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CJS Focus on Volunteering

In association with the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) with Parks Community UK

Published on 22 February 2021




Scotland:

  

Keep Scotland Beautiful

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JOB: CHARITY TRUSTEE

BE4: 5/3/21

LOC: STIRLING

PAY: Reasonable expenses paid

FOR: KEEP SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL

We’re looking to broaden significantly the backgrounds and diversity represented on our Board of Charity Trustees. So, whether you’re an experienced Charity Trustee or looking to take your first steps at Board Level, we’d love to hear from you. As a Charity Trustee you will set the direction, strategy and policies for our charity as well as being responsible for its governance. Trustees also provide guidance and support to our Chief Executive and wider team. Currently 6 Board meetings plus 4 subgroup meetings per year. We know we have some gaps, so if you understand behaviour change, have skills in environmental management, science or accountancy, or if you care deeply about what we’re trying to do, please get in touch. For more information on our charity and the role visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/joinus.

  

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JOB: VISITOR EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEER

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB LOCH LOMOND, HIGH WARDS FARM, GARTOCHARN G83 8SB

PAY: Travel expenses (up to a 25-mile radius) and training*

FOR: RSPB

Starting in April 2021. With visitor numbers increasing each year, Loch Lomond is a very busy site. We aim to deliver first class customer care at all times, as well as giving an outstanding home to nature. We are looking for someone to provide a warm welcome to all our visitors, providing them with the information they need to make the most of their visit. We need you to be able to enthuse people about wildlife and the RSPB, and actively encourage non-members to join. Other duties include answering wildlife enquiries, promoting pin badge sales, promoting events and sharing local wildlife knowledge. * Regular support and training in wildlife knowledge and membership recruitment. This role is subject to all current government travel restrictions. Contact: loch.lomond@rspb.org.uk.

  

Logo: Scotland's Gardens Scheme - open for charity

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JOB: DISTRICT VOLUNTEER

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS SCOTLAND

PAY: Training, garden visits

FOR: SCOTLAND’S GARDENS SCHEME

Our District Volunteers help our District Organisers and Garden Openers to open private gardens to the public for charity. This is a varied role that includes helping at gardens with admissions, teas, signage and car parking on the day of the opening, as well as publicity beforehand. It's a great opportunity to support different charities, build new relationships, develop your gardening knowledge and visit beautiful gardens. We offer training and support, regional meetings and the opportunity to attend our National Conference. 2-4 hpw. Please contact Julie Golding. 0131 226 3714 julie@scotlandsgardens.org. 
  


North East:

  

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JOB: NATURE RESERVES VOLUNTARY TRAINEE – NORTH CENTRAL RESERVES

BE4: 10/3/21 IV 24/3/21

LOC: YORK AND HARROGATE AREAS

PAY: Travel expenses and training

FOR: YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out front line nature conservation through practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team and develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. You’ll be involved with helping to look after a suite of nature reserves across central North Yorkshire with varied habitats including wildflower meadows, wetlands and woodlands. As the range of sites that we manage varies so much in this area, you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations with this opportunity. 12 months, 3 days a week. To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website https://www.ywt.org.uk/voluntary-traineeships.

  

Logo: Calder Rivers Trust

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JOB: FINANCE OFFICER

BE4: 1/3/21

LOC: WEST YORKSHIRE

PAY: Training as required

FOR: CALDER RIVERS TRUST

As the Finance Officer of Calder Rivers Trust you will work with the Chair, Secretary and other Trustees to ensure the smooth, efficient and legally-sound operating of the charity and limited company. You will be responsible for: preparing monthly, quarterly and annual accounts; budget setting and tracking for our operations; managing our day-to-day finances and payments; liaising with the Trust’s accountant; developing our future financial strategy and policies. This is an exciting role with big impacts for our organisation. You will see all levels of our work and make a real difference to the River Calder and its tributaries. Previous financial and bookkeeping experience essential. 2-4 hours per week. For more information please contact David Fisher dave.fisher@calderandcolneriverstrust.org 07958 772003.

