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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: Wildlife Trainee: Education (West Berkshire)

BE4: Thursday 25th January 2018, 5pm

IV: Monday 5th February 2018

LOC: Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, West Berkshire

PAY: Limited expenses

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

2-3 days per week for 6-12 months. Based at our popular visitor centre, the Nature Discovery Centre, near Newbury, you will get the chance to be involved with our varied and exciting range of educational programmes. This will include assisting with and leading school group activities, both at the centre and offsite, planning and delivering events for families and developing resources. This unpaid post offers a great opportunity for you to develop your skills in the environmental education field, build experience in leading educational activities with children in an outdoor setting, and inspire the next generation on our beautiful nature reserve. Applicants should have a strong interest in environmental education and conservation, working with children and enjoy interacting with people of all ages. Relevant volunteering experience is desirable. ASK: Please see the role description for a full list of essential and desirable criteria at http://www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21103

JOB: Events & Activities Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Arundel, West Sussex

PAY: WWT Benefits & Discounts

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

As an Activities and Events volunteer at WWT Arundel you will play a vital role in assisting staff leading a variety of fun, interactive and nature-based activities aimed at family groups, especially children, and also helping with aspects of our adult-friendly walks and talk programme that runs throughout the year. This role will suit you if you have an enthusiasm for the natural world, are able to communicate with a wide range of audiences and willing to spend time outdoors in all weather conditions. Preferably one day each week over weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. ASK: Please go to www.wwt.org.uk/volunteer to complete and submit the online application form. Email volunteer.arundel@wwt.org.uk if you have any problems. Successful applicants will be asked to come to the centre and meet the team, find out more about the role and discuss availability before being offered a placement.

JOB: Environmental Educational Intern

BE4: 11/2/18

IV: 11/02/2018

LOC: Magdalen Farm

PAY: Training / accomodation

FOR: Magdalen Environmental Trust

This is an exciting 6 month internship on a beautiful organic farm.  Magdalen is a leading provider of environmental education to children on a residential and day visit basis and also provides a first-class care farming service. In our busy peak season we need an enthusiastic intern to support the delivery of environmental education to visiting groups - mainly residential primary school children.  You need to be able to engage and motivate children in a fun and educational way, be a team worker and be an outdoor person. Magdalen is an excellent employer and likes to provide a stepping stone for interns to hone their skills, gain masses of experience and challenge themselves.  We have had 3 interns in the past; one moved onto a teaching post, one into a PGCE course and last year's intern is now a new member of Magdalen's Learning and Wellbeing Team! ASK: Please contact Rebecca King on rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk for further information or phone 01460 30144.

JOB: Marine Awareness Assistant x2

BE4: 5pm, Monday 22nd January 2018

IV: Tuesday 6th February 2018 at WMC

LOC: Wembury Beach, South Devon

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Devon Wildlife Trust

This is a 6 month volunteer placement. There are two posts available and posts are a 4 day week commitment. Marine Awareness Assistants will be mainly beach and rocky shore based and involved in raising awareness of the marine environment through education and interpretation. Full training will be given and tasks will involve organising and leading public events, including rockpool safaris, beach cleans and guided walks, plus organising and leading environmental education activities with school groups on the rocky shore and in the classroom. ASK: Please visit www.devonwidlifetrust.org/jobs or email info@wemburymarinecentre.org for more details and a person specification. Application is by CV and covering letter to DWT Marine Awareness Officer, Cat Andrews. Please email applications to info@wemburymarinecentre.org or post to Wembury Marine Centre, Church Road, Wembury, Devon, PL9 0HP.

JOB: Chairperson

BE4: 31st January 2018

LOC: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Coneyburrow Trust

2 days per week. The Trust is an exciting environmental and educational organisation, active in the borough of Tunbridge Wells.  It is not yet a registered charity however, it has community support and local partners plus initial funding in place.  We are seeking a strong Chairperson to oversee trustee recruitment, establishing the trust as a registered charity, providing ongoing leadership and oversight of initiatives and activities.  Experienced, skilled and confident leader, have strong communication and advocacy skills required to engage effectively with a variety of stakeholders and achieve aims of the organisation, understand Trustee responsibilities and adhere to Nolan’s seven principles of public life. Committed to the charity’s objects, aims and values, strategic and forward looking vision, willing and able to devote time necessary. Have knowledge and experience to improve physical and intellectual access to forest sites and conserve and improve the woodlands for local residents. ASK: Please contact Jackie Sumner via email: jackie.sumner@tchg.org.uk

JOB: Family Activities Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetlands, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

School holidays & / or weekends (11am - 4pm). You will deliver wildlife activity sessions to families e.g. pond dipping, bug hunts. Help with seasonal children's activities such as pumpkin carving, Christmas crafts or even being an elf! Assist with uniformed groups, engage with visitors in a friendly & confident way & interact with children in a sensitive & responsive manner. Incorporating WWT conservation messages in the right place & in the right way. No prev exp required as training provided. Exp either in an educational setting or in an environment involving children would be an advantage. Reliable, commitment to volunteering & confident in talking to the public. Able to work in a team of staff & volunteers & keen to give our visitors a first class experiences. Able to communicate well to a diverse range of people, young & old. A love of wildlife & the outdoors. Own transport. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteer Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

