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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: Living Seas Wales Volunteer

BE4: Open year round

LOC: South / West Wales area

PAY: Training / some expenses

FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

We’re looking for volunteers to become involved in the Living Seas Wales Project, an exciting new, Wales wide coastal project. Volunteer tasks can include marine and coastal surveys, attending our Living Seas Live roadshow (set locations), community engagement / education, collecting / archiving historical records and more! Some activities can be undertaken in your local area or from home. Volunteering is a great way to experience our amazing marine life, contribute towards marine conservation, gain new skills and have fun! We’re looking for wildlife enthusiasts, people with a passion for marine conservation, those interested in coastal heritage / history or individuals aiming towards a career in conservation. You don’t need a background in science to become involved!  ASK: For more information please contact volunteer@cbmwc.org or 01545560224. You can also visit https://goo.gl/QknrVd

JOB: Wild About Rockpools Volunteer


LOC: Boggle Hole, North Yorkshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Are you Wild about Rockpools? If you enjoy turning over rocks and looking under seaweed for aquatic creatures and sharing the wonder of our seas with others, this could the perfect opportunity for you. From our pop up Living Seas Centre we'll be running family events on the beach and among the rockpools. You'll be helping to run our events, engaging with children, families and adults through fun and inspiring activities both indoors and out on the beach. Various times available and flexible to suit the volunteer. ASK: For more information and an application form contact volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 7/8/18

IV: 07/08/2018

LOC: Dawlish Warren NNR, South Devon

PAY: 1700 training allowance & travel expenses

FOR: Teignbridge District Council

3 to 4 days per week for 6 months with possible extension to 9 months. The Reserve is famous for its extraordinary mix of internationally important wildlife, it is also a high profile resort with a fabulous landscape. Working with our countryside rangers, your role will be largely practical, with the management of the National Nature Reserve & its key species & habitats, but you will also be involved in delivering environmental education to schools & universities, assisting the public on this busy site, as well as bird protection & monitoring work. You will gain experience in working with ponies used for conservation grazing. Knowledge & experience of countryside management & / or nature conservation is highly desirable. You will ideally have a relevant qualification in conservation, wildlife or countryside management but this is not essential. Keen interest in countryside management, wildlife & people with ability to engage with a variety of interest groups & visitors essential, along with a full driving licence. ASK: Chat: Philip Chambers, 01626 863980. Apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2tXxZ1S

JOB: Volunteer Project Officer


IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Plymouth


FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)

Do you care about wildlife and want to do something to make a difference? Would you like to share your passion for the environment with others? Fancy working in the environmental sector, but don’t yet have the experience to land your dream job? PEA could be just the thing you need to kick-start your career! You could spend your time learning to teach people about the environment and trying your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills such as hedgelaying, dry stone walling, and invasive species management as well as improving your wildlife ID expertise. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a range of transferable skills such as leadership and team-working, get a free training course such as small mammal ecology or brushcutter (Lantra), and best of all join a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic team! ASK: For info and details on how to apply visit www.pea-volunteering.co.uk/vacancies/.

JOB: Guide / Walk Leader

BE4: 10/8/18

IV: 10/08/2018

LOC: Northumberland Coastline

PAY: Training

FOR: Coast Care

Responsibilities: providing on-site guidance for visitors and the general public at named sites; leading walks or activities; engaging visitors and the public in activities which raise awareness and generate support; promoting the core values of Coast Care. Existing skills & experience needed: previous experience of guiding or willing to undertake training; excellent rapport with the public; effective communication skills; knowledge of Northumbrian coast, wildlife, habitats or heritage desirable. Training in risk assessment and H&S; first aid training depending on commitment and availability; specialist heritage skills / knowledge training. Opportunity to attend volunteer networking days hosted by Coast Care and partner organisations. Opportunity to build experience for career development. Volunteers will be added to a list of people who can be called on for events or open days. At some sites, guiding teams will be needed on a weekly basis through the summer period. Out of season and at less well visited sites, volunteer opportunities will be occasional and as needed. ASK: Email: info@coast-care.co.uk Tel: 07813563047 https://c-js.co.uk/2JkkE8I

JOB: Independent Events Team Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Norfolk

