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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: Volunteer Officer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses / training

FOR: TCV, Hollybush

3 to 5 days a week for 6 months. Grab your chance to volunteer with the UK's leading practical conservation charity! As a stepping stone to your career in the environment sector or as personal development, becoming a Key Volunteer is a unique, highly rewarding exp. Learn practical skills working on conservation projects in & around Leeds. You will be responsible for organising & leading tasks, will gain exp in volunteer co-ordination & project management & have the opportunity to get involved with other projects & events, incl fundraising, educational activity days, publicity & marketing.  You will receive training in leadership, H&S, tools, First Aid, Midas, safeguarding, Mental Health First Aid, working with people with learning disabilities, & equality & diversity. ASK: Contact Ian Dowson, ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Schools On Reserves Learning Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

Do you remember finding your first ladybird? Share in the excitement as a volunteer and you will have the opportunity to deliver our education programme to visiting schools where typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. Essential skills / exp needed: a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills; a resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children; the confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme, both in the field and the classroom, with a group of students and their teacher. We'll give you training and exp to build your confidence in helping children have a wonderful hands-on exp with nature. 1 day a week especially between April-July. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Parent and Toddler Group Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We need enthusiastic & friendly volunteers to help organise a parent toddler group which run weekly at the reserve. Activities with the children will be run by a member of staff but we need help in setting up & putting away toys. You will gain exp in environmental youth work with the very young. Very little exp is needed; just be prepared to get involved. Exp of playing with young children & chatting to parents is useful. A well organised approach will help everyone but most important is to be welcoming, friendly & approachable Volunteers play a major role in the work of the RSPB & we regard volunteers as a very important part of the success of our reserves. We will ensure you receive all the training & support needed for you to enjoy volunteering at Sandwell Valley. Time Commitment: A morning or afternoon per week. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Events and Activities Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We regularly hold events on the reserve to encourage visitors to get closer to nature and learn more about the wildlife at Sandwell.  Annual events include bat and moth nights, bird ringing and family favourites like Easter egg hunts. You will be helping our visitor experience team by helping us deliver events on the nature reserve. You might be welcoming visitors, pond dipping or taking payment. The event activities vary every time and you will help us make them a success. You will also help by setting up activities in the first place and then helping us clear away afterwards.  We just need you to come with bags of enthusiasm and an interest in wildlife and the outdoors; we can supply and training you might need.  Experience of working with children would be helpful as our events are often family focused. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.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: Forest School Volunteer Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Exeter, Devon

PAY: Travel expenses & in house training

FOR: A Touch of the Wild

We are looking for volunteers to help on weekdays and weekends at our holiday club, education groups, family events and birthday parties. Volunteers will be supporting the Club leaders to deliver fun days in the woods for children aged 5-14 years, packed with opportunities to take part and learn some amazing skills. Volunteers will need some exp of working with children or young people or feel confident in supporting groups of children in nature based activities. If you are interested in delivering outdoor learning, have enthusiasm, dedication and excellent communication skills this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable exp. In house training will be provided with opportunities to learn bushcraft, green woodwork, plant ID and many more skills. A love of the great outdoors and own transport is essential! Volunteers working with vulnerable adults or children will need to take a DBS check that will be paid for by A Touch of the Wild. Volunteers are not required to make a commitment to regular days a week, although this would be helpful. ASK: Contact Hannah Standen, info@atouchofthewild.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Engagement Ranger

BE4: 31/10/18 midnight

LOC: Cockington Country Park, Paignton, Devon

PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses

FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

We are seeking 2 enthusiastic volunteers 18+ to support delivery of the visitor engagement side of the Trust’s Green Heart Project in Cockington Country Park, with the chance to gain skills & exp in areas such as: delivering environmental & heritage education; volunteer recruitment & management; event development & delivery; practical conservation; first aid & health & safety. Free accommodation, (en-suite room in refurbished cottage with communal areas) & training rel to the role is provided. 30-37 hpw, with degree of flexibility; may include occasional evenings / weekends; ideally for min. 6 months. You will be subject to a DBS check. These are volunteer positions & do not constitute employment, no employment contract or related rights will arise out of any appointment to these positions. ASK: Please visit https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/about-tcct/vacancies & complete a volunteer registration form. We will contact you for an informal chat & arrange for you to spend a day with us

JOB: Volunteer Eco-Schools Assessor

BE4: 14/1/19

LOC: England

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Keep Britain Tidy

Are you passionate about environmental education? Would you like to help encourage your young people to become more environmentally responsible? Would you like to help create great community cohesion in your Local Authority? Would you like to encourage schools to become more sustainable and environmentally aware? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be interested in becoming an Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessor. The Eco-Schools programme is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world. The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an international standard that schools attain to show their commitment to the environment. To gain the Green Flag, the school must be assessed by an Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessor. This process involves the assessor reading the school’s Green Flag application documents, and then visiting the school to meet the Eco-Committee and Eco-Coordinator to assess whether the Eco-Schools ethos is embedded throughout the school.  ASK: Please see: https://c-js.co.uk/2Mr5Y9z for further details.

JOB: Family Activities Assistant - Arts and Crafts

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1/2 - 1 day a week. You will take on a wide variety of roles in assisting with the organisation & delivery of arts & crafts during key seasonal events & smaller activities for the visiting public throughout the year. You will be assisting the learning team (staff & volunteers) to engage our visitors through the medium of arts & crafts. A key focus of your role will be to assist with the organisation & delivery of arts & craft themed activities throughout the year. Provide centre support through the preparation of arts & craft materials & resources for activities & seasonal events i.e. half-terms, Easter, summer holidays, Halloween, Christmas, weekends etc. ASK: To find out more contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Nidd Gorge - Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Hackfall to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This ancient woodland has been restored to its former glory & boasts original features such as grottos & glades, rustic temples & waterfalls, as well as carpets of bluebells in spring & an impressive number of woodland birds. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional exp during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2MjTCAC

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Hackfall - Grewelthorpe, Ripon, North Yorkshire

BE4: N / A

LOC: Ripon, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Nidd Gorge to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This woodland, near Knaresborough clings to a dramatic steep-sided valley. Its patchwork of habitats supports a wealth of wildlife & flora, with relics of an intriguing history dating back to the Iron Age. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional experience during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2KvT7BC

JOB: Roaming Engager

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

PAY: Suitable uniform provided*


What will you be doing? Moving or positioning yourself around the site (outdoors) in order to talk to visitors about what is of interest there at that time; Greeting visitors, understanding their needs, empathising with them, showing them what you have to show them, and then telling them ‘what else is on’; Engaging with visitors by using a range of appropriate techniques. Who are we looking for? No previous experience is required as training will be provided.  However this role will suit you if you have a love of wildlife and the outdoors; Experience either in an educational setting or in an environment involving children would be an advantage; A friendly and approachable manner, confident in talking to members of the public of all ages. *Discount available at cafe and shop on volunteering days. One or two days a week during school holidays and/or weekends. ASK: For further details and to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2uCalbx If you have any questions please send them to: sam.hodgkinson@wwt.org.uk

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: 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.

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.