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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: 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

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In Depth Features. An index of articles about volunteering from CJS Focus editions dating back to 2005. Articles cover both participant and co-ordinator points of view. The adverts will most likely have closed for applications but the contact organisations can proof be useful. 

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

8 articles and 96 voluntary roles along with lots of volunteering opportunities across the UK so have a look through the regions for something you can get involved in.

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