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Community and Volunteers vacancies: projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer recruitment and management.


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Green Spaces Development Officer - East Devon District Council

£25,295 - £27,905 per year
Sidmouth and Exmouth, Devon
Full time, permanent
We are looking for an experienced horticulturalist who shares our passion for parks and green spaces as places for people to use and enjoy. Your role will be to design, develop and implement planting / landscaping schemes for the districts’ award winning parks and gardens; together with responsibility for programming year round grounds maintenance works for cemeteries, sports pitches and other green spaces.

Assistant Warden - RSPB

Location: Winterbourne Downs, Wiltshire
Salary starting at: £19,602 to £21,236 Per Annum
Hours: Full time

Contract: Permanent

The RSPB are looking for an enthusiastic individual to lead on the machinery, reserve infrastructure & buildings maintenance for the RSPB's Wiltshire Grassland reserves based at Manor Farm, RSPB Winterbourne Downs.

Chief Executive - Epping Forest Heritage Trust

Salary £43k

Epping Forest Heritage Trust has just begun its second year following the successful merger of its two founding charities with a combined 90-year history operating in Epping Forest. It is a splendid time to join us. We are financially strong and have recently secured Heritage Fund support to help us develop a more resilient and sustainable charity, enabling us to make an increased contribution to preserving and promoting the heritage of Epping Forest.

Waterway Manager - Essex Waterways Ltd

Salary: up to £40k based on a 35 hour week plus 8% pension contribution.

Based at Paper Mill Lock, nr Little Baddow, Chelmsford

Essex Waterways Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Inland Waterways Association (a registered charity). The Company was formed to run, manage and maintain the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation for public benefit.

The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation runs from Springfield Basin (Chelmsford) to Heybridge Basin (near Maldon, on the Essex coast), 14.5 miles to the east, dropping the water level nearly 80 feet using 12 operational locks (including a substantial Sea Lock). There 250+ boats permanently on the waterway.

John Muir Award Scotland Project Officer - John Muir Trust

Salary: £21,000 - £23,000 p.a. (depending on experience)
Hours: Full-time (35 hours a week)
Term: 1 year fixed term (with anticipated continued funding)
Location: Glasgow; with 1 day per week based-from National Park Office, Balloch, West Dunbartonshire
The John Muir Award, the main engagement initiative of the John Muir Trust, is a leading environmental award scheme focused on wild places. With support from Scottish Natural Heritage and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, we are recruiting a Scotland Project Officer. This post will build on a six-year partnership with the National Park and join an existing staff team to promote and develop the John Muir Award throughout Scotland.

Senior Project Manager - RSPB

Norwich / Flexible
£29,507 to £31,966 per annum
Full time
34 months fixed term
Want to help shape the future of agri-environment support for farmers and wildlife in England? We are looking for an exceptional senior project manager with experience working in nature conservation to lead a small team in a 34-month Defra-funded project which is trialling a novel approach to delivering land management that could help save one of our threatened species, the turtle dove.

MaB Outreach Trainee - Bumblebee Conservation Trust

6 month fixed-term position, 21 hours a week, salary £8.72 per hour (National Living Wage)

Bumblebee Conservation Trust is looking for a part-time Outreach Trainee to support outreach and engagement work with our Kent project, Making a Buzz for the Coast.

This role is an exciting opportunity to inspire the local people of Kent to take action for bumblebees through innovative engagement activities. The traineeship will also involve working with and supporting volunteers. The Trainee will be able to take part in a range of training and development courses and activities that can be tailored to the Trainee’s particular interests.

Head of Gardens (full time) - Society of the Sacred Cross

Tymawr Convent, Lydart, Monmouth NP25 4RN

Salary: £18,000 (37.5 hour week; 4 weeks annual leave; statutory sick pay and pension). A family house is available (subject to tenancy agreement).

