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JOB: Management Committee Members
BE4: 14-06-2024
LOC: Chew Magna, Somerset
FOR: The Community Farm

Yes, it’s that time of year when The Community Farm seeks new people for its management committee. If you care about climate change and the state of nature, and want to make a difference, why not join us? We are a non-profit community-owned organic horticulture and veg box operation that welcomes over fifteen hundred people every year onto the Farm for all kinds of activities. We’re seeking up to three people, and particularly need a lawyer, an accountant, a Black Lives Matter Champion, a biodiversity specialist and a fundraiser. Find out more here

JOB: South Reserves Voluntary Traineeship
BE4: 01-07-2024
IV: --
LOC: South Yorkshire
PAY: Dedicated training budget and support with travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

YWT’s South Reserves Team are looking to recruit two voluntary trainees who will assist the team in carrying out practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups, aiding with educational events, and carrying out office-based reserve management. The Team is responsible for the delivery of the Trust’s mission across South Yorkshire including Doncaster, Barnsley’s Dearne Valley landscapes, and the Humberhead Levels – encompassing partnership working across the borders to both Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. This involves the management of 21 nature reserves including our ‘Gateway Site’ at Potteric Carr. This is an incredible opportunity to be involved with such a broad range of reserves and project work, while gaining vital experience to help you stand out when applying for jobs in the conservation sector. You’ll be an integral part of our team, and offered a huge amount of support and encouragement. Time: 2-3 days per week for 12 months. For more information and to apply, please visit our website.

JOB: ResearchU Roles
BE4: -
IV: --
LOC: Virual; Kyiv, Ukraine
PAY: Experience in team work, project creation, communication
FOR: Bento & Miso Cultures

The purpose of ResearchU is to ease access to high-quality research guidance and mentorship for high school students worldwide, facilitated by experienced university professors. ResearchU aims to bridge the gap between academic expertise and students seeking guidance, creating a supportive learning environment that empowers students to craft well-researched papers with trusted guidance for free. In the future, it will allow every student worldwide to connect via Zoom with chosen professor and together study on a topic they are passionate about! Currently the project is very young, so we search for Instagram SMM Manager, Project Manager and, in the nearest future, Coding Specialist, as we need help establishing our website, where everything will work. Please apply to

JOB: Treasurer
BE4: 09-06-2024
IV: --
LOC: Middleton, Matlock, Derbyshire
PAY: Expenses reimbursed, relevant training included
FOR: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We’re looking for a Treasurer who will play an active part in the governance of our organisation’s finances and provide leadership and strategic direction for our ambitious and growing organisation. Our Trustees bring a wide range of skills, knowledge and enthusiasm and we want to add to this to further support and promote our work. We are specifically looking for someone with: Financial experience in a senior finance role and relevant financial qualifications egg ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AAT or similar. Skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences. It is also desirable if you have experience in Charity Finance although this is not essential. More information can be found in the Trustee Recruitment Pack on our website: or contact 01773 881 188.

JOB: Residential Volunteers - Rathlin Island Visitor Engagement
BE4: Please apply ASAP
IV: --
LOC: Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
PAY: Accommodation is provided in a cottage bunkhouse

This is a truly unique volunteering experience. Rathlin Island has the largest seabird breeding colony in Northern Ireland. The West Lighthouse Seabird Centre welcomes in excess of 15,000 visitors during the summer, all eager to see the puffins and other seabirds at this internationally important Seabird Colony. We want you to be the welcoming and knowledgable face of the RSPB to inspire, engage and motivate our visitors to support the work of the RSPB through donations and membership. As an RSPB volunteer you’ll be part of something big - a team of amazing and dedicated people who donate their time, energy, talent and skills to help birds and other wildlife. You will play a vital role in the delivery of the visitor experience at the Seabird Centre. Time: 2 weeks. For more information, please visit our website here

JOB: Trustees
BE4: 31-05-2024
IV: --
LOC: Nower Wood, Leatherhead or Pirbright, Woking
FOR: Surrey Wildlife Trust