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: Lackford Lakes Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Lackford Lakes Visitor Centre

PAY: Appropriate training will be provided

FOR: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Looking for people who wish to volunteer their time to helping our Nature Reserve be the best it can be. We have a strong team of vols who help with everything from running the shop, talking to visitors, helping with admin, social media, patrolling the reserve, doing odd jobs & helping our Wild Learning Officer. The role is very flexible & you can give as much or as little time as you have available. We are a very welcoming place & if you think you may be interested then please get in touch. Volunteering with our Wild Learning Officer will be mainly weekdays but we welcome whatever you can give. Friendly person, happy working with the public & able to spread our wildlife message. Experience of working with young people pref when becoming involved with learning but not essential. We have many roles at Lackford & many of our vols help within a number of roles. ASK: lackford.education@suffolkwildlifetrust.org or lackford.centre@suffolkwildlifetrust.org 01284 728706.

JOB: Discovery Hut Wardens

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Seaton Wetlands, Devon

PAY: 0

FOR: East Devon District Council

Be the public face of Seaton Wetlands, welcome people, answer questions about the site & share any knowledge on wildlife & birds seen in the area. In the Discovery Hut there is a nature table which the Wardens can show to children. Make tea & coffee, hire out the mobility tramper & pond dipping equipment & record visitor data. Fun & varied role on Saturday or Sundays (Monday during the summer). Training sessions are run for Wardens on the Tramper & First Aid. Also social events. Volunteers must enjoy meeting people & have great communication skills. ASK: Countryside Team 01395 517557 countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk

JOB: Schools Outreach Session Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Greater Manchester, Tyne & Wear, West Yorkshire or Merseyside

PAY: Full induction & training, travel & subsistence expenses


Minimum commitment is the equivalent of 2 full days a month up to 3 months in advance for a minimum of 6 months. Do you remember the thrill of finding your first ladybird? As part of the RSPB’s aim to connect as many children as possible to nature, Giving Nature a Home in Schools is our new school outreach project to provide opportunities for half a million children to connect with nature. We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver this ambitious project. You will be leading sessions with a class of children & their teacher, inspiring them to get up close to what creeps, crawls & flies in their school grounds. Abundant enthusiasm, with ability to communicate your passion for the natural world to help connect children with nature; some experience of working with young people; a keen interest in wildlife, conservation & the natural environment; resourceful & flexible approach & able to cope with primary & / or early years-aged children of all abilities; willing to learn new skills; well-organised, with effective communication skills to liaise with other volunteers & schools; willing to work alone; able to use email, internet, word processing. ASK: For Greater Manchester, Sally Mizon, sally.mizon@rspb.org.uk or 07808 717337; Tyne & Wear, Jill Stone, jill.stone@rspb.org.uk or 07718 972299; West Yorkshire, Catherine Walker, catherine.walker@rspb.org.uk or 07718 972298; Merseyside, liverpoolschoolsoutreach@rspb.org.uk

JOB: South Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 9am 31st January 2018

LOC: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster

PAY: Some travel expenses and competitive training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days per week for 12 months. With a thriving education and events calendar YWT delivers a wide range of activities throughout the year at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve; including school visits, family activity days and workshops for the public. We are looking for a voluntary trainee to gain exp with the Inspiring People team and help to deliver our diverse formal & informal engagement programme on site. This is a great opportunity to develop skills in environmental education and people engagement; particularly the planning, marketing and delivery of a wide range of education and family events. ASK: Volunteering Development Team: volunteering@ywt.org.uk For more information and an application form visit http://c-js.co.uk/1TpZtlK

JOB: Learning Team Voluntary 6 month Internship

BE4: 31 January 2018

IV: interviews in February

LOC: Various Locations across Suffolk

PAY: Training

FOR: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

The role will be based at one of our 6 education sites, Ipswich Wild Spaces or on the Coast. You will assist the Wild Learning Officer in planning, developing and delivering high quality, inspiring learning opportunities for children young people, adults and families, including schools. Essential skills include ability to inspire, excite and enthuse people of all ages about nature. You will need good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work on own initiative and cooperatively as part of a team. Administration and IT skills, including competent use of Microsoft Office are essential. We are seeking enthusiastic and self-motivated people who are eager to learn and to try new things. Benefits: In house training, options to take accredited qualifications in outdoor learning, career development support. Time Commitment: 3 days a week for 6 months. ASK: Please see role description and person specification on the website for further information http://c-js.co.uk/2ymGB1y.

