Voluntary Opportunities - Full and part time placements
Environmental and Outdoor Education

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Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.

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Environmental and Outdoor Education vacancies: interpretation, field work tutors, public engagement, adventure activities instructors also higher and further education roles.


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JOB: Environmental Education Volunteers

BE4: N/A

IV: 27/04/2018

LOC: Devil's Dyke Estate Office, Saddlescombe Farm, BN45 7DE

PAY: Training and some expenses

FOR: National Trust

Approximately once a fortnight. The role involves assisting or leading outdoor educational activities with school groups from KS1 to KS13. Duties include helping prepare resources, setting up activities on the day, engaging with children, connecting them to nature and promoting the National Trust values. ASK: Please email devilsdyke@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

JOB: Events Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Fyne Court

PAY: Training will be provided

FOR: National Trust

On an ad-hoc basis, usually school holidays. There’s nothing like a fun day out, and Events Assistants help us to make them happen at Fyne Court. You can help set up and deliver a range of events for families and adult groups. After 50 hours volunteering you will receive a membership card and discount in NT shops and cafes. ASK: Contact fynecourt@nationaltrust.org.uk 01823 451587.

JOB: Dog Ranger and Visitor Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: National Trust Wellington Monument or Fyne Court

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Suitable for those who already walk their dogs in the area. Orientate, engage and encourage responsible dog walking on our National Trust sites at Wellington Monument or Fyne Court. Engaging with dog owners in a friendly way. Educating and changing attitudes on dog fouling and behaviour in the countryside and surrounding areas. Offering maps, information and handing out dog waste bags. ASK: fynecourt@nationaltrust.org.uk 01823 451587.

JOB: Canal & River Explorers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Various

PAY: Training

FOR: Canal & River Trust

Become an Education Volunteer with the Canal & River Trust and inspire the next generation about the nation’s canals and rivers. If you love being outdoors and have a knack for engaging with children, we’d love you to join our friendly team. Full training provided. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2EjJHKO

JOB: Canal & River Explorers Lune Aqueduct

BE4: N/A

LOC: Lancaster

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our team of education volunteers in Lancaster. Help children discover the magic of the waterways through our Canal & River Explorers programme by leading sessions for primary schools, cub scouts and brownie groups in their classrooms, meeting places and out and about on our canals & rivers. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2Ep9rpa

JOB: Waste Reduction Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Keep Britain Tidy

No min length of commitment, this is a fully flexible role. Events & talks take place during the week, weekends & evenings & you can attend as little or as many of these whenever you are available. Help us to reduce waste across Cheshire West & Chester by doing any of the following: attending events, local shows, fetes & fairs, giving individual advice; delivering workshops in schools; working with community groups; writing articles for press or websites; delivering talks & presentations to local groups & organisations; working with waste management departments at larger events; or anything that suits their skills! Benefit from developing communication skills in a variety of settings with a wide range of people, whilst helping local people save money & help the environment.Age 18+. Driving licence & vehicle may be necessary to attend events. ASK: See: http://c-js.co.uk/2DjlJj4 Margaret Warren, Project Coordinator margaret.warren@keepbritaintidy.org 07583 019497

JOB: Canal & River Explorers Birmingham Central

BE4: N/A

LOC: Birmingham

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our team of education volunteers in Birmingham. Help children discover the magic of the waterways through our Canal & River Explorers programme by leading sessions for primary schools, cub scouts and brownie groups in their classrooms, meeting places and out and about on our canals & rivers. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2BbHZck

JOB: Finance, Education, Office, Garden & Event Volunteers

BE4: N/A

LOC: South London

PAY: Travel and lunch expenses, some training

FOR: The South London Botanical Institute

Dependent on the role, finance 3 days per month approx, all others 1 day per week. Varied roles are available. ASK: Please look at our website www.slbi.org.uk/getinvolved to find out more about these, or contact us direct. Please contact us by email: info@slbi.org.uk

JOB: Education Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Epping Forest Field Studies Centre

PAY: 0

FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver environmental education sessions, providing an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn through first hand experiential activities. Activities for primary schools include pond dipping, minibeast hunts and sensory activities. There are also sessions for secondary schools. Other activities you may help with include guided walks, professional development, training for teachers and family activity days. ASK: Please email volunteer.ef@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Education Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Greenwich Park, Regents Park, Bushy Park, QE Olympic Park & Stratford