We are looking for new Trustees with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to commit to leading the charity in conjunction with the Senior Management Team. Please do get in touch, if you are passionate about the wildlife of Surrey and nature conservation, work well in a team and have good interpersonal skills, can commit the necessary time and possess skills and proven experience in: biodiversity and planning; legal expertise; business acumen; fundraising & marketing. The Trustees meet 6 times a year, winter meetings are via Teams, other meetings are in person at Nower Wood near Leatherhead or Pirbright near Woking and Trustees are also expected to attend the AGM (held on a Saturday in November) plus 2 Trustee away days (mid-week). Further involvement is usually conducted through emails and phone calls or occasional subgroups meetings. Trustees are appointed for three years and may be appointed for two subsequent terms before standing down. With the invaluable support of volunteers and members Surrey Wildlife Trust cares for over 5,000ha of land for wildlife in Surrey across 60 reserves. We encourage applications from backgrounds which may be underrepresented in our sector, including people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require any adjustment to make our recruitment process more accessible. CV and covering letter to For further information or an informal discussion with the Chair of Nominations Committee, Chris Howard, please email Catherine (who is our HR Director) with your contact details.

JOB: Treasurer
BE4: 20-05-2024 10am
IV: --
LOC: Trenoweth, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NS
PAY: 0
FOR: Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

Due to a forthcoming retirement, we’re looking to recruit a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees. You’ll have a suitable professional qualification and, preferably, would have experience of working with a charity. An interest in our work and the Isles of Scilly would also be an advantage. Although the Treasurer would ideally be based on the islands, finding the right person is essential and we therefore also welcome applications from the mainland. Scilly’s habitats and landscapes are of international importance and the Trust is responsible for about 50% of the total area of the islands, land which also contains more than 100 scheduled monuments. As our Treasurer, you would play a key, strategic role in Keeping Scilly Special. You can find further details on how to apply on our website: For any enquiries about the voluntary position, please contact:

JOB: Volunteer Reserve Officer
BE4: 03-06-2024 9am
IV: --
LOC: Northamptonshire, Pitsford, Nene Wetlands
PAY: Vocational qualifications, training, travel and expenses
FOR: The Wildlife Trust BCN

Voluntary placements within the reserves team, based at Pitsford Water Nature Reserve, Nene Wetlands or around Northamptonshire. You will gain experience in all aspects of habitat management for conservation, including practical, survey and office based skills. As well as gaining knowledge and experience from working with the skilled reserves team, you will also get opportunities to work with and lead volunteer groups, participate with in-house training and receive external training and assessment in chainsaw use, brushcutter use and First Aid. Applicants should be reliable and able to commit to a minimum of 3 days per week for 9-12 months, capable of using power tools and machinery and enjoy physical work outdoors in all weathers. Good team working skills and self-motivation are essential. Application form and more detail Voluntary Reserve Officer x5 (based at Pitsford x1, Nene Wetlands x2, Northamptonshire x2) | Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs & Northants (

JOB: Visitor Engagement Volunteer
BE4: 14-06-2024
IV: --
LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire
PAY: Free parking, tea & coffee, retail and catering discounts, Induction, onsite training in ID skills
FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Our Visitor Engagement Volunteer Team are based in our Welcome Centre on our Visitor Village and have an essential role to play in providing a warm welcome to all our visitors. The role involves helping visitors plan their day and get the most out of their visit. You'll need to share your enthusiasm for our reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Time: Morning or afternoon slot on a weekly basis or 2 slots per month. For more details see our website Brockholes - Visitor Engagement Volunteer | The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside ( To apply contact

JOB: Brockholes Balsam Busters
BE4: 09-09-2024
IV: --
LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire
PAY: Free parking, tea & coffee, retail and catering discounts, Induction, onsite training in ID skills
FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

We are calling all nature lovers to join our Balsam Busters group at Brockholes Nature Reserve and help us to rid our ancient woodland of this invasive species. This is an outdoor, practical role and no experience is necessary. It's a great way to gain some experience in a conservation role. Time: Wednesday 10.00am to 3.00pm. To apply contact

