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JOB: Welcome Volunteer
BE4: 01-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: Living Seas Centre, Flamborough
PAY: Training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Our Living Seas Centre is a gateway to the wonderful marine wildlife found on Yorkshire's east coast. Here you will find a warm welcome, lots of passionate volunteers and staff to enthuse visitors about the marine environment and what they could see on their visit to the east coast. We'd like some new people to join the team and help make our visitors day special. If you enjoy talking to people and being in a busy and friendly environment, whilst making sure people have an inspiring visit in a well-run centre, we would like to hear from you. All training will be provided and volunteers also have access to a free volunteer training programme, which runs throughout the year. Time commitment: we’re flexible and any time you have to help during opening times is great, if it’s only a few hours to a whole day we’d like to hear from you. For more information on the role and for details of how to apply and the volunteer open day visit https://c-js.co.uk/307uZPi.

JOB: Living Seas Ambassador
BE4: 01-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: Various events in North and East Yorkshire
PAY: Training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Are you a people person that loves wildlife? Across North and East Yorkshire we are looking for support at events to inspire people about the marine environment and the work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. We’re looking for Living Seas Ambassadors who will help us to reach even more people. You’ll be teamed up with staff at events to talk to the people we meet there. You will be sharing your passion for wildlife with the people you meet by talking to them and telling our stories and also involving families in simple craft activities. All training will be provided and volunteers also have access to a free volunteer training programme, which runs throughout the year. Time commitment: weekly/once a fortnight /once a month- the role can be flexible to suit volunteer / events the team are attending. For more information on the role, our volunteer open day to apply please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2NamUE7.

JOB: Volunteer Wildlife and Communities Officer North Chilterns Chalk.
BE4: 10-02-2020 5pm.
IV: --
LOC: Toddington, Bedfordshire
PAY: Training*
FOR: The Wildlife Trust BCN

This role will help with all aspects of community engagement work with South Bedfordshire communities (North Chilterns Chalk). The role offers valuable development of knowledge, skill and experience in a wide range of aspects of conservation education and wildlife engagement. The Voluntary Communities and Wildlife Officer will undertake a wide range of tasks including supporting the delivery of community events and activities, and outreach programmes to a range of audiences. One of the challenges the role will undertake with us will be to engage with dog walkers creatively on our reserves. Young people are at the core of our outreach work. The role will help us to increase attendance at Wildlife Youth Ranger Scheme that is aimed at teenagers. An important part of our work is communication with volunteers, target audiences and general members of the public. The role will help support our communications. *Internal training and a small budget for relevant external training. 2 days per week. Contact ruth.sneath@wildlifebcn.org.

JOB: Inspiring People Assistant
BE4: 01-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: Potteric Carr, Doncaster
PAY: Training*
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlfie Trust

Do you love putting a smile on people’s faces and spending time out in nature? We need passionate, inspiring volunteers to share the wonders of nature with people who come to our events at Potteric Carr nature reserve or one of our education group sessions. To help us reach even more people we are looking for people who can inspire others and help us to deliver events throughout the year as an Inspiring People Volunteer. *A training day will run on Wednesday 11 March, 10am until 12:30. This will include information about the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Safeguarding, H&S and how things run generally in the team. Please make sure you are free to attend. Volunteers will also have access to the free volunteer training programme. Time commitment: once a fortnight – once a month. Volunteers will be emailed a diary with future event dates each month and then they can choose which dates to volunteer. For further information https://c-js.co.uk/30iiyR3.

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Education) Windsor Great Park
BE4: 14-02-2020 5pm
IV: 27-02-2020
LOC: Windsor Great Park Environmental Centre, Berkshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

We are on the look-out for an enthusiastic Wildlife Trainee (Education) to help run our environmental centre in Windsor Great Park. You will assist with school group activities, wildlife clubs (Rangers), the parent & toddler group (Nature Tots) & events for families. There may also be the opportunity to assist in the planning & delivery of these group visits & developing educational resources & facilities. This role, based at Windsor Great Park Environment Centre, offers a great opportunity for you to develop your skills in the environmental education field, build experience working with children in an outdoor setting & help to inspire the next generation on this very special site. To start March 2020, 2-3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. For an application form & more information visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2t88opR. CVs will not be accepted.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) Buckinghamshire x 3
BE4: 06-02-2020
IV: 14-02-2020
LOC: Buckinghamshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

We are looking for three voluntary Trainees who are eager to develop a career in conservation and would like to learn alongside our professional team in Buckinghamshire - two based at Meadow Farm near Bicester and one based at College Lake near Tring. Whether you are at the start of your career or looking for a new direction, becoming a Trainee with BBOWT will equip you with relevant experience and qualifications to take that next step. As a Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience is desirable. A commitment of 3 days per week for 6 or 12 months is essential. For an application form and more information please visit our website: https://www.bbowt.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities?type=189

