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JOB: Farm Visit Supporter
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: The Country Trust

Farm Visit Support volunteers assist The Country Trust staff to take urban children out to farms, to learn about the working countryside, where their food come from, and the wider natural world. The volunteers ensure the smooth running of these visits and work alongside host farmers and staff to enhance the children’s experience of the countryside which in the long term, helps them to widen their horizons and have greater aspirations. We are looking for people who: are fit enough to cope with rough terrain on occasions; have an interest in working with children and a willingness to share knowledge of the countryside. We can sometimes provide transport to farms depending on location. If you are interested but outside the Northants/Cambs/Beds area, please get in touch as we do have roles elsewhere. Please email ahuggins@countrytrust.org.uk or ring 07926 889527. For more information on our Farm Discovery Programme, visit https://c-js.co.uk/3DBI4CS.

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 https://c-js.co.uk/36Sb2hj.

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. https://c-js.co.uk/3FZGIUO.

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
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: 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: 2 x Practical Conservation Trainees
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: York
PAY: Training budget available
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Are you looking to grow your career in the environmental field? If so then we would like to hear from you. The Conservation Volunteers has a history of helping people get a foothold on the conservation and environmental career ladder. We are looking for 2 passionate and motivated people to join our team. We require people who wish to build up a portfolio of practical skills, people management knowledge and a sound basis to start a career in the environmental field. The placement is flexible but ideally for a minimum of six months with an attendance of 2 to 3 days a week. Training budget available linked to commitment. Apply today and start your journey. Find us on Facebook @TCVYork to see the work we undertake. Application requests york@tcv.org.uk 01904 414927.

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