PAY: 0

FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver environmental education sessions, providing an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn through first hand experiential activities. Activities for primary schools include pond dipping, minibeast hunts and sensory activities. There are also sessions for secondary schools. Other activities you may help with include guided walks, professional development, training for teachers and family activity days. ASK: Please email aaron.lr@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Canal & River Exploreres Crofton Pumping Station

BE4: N/A

LOC: Crofton, Marlborough

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our team of education volunteers at Crofton near Marlborough on the Kennet & Avon Canal. Help children discover the magic of the waterways through our Canal & River Explorers programme by leading sessions for primary schools, cub scouts and brownie groups in their classrooms, meeting places and out and about on our canals & rivers. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2siJ4wj

JOB: Park Explorers Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: National Trust Morden Hall Park, South London

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Monday mornings during school term times. Help to lead an innovative programme of weekly activities for children aged from 18 months to 4 years and their parents/carers. Set up for sessions, using and maintaining resources and equipment appropriately, and ensuring that it is returned to its proper storage place after use. Monitor the quality of the work through evaluation and informal feedback. Manage the daily finance of the activities including taking money, recording and following financial procedures. Work with the Learning Assistant and the rest of the team to ensure that all sessions are adequately resourced and staffed in advance. Act as a good ambassador for the National Trust, providing a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors. Learn about Morden Hall Park as a whole so you can tell our visitors about it. ASK: To apply for this role, please complete the online application form on the National Trust Volunteering web page, or alternatively contact the Learning Assistant for more details at mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Education - Formal Learning Session Assistant

BE4: N/A

LOC: WWT Martin Mere

PAY: WWT Benefits & Discounts

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 to 2 days per week (Monday to Friday) 9.30am - 2pm during term times. At WWT we believe that the best way for people to understand & ‘connect’ with wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close. You will be directly involved in shaping children’s unforgettable experiences through the warm welcome you give them, your interactions with them & the information you provide. We need enthusiastic people to help deliver our education programmes to school groups & in doing so ensuring that the feel part of something amazing. You will be assisting with school groups, leading selected guided learning sessions (session plans provided). Experience in an educational setting would be an advantage but not essential. You will need good communication skills & the ability to work well in a team of staff & other volunteers. ASK: For further information & to apply: http://c-js.co.uk/2sawpLD Should you have any questions: volunteer.martinmere@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Wildlife Trainee: Education & Community

BE4: 27/4/18 9am

IV: 8/5/18

LOC: College Lake, near Tring

PAY: Limited expenses

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

3 days per week for 12 months. You will join our Buckinghamshire Education and Community team. Based at College Lake, our flagship nature reserve, education and visitor centre, you will exp first-hand our varied and exciting range of education and community work. This will incl assisting with and leading school group activities, both at the centre and off-site, planning and delivering events for families, supporting our Nature Tots pre-school group and our wider community projects. Applicants should have a keen interest in environmental education and conservation, working with children and enjoy interacting with people of all ages. Rel volunteering exp desirable. ASK: For more information visit our website www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21493

JOB: Schools on Reserves Learning Support & Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB Cymru

Here at Conwy, school groups book onto Sessions in which they learn all about and are inspired by the beautiful and amazing wildlife on the reserve. You will help us inspire children and their accompanying adults, assisting with the games and lessons and supporting children as we go. During school terms, but mainly April to July. Training and support will be given, and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. Relevant RSPB clothing and equipment will be provided, and you will be treated as part of the team at RSPB Conwy. ASK: Learning Support Volunteer: read more at https://c-js.co.uk/2q8cZU2 Learning Assistant Volunteer: read more at https://c-js.co.uk/2H08xk4

JOB: Youth Engagement Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

RSPB Sandwell Valley is an enchanting urban green space located in the middle of a vibrant and diverse community. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to engage with the young people (11 to 18-year-old) who visit the reserve or live nearby. Our youth engagement volunteers will deliver outdoor activities (bushcraft, orienteering, pond-dipping...) for the local youth club, and in summer evenings, for young people visiting the reserve. We want to make young people feel welcomed on the nature reserve, and encourage them to use the site responsibly, so they can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and connect with nature. All the necessary training, support and background information will be provided and we will cover your travel expenses. We're looking for an enthusiastic people person, who\'s comfortable working with young people and able to motivate and inspire them. Knowledge of wildlife / conservation useful but not essential (you can pick that up after you start). Some experience working with children / teenagers would be beneficial. 1 day a month minimum. ASK: More info: https://c-js.co.uk/2Iybt4J

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Forest Schools Leader (Summer Activity Weeks)

BE4: 31/5/18

LOC: Edinburgh / East Lothian

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Instinctively Wild Services CIC