We are a small community of contemplative nuns living in the beautiful Wye valley 5 miles from the market town of Monmouth, South Wales. We welcome guests throughout the year and are helped by volunteers and a small staff. The Community has been at Tymawr since 1923 and its grounds of 64 acres include woodland, pasture (leased to Gwent Wildlife Trust) and gardens.

Lead Ranger – South Downs - National Trust

Permanent – Full Time role (37.5 hrs per week)
£27,735 Per Annum
East Dean, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 0AB
Your main base sits at the eastern end of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The iconic views form part of one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast. As Lead Ranger, you'll be responsible for the management of a team of Rangers who care for our countryside properties. You’ll develop and coordinate a wide range of cyclical and response operations, commission specialist contractors and contribute to a programme of conservation and engagement projects.

Environmental Education Intern - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Salary: National minimum wage
Contract: Fixed term, Part time (21 hours per week).
Based: Successful candidate may choose main location from our 4 centres in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire.
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to undertake an internship to train as an Education Officer within our People Engagement team. The role will involve assisting, with a view to leading, our education programmes for schools and other groups visiting our education centres; helping to develop, resource and run parent and toddler sessions; supporting and developing the delivery of educational events for families, specialist groups and the general public (on and offsite); supporting external community engagement events, walks and talks.

Community Manager - Forestry England

£26,187 – £28,997
Based at our District office in Lyndhurst
Some evening and weekend work will be required
Working specifically in the New Forest and across Dorset, you’ll be a self-motivated individual who will actively engage and influence the communities in which we work so that everyone who visits and works with us understands what we are and what we do. You’ll coordinate, plan and deliver community programmes, working closely with local authorities, national parks and other partners. Managing a small team, you’ll also lead our volunteering work using your excellent communication and people skills to inspire, support and enhance the skills of our volunteers.

Countryside Ranger - John O'Conner Grounds Maintenance Limited

£10.53 per hour – Permanent

We are looking to recruit a part time Countryside Ranger for the St Albans area covering Bricketwood Common and Nomansland Common.

You are required to have a minimum of NVQ 2 or equivalent in Environmental Conservation or substantial experience in a similar role. Part-time: Approximately 18 to 25 hours a week which will include some weekend and evening working: Times by mutual agreement.

Education & Engagement Officer - Ribble Rivers Trust

We are looking to recruit an Education & Engagement Officer who will be a confident and clear communicator with experience in directly delivering environmental education & engagement activities both in and out of education settings and with community groups. Leading on our work with schools in priority locations across the catchment the Education & Engagement Officer will deliver our education programme, using feedback and evaluation techniques to ensure we continue to improve and develop what we offer.

Seasonal Ranger - Northamptonshire County Council

Salary: £8.58 per hour (Sundays time and half/ Bank Holidays double time)

Location: Irchester and Sywell Country Parks, Northamptonshire

Contract: Fixed term until 7/9/2020

Working Pattern: 5 days a week

Hours: 37 hours/week: You will be required to work 3 out of 4 weekends per month as well as bank holidays, statutory and discretionary holidays.

We are seeking 2 Seasonal Rangers, which will be based at Irchester or Sywell County Park. You will work in the Country Parks team helping visitors to enjoy the Park, ensuring the facilities are clean and tidy and assisting with smooth running of the park.

Maintenance Ranger – Land of Iron - North York Moors National Park Authority

£23,369 for 37 hours per week (12-month fixed term contract)

Land of Iron is a heritage project conserving and promoting the fascinating ironstone heritage of the North York Moors. As the project begins its final year, we are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled person to complete site improvements, develop and implement management plans, and continue to grow volunteer involvement in the project.

Parks and Countryside Manager - Horsham District Council

£41,675 - £45,591 pa (plus essential car user allowance, up to £1,239 pa)


Horsham District Council has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic Parks and Countryside Manager to lead a dedicated, hard-working and friendly team.  You will be responsible for a range of award-winning parks, important countryside sites, open spaces, cemeteries as well as outdoor sports and youth facilities.

