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


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Rural Estate Manager - T,C,T Stuart

Near Forest Row, East Sussex

Part time (2 days per week)

Salary £35,000 - 39,500 pro rata - by negotiation, depending on experience + pension contribution & holiday allowance

The job will entail managing a diverse rural estate in the Ashdown Forest. The estate includes a historic main house, a handful of let residential properties both on-site and in the surrounding area, traditional agricultural buildings, gardens, grounds, 65 acres of permanent grassland under environmental stewardship, and 240 acres of woodland.

Green Spaces Officers - Carlisle City Council

Logo: Carlisle City Council

Up to £23,541 per annum

1 x Full Time post (37 hours a week) and 1 x Part Time post (18.5 hours a week)

Come and join Carlisle City Council’s newly formed Healthy City Team, making the environment of Carlisle City and District safer and healthier for people and nature.

Working in the Green Spaces Team within the newly formed Health and Wellbeing service which promotes physical health and mental wellbeing by encouraging physical activity and promoting connection with nature.

Conservation Officer (South West Scotland) - Scottish Wildlife Trust

Logo: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Location: Dumfriesshire (home-working possible)

Full-time: 35 hours per week

Fixed-Term until 31 March 2022

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels - Developing Community Action (SSRS-DCA) is a project to secure the long-term future of red squirrels in Scotland by building capacity among communities of volunteers and land managers to take on some of the essential protection measures required to protect the red squirrels in key areas.

People & Wildlife Officer (Wilder St Albans) - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Logo: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

£25,431 - £28,905 (SCP 24-28) plus 7% pension

37.5 hours per week - flexible working and job share arrangements may be considered

Two year fixed term contract

A unique opportunity to join Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to lead Wilder St Albans, a pioneering project that will enable and facilitate individual, community and partnership action for wildlife. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is the leading local charity working for nature’s recovery. We are supported by over 22,000 members and, with a network of volunteers and local partners, we look after the wild places of Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

Ranger - Crowborough Town Council

Logo: Crowborough Town Council

Part Time – 4 days per week

(34 hours per week summer working / 28 hours per week winter working)

£22,627 - £24,932 (SCP 13-18) pro rata

Crowborough Town Council is currently recruiting for an energetic and enthusiastic Ranger to manage and maintain the town council’s nature reserves, amenity areas and natural green spaces for biodiversity and the benefit of residents and visitors to the town. This diverse role includes woodland management, tree surveying, control of invasive species, exploring grant opportunities, and engaging with community groups and schools.

Development Officer Dog Initiatives - Hampshire County Council

Logo: Hampshire County Council

Salary Range: £26,544 - £29,583 per annum

Work Location: River Hamble Rangers Depot, Southampton

Hours per week: 37 / Contract Type: Permanent

Bird Aware Solent engages with local communities to raise awareness of overwintering coastal birds within the three Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and aims to reduce disturbance to coastal birds through influencing the behaviour of visitors. We cover the coastline from Hurst Castle (near Lymington) in Hampshire to West Wittering in West Sussex and the Northern coast of the Isle of Wight, delivering an agreed programme of public engagement work at events, in schools and out on the coast.

Seasonal Ranger - Hopetoun House

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Hopetoun House, South Queensferry

Fixed Term for 6 Months: 29th March – 26th September 2021

Hopetoun House is one of Scotland’s finest Stately Homes and has been home to the Hope family since 1699. The House and Formal Grounds are managed by the Trustees of The Hopetoun House Preservation Trust, an independent charitable trust formed in 1974 with three main objectives of Conservation, Education and Access.

The successful candidate will work 30 hours over 5 days which will include a high degree of weekend work. Funded by Nature.Scot, the rate of pay will be £8.72 per hour from 29th March rising to £8.91 from 1st April.

Conservation and Access Volunteers - Dartmoor National Park Authority

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2 x 12-month placements from April 2021

Based at Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA), Bovey Tracey, Devon

This 12-month Conservation and Access Volunteer placement is an exciting opportunity for two graduates to consolidate skills and knowledge in applied conservation and access management. Hosted by DNPA, this is a partnership project with Natural England (East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve) and the Woodland Trust and the successful candidates will work across variety of sites in one of England’s most loved landscapes.

