CJS Online: Environmental and Outdoor Education

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Environmental and Outdoor Education vacancies: interpretation, field work tutors, public engagement, adventure activities instructors also higher and further education roles.


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Voluntary roles can be found here.

Project Officer - Making Space for Nature - Northumberland National Park Authority

Logo: Northumberland National Park Authority

Project: 3 years fixed term contract

Location: Bardon Mill, Northumberland

Greenlee is a site of significant geographical and historic importance, featuring an abundance of internationally important habitats and wildlife. The Lough is surrounded by open moorland with mat and purple moor grass, peat bog and improved/semi-improved pastures and commons. Whilst this project officer post will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of the Greenlee Project, this will be done in partnership with and supported by the National Trust, Natural England and other key stakeholders. To lead and co-ordinate programmes of work on behalf of Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) and wider Partnerships, developing and overseeing the implementation of project delivery plans in close liaison with other officers at NNPA, the National Trust, Natural England, Land Managers and other key stakeholders. To further develop programmes and partnership working and to influence key organisations to deliver work within the National Park in support of the shared Vision of the 2016-2021 National Park Management Plan and beyond.

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.

Forest School Practitioner and Forest School / Outdoor Play Practitioner - Get Out More CIC

Logo: Get Out More CIC

2 x full time posts (37.5hrs per week) to start April 2021

Part time and job share options to cover the hours of both posts will be openly considered

Salary £21,012p/a - pro rata for part time and job share options

Get Out More CIC, is a social enterprise on a mission to help people engage with nature to feel better in mind and body. We are recruiting for experienced forest school and outdoor play workers to help us to deliver successful programmes working with people across the Bradford district. We are looking for experienced practitioners who can lead a varied programme, including forest schools, outdoor play and community engagement activities for children and families.

Seasonal Ranger - Hopetoun House

Logo: Hopetoun House

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

Logo: Dartmoor National Park Authority

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.

FSC Engagement and Training Assistant (Eco-Skills internship) - Field Studies Council

Logo:Field Studies Council

Salary: £18,408 - £19,539 per annum.

Location: Base Negotiable

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Fixed term: 1st March 2021 to 28th February 2022.

Field Studies Council is one of the UK’s leading providers of outdoor environmental education. This is a great opportunity to join the Field Studies Council (FSC).

This exciting role is a 12-month structured career development opportunity to design and deliver biodiversity training courses, including courses for younger people (aged 16-25).

Cinder Track Maintenance Ranger - Scarborough Borough Council

Logo: Scarborough Borough Council

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.

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

Logo: Heart of England Forest

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.

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.

Project Manager - Parkland Restoration - Castle Browich Hall & Gardens Trust

Logo: Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust

Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust is a partner to the Love Your River Cole (LYRiC) project; a partnership project to help transform the Cole Valley, enhancing natural spaces and training local people to look after this important natural river corridor.

With funding from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, the project is led by Tame Valley Wetlands, and includes a range of partners including ourselves. The project overall will involve tree planting, wildflower meadow creation and wetland habitat enhancements, as well as access improvements to paths and trails through several key sites. Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust is now looking for an experienced and flexible Project Manager to oversee, plan and manage our part of the partnership.

Project Officer - Learning through Landscapes

Logo: Learning through Landscapes


If you are under 25 years old at the start of January 2021, have a commitment to learning outside the classroom. with a broad knowledge and understanding of the English National Curriculum, a knowledge of either pollinators, habitat creation and management, wildlife gardening or citizen science, we would love to hear from you. You must be fluent in the English language, able to write engaging learning resources and have excellent IT skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office particularly Word, Teams, Excel and PowerPoint.

Freelance biodiversity and environmental art tutors - Field Studies Council

These exciting roles will connect you with people wanting to share your passion for biodiversity, especially natural history subjects and related art. We offer competitive pay rates for delivering training courses online and at venues across the UK, plus expenses and contribution to producing learning resources.

You’ll join a lively network of associate tutors delivering training courses with the national charity, the Field Studies Council (FSC); a leader provider of environment education. Every year, FSC delivers hundreds of Eco-Skills courses for adults and young people (age 16+) across the UK.

Part-time Engagement Officer - East Devon AONB

This contract will represent 78 days work spread over the year long contract and will require delivery in a flexible manner requiring some weekend and evening work.

The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and the Bat Conservation Trust are seeking a self-employed Engagement Officer to help deliver an exciting Green Recovery Challenge Fund project for Grey Long-eared bats.

The project is based in East Devon, home of 2 grey long-eared maternity roosts and the area is a vital link between roosts in the south of England and those of the South West.

Environmental Project Officer - Steel Valley Project

Logo:Steel Valley Project

£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.

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.

Centre Manager - The Magdalen Environmental Trust

Logo: The Magdalen Environmental Trust

Magdalen is an environmental education and care farming charity set on its own 132-acre organic farm and nature reserve.

We have a new job vacancy, for a Centre Manager. This is a complex full time role, suitable for an experienced, multi-skilled person. The salary is £25,000

Our outgoing Centre Manager has been at Magdalen for 20 years, and has helped manage the organisation through periods of dramatic change and growth.

Learning and Skills Intern - Heart of England Forest

Logo: Heart of England Forest

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.

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.

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.