  

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JOB: VOLUNTEER OFFICER

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: HOLLYBUSH, LEEDS

PAY: Training

FOR: THE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

Grab your chance to volunteer with the UK's leading practical conservation charity! As a springboard to your career in the environment sector or as personal development, becoming a Volunteer Officer is a unique, highly rewarding experience. Learn practical skills working on conservation projects in and around Leeds. You will be responsible for organising and leading tasks, will gain experience in volunteer co-ordination and project management and have the opportunity to get involved with other projects and events including fundraising, educational activity days, publicity and marketing. Our Volunteer Officers are trained by experienced staff, through our formal training programme which includes: leadership, health & safety, tools, first aid, Midas, and safeguarding. As you will be working with a diverse group of volunteers, training will also be provided in mental health first aid; working with people with learning disabilities, and equality & diversity. Visit www.tcv.org.uk/hollybush to find opportunities in your local area.

  

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JOB: NATURE FORCE GROUP VOLUNTEERS

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WAKEFIELD

PAY: All training tools & PPE provided.

FOR: OPEN COUNTRY

We run every Tuesday throughout the year. The Nature Force Group is run by the disability charity Open Country's 'Wild about Wakefield' project. The Yorkshire-based charity enables people with disabilities to access the countryside more, mainly through a series of outdoor activities. Every Tuesday we carry out fun conservation tasks with adults with learning disabilities across the Wakefield District. We need your help assisting these disabled adults to do tasks such as tree planting, scrub clearing, wildflower planting and more! We are based at Thornes Park near the centre of Wakefield but go out for the full day with minibus provision and a range of hand tools to use. No experience is necessary. Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email wakefield@opencountry.org.uk to find out more!

  

Volunteer Conservation Task Days run on Fridays and some Thursdays throughout the year- numbers are restricted during Covid. Tasks include the creation of and maintenance of wildlife habitats within the Bradford area. Find more information at: http://www.bees-ymca.org.uk/ email: bees@bradfordymca.org.uk Contact number: 01274 371303

  

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust has a great range of flexible opportunities to help support local wildlife. Whether you want to get stuck in with practical conservation, ranger patrols, species surveys, fundraising, events or admin support, we’d love to hear from you. Contact volunteering@wildsheffield.com for our current roles. wildsheffield.com/volunteer

  


North West: 

  

MNTEV members work at National Trust sites in Merseyside and nearby on Sundays about fortnightly, e.g. hedge and tree planting, woodland, heath and footpath maintenance, coastline conservation. Previous experience unnecessary, tools provided, friendly welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by adult. Contact John at 0151 677 9664, jmh@noc.ac.uk.

  

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JOB: DAY or RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEERS

BE4: N / A

LOC: CHESHIRE

PAY: N / A

FOR: MERE BROW FARM

We welcome volunteers on a day basis or as residential volunteers through Wwoof.org on a 12.5 acre Permaculture organic farm. Mainly growing fruit and nuts we are seeking help with tree planting, pruning and general care, grass management and methods to improve soil health. Work is varied, sometimes strenuous but fun. Time required, from 1 day to 3 weeks. Please contact volunteering@merebrowfarm.co.uk.

  

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JOB: VOLUNTEERS

BE4: MAY 2021

LOC: PENWORTHAM

PAY: N/A

FOR: GALLOWAY’S SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND

Help needed in our gardens, visually impaired welcome. we have a small team of sighted and visually impaired people who grow vegetables fruit & flowers we also enter and have won a number of competitions. 3 hours a week. Contact: Jim Towersey on j.c.towersey@talk21.com or 07802 635687 www.galloways.org.uk 

  


Midlands:

  

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JOB: VOLUNTEER TRAINEE RESERVES OFFICERS