Are you Instinctively Wild? We are a social enterprise that specialises in reconnecting people through an experience with nature.  We are currently looking for volunteers to help us run our Forest School/Bushcraft based summer activity week programmes at Yellowcraig, East Lothian, in July/August 2018. Benefits: Forest Schools L1, Outdoor First Aid, Child Protection training, Bushcraft skills, travel expenses. Ideally you’ll be 18+, based in Edinburgh/East Lothian and have a passion for nature/the outdoors and enjoy working with other people and as part of a team. As we are working with vulnerable groups, we have a thorough vetting procedure, which involves an initial meeting, application form with references and a PVG application (police check). ASK: In the first instance, please email Graeme Drever gdrever@instinctivelywild.co.uk for a Volunteer Induction Booklet. Please mention the Countryside Jobs Service in your email. We look forward to hearing from you!

JOB: Environmental Education Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds

PAY: Local travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

2 to 4 days per week (Mon - Fri) for 6 months or more. Do you want to work in the environmental sector, but lack the experience to land your first job? Do you want to share your passion for the environment with the next generation? You could spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them, & try your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skils, take part in a comprehensive training programme, & best of all jpin a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds. Previous volunteers have gone on to work for organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Groundwork, Sustrans, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

JOB: Volunteer Farm officer/ Tutor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Water Orton, North Warwickshire

PAY: Accommodation and training, possible voluntary job share, possible livery.

FOR: Hillcrescent Farm

4.5 hours / day, farm duties 7 days a week. You will lead small groups of vulnerable people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and autism, in a range of animal related activities based on our educational farm. These include horse care, agricultural animals, conservation and small animal care. Outside of the tutor role you will also manage the small farm, its animals and facilities. Teaching experience would be favourable along with animal related husbandry and passion for working with vulnerable people is essential. Training and support will be provided. Long term commitment is also desired. DBS essential. We hope this role would give excellent teaching experience, experience working with a range of learner groups in the outdoor / farm class room and help the right candidate pursue a teaching career, animal/outdoor related discipline and give a good grounding with working with SEN individuals. Possible voluntary job share for a dynamic duo! Possible livery for own horse during post.  ASK: Please contact Katie or Stuart via hillcrescentfarm@hotmail.co.uk www.hillcrescentdayfarm.co.uk

JOB: Wildlife Education & Engagement Assistant

BE4: 27/4/18

LOC: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

PAY: Training and may be some contribution towards travel expenses

FOR: Dorset Wildlife Trust

Assist at our popular Marine and Terrestrial Visitor Centres in Weymouth and Portland this summer. You will gain valuable experience supporting the day-to-day running of our Centres, assisting with schools and public event programmes, and getting involved with the wide variety of tasks associated with running a busy visitor Centre. 4 days a week for 12 weeks starting in June, although longer placements and sandwich years will also be considered. The role would suit a student of marine or environmental biology, conservation or similar with career aspirations in marine / environmental education and awareness. Applicants must be able to confidently communicate with the public, willing to turn their hand to range of tasks, and have a passion for UK wildlife.  ASK: For a full job description please email Emily Brown at ebrown@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. To apply please email a CV and covering letter or to discuss this opportunity further please call 01305 206191.

JOB: Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Assistants

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Farnham & Hazeley Heath RSPB Reserves

PAY: Benefits include Training, expenses

FOR: RSPB

Are you able to inspire people about nature? We are looking for people to chat, help and have fun! We want to make Farnham & Hazeley Heath reserves a wonderful place for everyone. Although we do not have a visitors centre we do attend local activities and are looking for people like you who can bring the personal touch to the world of nature and be able to enthuse people about wildlife and the RSPB locally.   Your tasks will be varied but will include: assisting with guided walks; helping to set up, run a small event stand and pack away afterwards; chatting to people about our heathland reserves and the work of the RSPB; assisting with creating promotional work; creating information displays.   This is a seasonal role but we tend to be busier during the spring and summer. Time commitment: At least 1 day per month. ASK: Contact: Mary Braddock, RSPB, c/o Rural Life Centre, The Reeds, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL, 01252 795632, 07714 271024 mary.braddock@rspb.org.uk

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: Volunteers

BE4: 31/8/18

LOC: London and the South East

PAY: 0

FOR: Wild Learning

Work outdoors in the school holidays to help with our outdoor holiday clubs (Wild Play) in woods across London, Surrey and Hampshire. Typical hours are 9.30 to 4.00 during school holidays only. Work as many or as few days as you like - we are very flexible! We need people who like children, and who like playing outdoors! ASK: For more details and to apply take a look at http://c-js.co.uk/2or5C8D or call Julie or Rachel on 01483 424400.