JOB: Environmental Leader
BE4: 22-09-2024
IV: --
LOC: West Midlands
FOR: UpRising Leadership and Shropshire Wildlife Trust

UpRising and Shropshire Wildlife Trust are looking for young people, aged 18-25 and based in the West Midlands, to take part in an Environmental Leadership Programme (ELP2). ELP2 is a FREE 9-month Environmental Leadership Programme that focuses on Nature Connection and behavioural change, designed around current environmental topics. It’s flexible and hybrid, with online knowledge and skills sessions, access to exciting organisations and speakers, in-person meetups and the chance to run a group campaign based on an environmental topic important to you. On ELP2, you’ll get the chance to: Create change in your local community and beyond. Develop a stronger personal connection with nature. Connect with like-minded peers. Take leadership and environmental skills into the professional world. Find a pathway into potential green careers. Time: 9 months, in a hybrid, flexible format. 2 hour online sessions every two weeks with in person events and opportunities throughout. If you would like to take part in ELP2, head to our website to find out more, or apply now!

JOB: Young Onset Dementia Buddy
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Various - based at Nosterfield Nature Reserve
PAY: Training Provided
FOR: Lower Ure Conservation Trust

The Lower Ure Conservation Trust is committed to welcoming people from all sectors of our local community to get involved with our work. In recent months we’ve been actively engaging with colleagues from Dementia Forward and looking for ways to make our volunteering activities inclusive for people with young onset dementia. We’re now looking for volunteers to buddy up with people who have early onset dementia to help them engage with our practical conservation volunteering days. If you’re interested in getting into the outdoors, enjoy being in nature and have the ability to work alongside someone to help them get the most out of conservation volunteering this is a great opportunity. You’ll become a key member of LUCT’s well established and welcoming volunteer team. Time: 2.5hrs every other week, possibly becoming every week if this would work for both parties. Either Tuesday or Friday morning from 10am - 12:30pm. Click here to find out more Click here to apply

JOB: Wildlife Trainee Conservation (West Berkshire)
BE4: 20-05-2024 11:59pm
IV: --
LOC: Estovers, Bury's Bank Road, Greenham, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 8BZ
PAY: Training

If you have a real desire to work in Wildlife Conservation, but need to boost your skills and experience, a BBOWT Volunteer Wildlife Trainee position may be perfect for you. With a mix of hands-on experience, role-specific training, and qualifications, our traineeships have a long track record of success in preparing trainees to get paid employment. To get the most out of this opportunity, you’ll need to be available for three days a week for 12 months. You don’t need to be especially knowledgeable, although previous relevant volunteering experience will help you know more about what’s involved. You will have a dedicated mentor, and will benefit from a substantial amount of training, and plenty of experience, learning from our employees and volunteers. You’ll spend most of your time out on our nature reserves gaining practical knowledge and skills in conservation techniques. You’ll also have access to outdoor first aid certification and NPTC chainsaw and have the opportunity to develop an essential network of contacts in the sector. You should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, feel comfortable in teams and be willing to supervise volunteers. Click here to apply

JOB: Gardening & Grounds Maintenance Volunteer Team Days- Monthly Events
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: RSPCA West Hatch

Are you a keen gardener, interested in conservation, an experienced groundsperson, or just have some hours to spare each month, and interested in giving it a go? Could you help us to enhance the appearance and the habitat value of our 22-acre site, alongside like-minded people? RSPCA West Hatch are launching monthly Conservation and Grounds Maintenance Volunteering Team Days on the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 3pm. Our first event will be on Saturday 1st June. We're looking for practical volunteers with a passion for both the outdoors and animals. You will be helping with projects such as preparing, restoring and enhancing habitats for wildlife rehabilitation such as our paddocks, woodlands and meadows. You don't need any previous experience, just the desire to get stuck in and have a willingness to help and get your hands dirty. Contact for more details.