JOB: Assistant Warden Internship Middleton Lakes x 2
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: RSPB Middleton Lakes
PAY: Training included, travel expenses paid.
FOR: RSPB

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a new and developing nature reserve, delivering aims for the benefit of wildlife and people plus developing skills that could help you towards a career in conservation. You will gain: an insight into how a nature reserve functions and how your work fits into the overall management; development of skills necessary for a job in nature conservation; a good understanding of wetland ecology; development of species identification; development of working with others, leadership and communication skills; a mentor who will work with you to aid a personal development plan and organise suitable training during the internship; access to our internal intranet; an opportunity to make contacts within the RSPB; necessary training will be provided for routine nature reserve management; training on CV writing, interview techniques and job applications; a reference on the successful completion of your internship. 3 days per week. Contact: William Fox, 01827 259454 william.fox@rspb.org.uk for an application pack.

JOB: Learning and Engagement Volunteer (Immersive)
BE4: 02-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: Brancaster Activity Centre, Brancaster Staithe
PAY: Training, expenses & accommodation
FOR: National Trust

You will be volunteering as part of a well-qualified and experienced team of staff and volunteers, delivering a wide variety of outdoor activities and environmental studies.  As part of the National Trust, Brancaster Activity Centre offers active and engaging outdoor activities to residential schools as well as self-catering accommodation. The role is varied; including helping lead outdoor activities, helping with the day to day running of the centre, assisting with session development and representing us at events. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in outdoor learning, environmental education and visitor engagement with a well-respected conservation organisation. All required training relevant to your role such as first aid is provided. We'll cover agreed expenses for your travel between home and Brancaster (to be agreed in advance). Room available within a shared cottage in Burnham Overy Staithe, if needed. Time commitment, less than 30 hpw. For more information or to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/373aGVZ.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) College Lake, Buckinghamshire x2
BE4: 10-02-2020 9am
IV: 17-02-2020
LOC: College Lake, Buckinghamshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

As a volunteer Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques ranging from fencing and tree felling to species survey and livestock management. You will take part in a comprehensive training programme, tailored to your role (including first aid and NPTC chainsaw certification) and have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Based at College Lake, near Tring, you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team and learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at this wonderfully diverse site. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering or work experience is desirable. 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. For an application form and more information please visit our website: https://c-js.co.uk/2uW7IEt.

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 02-02-2020
IV: 2020-02-10
LOC: Coniston, Cumbria
PAY: Shared accommodation, work clothing, training
FOR: National Trust

You will be embedded in the Ranger team out in all weathers undertaking a wide variety of practical conservation tasks, access maintenance, visitor engagement and assisting with volunteer groups. Learn about all aspects of rangering from day-to-day tasks to wider land management. Typically volunteering for four days a week for up to 10 months, this role is suitable for someone looking for a detailed and immersive experience of the Ranger role over an extended period. The South Lakes is a large property covering everything from open fell, farmland, lakeshore, woodlands, SSSIs and archaeological sites; plus Wray Castle, Beatrix Potter's house and art gallery. Training and support will be provided from NT Staff, plus formal training in emergency first aid and relevant external training where required e.g. 4x4. Full driving licence (please state on your application). Contact leila.todhunter@nationaltrust.org.uk For more info and application see https://c-js.co.uk/362Ws5W.

JOB: Wildlife Watch Group Leader
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: FSC Slapton Ley, TQ7 2QP
PAY: 0
FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to take over the leadership of our family wildlife watch group. We meet once a month in different places around the south hams (and sometimes further afield) and do activities such as pond dipping, woodland conservation, bird watching, studying owl pellets among many other things. (no meetings August and December). Tasks that the leader would be responsible for: planning and creating a programme of events for each month (with assistance from assistant leaders); taking bookings for the event, via emails (there is a dedicated email address); preparing for events - recce's, risk assessments, preparing resources (supported by assistant leaders); leading events (welcoming members, introducing the event, sometimes leading the events); co-ordinating the assistant leaders (they assist with the events, sometimes lead the event and deal with finance). If you would like to know more email volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org.