JOB: Engagement Volunteer

BE4: 01/08/2018

LOC: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Hills

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

School holidays / weekends. Help the ranger team to inspire & teach people & share why Wenlock Edge is so special. You will improve our visitor’s experiences by supporting the ranger team to deliver events, guided walks, children’s activities & to develop interpretation. This role is quite flexible to suit your availability & interests. You will develop property interpretation & create resources for events e.g. posters, activity sheets. Engage with the public opportunistically & take photographs for use on online media & printed materials. Enthusiastic people who want to make new friends & share their passion for nature with others! No prev exp necessary.   ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2wxPkQK kate.price@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Engagement Volunteer

BE4: 26/04/2018

IV: w/c 7/5/18 (Skype)

LOC: Slapton Ley Field Centre

PAY: Accommodation / food / training

FOR: Field Studies Council

Assist with visitor management, information & education tasks, incl: providing information for visitors at the Beach Trailer; assisting with events & education activities for visitors; assisting with maintaining nature trail path & visitor facilities; ensuring safe, efficient, customer focused service; ensuring a happy, productive working environment & contributing positively to the environmental performance of the Centre. Pleasant manner & good communication skills, able to relate well to centre staff & customers. Quals (A Level or equiv) in ecology, geography or rel subject would be of benefit, as would a qual in basic first aid. Exp of working with young people & / or exp of working in a conservation environment also be beneficial. ASK: Alice Henderson, Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Education & Outreach Assistant

BE4: 07/05/2018

IV: 14-18/5/18 (Skype)

LOC: New Quay, West Wales

PAY: Training

FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

16/7/18 - 21/10/18. To help with: promoting & running the National Whale & Dolphin Watch event (28th July - 5 Aug 2018). Participate in presentations & create activities to take to local schools / community groups / tourist centres; research & write articles; create educational / promotional materials Also some opportunities to be involved in fieldwork. Shared accommodation provided at approx. £73 / week + living expenses. Part time work is quite easy to obtain in the area if required. 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; ability to get on well with others in a small team in shared accommodation. Desirable: good IT skills (Office packages); strong interest & some knowledge of British cetaceans; background in marine biology / environmental science or similar; exp with social media & in boat based survey work; willing to work long hours outdoors in often changeable Welsh weather. ASK: CV, cover letter & contact details of 2 referees to Kathy James, kathy.james@seawatchfoundation.org.uk Outcome notified by 25/5/18.

JOB: Family Activities Assistant - Arts & Crafts

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, BT23 6EA

PAY: WWT benefits & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Assist the Learning Team (made up of staff & volunteers) to engage visitors through the medium of arts & crafts. A key focus of your role will be to assist with the organisation of, & delivery of, arts & craft themed activities throughout the year. Providing centre support through the preparation of arts & craft materials & resources for activities & seasonal events. Liaising with the Learning Manager on all aspects of what is required to carry out arts & crafts activities i.e. ordering stock, material preparation, storage of material etc. An interest in arts & crafts & those relating to children specifically; working knowledge of artistic mediums; good artistic skills & exp of arts & craft prep for small & larger public events; exp working with a variety of age groups; exp of craft resourcing & material preparation with attention to detail & creativity; confident friendly attitude &/or exp of successful face-to-face contact with the public; an interest in & enthusiasm for the work of WWT & the natural world; good listening skills, with the ability to adapt your approach to suit your audience; ability to work on your own initiative under the direction of the Learning Manager. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 01704 891224 http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

JOB: Education - Learning Support

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, BT23 6EA

PAY: Training

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Term time weekdays, public holidays & occasional weekends. We believe that the best way for children & adults to understand & connect to wetlands is to exp them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close. School children & teachers should feel part of something amazing & be motivated to make a difference. You will support the learning team in organising & running the delivery of our learning programmes throughout the year & help to run logistical & practical elements of schools visitation. Good communication skills & an outgoing personality. A willingness & ability to talk to teachers & all age groups of school children. An interest in learning rel activities & enthusiasm for the work of WWT & the natural world. To be a good listener, with the ability to adapt your approach to suit your audience. The ability to work on your own initiative under the direction of the Learning Manager & their staff. You must be able to get yourself to & from the centre. We regret that we are not in a position to reimburse expenses incurred for travel to the site. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 01704 891224 http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH



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