Visitor Experience Team Placement Ranger - Severn Trent Water

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Location: One of Carsington Water, Draycote Water or Staunton Harold Reservoir

Contract: 12-month Undergraduate Placement

This role is an excellent opportunity for any environmental, or countryside management undergraduate, to gain valuable in-depth experience and training at one of Severn Trent’s busy and beautiful Visitor Sites. As the public face of Severn Trent Water, good communication and people skills are always essential. During the placement you will develop first class customer service skills and will look to protect and enhance the company’s brand and image through the quality of service offered. This

Senior Research Officer - Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

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WWT Steart Marshes, with travel to UK field sites

37.5 hours a week

£26,669 per annum

This is a fixed term contract until the end of March 2022

The Conservation Evidence Department is seeking a talented Wetland Scientist to manage WWT’s research across our wetland research projects in north Somerset. The focus will be on the scientific assessment and monitoring of wetland restoration projects. The role will involve working closely with project partners (externally) and project managers (internally) so strong communication skills are essential.

Cairngorms Rare Plants & Wild Connections Community Scientist (0.6FTE) - Plantlife

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Plantlife Scotland are seeking a community scientist to work with people in the Cairngorms on the Rare Plants and Wild Connections project, a National Lottery Heritage Funded project. You will be part of a small friendly team delivering an exciting programme of community engagement, citizen science and outreach work aimed at empowering local people to conserve some of the National Park’s rarest plants and valuable habitats. The community scientist role is part time (3 days a week, 0.6 FTE) and is a fixed term contract from April 2021 until December 2023 and you will report to the Cairngorms Rare Plants and Wild Connections project manager .You will lead on developing and delivering an engaging programme of events, using a blended approach of digital communication tools and outside activities to work with a wide range of people from young people, local communities, partner organisations, landowners and visitors.

Cinder Track Maintenance Ranger - Scarborough Borough Council

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Salary: £22,183-£24,491 per annum

An exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic Local Authority on the Yorkshire Coast. You will play a key role on the ground in delivering the Council’s Restoration Plan for the Cinder Track, a 36km shared use trail along a disused railway line between the Borough’s two main resorts. The council is recruiting a permanent Ranger to their Parks and Countryside Service to repair, maintain and enhance the Cinder Track to maintain the integrity and accessibility, aligned to the Council’s Restoration Plan.

Head Ranger – Stanwick Lakes - Rockingham Forest Trust

Logo: Rockingham Forest Trust

Full time, permanent contract (37.5 hours per week)

Salary: c £28k depending on experience

Location: The Nene Valley, Northamptonshire

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small environmental charity and social enterprise in a leadership role. Based at one of the region’s most popular countryside sites, the job involves organising and coordinating the work of the Ranger Team to help ensure the smooth day-to-day running of Stanwick Lakes.

New Forest Apprentice Ranger - New Forest National Park Authority

Logo: New Forest National Park Authority

Salary: £159 per week for first 12 months, increasing to National Minimum Wage for remaining 4 months

Location: Lymington and the New Forest

Contract Type: Fixed term, full time

Are you passionate about a career working outdoors in conservation? Are you looking for an opportunity to gain recognised qualifications and develop professional skills while earning a salary? We’re looking for two Apprentice Rangers to work across the New Forest National Park.

Conservation Officer - North York Moors National Park Authority

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Helmsley, North Yorkshire (with some flexible home working)

Working hours: 37 hours per week

As Conservation Officer, you will support our Ecologist in helping assess the potential ecological impact of planning applications on the National Park, the day-to-day management of Levisham Estate and developing conservation volunteering activities. Working closely with our Ecologist and Graduate Trainee, you will collect ecological and environmental data with the support of volunteers, process statutory planning applications and liaise with land managers on a range of existing conservation agreements.

HeRe Public Engagement Ranger - South Downs National Park Authority

Logo: South Downs NPA

Location: Based at South Downs Centre Midhurst, working from the Bordon area and other locations including working from home.

Salary: £24,279 to £27,432

Hours: 37 hours per week, working flexibly over 7 days

Type of post: Fixed term project until March 2022 with possible 2-year extension, subject to funding

The Heathlands Reunited project (HeRe) is a partnership led by the South Downs National Park Authority which seeks to promote bigger, better, joined-up heathland that people know about, care about, and use responsibly and sustainably. As part of the project’s legacy, we are looking to build a small team to continue this work.

HeRe Assistant Public Engagement Rangers x 2 - South Downs National Park Authority

Logo: South Downs NPA

Location: Based at South Downs Centre Midhurst, working from the Bordon area and other locations, including working from home

Salary: £21,020 - £24,278 pro rata (£11,362 to £13,123 per annum)

Hours: 20 hours per week, worked across 3 to 4 days

Type of post: Fixed term for 6 months

The Heathlands Reunited project (HeRe) is a partnership led by the South Downs National Park Authority which seeks to promote bigger, better, joined-up heathland that people know about, care about, and use responsibly and sustainably. As part of the project’s legacy, we are looking to build a small team to continue this work.

