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Visitor Management vacancies: visitor services and management including event management.

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JOB: Visitor Volunteer - Farne Islands

BE4: 2/2/20

IV: 13/2/20

LOC: Farne Islands

PAY: Training & free travel from Seahouses

FOR: National Trust

Visitor assistants help deliver the day to day management and conservation of the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve, a small island group off the coast of Northumberland. We are offering an opportunity for three people to join our team, volunteering alongside our rangers to experience working in one of Europe’s foremost seabird and seal colonies. We’re looking for three people able to help us three or four days a week either on a 9am - 2pm shift, or 12.30 - 5pm. We hope this will make it possible for our volunteers to carry out paid work when not volunteering. Dates are 20/4/20 - 31/7/20, incl an induction week for the first week. Induction & training given in first aid. You will be: engaging visitors in the work we do, ensuring our birds are well protected and chatting to our visitors; learning safety and risk management through training and study, such as emergency procedures, fire training and biosecurity procedures. ASK: Contact gwen.potter@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Centres Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Holme Dunes, Ranworth Broad & Hickling Broad

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Several opportunities exist for volunteers to help in our busy seasonal visitor centres at Holme Dunes, Hickling Broad & Ranworth Broad, all of which are fabulous locations. You will be the welcoming face of NWT, sharing your enthusiasm, handling money & promoting our work. They are open 7 days a week, so there are a variety of flexible roles to fit into the rotas, incl regular commitments or more occasional cover, with a particular need for weekends & school holidays. We are especially keen to find more volunteers to help out at our Information Centre on Malthouse Staithe, near our Ranworth Broad Visitor Centre, especially on Sundays. ASK: For a full role description & to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv & send your application forms to alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Land of Oak & Iron Events Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Derwent Valley, NE England

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Land of Oak & Iron (through Groundwork NE & Cumbria)

Approx. 1 day / month. Provide support to the Land of Oak & Iron staff team & partner orgs in organising & helping on the day at a range of events to promote Land of Oak & Iron & opportunities for local people to take part. Tasks may incl event planning & publicity, setting up on the day, running activities & talking to members of the public. Individuals need no prior exp, just enthusiasm & passion for the area. ASK: Find out more from Kath Marshall-Ivens kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk 01207 524883 / 07966 330028

JOB: Showing People Wildlife Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Norfolk

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

On average one day per month. We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who have knowledge of and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation, have good communication skills and are confident in dealing with people of all ages to raise interest in and awareness of Norfolk’s wildlife by showing members of the public / visitors to sites some of Norfolk’s most spectacular wildlife events. These could include Great Crested Grebes’ courtship displays, Marsh Harriers passing food to each other, Swallowtail butterflies emerging, or other wildlife spectacles that you have knowledge of or interest in. ASK: For more information about this opportunity please visit the webpage https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv where you will be able to download a role description and an application form or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk 01603 598360

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Plymouth & Surrounding Area

PAY: Training

FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)

We carry out a variety of projects including: tree planting; beach cleans; species & habitat surveys; wildlife pond creation; hedgelaying; invasive plant species management (e.g. rhododendron, parrotfeather, Himalayan balsam etc.); coppicing (a traditional woodland management technique); dry stone walling, to name but a few! Events each weekend, but no requirement to commit to a certain number of days. You will gain valuable nature conservation skills in countryside management, such as how to create & restore important habitats for wildlife & people. You will also gain other key skills such as communication, team working & leadership. If you are really keen you may want to progress to become a Volunteer Project Officer (VPO) & get more involved ‘behind the scenes’ planning & leading practical projects & social events. You don’t need to have any skills, experience or abilities to join as a volunteer; all you need is a love of the outdoors & be a good team player. ASK: Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Visitor Engagement Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses & benefits*

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

4 hours per week as part of a rota, morning or afternoon slots available. Our Visitor Engagement Volunteer Team are based in the Welcome Centre on our floating Visitor Village and have an essential role to play in providing a warm welcome to all our visitors. This role involves helping our visitors to plan their day and get the most out of their visit. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer. *Free parking, restaurant & shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme, social events. ASK: Go to www.brockholes.org to find out more