Ranger x 2 - South Downs National Park Authority

Salary: £27,161 – £29,137
Hours: 37 hours per week
Type of post: Temporary for 13 months
We are looking for two motivated people to join our Western Area team, which is responsible for implementing a wide range of countryside management activities. As a Ranger you will be involved in developing new projects around landscape, biodiversity, promoting informal countryside recreation and ensuring community involvement to ensure the delivery of the South Downs Partnership Management Plan and
key business outcomes.

Visitor Experience Officer - RSPB

Location: Arne, Wareham
Salary starting at: £17,276 to £18,716 Per Annum, Pro-rata
Hours: Part time, 30 hours per week
Contract: Permanent

You'll contribute to the planning and day to day running of the visitor experience offer including assisting with planning and delivering an exciting programme of events for wide-ranging audiences, encouraging engagement, and footfall to the reserve, through promotional activities, including social media, as well as working with a large, inspirational team of volunteers and staff all driven to help save nature.

Seasonal Species Protection Officers x 2 (Osprey) - Scottish Wildife Trust

Fixed Term Contract

Loch of the Lowes

Working in rural Perthshire, the successful candidates will monitor all aspects of the returning breeding ospreys from their wintering grounds of West Africa. They will ensure protection of the nest and eggs on a predominantly nightshift working pattern. An exciting and new element of this post is to monitor any activity seen on our recently installed beaver CCTV system. Free accommodation on the site’s well equipped and comfortable, eco bothy is available.

Learning Assistant - RSPB

Location: Newport Wetlands
Salary starting at: £16,504 to £17,880 per annum pro rata
Hours: Part time, 22.5 hours per week

Contract: 4 month Fixed Term Contract

Are you looking to get some quality experience with Europe's largest conservation charity, engaging with young people and delivering environmental education? Could you inspire the next generation with a passion for wildlife?

Young Ranger Leader - North York Moors National Park Authority

Home Based
FTC to 31 December 2022
7.5 hours / per week
We have a fantastic opportunity to become a Young Ranger Leader to engage young people in the work of the National Park through volunteering, inspiring them to understand, experience and treasure the North York Moors and be actively involved in its future. To help us do this, we need an enthusiastic person to organise and manage a programme of targeted youth volunteer events (currently the Young Rangers and Youth+ volunteers).

Explorer Club Leader - North York Moors National Park Authority

Home Based
FTC to 31 December 2022
£6,048 - £6,811 per annum (11 hours / per week)
Do you want to share your passion for the North York Moors National Park with families? We need an enthusiastic person to organise and manage a programme of targeted family group volunteer events (currently the Explorer Club).

Ranger - Groundwork Northamptonshire

Salary: £20,000 per annum (pro rata)
25 Hours

Delivery at Twywell Hills and Dales, Kettering, NN14

Groundwork Northamptonshire are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team. As Ranger, you will lead on the management, maintenance and development of Twywell Hills and Dales open space for the benefit of nature and local people. It’s a really exciting site, which is well used and has lots of areas of interest.

Colne Valley Rivers and Wetlands Officer - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

£24,933 - £28,339 (SCP 24-28) plus 7% pension

37.5 hours per week

Fixed term contract until 31 December 2021 (with possible extension).

We are looking for someone to make the wetlands of the Colne Valley a better place for wildlife and to prevent water voles from becoming extinct. By working with partners through the Colne Valley, this post offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the conservation of the Colne Valley and the wildlife that is dependent upon its habitats. 
The post holder will be responsible for managing this project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and forms part of the wider project,“The Colne Valley – A Landscape on the Edge.”

Manchester Community Project Officer - RSPB

Location: Chorlton

Salary starting at: £19,602 to £21,236 per annum pro

Hours: Part time, 15 hours per week

Contract: Fixed Term until December 2020 + scope for extension
Based in Manchester's Mersey Valley and working in partnership with Manchester City Council, you will engage with members of the public and volunteer groups to effect positive change for nature and people and be the RSPB lead in the Manchester Nature Consortium and work with partners to plan and deliver Manchester Festival of Nature 2020.