BE4: 8/3/21 (5pm) IV wb 15/3/21 TBC

LOC: HEREFORDSHIRE

PAY: Training

FOR: HEREFORDSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

An opportunity to gain work experience and training in practical and applied conservation work with the Wildlife Trust in beautiful Herefordshire. The role will see the Trainees working on the Trust’s 50+ nature reserves, including Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake, and is the ideal first step in gaining a career in conservation. Training will include NPTC Chainsaw QCF Level 2 Award in Chainsaw maintenance & crosscutting, and QCF Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing trees up to 380 mm and Emergency First Aid. The Officers will assist the Reserves team with their daily reserve work and will work closely with other Volunteers. There will be opportunities to undertake Reserves management such as GIS mapping, species surveys, reserves audit, managing visitors, assisting on guided walks and planning events. For maximum benefit for both the Trainee and the Trust, a consistent commitment to the 1 yr programme is expected. For more information please contact Averil Clother, a.clother@herefordshirewt.co.uk 07377 526504. Read the article from Ian James at the end of this edition. Ian tells us about volunteering in just this role.  

  

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JOB: BogLIFE PROJECT VOLUNTARY WARDEN

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR, & NNR Base (N Shropshire)

PAY: Travel expenses / training

FOR: MARCHES MOSSES BOGLIFE PROJECT

A great opportunity to assist with the restoration of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog as part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project. The National Nature Reserve is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can include practical estate & habitat management tasks, surveying / monitoring, assisting with events / guided walks & office projects. Protective clothing & some formal courses & in-house training provided. Suitable for a student looking for a work placement or someone wanting to gain further experience in the conservation sector. Applicants must be reliable & enthusiastic, have a keen interest in wildlife & conservation and be physically fit & prepared to work outdoors. To discuss, please contact Steve Dobbin, Reserve Manager and Volunteer Adviser; steve.dobbin@naturalengland.org.uk, 07826 530767.  

  

Please help us maintain our gardens at Rosliston Forestry Centre! Drop in Gardening is every Monday 2-4pm Please bring your own gloves if you have them and look forward to some sociable gardening activity rosliston@southderbyshire.gov.uk 01283 535039. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic please email us directly before attending as activities may be suspended due to Government restrictions.

  

Lincoln Conservation Group carries out practical nature conservation work in the Lincoln area, helping to sustain the local plant and animal life and having fun at the same time! We provide tools and training. Volunteer days (16 years +) are usually on the first and third Sundays each month. http://www.lincolnconservationgroup.org.uk/

  

Join Rosliston Rangers for site management and conservation project volunteer work at Rosliston Forestry Centre DE12 8JX on the second and fourth Tuesday each month. Bring gloves and lunch and wear suitable outdoor clothing. Drinks, tools, training, some fun and job satisfaction all provided. rosliston@southderbyshire.gov.uk 01283 535039. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic please email us directly before attending as activities may be suspended due to Government restrictions.

  

Logo: The Heart of England Forest

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity. We want to help reverse centuries of woodland decline and create and conserve a huge new broadleaf forest for the benefit of the environment, people and wildlife – a place of enduring natural beauty, protected and secured for generations to come.

At only 23% of the way towards our 30,000 acre goal, the Forest already covers a mosaic of habitats across 7,000 acres of land in Warwickshire and Worcestershire, including 4,000 acres of new woodland. So far, we have planted nearly 1.9 million trees!

Our amazing army of volunteers help us with all aspects of creating and managing the Forest, including tree planting, wildlife surveying and assisting with our education programmes.

We are always looking for new volunteers to support our work. If you would like to find out more and get involved, email volunteer@hoef.co.uk, or visit https://www.heartofenglandforest.com/.  

Wales: 

  

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JOB: FUNDING VOLUNTEER

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Knighton area (Powys / Shropshire / Herefordshire border)

PAY: Expenses

FOR: KNIGHTON COMMUNITY WOODLANDS GROUP

Knighton Community Woodlands Group (KCWG) is local people coming together to learn and share woodland skills, and to use those skills for the benefit of wildlife and our members. We are seeking an experienced fundraiser who will use their skills for a few hours each week to help support our development and expansion. Your knowledge of funding sources, and your ability to successfully apply to them, will allow us to provide training and tools to our volunteers, bring woodlands back into management, provide additional volunteering and paid roles, and cover running costs. This opportunity will allow you to work from home and set your own hours. You will be supported by a sociable, experienced and knowledgeable group who have been running for the past 10 years. For more information: woodland@tveg.org.uk 01547 520374 http://tveg.org.uk/wordpress/what-we-do/woodland-project.

