: To find out more, please contact us at gems-in-the-dunes@arc-trust.org or call 01704 571575.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.