Assistant Tree Nursery Manager - Heart of England Forest

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Working with the Tree Nursery Manager you will be responsible for planning and designing the nursery from inception to delivery to include designing SEND employment opportunities within a social enterprise, and for managerial functions including hiring and training staff, and liaising with customers.

Green Recovery for Morecambe Bays Woodlands: Engagement Officer - Butterfly Conservation

Fixed Term Contract, 2.5 days per week (0.5fte)

Morecambe Bay Limestones, Lancashire and Cumbria

Salary: £24,551- £28,363 pa dependent on experience, plus 8% pension contribution

Butterfly Conservation is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the conservation of butterflies, moths and our environment. We are seeking an experienced and highly determined Engagement Officer to deliver the engagement programme of the Green Recovery for Morecambe Bay’s Woodlands project to encourage a wide range of possible audiences to learn about, enjoy, and safeguard moths and butterflies.

Head of Environment and Engagement - South West Lakes Trust

Logo: South West Lakes Trust

Location: South West England

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum

Hours: Full Time (40 hours per week)

South West Lakes is recruiting for a Head of Environment and Engagement to lead its team of environmental specialists, engagement specialists and Environment and Engagement Rangers, ensuring we deliver great visitor engagement and high quality environmental improvement for people and wildlife across our sites. The ideal candidate will have experience in related roles, share our passion for nature, the outdoors and understand the variety of benefits they provide for people.

Restoring the Swale and Ure Washlands Project Officer - Lower Ure Conservation Trust

Logo: Lower Ure Conservation Trust

Salary: £28 – £32,000 based on experience

Contract type: Fixed contract finishing 31st March 2022 / Working hours: Full time (37 hours per week).

Location: Home based but the majority of time will be spent at Nosterfield Nature Reserve, Nosterfield Quarry, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2QZ

We are looking for someone who is passionate about engaging people with nature to develop and lead volunteer activities on our regionally important wetland nature reserve. As our Swale and Ure Washlands Project Officer, based at Nosterfield in North Yorkshire, you will work with trustees and ecologists leading volunteers on a range of seasonal practical conservation tasks to manage the site.

Fifth Continent Bumblebee Conservation Trainee - Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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Salary £13,632.50 for 9.8 months

This is a full-time, fixed term until 24/12/2021, home based within the project area of South Kent/East Sussex.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is looking for a full time trainee to work with and assist Dr Gammans as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded, Fifth Continent Landscape Partnership Scheme, with particular emphasis on bumblebee and wild flower surveys, habitat creation and management for bumblebees and landowner advice.

Your primary role will be running and undertaking bumblebee and wild flower surveys, creating flower rich habitat, assist in engaging with land owners and managing volunteers.

Mobile Park Ranger – Claybury and Roding Valley Park - Vision RCL

Logo: Vision RCL

Salary: £19,680 - £20,889

Type: Full-Time

Location: Claybury Park and Roding Valley Park

We are looking for a Mobile Park Ranger to join the Nature Conservation Ranger Team and be part of the wider Parks Operations Rangers.

Environmental Project Officer - Steel Valley Project

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£22,123 - £24,263 (pro rata)
22.5 hours per week
Permanent position

We are currently seeking an Environmental Project Officer, working 22.5 hours a week, to deliver our environmental projects and lead a team of dedicated volunteers.

The person we are looking for will be committed to supporting the communities and wildlife in our operational area.

Lead Ranger - National Trust

Logo: National Trust

£29,505 per annum

Permanent / 37.5 hours per week

Ripon, Yorkshire

This is a new role created as part of a significant increase in resources for our work on Land Outdoor & Nature. The role will line manager the Fountains Area Ranger and Assistant Ranger as well as working in a ‘matrix’ with the Brimham Area Ranger, the Skell Project Area Ranger and our Yorkshire Water partnership Ranger. The will be part of the Property Leadership team for the portfolio, ensuring excellent standards of care, conservation and presentation of the World Heritage Site as well as looking beyond our boundaries with our significant partnership working at both properties.