  

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JOB: MARKET RESEARCH AND SALES VOLUNTEER

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Knighton area (Powys / Shropshire / Herefordshire border)

PAY: Expenses

FOR: KNIGHTON COMMUNITY WOODLANDS GROUP

Knighton Community Woodlands Group (KCWG) is local people coming together to learn and share woodland skills, and to use those skills for the benefit of wildlife and our members. We need to become more financially self-sufficient through sales and so need to establish what the potential local market is for woodland products such as charcoal, bean poles, pea sticks and hedging stakes. We are seeking a volunteer for a few hours each week who will contact local retailers to find out if they would be willing to stock these items and the level of stock that they would require. This opportunity would allow you to work from home and set your own hours. You would need to travel to local vendors as required. You will be supported by a sociable, experienced and knowledgeable group who have been running for the past 10 years. For more information woodland@tveg.org.uk 01547 520374. http://tveg.org.uk/wordpress/what-we-do/woodland-project.

  


Anglia:

  

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JOB: RESERVES TEAM VOLUNTARY INTERNSHIP

BE4: 5/3/21

LOC: SUFFOLK, various locations

PAY: Training

FOR: SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is the county’s nature charity. Our goal is for Suffolk to be nature-friendly, with wildlife able to thrive across Suffolk because everyone is doing more for nature. Suffolk Wildlife Trust is committed to achieving the best outcomes for biodiversity on its reserves, and we are pleased to offer an exciting new 12-month conservation internship programme. This is a voluntary position working alongside our reserves team and volunteers. You will develop your skills in practical reserve management and volunteer leadership, and receive training to undertake seasonal tasks. There are opportunities at several of our nature reserves across Suffolk: Carlton Marshes; Church Farm; Foxburrow Farm (2x positions available); Knettishall Heath; Redgrave and Lopham Fen. You won’t need any specific skills apart from a positive, helpful and friendly approach. We ask for a minimum of three days a week, and there is flexibility with which days these can be through your internship. The hours of work will ideally complement the reserve staff and can be discussed prior to commencement. More information and details about how to apply can be found on our website https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/volunteering-opportunities/reserve-internships.

  

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JOB: RECORDS CENTRE GENERAL ASSISTANT

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: COUNTY HALL, NORWICH

PAY: Training

FOR: NORFOLK BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION SERVICE

We are seeking keen volunteers to joins us at Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service at County Hall. The required tasks vary throughout the year but will include; data collection and collation, GIS mapping, event preparation and attendance, research and helping with various other records centre activities. From half a day per fortnight to one day per week. Find out more from NBIS@norfolk.gov.uk.

  

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JOB: ROADSIDE NATURE RESERVES VOLUNTEER WARDEN

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: SUFFOLK

PAY: 0

FOR: SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL

Suffolk has a network of 116 Roadside Nature Reserves which support rare and unusual plants and fungi, and species rich grasslands unique to Suffolk. This is an exciting opportunity to help conserve these important sites and join a dedicated team of volunteer wardens. The role involves keeping a regular eye on your verge/s and letting us know if anything happens to them, as well as raking the cuttings off once a year, to remove nutrients. We would also welcome contributions to our regular newsletter. Equipment and training will be provided, and you will be supported in your role by the Ecology Team. You will need to live locally to your verge. For more details about the role and to see our interactive map of RNRs: https://c-js.co.uk/3aVnbW6 please contact RNRs@suffolk.gov.uk to register your interest.

