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A rolling list of countryside, conservation and ecology vacancies including wildlife work and environmental education, updated every weekday. Adverts are listed in chronological order, most recent at the top.

South West vacancies: Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

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Somerset Climate Change Adaptation Officer

Based: Callow Rock Offices, Somerset

Contract: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £23,691 - £25,750 per year

Are you passionate about Somerset, Climate Change and working with the whole community to plan a positive climate ready future for the county? Somerset Wildlife Trust is looking for an innovative, self-motivated and committed individual to get fully immersed in an exciting new role to help deliver the EU funded ‘Climate Adaptation through Co-Creation’ project.

  • Closing Date: 20/03/2019
  • Location: Callow Rock Offices, Somerset
  • Posted: 19/02/2019
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Grounds Maintenance Operative

Parsons Landscapes Ltd


Full time permanent position

This demanding but hugely rewarding job role provides the opportunity to work on an extensive range of prestigious private estates and world-renowned historical sites.  Due to our close alliance with both English Heritage and The National Trust there is scope for a varied workload across the Southwest, which ensures job diversity.  You will be involved in grounds maintenance of our flagship site for English Heritage: Stonehenge (stones and Visitor Centre).  This responsibility permits the opportunity to apply and expand your skills, whilst working on the most reputable prehistoric monument in Europe.

  • Delete Date: 18/03/2019
  • Location: Taunton
  • Posted: 18/02/2019
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Livestock Ranger

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Weekly hours - 8.00am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday

Salary – depending on experience £17,500-£18,500

Duties to be carried out as part of this permanent role will include the daily welfare of our rare breed livestock, the continued restoration and maintenance of areas of historic, amenity woodland, the conservation and enhancement of our native flora and fauna, while sustaining and improving our visitors’ appreciation and understanding of all elements of Heligan Estate.

  • Closing Date: 01/03/2019
  • Location: St.Austell, Cornwall
  • Posted: 14/02/2019
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Assistant Ecologist

Salary: £17,826 plus 5% pension

Devon Wildlife Trust is a successful and dynamic charity with a commercial arm, which includes Devon Wildlife Consultants (DWC). DWC are looking for two Assistant Ecologists with a positive outlook to join our friendly and close-knit team. We have two posts available; one is a full-time permanent post and the other is a part-time (2 to 3 days per week) seasonal role.

This is an excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door with an experienced consultancy and kick start your career in ecological consultancy!

  • Closing Date: 04/03/2019
  • Location: Devon
  • Posted: 14/02/2019
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Ecological Contractor

(Part-time fixed term with a possibility of full time post / extension)

Salary £20,500 PA pro rata


Exciting opportunity to deliver ecological mitigation protects and to gain a broad range of experience within an ecological consultancy. Practical tasks may include sensitive vegetation clearance; habitat creation and enhancement for protected species and habitats; installing wildlife fencing; planting native trees, shrubs and plants; installing new artificial badger setts, otter holts, bird and bat boxes etc; management and maintenance of tools and equipment.

  • Closing Date: 04/03/2019
  • Location: Bristol
  • Posted: 14/02/2019
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Admin Assistant (Conservation Team)

Barn Owl Trust

Salary £18,154

This is an office-based position (in a rural location near Ashburton, Devon) providing administration support for our small conservation team. Roles include organising training courses, full engagement with social media, personally assisting the Head of Conservation, and supporting others.

  • Closing Date: 11/03/2019
  • Location: Ashburton, Devon
  • Posted: 11/02/2019
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HQ Manager

Contract Duration: initially 7 months, 1st April - 31st October 2019, with the potential to extend.

Working Hours: 5 days per week (40 hours), some weekend working.

Pay: Pro-rata £20, 000

A brilliant opportunity for an organised professional to work with and help build our local bird conservation and education charity. The role is to focus on management of the engagement centre-style Headquarters and associated staff, volunteers, events and event bookings. There will be opportunities to learn about the important bird-life of Poole Harbour, and to take part in outreach and conservation projects.

  • Closing Date: 24/02/2019
  • Location: Poole Harbour
  • Posted: 11/02/2019
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Ranger Volunteer Coordinator

37 hours per week

Salary: £18,672 - £20,541 per annum

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit works to conserve and enhance the nationally designated landscape. The Unit produces and guides the delivery of the statutory management plan, comments on planning applications, runs projects and is assisted by volunteers including Rangers, practical task volunteers, and Young Rangers.

  • Closing Date: 27/02/2019
  • Location: Mendip Hills
  • Posted: 11/02/2019
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Administrative Officer

The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Salary: £19,000 pro rata

Hours: Part-Time 15 hours per week flexibly distributed.