JOB: Voluntary Intern
BE4: 14-05-2024
IV: 2024-05-22
LOC: Keswick
PAY: Out-of-pocket expenses, first aid and brushcutter training
FOR: West Cumbria Rivers Trust

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in working in the environmental sector, participating in conservation and fisheries work on a number of our exciting projects with our dedicated team. There is no typical day working at the Trust but you can expect to be involved in: Our fish and habitat survey programme throughout the summer months alongside our Fisheries Project Officer. Assisting our Invasive Species Project Officer with invasive species surveys, control, and awareness raising. Walkover surveys along riverbanks. Helping at events such as agricultural shows and volunteering days. Helping with education sessions alongside our Learning & Engagement Officers. Shadowing Project Officers to learn about all the aspects of our work. Some admin and comms work to get a well-rounded experience. The successful candidate will be given the relevant training when required and have the opportunity for self-development in the role. Time: 2 to 3 days a week for 6 months. Applications can be via or by emailing

JOB: Trustee
BE4: 03-06-2024
IV: --
LOC: England
FOR: The Countryside Regeneration Trust

Are you passionate about restoring the countryside? About maintaining working farms and woods, promoting nature- and landscape-friendly farming? Do you have professional skills in ecology, conservation, environmental land management, nature-friendly farming, countryside education and/or community engagement, fundraising or marketing, and live near one of our major properties? And ... would you be prepared to offer your time and experience as a Trustee? The Countryside Regeneration Trust is seeking new trustees to help to steer the charity forward at a very exciting time. Time: 10 hours per month. Further information about the charity is available on the website: To apply, please provide a cover letter setting out your relevant knowledge and why the position interests you, and your CV. Please email this to

JOB: Butterfly Volunteer Surveyor - Wild Ingleborough
BE4: 30-06-2024
IV: --
PAY: Full training provided
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

We are currently looking to recruit Volunteer Butterfly Transect Surveyors as part of our Wild Ingleborough project. Wild Ingleborough is a multi-partner, landscape-scale conservation project creating a wilder future for this part of the Yorkshire Dales, and you can be a part of helping this happen! Butterfly monitoring is a vital part of our work in the area, and the project has set up new transects to add to Natural England’s butterfly monitoring in the area. Can you commit to between one survey a week and one a month? As surveys can only be carried out in fine, calm weather volunteers will need have some flexibility if conditions aren't suitable. You will also need to have reasonable physical fitness and be comfortable walking around 2km on each visit, sometimes across uneven terrain. Time: 1-4 days a month between May and September. For more information and to apply visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

JOB: Grower
BE4: 25-09-2024
IV: --
LOC: Radlett, Hertfordshire
FOR: Wild Farm

Volunteering at Wild Farm Radlett. This is a unique experience to work alongside a fun, professional team of food growers on a small market garden near Radlett. Wild Farm has been set up specifically to grow produce for a family of Hertfordshire restaurants and cafes. We are looking for volunteers to help us grow over 60 varieties of fruit and vegetables and over 100 varieties of flowers this season. Come and be part of our organic, no-dig, farm to fork journey! This is an active role in all weathers. There is a certain amount of fitness required including a large amount of bending and kneeling. No experience is necessary but very welcome. Tasks may include weeding, propagation, plant maintenance, compost maintenance, and chicken husbandry. Please email or contact Jude on 07551450579 for an informal chat. Check us out on Instagram @wildfarmradlett @daisyandcopinner

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Ranger x 4
BE4: 20-05-2024
LOC: Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld
PAY: Free on site accommodation & weekly subsistence allowance
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Spend around 10 weeks this summer in beautiful Perthshire learning a wide range of countryside ranger skills under the direction of our knowledgeable Perthshire Ranger. Learn full range of ranger skills including practical conservation, survey & monitoring, public engagement, working with volunteers and working with partner organisations. Great way to immerse yourself in the world of conservation and to build your career. Free bothy style accommodation provided at beautiful Loch of the Lowes. Min 10 weeks, full time commitment required. Must be prepared to live and work with your fellow volunteers. Previous skills or experience useful but positivity and enthusiasm for the opportunity plus a willingness to learn are more important. Roles will be outdoors and practical, will include physical work and will occur in all weathers. Please see volunteer page on our website for more details.

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CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with Chester Zoo published in February 2024

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