  

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JOB: VOLUNTEER RANGER

BE4 : Ongoing

LOC: SITES IN ST NEOTS / HUNTINGDON AREA

PAY: In-house training

FOR: HUNTINGDONSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL SITES

Join our weekly work parties and help with practical conservation work at our Green Flag Award winning sites in Huntingdon and St Neots. With us, you can gain experience in tool use and habitat management within woodland, grassland and wetland areas, whilst having fun in the great outdoors! We undertake a wide variety of tasks including vegetation clearance, hedgelaying and fence maintenance. You can also get involved with wildlife surveying. We are looking to survey as many different wildlife groups as we can, including insects, birds and fungi. No experience is needed for this, just enthusiasm for learning about wildlife! Plus, if the outdoors isn’t for you, why not help in one of our visitor centres? We are always looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to get involved! Please contact Robyn Staddon at robyn.staddon@huntingdonshire.gov.uk or on 07704 019620 to arrange an informal chat about the opportunities available.

  

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JOB: INDEPENDENT EVENTS TEAM VOLUNTEER

BE4: N / A

LOC: ACROSS NORFOLK

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST

On average one day per month. We are building a team of enthusiastic volunteers with excellent communication skills to represent the Trust at a variety of events throughout Norfolk. You will be supporting NWT and raising awareness of our work by providing friendly face to face contact and distributing information and events leaflets. 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 or on 01603 598360.

  

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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. For a full role description & to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv & send your application forms to alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk.

  

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JOB: SHOWING PEOPLE WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER

BE4: N / A

LOC: ACROSS NORFOLK

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST

On average 1 day per month. We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who have knowledge of & enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation, have good communication skills & are confident in dealing with people of all ages to raise interest & 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. To download a role description & application form visit https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk 01603 598360.

  


South: 

  

Logo: NBN Trust

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JOB: TRUSTEES

BE4: 3/3/21 (noon) IV 19/3/21

LOC: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON (currently online)

PAY: Expenses

FOR: NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY NETWORK

The National Biodiversity Network Trust is a charitable organisation with a membership that shares biological data and information under the banner of the National Biodiversity Network (the NBN). We are looking to appoint up to five talented and committed new Trustees to enhance and extend the range of skills across our Board. We are particularly keen to attract applications from potential trustees with skills in the following areas: knowledge of key players in the biodiversity / data sector; IT systems development/ hosting; data management; knowledge of the commercial ecological / environmental sector; finance / fundraising. Trustees are appointed for an initial three-year term, with an option to renew for a second term. Trustees will be expected to attend quarterly board meetings and may also be asked to participate in committees set up by the board and provide advice and support to the Chief Executive and NBN Secretariat as and when required. Please email your application to: support@nbn.org.uk For more information: https://nbn.org.uk/news/recruiting-new-trustees-for-the-nbn-trust/.

  

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JOB: FRIENDS VOLUNTEER ROLES (Various)

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: HOME BASED / STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK, HAVANT, HAMPSHIRE

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: FRIENDS OF STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK

Do you care about the future of your local Country Park? We are a local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park. Our projects seek to educate the public about the Park’s history, its flora & fauna and to support the Park’s positive development. The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for new members to help with its various projects, including fundraising appeals, social media promotion and website building. Time commitment flexible, ongoing. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

  

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JOB: VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER

BE4: N / A

LOC: HOME BASED / STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK, HAVANT, HAMPSHIRE

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: FRIENDS OF STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK

The Friends of Staunton Country Park is local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park. Our projects seek to educate the public about the Park’s history, its flora & fauna and to support the Park’s positive development. We are looking for a Volunteer Fundraiser to help apply for grants & fundraise for our projects, such as path restoration. Do you have experience/knowledge of bid writing or fundraising? Could you help us kick start projects that will give the development our park a boost? We’d love to hear from you! Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

  

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JOB: CONSERVATION RANGER

BE4: N / A

LOC: STANTON COUNTRY PARK, HAVANT

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Looking to volunteer outdoors and support your local Country Park? This is an exciting time to join us at Staunton Country Park. We are part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund project to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. This role will work alongside other volunteers and ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of tasks. Dependent on the season this could include clearing overgrowing vegetation, installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches, coppicing, scrub management, as well as wildlife surveying / monitoring and keeping the park tidy and litter free. No specific skills are needed but a willingness to volunteer in all weathers is appreciated! A basic level of fitness will be needed as tasks are physical and on uneven terrain. Flexible time commitment. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