Location: Home-based

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are some of the nation’s most cherished landscapes.  From the uplands and remote villages of the North Pennines, though the chalk grasslands and beech woodlands of the Chilterns, to the cliffs and fishing villages of Cornwall; all are different; all are special. We are looking for an Administrative Officer to provide an administrative support function to the national team and its board of trustees.

  • Closing Date: 22/02/2019
  • Location: Home Based
  • Posted: 07/02/2019
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Estate Manager, Sheldon

  • Closing Date: 09/03/2019
  • Location: Doddiscombsleigh, Exeter
  • Posted: 06/02/2019
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Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer

£14,025 pa

Fixed Term p/t (22.5 hrs pw to 31/12/19)


Ref: IRC75860

Working in some of the nation’s stunning wild places, you will inspire, support and engage local communities and schools in the hillforts on their doorstep. North and West Dorset is an eclectic mix of dispersed places, all wonderful and beautiful in their own right, and includes Hambledon Hill and Hod Hill, and the hillforts of the Marshwood Vale, which are nationally known for their wildlife and nature value.

  • Closing Date: 20/02/2019
  • Location: Bridport, Dorset
  • Posted: 05/02/2019
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Grounds Manager

£23,866 – £25,463pa

The post is permanent and full time

This is an exciting opportunity combining managing the Town Council’s amenity land with hands-on work including general grounds maintenance and basic machinery maintenance. Ilminster is a small, market town in South Somerset with well used and appreciated amenity land in the heart of the town. The main recreation area is home to thriving Cricket and Football Clubs and adjacent to Herne Hill - a Local Nature Reserve; in addition there are some smaller recs with children’s play areas and a cemetery as well as some small floral displays to maintain.

  • Closing Date: 21/02/2019
  • Location: Ilminster, Somerset
  • Posted: 01/02/2019
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Osprey Project Assistant x 2

Duration: 3 months, 1st July –30th Sept 2019

Working Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week) including weekend, early morning and evening hours.

Pay: Pro-rata £17, 000

Birds of Poole Harbour was founded in 2013 with three key objectives in place; to educate and promote bird conservation, preservation and observation in and around the Poole Harbour area. An exceptional opportunity for a keen conservationist to get experience on a landmark Osprey translocation project in Poole Harbour. The role will include husbandry and monitoring of translocated chicks pre and post release.

  • Closing Date: 28/02/2019
  • Location: Poole Harbour
  • Posted: 01/02/2019
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Countryside Team Operative - Exeter

Salary - minimum £8.20 per hr.

Full Time 40hr week.

Working with our Exeter Countryside teams, you will be required to support our clients undertaking a variety of estate work ranging from fencing, vegetation management, invasive weed control, tree planting etc.

  • Closing Date: 21/02/2019 updated
  • Location: Clyst St Mary, Exeter
  • Posted: 31/01/2019
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Assistant Access & Recreation Officer

Grade 4: £21,074 - £25,463 pro rata      

Part time: 29.6 hours per week

1 year fixed-term contract

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person to join our team, supporting the Authority’s work on visitor and recreation management. This varied role includes administering systems for visitor management and for public rights of way, liaison with recreational event organisers, farmers, landowners and other interested parties, and supporting the delivery of access and visitor management projects.

  • Closing Date: 21/02/2019
  • Location: Bovey Tracey, Devon
  • Posted: 30/01/2019
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Arboricultural Consultant

Full-time, Permanent

Salary: Competitive

First Ecology is the environmental consulting subsidiary of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and is committed to upholding best practice standards whilst also achieving pragmatic project outcomes. We have established a broad client base which extends across public, private and commercial sectors and provides technical advice and support on development, research, conservation and management schemes across the UK. We are now seeking an arboricultural consultant to join the team and diversify the services we offer.

  • Closing Date: 28/02/2019
  • Location: Somerset
  • Posted: 30/01/2019
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Taste of Game Officer

Starting salary: £27,000 plus vehicle

Contract: Permanent

The role will be home-based but require liaison with relevant head office teams, BASC country and regional offices and there will also be significant contact with external bodies.

Taste of Game promotes local and natural produce that has been harvested or hunted, encouraging the sustainable use of natural food. We inspire the consumer to eat game through great recipes, special offers and delicious game products. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to support the development and delivery of the Taste of Game programme.

  • Closing Date: 25/02/2019
  • Location: Home Based
  • Posted: 23/01/2019
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Summer Field Surveyors

Each year, ECOSA relies on a pool of skilled surveyors to help deliver our busy project schedule.

We are looking to fill a variety of roles this summer, such as assisting us with dusk and dawn bat survey work, and ongoing projects requiring survey work, translocation and mitigation installation for a variety of protected species including reptiles, great crested newt and hazel dormouse. Project work is generally based around our offices in Hampshire and Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties.

  • Delete Date: 01/03/2019
  • Location: Hampshire and Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties
  • Posted: 18/01/2019
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