JOB: Volunteer Community Ranger
BE4: 09-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Bushy and/or Richmond Parks
PAY: Training & travel expenses*
FOR: The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks are on the lookout for enthusiastic and chatty nature-lovers to become Volunteer Rangers in the amazing Richmond and Bushy Parks. We are looking for people with bags of enthusiasm, that enjoy being outdoors and most importantly love talking to people. Through engagement with our visitors, volunteer rangers make a real contribution to protecting these precious habitats. Our first year was a real success and since the service began in April 2019 rangers have engaged with over 5,000 visitors sharing their local knowledge about everything from walking routes and deer birthing season, to skylarks and ancient trees. *Full induction and training, continued support from a dedicated Volunteer Officer, Travel Expenses up to £12.80 per day. If you are passionate about the parks and want to share your love of these amazing spaces with some of our 5.5 million annual visitors, and are available for a minimum of one 3-hour session per month apply via our website - https://www.royalparks.org.uk/rangers.

JOB: Countryside Ranger Immersive Volunteer
BE4: 27-01-2020
IV:
LOC: Saltram
PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses
FOR: National Trust

An amazing opportunity to enjoy the stunning Saltram Portfolio. Based just outside Plymouth you will have the opportunity to develop invaluable skills in countryside management and assist our Ranger team in habitat management, wildlife surveys, estate maintenance, community projects and events, becoming fully immersed in everything we do. You will be closely supported by the Ranger team, with practical skills training provided externally and in house. There will be opportunities to join National Trust staff across the Trust’s ownership in the south Devon. You will need a full clean driving licence and will have the opportunity to volunteer up to 4 days a week. *Free shared accommodation is provided, along with out of pocket expenses. There is a set budget for some additional, external training. To apply, email a covering letter and CV to douglas.munford@nationaltrust.org.uk Please email if you require a more detailed role profile.

JOB: General Assistant
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Cannock Wood, Staffordshire
PAY: 0
FOR: The Beaudesert Trust

As a charity organisation, we are looking for a number of general assistants to help with: grass cutting and general ground work repairing fences etc.; general basic DIY/maintenance; shop assistants. Please visit our website and download an application form. https://www.beaudesert.org/about-us/join-us

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee
BE4: 24-01-2020 8.30am
IV: 03-03-2020
LOC: Hertfordshire & Middlesex
PAY: Training
FOR: Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

31/3/20 – 31/3/21, Tues, Wed & Thurs. An opportunity to gain experience and training in practical conservation work on over 40 different nature reserves to further a career in conservation and make a positive contribution to the conservation of Hertfordshire and Middlesex’s habitats and species. Training will include NPTC chainsaw units 201-3, Brushcutter, First Aid as well as in-house training in habitat management, ecological surveying and monitoring, tree safety surveying and management planning. Assist the Reserves Team with daily reserve work and work closely with volunteers. There will be opportunities to undertake other aspects of reserve management such as surveying species, livestock husbandry, guided walks and helping with events. You’ll be a committed conservationist educated to degree level or equivalent in a biological/environmental science and ideally have some experience of practical habitat management. A driving licence is required. DBS checked. If you would like to discuss the role, please call Josh Wells on 01727 858901 ext 229 or 07876 508 036. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QZVcwh.

JOB: Long Term Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 16-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Isle of Eigg
PAY: Accommodation & some expenses
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

A four month opportunity to seriously boost your experience, knowledge, career prospects and to experience the culture and unforgettable nature of living on a small island. Undertake a range of tasks and work closely with the seasonal ranger, deputising where necessary. Commitment, previous experience of wildlife monitoring all useful, as is first aid. Most tasks are outdoor, practical and many are physical. Please see our volunteer page https://c-js.co.uk/2uDiUWm.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 22-06-2020
IV:
LOC: North Cornwall
PAY: Accommodation & NPTC diploma*
FOR: National Trust

Vacancies available on the spectacular North Cornwall coast. Work in the Boscastle to Morwenstow area, undertaking a wide variety of practical management & estate maintenance. Includes coastal management, footpaths, fencing, walling, wildlife conservation tasks, interpretation, patrol tasks, environmental education, leading events & working with vol groups. Contribution to bills in shared house. *NPTC diploma in work based environmental conservation. Min 6 months commitment gaining ‘on the job’ experience. Full clean driving licence essential. Interest in & / or qual in rel environmental subject such as countryside management, conservation or environmental science would be useful. Would suit those of a very practical nature, who are physically fit & willing to work outdoors in all weathers. CV & short letter (no more than 2 side A4) explaining why you think you are suitable for the post to jennifer.herbert@nationaltrust.org.uk or Jenny Herbert, National Trust, Boscastle to Morwenstow property office, Stowe Barton, Kilkhampton, Bude EX23 9JW Chat: 01288 331372 or 07854935900.