  

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JOB: MEETING AND GREETING VOLUNTEER

BE4: N / A

LOC: STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK, HAVANT

PAY: 0

FOR: HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

We are looking for warm and friendly volunteers to welcome visitors outside of our Visitor Centre (in our newly renovated Victorian Coach House). It is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park, as we are part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund project to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. This new role will welcome and introduce visitors to the park by, for example, answering queries, handing out leaflets/guides and encouraging visitors to fill out the visitor survey. As you will be the “face of Staunton”, you will need to have a willingness to learn about our Park, including its landscape, history, and facilities. Plus, to be patient, friendly and polite to visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Time commitment one 3 hour shift weekly or two-weekly, ongoing. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

  

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JOB: HERITAGE HUB HOST

BE4: N / A

LOC: STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK, HAVANT

PAY: 0

FOR: HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

We are looking for warm, friendly and approachable volunteers to welcome our visitors and highlight our history. You will bring Staunton’s history to life by delivering ‘walk and talks’ to the public and promoting our new facilities, such as the exhibition space, Staunton Explorer app and the Memory Bank oral history project. It is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park, as we are part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund project to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. As you will be the “face of Staunton”, you will need to have an interest in heritage and a willingness to learn about our Park’s landscape, history and facilities. Plus, to be patient, friendly and polite to visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Time commitment one 3 hour shift weekly or two-weekly, ongoing. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

  

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JOB: HERITAGE RESEARCHER and / or ORAL HISTORY COLLECTOR

BE4: N / A

LOC: STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK, HAVANT

PAY: 0

FOR: HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Do you have an interest in history and appreciate the importance of outdoor spaces? Would you like to be involved in creating temporary exhibitions or hearing about peoples living memories of our park and local area? We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Research & Oral History Team. It is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park, as we are part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund project to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. Research is conducted from home and oral history interviews are currently virtual, with flexible hours to suit. We also have optional virtual meetings periodically, so that volunteers can plan projects and upcoming exhibitions. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

  

Seasonal scrub clearance, path/step work and pond restoration volunteer task days with our great conservation crew. Tasks run Mon (SWCA), Tues, Weds, Thurs and 1-2 Suns/month in NE Surrey, Croydon & Sutton areas. Also voluntary livestock checker/farm helper opportunities. Info: www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreycountrysidepartnerships; Downlands Partnership Facebook; @ExploreSurreyUK @downygrazers; tel 01883 341140.

  

Seasonal scrub clearance, path maintenance, woodland management, signage making (carpentry in our Horton Country Park workshop) & pond restoration task days with our great conservation crew. Volunteer tasks run on Tues, Weds and Thurs in North Surrey & Kingston areas. Info: www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreycountrysidepartnerships; Lower Mole Partnership Facebook; @ExploreSurreyUK; tel 01372 743783

  

We work in the community with the community to connect people and wildlife. We want to see our greenspaces buzzing with wildlife across Lewes District through rewilding. Through sharing ideas, local knowledge, skills and resources we aim to make a significant difference to the quality of open spaces. http://c-js.co.uk/3rN4awp

  

Vacancy at Cowes Harbour for a volunteer Harbour Commissioner. Skills and experience sought include but are not limited to sustainability and conservation. See: cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/CHC_Board and apply to Cowes Harbour Commission, Harbour Office, Town Quay, Cowes, PO31 7AS or email chc@cowes.co.uk - Applications close 1200 noon on 1st March 2021.