Activity Leader - Tir Coed

2 year fixed term contract / 17.5 hours per week

£21000 pro rata

Elan Valley, Powys

Tir Coed is a charity that engages people through outdoor learning in order to improve their wellbeing and meet longer-term goals for education, employment or volunteering. We are seeking an enthusiastic and engaging person to provide accredited training, practical learning opportunities, volunteering and wellbeing activities to a wide range of people.

Environmental Engagement Manager - Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

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£40,000 + substantial pension and benefits

Westdown Camp, Salisbury - SP3 4RS;

Working as the Environmental Engagement Manager within the Environmental Support and Compliance business area (ES&C), you will be at the forefront of sustainability, natural capital and biodiversity driving delivery and innovation across the estate through engagement with military personnel, their families, volunteers and partner organisations. This new role will be challenging and comes with a diverse portfolio of tasks including the oversight of the MODs Conservation Groups and the MODs Sanctuary Awards and publication

Learning and Skills Intern - Heart of England Forest

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This training role is ideal for a budding outdoor educator early in their career wishing to develop a wide range of outdoor learning skills, experience and competencies for career progression. In this role you will support our Learning and Skills team to plan, deliver and evaluate our progressive formal and informal learning programmes. You will work with a range of audiences including young people of all ages, families and adults including individuals with special educational needs and disabilities.

Community Partnerships Intern - Heart of England Forest

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This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in community outreach, development and / or partnerships. This varied role provides a platform for someone early in their career to train and gain experience, skills and opportunities through a variety of community engagement activities including volunteering, communications, partnerships and events. This is a unique opportunity to combine your passion and commitment to the natural environment with your interest and aspiration to work in a people-facing role developing meaningful and lasting partnerships that make a positive impact to people and communities.

Service Manager: Countryside - Sheffield City Council

Logoi: Sheffield City Council

Salary: Grade 11 (£49,791 - £54,708)

Location: Sheffield

Contract Type: Permanent / Hours Per Week: 37

Sheffield is one of the greenest and wooded cities in the Country with 174 woodland sites in its Urban Forest, over 70 semi natural ancient sites, 2.3 million trees across 2000 Hectares of land. It has been clear throughout the Covid-19 pandemic just how important these and other green spaces are to the people of Sheffield and beyond. The Council is looking to recruit a new Countryside Service Manager. We are looking for a dynamic, forward thinking, and innovative leader to take on this unique and challenging role for the city.

Seasonal Warden for West Berkshire - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Salary: £11.76 per hour (FTE £21406.74 per annum)

Based at: Estovers, Greenham Common, Newbury and covering Greenham and Snelsmore Commons

1 Warden: 26 week fixed term contract (01 March to 29 August 2021)

Working hours: 30 hours per week including early mornings, evenings and weekends

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is a membership-based voluntary organisation, managing 88 nature reserves, influencing land management and educating and encouraging all sectors of the community to care for local wildlife. The primary purpose of this role is to engage with our visitors at Greenham & Crookham and Snelsmore Commons, informing them about the heathland and its associated wildlife whilst encouraging them to stay on paths and keep their dogs under control during the bird-nesting season.

Jupiter Assistant Ranger - Scottish Wildlife Trust

Location: Grangemouth, Falkirk

This is a six month, fixed-term, contrac

Salary: £17,290 per annum

The Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre is a reserve located in the middle of industrial Grangemouth. Jupiter is a fantastic example of how wasteland can be transformed into an urban green space, with an emphasis on environmental education and habitat creation.

Nature Recovery Strategy Officer / Wilder Middlesbrough Officer - Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

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The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is excited to present two new job opportunities for people wanting to work at the forefront of Nature Recovery Networks and the provision of Natural Solutions to Climate Change. Based with the Trust the posts will work with a wider partnership of organisations delivering Climate Action Middlesbrough, a new initiative taking local action to address the climate crisis. Climate Action Middlesbrough is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Programme

Nature Recovery Strategy Officer (Fixed term post 2 years) - Salary £20,600

Wilder Middlesbrough Officer (Fixed term post 5 years) - Salary £20,600

Wildlife Volunteer Officer (Miner2Major) - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Salary: £12,576.30 pa for the hours worked, which equates to the full time salary of £20,960 pa

Contract: This is a fixed term role until 30 April 2023 on a part time basis of 3 days per week (0.6 FTE).

Location: Based at our office in Sneinton, Nottingham and the Miner2Major project office within the Sherwood Forest area.

Are you passionate about participation and committed to conservation? We’re looking for an enthusiastic volunteer coordinator to lead and develop our work with communities across Sherwood Forest. Miner2Major is a Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund focusing on the diverse wildlife, important habitats and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest.