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JOB: Residential Conservation Internship
BE4: 16-07-2023
IV: --
LOC: East of England
PAY: Accommodation including bills

We are looking for individuals to join our volunteer conservation internship programme starting in September 2023. We have 6-month positions at Old Hall Marshes and Minsmere reserves. Accommodation including household bills will be provided. Old Hall Marshes and Minsmere are internationally important sites hosting a wealth of wildlife in varied habitats. We want you to be involved in all aspects of reserve management and to play a part in improving how the reserves are managed for the diverse range of wildlife they support. To learn more and to apply please visit:

JOB: Wilder Humber Volunteer
BE4: 20-06-2023 5pm
IV: --
LOC: Spurn Nature Reserve, HU12 0UH
PAY: Access to YWT internal volunteer training programme
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The iconic Humber estuary is also one of the most important natural features and conservation sites in the UK. These habitats are critical for marine biodiversity. For example, seagrass provides rich nursery habitats, breeding and feeding grounds for a vast array of marine and oysters are ecosystem engineers that work tirelessly to keep our seas healthy and clean - filtering 200 litres of water per day! We’re after a team of volunteers to provide support to our Native Oyster Restoration Officer and help us to deliver this exciting project which will see us: Restore and enrich nearly 40 hectares of protected habitats and rebuild the Humber’s lost native oyster population to over half a million oysters; restore 30 hectares - in the 40-hectare area - of lost seagrass meadow at Spurn Point. For more information and to apply for this role please visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's website

JOB: Trustee (Voluntary Board Member)
BE4: 26-06-2023
IV: --
LOC: Nottingham
PAY: Expenses can be covered by agreement
FOR: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is a local charity working to protect, create and enhance spaces where people can connect with nature. We are seeking to mobilise more people than ever - a mass movement - to take action for nature and climate. We are firmly rooted in, supported by and accountable to the communities of which we are a part. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our board of Trustees to help lead the charity and support the management team in driving the delivery of our strategy and securing the resources needed to deliver our goals. Several Trustees will retire or come to the end of their terms in the near future. We are looking for people with broad experience but would particularly welcome applicants with conservation knowledge and expertise of community engagement. Time: 5-6 evening meetings per year and occasional away days. More information

JOB: Voluntary Officer - Practical Conservation
BE4: 30-06-2023
IV: --
LOC: Leeds
PAY: Training bursary provided
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

The Practical Team at TCV Hollybush are looking for passionate and motivated people to join our team! We would especially like to hear from people currently underrepresented in the environment sector. Volunteer Officers are involved with planning and supervising practical conservation projects throughout Leeds and West Yorkshire. The scope of practical work is very broad, varying with the seasons. Conservation tasks include tree and hedgerow planting as well as small construction projects such as ponds, raised beds and footpaths. You may also assist with social media and publicity, public engagement and environmental education. The post holders will be integral members of our team and will gain experience and develop skills in conservation and people management. A training bursary will be made available to fund training in First Aid, H&S, leadership, Safeguarding and machinery operation (training budget linked to time commitment). Ideally 3 days p/week for 6 months. Please contact: Danielle at

Resident Volunteer - The Shallowford Trust

The Shallowford Trust is recruiting Youth Farm Volunteer, to join our team for 3-12 months to work alongside existing staff at an exciting time in the growth of this charity.

The Shallowford Trust works with disadvantaged young people and families as residential and day visitors, delivering programmes on educational farm and outdoor learning.

We are looking for candidates who are adaptable and resilient, ready for a challenge and supportive of the ethos and values of the Shallowford Trust.

Shadow Volunteers - Forestry England

Logo: Forestry England

Forestry England's Shadow Volunteer scheme puts successful applicants into the heart of managing the nation's forests. Supported by a beat team you will shadow and be mentored by an experienced member of staff as they carry out their day-to-day tasks. You will be given training and develop on-the-job skills and experience during your volunteer placement, which can run one to three days a week for a period of six months. As your placement comes to an end you will be given guidance and support in looking for and applying for employment in the forestry sector with new skills and valuable experience to support you.

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