Discovery Centre Manager - West Bay Discovery Centre

The role is seasonal and fixed-term until the end of October 2020.

26 hours per week, including weekend working on a regular basis.

Pro-rata to £21,000pa.

Based in West Bay.

We are looking for a well-organised, energetic and enthusiastic person to help us build on the success of the award-winning West Bay Discovery Centre. Working with our volunteers you’ll provide a great welcome for visitors

Senior Environmental Planner - Aberdeen City Council

Full-time, Permanent

£37,941.28 - £43,405.44 pa

Marischal College, Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council is seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual to contribute at a Senior level to its Environmental Policy Team. The team has a responsibility for policy, strategy, projects, case work and engagement on a wide range of environment and land use matters.

Site Manager - RSPB

Location: RSPB Nagshead
Salary: £29,507 to £31,966 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Are you ready to lead the RSPB Gloucestershire team to make an even greater impact for nature in the Forest of Dean and beyond?

You'll have vision and drive, being highly motivated and self reliant, enthusiastic, bold and outward facing with excellent communication skills. Your leadership experience will enable you to inspire and motivate your direct reports, assistant warden and administrator, and strong team of 60 volunteers.

Wilder Towns Officer - Kent Wildlife Trust

Contract: Permanent, full-time

Salary: £28,401

Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone

The Job: The post holder will be responsible for managing the Trust’s approach to green and blue infrastructure, including spatial strategy, planning and policy issues, public engagement and campaigning, and project development.

Ranger - National Trust

£19,928 pa - 37.5 hours a week - Perm role - West Lakes, Cumbria

We are looking for a Ranger to join the team caring for one of the most beautiful countryside portfolios in the National Trust – the West Lakes, Cumbria, more specifically Eskdale and Duddon Valley. There are huge opportunities here balancing conservation, cultural landscape, estate maintenance, relationships with farmers and visitor engagement; which is both challenging and rewarding.

Area Ranger - National Trust

24,075 pa -37.5 hours a week - Perm role - West Lakes, Cumbria

We are looking for an experienced Woodland Ranger to manage one of the most beautiful countryside portfolios in the National Trust – the West Lakes, Cumbria. There are huge opportunities here balancing conservation, cultural landscape, estate maintenance, relationships with farmers and visitor engagement; which is both challenging and rewarding. A part of this role will include working with and through partner bodies such as Natural England, the Lake District National Park, and others so you’ll need experience in partnership working.

Area Ranger - National Trust

£24,075 pa - 37.5 hours a week - perm role - West Lakes, Cumbria

We are looking for an Area Ranger to join the team caring for one of the most beautiful countryside portfolios in the National Trust – the West Lakes, Cumbria, more specifically Eskdale and Duddon Valley. There are huge opportunities here balancing conservation, cultural landscape, estate maintenance, relationships with farmers and visitor engagement; which is both challenging and rewarding.

Ranger and Partner - Lundy Island SSSI

A full time post working with the Island team.
Duties include leading volunteers on practical conservation tasks, vegetation control, dry stone walling, footpath maintenance, fencing, grass cutting and strimming along with general estate and farm duties.

Visitor Experience Officer - RSPB

Location: Minsmere, Suffolk
Salary starting at: £17,276 to £18,716 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Hours: Part time, 15 Hours per week
Contract: Fixed Term for 8 Months

Are you a great people person? Do you thrive on exceeding customer expectations? Are you passionate about wildlife and keen to share your knowledge with others?

We are seeking a Visitor Experience Officer to join our team running the wonderful Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk.

Contracts Manager - River Stewardship Company

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000, dependent on experience.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (full time)

Duration of post: Permanent

Location: River Stewardship Company office (Sheffield), with travel primarily across Yorkshire and the North East. Flexible and remote working considered.

The Contracts Manager will develop and manage a portfolio of commercial projects within the Yorkshire area (and elsewhere, as required), as well as working with the Operations Manager to assist with overseeing operations and managing the programme of work.