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New section: Volunteering from home. Ways you can volunteer during the coronavirus outbreak.

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image of a mortar board and the message: Congratulations to the class of 2021

As lockdown lifts and the promise of a more normal life hovers on the horizon our graduating students should be celebrating the end of three (or more) year's hard work to gain their diplomas and degrees. After enduring the most unusual and stressful of final years they leave the world of academia behind and head off to start their careers they are looking at a more uncertain future than any of us can imagine. It's a hard enough time setting out looking for your first 'real' job in a profession that you hope is going to sustain you, body and soul, for the rest of your working life and we all know how difficult it is in the countryside and conservation sectors at any time. To help our next generation of rangers, ecologists, wildlife warriors, landscape managers and environmental educators CJS once gain wants to give each of this year's graduating class a graduation present of a full year's subscription to CJS Weekly.

If you know any students graduating this year please send them the details of our graduate gift, there are more details and the form to sign up here

Rest assured this is a genuine gift, no hidden catches or sudden requests for money, just CJS trying our best to help the sector.

JOB: Our Bright Future Youth Forum Representative
BE4: 09-08-2021
IV: --
LOC: UK based (national)
PAY: Training and Experience
FOR: National Youth Agency

The Our Bright Future Youth Forum is opening recruitment to all young people aged 13-24 who would like join. You would be joining an inclusive space where young people share their ideas, interests & plans to shape the direction of the Youth Forum & the projects that you would like to work on. The Youth Forum is in an exciting transition phase as it works on what it wants to evolve into by the end of 2022. You could be part of this. If you’re interested in knowing more, go to our typeform which includes a role description & intro pack as well as the form to sign up to our induction session. If you would like to ask any questions, email/text Lydia 07702835211.

JOB: Summer Visitor Experience Assistant
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: WWT Martin Mere
PAY: Training and discounts
FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

At the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust we believe that the best way for people to understand and connect to wetlands is to experience them so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close. You will be directly involved in shaping our visitors’ unforgettable experiences through your warm welcome, your interaction with them and the information that you provide. We need friendly, outgoing people to help with pond dipping activities, the canoe safari, visitor services desk and to support the duck hunt event. Ideally suited to a student that would like some short term volunteering experience to add to their CV, or someone who is looking to get back into work. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. Training opportunities will be provided. Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge. We are looking for one or two days a week from 21 July to end of August. For more information, and to apply, please see our website at:

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Officer
BE4: 06-08-2021
IV: --
LOC: Northampton / Wellingborough
PAY: Limited travel expenses, training
FOR: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust

A Volunteer Reserve Officer role is suitable for someone looking to gain the hands-on experience needed to begin a career in practical wildlife conservation. Up to 3 placements are available within the Northamptonshire reserves team. You will gain experience in aspects of habitat management for conservation, including practical, survey and office-based skills. As well as gaining knowledge and experience, you will also get opportunities to work with and lead volunteer groups, participate with in-house training and receive external training in chainsaw, brushcutter and First Aid. Applicants should have a valid driving licence 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. Candidates can apply by completing the application form found here: and sending the completed version to

JOB: Livestock Checker Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: East Yorkshire
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

We would like some new volunteers to join the livestock checkers that help us monitor the welfare of our animals when they are grazing our reserves. Our Hebridean sheep are currently grazing at Cali Heath and Jeffry nature reserves until the end of September. We hope that any new volunteers who join us this year will also be able to check the sheep next year when they return.1-2 hpw. You can find more information about this role on our website If you would like to apply please complete the application form and return it to

JOB: Inspiring People Volunteer- Wild Ingleborough
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Ingleborough, North Yorkshire
PAY: Travel Expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Do you love wildlife and sharing your enthusiasm with others? We are looking for talented volunteers to bring the Wild Ingleborough project to life through a programme public events for children, families and adults. You'll be assisting with the preparation and delivery of many fun events for all ages. Time: flexible. To find out more about this opportunity and how to apply visit our website

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