  

Join our volunteers to help manage chalk grassland, wetland and shingle habitats from Dover Districts to Romney Marsh and the award winning Samphire Hoe. We have daily volunteer tasks throughout the year, but also volunteer positions doing livestock lookering, site rangers, office volunteers, wildlife surveys and event helpers. Contact: wccp@dover.gov.uk

  

Conservation volunteering near Salisbury - gain experience in various practical woodland management tasks plus wildlife surveys at Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Tasks include ride and glade maintenance, tree thinning and hedgelaying. Opportunity to take on more responsibility as an Assistant Conservation Volunteer Leader. charley@hazelhill.org.uk https://hazelhill.org.uk/volunteer/ 

    


South West: 

  

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JOB: VOLUNTEER RANGER

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: DURLSTON COUNTRY PARK

PAY: Training opportunities provided

FOR: DORSET COUNCIL

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to build their skills and experience in conservation. Durlston Country Park is set in the beautiful countryside of Purbeck. It is a 320 acre National Nature Reserve on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site that contains SSSI calcareous grassland, wildflower meadows, downland and woodland. During the week to 6 month placement you will work alongside the Rangers and other volunteers on a variety of tasks across the park, including wildlife surveys, visitor engagement and habitat work. Find out more from Catherine Carter at info@durlston.co.uk.

  

REF: 350-FOCUS-OK8

JOB: VOLUNTEER

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: ESCOT PARK, OTTERY ST MARY

PAY: 0

FOR: WILDWOOD ESCOT

At Wildwood Escot in Devon, we thrive through generous volunteers donating their time and talents. We have a wide variety of opportunities including regular positions for individual volunteers, college work placements, university internships and special event days more suited to teams. We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly individuals who are happy to be outside in all weather conditions. Volunteers are welcome to apply to help in various areas of Escot within various teams such as the keeper team, education team, maintenance team and gardening team. We also have fantastic opportunities on various projects such as our wetland restoration project, our Anglo Saxon village experience, seasonal events and our gardening for wildlife project. Find out more from Charlotte Mead on charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org.

  

REF: 351-FOCUS-OK8

JOB: RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER

BE4: N / A

LOC: MAGDALEN FARM, WINSHAM, CHARD, SOMERSET

PAY: Accom. incl meals & training

FOR: MAGDALEN ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c. 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. Experience and interest in horticulture is essential and we hope that you have a passion for and experience in looking after animals. We will teach some animal care skills, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved. Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

  

REF: 352-FOCUS-OK8

JOB: WILDLIFE SURVEY / MONITORING VOLUNTEER

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Grand Western Canal Country Park, Tiverton, Devon

PAY: Training may be possible depending on circumstances

FOR: DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve extends for 11 ¼ miles through beautiful Devon countryside, providing excellent habitat and a wildlife-rich corridor. Whilst some wildlife groups (such as wetland birds, dragonflies, butterflies and macrophytes) have been historically well-recorded by a few volunteers, several of these have had to give up in recent years for various reasons and new volunteers are sought to continue collating these records. Many wildlife groups have received very little survey or monitoring attention. The Canal Ranger Service is looking for volunteers who have reasonable ID skills and / or wildlife survey experience to undertake survey and/or monitoring of any wildlife groups. The findings of any survey or monitoring work will inform the ongoing management of the Country Park. Further training and development of skills can be discussed and provided as opportunities arise. Please contact Mark at gwcanal@devon.gov.uk for more information.

  

Assist the ranger team in the practical maintenance of Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve. Work alongside the rangers & other volunteers to complete outdoor & indoor practical tasks. Areas of work include conservation work groups, work placements, surveys and publicity. For more information contact Catherine Carter info@durlston.co.uk

  

EuCAN Dorset Mid-week Volunteers go out every Wednesday and work includes hedgelaying, drystone walling, fencing, heathland restoration, habitat management and invasive species on NNRs and SSSIs within Dorset’s AONB, and occasionally just beyond. We fund brushcutter, chainsaw, and other courses where possible. Find out more on 07763 923545 eucan.dmv@gmail.com http://c-js.co.uk/2r1tFPD
  


National: 

  

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JOB: UK BAT CARE NETWORK VOLUNTEERS

BE4: N/A

LOC: S Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands & Wales

PAY: 0

FOR: BAT CONSERVATION TRUST

Calling all bat lovers in South Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands and Wales! The Bat Conservation Trust’s UK Bat Care Network has a critical shortage of volunteers to refer callers who find grounded and injured bats to in your areas. Volunteers on our Network save at least 1,500 bats a year and help turn over 60% of negative bat finders into fellow bat lovers. Volunteers from elsewhere in the UK are welcome too! To find out how to get involved in bat care and the benefits of joining the Network, please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2RsTqnA.

