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JOB: Volunteers
BE4: May 2021
IV: --
LOC: Penwortham
PAY: N / A
FOR: Galloways Society for 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 https://www.galloways.org.uk

JOB: Farm and Grazing Voluntary Trainee x 2
BE4: 26-04-2021
IV: 10-05-2021
LOC: Pickering, North Yorkshire
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

This is a baa-rilliant role if you would like to gain experience working with livestock within the conservation sector. You will gain skills and experience in all aspects in conservation grazing, livestock management, plus the opportunities to learn about conservation in general. The role is based at Appleton Mill Farm, near Pickering with travel across the county. This is an exciting and varied role which promises to give you a great mix of skills! Former voluntary trainees in this role have gone on to great careers in both the farming and conservation sectors. This role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, comes with accommodation, a competitive training budget and travel expenses. To apply please download an application form https://www.ywt.org.uk/voluntary-traineeships

JOB: Volunteer Park Ranger
BE4: 23-04-2021 1pm
IV: --
LOC: York, YO10 3FW
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: St Nicks

The purpose of this role is to assist with the management and maintenance of St Nicks Local Nature Reserve and other local green spaces. With support and ‘on the job’ training, you will help the St Nicks team to look after our unique, diverse nature reserve, and other amazing local green spaces, through a wide variety of tasks such as improving plant diversity through planting and sowing, invasive species control, scything for grassland management, tree planting, habitat creation; leading and supporting volunteers; surveying and monitoring species and habitats; improving site access, maintaining signage; engaging with visitors; and helping out at events. With various habitats across different sites, and diverse groups of volunteers to lead, the Volunteer Park Ranger role presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for those looking to embark on a career within the sector. Local travel expenses covered, first aid training, ongoing practical conservation and survey training. Time commitment 6 months, 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and occasional Sundays). To apply, visit our vacancies page or email volunteer co-ordinator, Maria at volunteer@stnicks.org.uk for more information. http://c-js.co.uk/2Es163T.

JOB: Eel Monitoring Volunteer
BE4: 15-04-2021
IV: --
LOC: Island Barn Weir, East Molesley, KT8 0BY
PAY: Training
FOR: South East Rivers Trust

Help us monitor endangered eels in the River Ember! Recruitment of young eels has fallen significantly over the last 40 years so this monitoring is incredibly important to help them survive and thrive. The data collected at this site feeds into a project spanning the Thames, coordinated by ZSL. It provides essential information which helps prioritise and plan work across London and beyond to help these endangered creatures. Between April and September our team of volunteers will be: checking the eel trap regularly; counting, measuring and releasing any eels found; uploading records to the ZSL website. Online training session: 15 April 6.30-8pm. Practical training at the eel trap will follow. Location: River Ember, near Island Barn Reservoir. Nearest postcode KT8 0BY. Time commitment: able to attend several survey sessions over the summer. Find out more at: http://southeastriverstrust.org/thames-eels.

JOB: 12 Month Immersive Volunteer
BE4: 30-04-2021
IV: --
LOC: Woolacombe, Devon
PAY: Bursary £1000, training
FOR: Dynamic Dunescapes/National Trust

We are looking for committed and creative individuals with a passion for sand dune conservation to join us. As part of North Devon Dynamic Dunescapes team based in Woolacombe, the role will be involved in all aspects of Dunescapes delivery. There is also scope to tailor aspects of the role to the individual’s own background and interests. The successful candidate ideally should have some experience of working with local groups and stakeholders to communicate wildlife messages. Good experience of using social media would also be helpful. This role will take 30 hours a week over four days which may include weekends and we are looking for someone who can commit to a placement of 12 months. The placement is set within a remote coastal area and requires spending time across the area undertaking tasks set by the Dunescapes Engagement Officer and ranger team. In regard to this, the placement is able to offer onsite accommodation. Driving is essential. CV and Covering letter to beverley.phillips@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Day or Residential Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV: --
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.

JOB: District Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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

JOB: Volunteer Officer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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 https://www.tcv.org.uk/hollybush to find opportunities in your local area.

JOB: Nature Force Group Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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!

JOB: BogLIFE Project Voluntary Warden
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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.

JOB: Funding Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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.

JOB: Market Research and Sales Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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.

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserves Volunteer Warden
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Suffolk
PAY:
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.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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.

JOB: Independent Events Team Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
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.

JOB: Visitor Centres Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Across Norfolk
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.

JOB: Showing People Wildlife Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
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.

JOB: Friends Volunteer Roles (Various)
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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.

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Escot Park, Ottery St Mary
PAY:
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.

JOB: Residential Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
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.

JOB: Wildlife Survey / Monitoring Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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.

JOB: UK Bat Care Network Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: S Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands & Wales
PAY:
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.

JOB: Programme Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Nationwide
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.

JOB: Animal Husbandry Internship
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Costa 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

JOB: Records Centre General Assistant
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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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