JOB: Local Access Forum Member
BE4: 21-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Devon
PAY: Mileage rate to attend meetings
FOR: Devon Countryside Access Forum

3 year appointment. The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory local access forum (CRoW Act 2000), an independent statutory forum with appointments made by Devon County Council. It has 17 members who advise on the ‘improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation & the enjoyment of the area’. No formal quals are required & we would love to hear from landowners & managers, access users & people with other rel professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport & business. Formal meetings are held 3 times a year. There are occasional small working groups & a yearly training day. It's an excellent opportunity to work with others on a range of recreational access issues. See https://www.devon.gov.uk/dcaf for details or email hilary.winter@devon.gov.uk.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger Assistants
BE4: 16-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Isle of Eigg
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Spend a month on Eigg working with the seasonal ranger on a variety of practical, surveying & visitor engagement tasks. We are looking for volunteers from May to August to live & work on the island. Great opportunity to boost your CV or to undertake worthwhile tasks in a “get away from it all” location. Must be able to commit to 4 weeks and be willing to live & work with fellow volunteers in shared accommodation. Must be committed to nature conservation. Tasks are mostly outdoors and can be physical. Please see our volunteer page https://c-js.co.uk/35RbLi4.

JOB: Volunteer Reserve Managers
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Bewdley, Worcestershire
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for Volunteer Reserve Managers to help us look after two very special sites near Bewdley: The Helen Mackaness Reserve and Pound Green Common. Our Volunteer Reserve Managers play a vital and engaging role in the management of our sites, from leading practical conservation volunteer work parties in undertaking practical work such as bramble and scrub management, to carrying out maintenance and wildlife surveys onsite. One day a month. This is a great opportunity to gain a deep insight into how we manage these special places for wildlife, working closely with our experienced Reserves Team.  We will give you training in leadership, first aid and tool use as required.  Get fit and get closer to nature. This is a great way to put your skills to good use, helping to make Worcestershire a better place for wildlife and assisting others to do the same!  Interested? Great – get in touch to find out more volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

JOB: School 'Wildlife Assembly' Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Across Worcestershire
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Our school team is looking for more volunteers to join us and help deliver fun and engaging wildlife assemblies for primary schools. Last year our team delivered over 50 assemblies and we are now looking to expand our offer and reach more schools. Short assemblies are pre-prepared for you and will cover clear topics including our Bzzy Bee assembly about wild bees and our assembly based on the ‘Lost Words’ book. The assemblies are interactive and will include games, props and an element of performance. As a School Assembly volunteer you will have the support of the Engagement Officers. You will have the chance to learn new skills. *You will receive health and safety and child safeguarding training, storytelling training as well as any other training needed such as first aid. Time commitment to suit you, Monday-Friday, school hours. To find out more email volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org.

JOB: Volunteer Leader: Youth Group
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Worcester
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for Volunteer Leaders to work alongside our Youth Engagement Officer to help supervise our up & coming youth group ‘Outdoor Origins’. You will be helping us to provide exciting skill-building opportunities for young people between the ages of 14-19. You will be responsible for helping to supervise, guide & encourage groups of young people whilst they undertake a variety of practical & non-practical tasks. Sessions are designed to try & give the young people the best & most varied experience possible so can involve anything from undertaking practical tasks on our nature reserves to skill building sessions incl wildlife ID & green woodworking. *Training in leadership, first aid & tool use as required. You don’t need much experience - just an infectious enthusiasm for our natural world & a willingness to get stuck in.  Time commitment to suit you - monthly / weekly. Interested or want to know more? Get in touch volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org.

JOB: District Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Opportunities across Scotland
PAY: Training, garden visits
FOR: Scotland's Gardens Scheme

Our District Volunteers help our District Organisers and Garden Openers to open private gardens to the public for charity. This is a varied role that includes helping at gardens with admissions, teas, signage and car parking on the day of the opening, as well as publicity beforehand. It's a great opportunity to support different charities, build new relationships, develop your gardening knowledge and visit beautiful gardens. We offer training and support, regional meetings and the opportunity to attend our National Conference. 2-4 hpw. Please contact Julie Golding. 0131 226 3714 julie@scotlandsgardens.org.

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Scottish Borders
PAY: 0
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Scottish Borders red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Berwickshire, Teviot & Rule, Upper Tweed Valley & the surrounding areas. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the networks & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. Further information & to download application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Dumfries & Galloway
PAY: 0
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway’s red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale, Gatehouse, Glenkens, Kirkcudbright, Lower-Nithsdale, Mid-Nithsdale, & the Solway Forests. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the network & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. What we are looking for is someone with availability over a period of time, able to offer 4 days per month & enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels. For further information & to download application form visit https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Please send completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

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