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JOB: Volunteer Ranger (Immersive Role)
BE4: 18-07-2022
IV: --
LOC: West Exmoor Coast
PAY: Expenses, training to support the role
FOR: National Trust

Do you have a passion for nature and the outdoors? Do you want to help protect and enhance our environment and wild places? Are you looking for an immersive experience to develop skills in practical conservation management? If your answer is yes, then come and join our fantastic team of dedicated staff and volunteers on West Exmoor and help to protect amazing landscapes and wildlife on the spectacular North Devon Coast. As part of our Land, Outdoor and Nature vision you will carry out a diverse range of activities, from practical countryside management to wildlife monitoring, making a real difference and gaining skills and experiences through the seasons. We can offer shared accommodation during your time here so you can undertake this role (bills included). No skill or previous experience are needed as all training will be provided; just enthusiasm, determination and a desire to learn. Time: up to 30 hrs / week, up to 12 months. For details contact:

JOB: Residential Volunteer- Isle of Coll
BE4: Please apply ASAP
IV: --
LOC: Isle of Coll, Argyll and Bute
PAY: Accommodation (including bills), appropriate training will be provided

We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic and practically-skilled residential volunteers to help ensure our landholding is suitable for farmland birds through agricultural operations such as grazing and cropping. You will have the opportunity to build on your existing practical skills whilst working alongside the reserve team and learning more about land management for farmland birds and other wildlife. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. This volunteering position is based on the reserve so on your doorstep will be some of the best wildlife views in the country. If it sounds good to have barnacle and greenland white-fronted geese within 100 m of your window, then Coll is the place for you! Plus there’s breathtaking sandy beaches, a vibrant island community and fantastic star gazing opportunities. Time: any 4 weeks, or more, during the period 12th September-end of October 2022. For more information please visit our website here

JOB: Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee - Southern Reserves
BE4: 20-07-2022 9am
IV: --
LOC: Reserves across South Yorkshire but based in the office at Potteric Carr, near Doncaster
PAY: Competitive training programme, travel expenses and individual training budget included!
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The South Region 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. This involves the management of 21 nature reserves including our ‘Gateway Site’ at Potteric Carr. The South Yorkshire reserves team currently have capacity to support and supervise a voluntary trainee 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. There will also be opportunities to help lead guided walks and other events. The role is based at our South Yorkshire Gateway site, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, but will mainly involve work at our other nature reserves in South Yorkshire. 3 days per week for 12 months. For more information and to apply, please visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website

JOB: Volunteer Beach Warden
BE4: 31-08-2022
IV: --
LOC: Holme Dunes
PAY: Training, expenses
FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help us protect and monitor the breeding shorebird populations at NWT Holme Dunes and neighbouring beaches during the spring/summer. The role involves patrolling near the breeding shorebird cordons on Thornham Beach, Gore Point and Old Hunstanton Beach, recording wildlife activity, behaviour and reaction to any disturbance (human or otherwise) and monitoring nests, chicks and breeding success of our target species; Little tern, Ringed Plover and Eurasian Oystercatcher. It also involves speaking to members of the public, informing them of the need to stay away from the roped-off areas and educating them about shorebirds. This role would suit someone with excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to deal with a wide range of visitors in a tactful and diplomatic manner. Time: half or whole day a week. If you are interested in this role please email for an application form.

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger
BE4: End of July
IV: --
LOC: North Cornwall
FOR: National Trust

We currently have a vacancy for a Volunteer Ranger to join the Boscastle to Morwenstow Ranger team in North Cornwall, an area covering coastal cliffs, woodlands and lowland meadows. Assisting the ranger team on this property, you will be able to get involved in day-to-day practical tasks, public engagement, and gain an understanding of wider habitat management. We’re looking for someone who can join us in this immersive role for four days a week, for up to 12 months. In-house and external training will be provided to enable you to undertake this role safely and confidently. Onsite accommodation maybe provided if required. This fantastic opportunity will suit those who enjoy working outdoors, and are looking to gain experience to develop a career within the conservation sector. A driving licence is advantageous for this role. Contact: Chris Flower at or call 01288 331372 for more details.

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger
IV: --
LOC: West Cornwall
PAY: Induction, training and accomodation provided
FOR: National Trust

Immersive volunteer opportunity, up to 12 months, developing skills in conservation management, working to help protect historic landscapes and wild places and deliver outstanding outdoor experiences. Working with the West Cornwall countryside team at sites across West Penwith, Mount’s Bay and Godolphin Estate. Please see the role profile in the link for some more details:

JOB: Crom Gardener Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
PAY: Travel expenses, training
FOR: National Trust

The Volunteer Gardener role at Crom Estate is ideal for anyone who is interested in gaining experience in the world of horticulture. Spring & summer: these are the seasons that are our most busy and fruitful in the garden. As the garden springs to life, so do the grass and weeds, so weekly maintenance is key to a beautiful garden. Autumn & winter: this is generally thought to be a quiet time of the year for gardening, but it’s actually a very important time to make plans for the seasons ahead. For further information please contact:

Learning Team and Reserves Team Internships - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Develop your knowledge, skills and experience to gain future employment in conservation. Many talented people want to pursue a career with a conservation organisation but lack the necessary skills and experience. Our voluntary internships provide essential skills and experience required through work based learning and training.

Trainee Reserve Officer - Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Logo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Location: Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Contract Length: 12 months

Contract Type: Part time, Temporary/Fixed Contract

This exciting volunteer post will give you vital experience at one of the UK’s best nature reserves. Based at Rutland Water Nature Reserve’s purpose-built Volunteer Training Centre you will have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the nature reserve; including habitat management, wildlife recording and monitoring and community engagement.

Trustee - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Hours: 5 per month


Could you be one of our new Trustees? Are you passionate about Yorkshire’s wildlife? We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board in October. We are looking for individuals who share our vision of creating a Yorkshire rich in wildlife, making Yorkshire that little bit wilder and bringing people closer to nature.

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