JOB: Visitor Centre Volunteers at College Lake

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: College Lake Nature Reserve, near Tring

PAY: Training & limited expenses

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Any time, however large or small, during the week, weekends or bank holidays. As soon as visitors arrive at College Lake, we want them to have a memorable and enjoyable visit. As one of our remarkable team of ‘meet and greet’ volunteers, you will help people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, experience and learn about our wonderful wildlife. By communicating the value of nature, we believe people become more inclined to care for their environment and take action to preserve wildlife. If you enjoy meeting people and would like to share your enthusiasm with others then this could be just the role you are looking for. No prior knowledge needed! We will provide you with appropriate training and information. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. ASK: Contact collegelake@bbowt.org.uk to find out more.

JOB: Visitor Volunteer

BE4: N / A

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

PAY: Training


Our visitor volunteers work across the visitor centre & the lakeside viewpoint, making a large flexible team whose focus is great customer service & promoting this special nature reserve. We know that wildlife inspires people, so interpreting the wildlife here is important, whether it’s pointing out swans or swallows, hoverflies or hawthorn. The visitors centre will have basic refreshment facilities & equipment to hire, you will help visitors get what they need. Collect car parking payments at the till & help with keeping the welcome area clean & tidy.   RSPB membership really is the lifeblood of the society & underpins every single thing we do. Introducing visitors to the idea of membership is important too. You will have the confidence to strike up a conversation with strangers & a desire to help, an enthusiasm for conservation & wildlife; but most importantly of all you will need a friendly demeanour & a ready smile. Full induction & training for the role will be provided as well as the opportunity to attend a whole host of training opportunities, such as H&S, wildlife ID courses & even face painting training. Commitment 3 hours per week. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: New Romney

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Visitor Centre team at Romney Marsh through the summer months. Fortnightly commitment. Our volunteers support our work by greeting visitors, working on our grounds, serving in our small tea bar and shop, helping out in our art gallery and guiding visitor around the grounds; you'll also be sharing information about our exciting Fifth Continent project. We're looking for volunteers that would like to share their knowledge about Romney Marsh, wildlife and would like to help us to connect people with nature.  You don't need to be an expert in all things wildlife, as you'll be learning alongside our friendly and knowledgeable staff members, but you'll need to comfortable mucking in and carrying out a range of duties across the Centre. You'll be meeting new people, gaining new skills and making a huge difference to our work.  We are happy to provide references for regular volunteers.  ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2YAS6Ql

JOB: Sevenoaks Visitor Centre Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sevenoaks


FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join the largest of our Visitor Centres during our summer period.  Weekly commitment Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays. The Visitor Centre is in the centre of our beautiful wildlife reserve containing lakes and ponds and is very popular with visitors from across the county and beyond. Our volunteers greet members of the public and provide information about the reserve (you don't need to be an expert, it's the perfect place to learn more about wildlife!) and you'll also be serving in our on-site shop and café. You'll need to be confident to welcome our visitors to the site, and happy to carry out light cleaning and stock checking, as well as serving in our cafe area and in the shop.   We offer full training, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved with our work on the reserve and with our events.  We are happy to complete reference requests for regular volunteers.  ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2w7x8w4

JOB: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stour Valley Nature Reserve, Bournemouth

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

An exciting opportunity to support our Visitor Centre at Kingfisher Barn, the gateway to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve. With over 90,000 visitors a year you'll be welcoming people to the Centre, letting them know about the local area & showing them round the Centre exhibition. Can you provide a warm welcome to all visitors, hand out information & make a good cup of tea? Full training given, & don't worry - you don't need to be a 'font of all knowledge' on the area, although some local knowledge would be beneficial. For those with green fingers, there is plenty to be done in the wildlife garden too. Whether you can help with a morning a month or become a regular weekly volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. ASK: Find out more here: https://c-js.co.uk/2JuOauf 01202 451548 stour.valley@bournemouth.gov.uk

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.