JOB: Skomer Island Long Term Volunteers

BE4: 26/01/18

IV: 26/01/2018

LOC: Skomer Island NNR, Pembrokeshire

PAY: Accommodation, boat transport & rel training

FOR: Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Four placements available, two running from 01/04/18 until 15/07/18 & two running from 15/07/18 until 30/09/18. Successful candidates will assist in welcoming visitors to the island, conducting species monitoring, maintaining visitor accommodation, leading educational activities, maintenance work & other tasks where necessary. They will have a love & enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation, a hardy nature, & be willing to work in all weathers with unsociable hours in remote locations. 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: Family Activities Assistant – Arts & Crafts

BE4: N/A

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, West Lancashire

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

An excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important conservation organisation, discount is available in the café & shop & free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK. Training opportunities provided. You will take on a wide variety of roles in assisting with the organisation & delivery of arts & crafts during the key seasonal events & smaller activities for the visiting public throughout the year. The position will require work during weekdays & public holidays, exact hours to be discussed. Working knowledge of artistic mediums & experience of arts & crafts with small & large groups & families; experience of working with a variety of age groups including children & adults; attention to detail & creativity; confident & friendly attitude & / or experience of successful face-to-face contact with the public; interest in & enthusiasm for the WWT & the natural world; good listening skills, with 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, Volunteer Development Officer, amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 01704 891 224

JOB: Outdoor Education Volunteer

BE4: 27/02/2018

IV: w/b 12/3/18 (Skype)

LOC: Slapton Ley Field Centre

PAY: Accommodation / food / training

FOR: Field Studies Council

5 days a week (incl some weekend working), starting April/May to September (dates are flexible). This position incl: running events & activities for visitors such as rock-pooling & bat walks; observing & assisting with Key Stage 2 groups; working from the 'beach trailer' & providing information for visitors, helping them discover what Slapton Ley has to offer; assisting the ranger in management of the nature reserve. 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: 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: 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: http://c-js.co.uk/2ivAWDs Margaret Warren, Project Coordinator margaret.warren@keepbritaintidy.org 07583 019497

JOB: Woodland Management Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scottish Borders (Central Area)

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Nature Unlimited

A minimum commitment of half a day per week over a 12 week period is desirable. We require volunteers for our employability skills programme. We will support disadvantaged young people & vulnerable adults to develop skills in working as a team, basic woodland management, growing & cooking healthy food & green woodworking techniques. You will be part of a friendly team & receive regular training & support. Sessions take place in a woodland in all weather & will be based mainly in the Galashiels area. No exp required as you will receive necessary training but you should enjoy working with people in the outdoors in all weathers. ASK: Jan 07711 837485 info@natureunlimited.scot

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, BCEP, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

JOB: Storytelling Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, BT23 6EA

PAY: Training, free entry to WWT sites & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

3 - 6 hours per day. Engage visitors, both young & old, during seasonal events throughout the year. We are seeking volunteers for school holidays & you may also be called upon for some weekend storytelling sessions. Deliver storytelling sessions to young children & families using entertaining stories rel to the season or subject matter, bringing the stories to life through the use of different voices, costumes, props & pictures, preparing in advance by helping to source & adapt stories & equipment to be used in the delivery of the sessions, weaving in WWT's key wetland conservation message. Outgoing & friendly with some rel exp of working with children & performance, or demonstrable skills in these areas. Able to work independently & proactively to manage an audience & capture the attention of families & children in an outdoor setting. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 01704 891224 http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

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

JOB: Family Event Helpers

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB South Stack Cliffs (LL65 1YH)

PAY: Training & expenses


We hold a number of small events for families & adults throughout the year as well as three larger events. We are looking for people to help out with different elements such as craft making, mini-beast sessions, dressing up as a puffin or pointing out birds. If you like people & would like to help please get in touch. The South Stack reserve is quite remote & so own transport is useful as there is no public transport to the reserve. Exp of working with families & young people would be an advantage but not essential. A passion for wildlife & enthusiasm for the work of the RSPB & willingness to share this passion is vital. ASK: Eva Vazquez-Garcia, Community & Volunteer Development Officer - North Wales Tel: 01248 672850 Email: Eva.VazquezGarcia@rspb.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/2iVEHSY

JOB: Welcome Team -Visitor Services

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Centre

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

e day per week, 10 - 4. Act as first point of contact for all visitors, providing them with a warm welcome along with appropriate information to aid their visit; conduct specific talks to the public – scripts & training provide; conduct guided walks of the grounds & the reserve, training provided; recruit new members through conservation & specific messages & stories; act as a roving communicator within the waterfowl collection, providing guidance & information to visitors. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site; suitable uniform provided & discount in the shop & café on the day of volunteering.   Own transport; confident or experienced in delivering talks; able to work in a team of staff & volunteers; experience in a customer related role advantageous; familiar with Martin Mere centre. ASK: http://www.wwt.org.uk Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer, 01704 891224 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Various Volunteer Roles

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Exe Estuary, Exeter

PAY: 0


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

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