  

REF: 354-FOCUS-OK8

JOB: PROGRAMME VOLUNTEER

BE4: N / A

LOC: ANY

PAY: Training & accommodation*

FOR: YOUTH ADVENTURE TRUST

As a Programme Volunteer you will work with groups of up to 10 young people alongside other volunteers, trained members of staff and activity instructors. You will have the opportunity to take part in the activities with the young people, ensuring that they get the most out of their time on our programme. You will ensure the welfare and organisation of the young people, help them to get involved and overcome issues, encourage and support their social relationships and help guide your team to work together. 1 - 2 weeks per year. *Benefits: volunteer training, accommodation, food, expenses, picturesque locations, opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities! Please contact Jon Rich, jon@youthadventuretrust.org.uk 07469 886523.

  

Penguin Watch is a citizen science project set up at Oxford University to study and protect penguins using cameras as a monitoring network in the Southern Ocean. We need your help counting penguins, chicks, nests and eggs in our thousands of photos. http://penguinwatch.org/
  

Trees for Cities, Brillianto and Forest Research are hosting a citizen science project to map the canopy cover of the UK’s towns and cities. Help us to build this canopy cover map by measuring the canopy cover in your local area! For more info please visit: http://c-js.co.uk/2KoHuQM

  

You can help to monitor the UK's bats by taking part in our surveys and observing these fascinating mammals in your local area. Anyone can take part, from beginners to experts. http://c-js.co.uk/2OwBtpk

  

The BDS is a volunteer-led charity responsible for running the national dragonfly recording scheme and promoting dragonfly conservation across Britain. Visit the BDS website, or get in touch, for assistance regarding: recording and monitoring, species and habitat information, species safeguarding and habitat management, or education and outreach resources. www.british-dragonflies.org.uk

  

Seal Watch is a citizen science project set up at Oxford University to study and protect seal using timelapse cameras and drone imagery as a remote monitoring network in the UK and the Southern Ocean. We need your help counting males, females and pups in thousands of photos. http://projectsealwatch.org/   

  

Help us monitor butterflies in the UK countryside. This survey involves visiting a randomly selected 1km square at least twice a year in July and August, recording all butterfly species seen along two parallel transect lines. To find out more or find your nearest square visit www.ukbms.org

  
Seabird Watch is a citizen science project
set up at Oxford University to study and protect seabirds using cameras as a monitoring network in the Arctic and Palearctic regions. We need your help counting adults, chicks, nests and eggs in our thousands of photos. https://seabirdwatch.org/

  

International:

  

We offer free membership to our website in order to find and apply for projects throughout Central and South America. We also help volunteers find suitable projects via several unique services. www.volunteerlatinamerica.com

  

REF: 355-FOCUS-OK8

JOB: ANIMAL HUSBANDRY INTERNSHIP

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: COAST RICA

PAY: Free accommodation and meals

FOR: VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA

Full time for 6 months. Interns are provided with a unique experience and will gain an in-depth understanding of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work. Volunteers are responsible for covering their airfare and other travel expenses (e.g. insurance). Find out more at www.volunteerlatinamerica.com

  

REF: HOL-FOCUS-OK8

TITLE: SEED CONSERVATION RESEARCH PROGRAMME 

DATE: Programme length 2 - 10 weeks

BASE: FORT DAUPHIN, MADAGASCAR

COST: Starting from £795, plus expenses

WITH: SEED MADAGASCAR

The SEED Conservation Research Programme (SCRP) is based in the beautiful coastal area of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral forest. Join us and you will carry out important, hands-on, conservation fieldwork with species including lemurs, bats, chameleons and amphibians, help with community initiatives, and environmental education. You'll also have the chance to explore the local area, meet some amazing people and enjoy some spectacular sunsets. Contact: Sarah King on info@seedmadagascar.org or 020 89606629

  


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