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

We are keen to add more volunteers to our growing team of enthusiastic volunteers with excellent communication skills who represent the Trust at a variety of events throughout Norfolk. You will be supporting NWT & raising awareness of our work by providing friendly face to face contact & distributing information & events leaflets. For a role description & application form visit https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv. We have events lined up throughout the summer & autumn, & you will be able to get volunteering at these as soon as we can get you inducted, so this is a good time to join us. ASK: Send completed application forms to alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Community), Berkshire

BE4: 23/7/18 9am

IV: IV 31/7/18

LOC: Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, Berkshire

PAY: Limited expenses

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

3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. Gain experience of working with children & families, running events, sessions for groups & schools & practical conservation. Alongside the day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of external & internal training, covering community engagement, environmental education, habitat management, species ID, & interview training among many others. This will include external accreditation such as the St John Ambulance First Aid at Work certificate. You will need to have a strong desire to work in nature conservation & an interest in encouraging others to take action for wildlife. Enthusiasm, an ability to engage with people from a range of ages & backgrounds, physical fitness & a valid driving licence, are essential. Some experience of working or volunteering with groups or schools is desirable as is rel education. ASK: For more information visit www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21693.

JOB: Volunteer Forest School Assistant

BE4: 23/7/18

LOC: Nr Exeter, Devon

PAY: Travel expenses / training

FOR: A Touch of the Wild

Would you like to help inspire children about the fabulous nature and wildlife that can be found in Devon? We run exciting activities for all ages in the woods near Exeter. We are looking for volunteers to help throughout the summer holidays at our holiday club, 1 day a week or more. You will be supporting the club leaders to deliver fun days in the woods for children aged 5-13 years, packed with opportunities to take part and learn some amazing skills. You will need some experience of working with children or young people or feel confident with it. If you are interested in delivering outdoor learning, have enthusiasm, dedication and great communication skills this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience. In house training will be provided with opportunities to learn bushcraft, green woodwork, plant ID and many more skills. Own transport is essential. ASK: Contact Hannah Standen hannah@atouchfothewild.co.uk www.atouchofthewild.co.uk

JOB: Event Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Tring, Hertfordshire


FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active and enthusiastic people to assist at events at Tring Park. Tring Park is one of Hertfordshire's most important ecological areas and one of the Woodland Trust's most exciting and diverse sites. In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside other volunteers, to engage with the public and support event delivery. You will be using your natural enthusiasm, practical and people skills and your passion for nature to help us interact with the public to encourage them to become engaged with the Woodland Trust's work. ASK: Please see our website for further details and to apply via a short form. https://c-js.co.uk/2LRn93V

JOB: Park Explorers Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: National Trust Morden Hall Park, South London

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Mondays during school term times. You will help to lead an innovative programme of weekly activities for children aged from 18 months to 4 years and their parents / carers. Bring Morden Hall Park to life for families as they learn through outdoor activities, storytelling, crafts & songs.   Friendly & enjoy working with families; enthusiastic about being outdoors, developing & leading activities that get young children hands on to explore & learn about the natural world. Enjoys storytelling, leading songs, creating & leading craft activities. Strong communicator with good customer service skills, enjoys being part of a team & comfortable leading & giving directions to others. Suitable for somebody looking to improve their CV & gain hands-on early years exp. ASK: For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or contact the Learning Assistant on 0208 5456853 or mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk with any enquiries.

JOB: My Wild Child Placement

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Bristol


FOR: Avon Wildlife Trust

Avon Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers to support the delivery of My Wild Child wild play sessions for 2-4 year olds and their families, Thursday and Friday during term time. Wild play sessions are delivered in green spaces around Bristol and will include wildlife conservation activities, mini beast hunts, songs, stories and much more! Volunteers need to be confident, with good communication skills, have a passion for wildlife and conservation. ASK: Please send your CV and a covering letter to volunteer@avonwildlifetrust.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: 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 https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us

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 - 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: Schools on Reserves Learning Support & Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve

PAY: Training & expenses


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: 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 Events and Guided Walk Assistants

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Farnham & Hazeley Heath RSPB Reserves

PAY: Benefits include Training, expenses


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

Volunteer Farm Officer / Tutor

Hillcrescent Farm

Location: Water Orton, North Warwickshire

Full time - live in post - Contact time 4.5 hours/day, farm duties 7 days a week

The role will require the farm officer/tutor to 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. 

  • Closing Date: 05/08/2018
  • Sector: Environmental and Outdoor Education Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 09/07/2018

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.