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Countryside, conservation and ecology full and part time voluntary placements including wildlife work and environmental education, updated weekly.

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Administration, support and IT.administration and office support roles including IT.
Arboricultureworking with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.
Community and Volunteerscountryside and greenspace community work, e.g. helping with allotments or with a green gym, managing other volunteers and similar.
Countrysidecountryside work, ranger / warden type posts includes all practical and countryside conservation and management
Ecologyecology and biodiversity including fieldwork, scientific research and projects
Environmental and Outdoor Educationenvironmental education, field studies and work with children and young people 
Horticulturehorticulture, gardening, permaculture and manual estate work
Publicity and FundraisingPublic relations, marketing and membership tasks includes social media
Rights of Wayaccess and all public rights of way related work.
Visitor Managementvisitor engagement & events management
Wildlife Work and Animal Careanimal and wildlife work, including interpretation also animal care e.g. wildlife hospital and animal rehabilitation and some agricultural roles


Voluntary opportunities with an occasional commitment requirement e.g. a few hours a week, one or two days a month.

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Vacancies advertised w/b: 18/2

JOB: Murlough Volunteer Boardwalk Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down

PAY: Training

FOR: National Trust

Working with the Boardwalk Ranger, you will carry out formal inspections of all parts of the boardwalk network including way marking, signage, interpretation and the boardwalks themselves and will look at sustainable ways to repair / replace boardwalk. You will be working with a broader team of countryside staff and volunteers on the property and delivering an excellent service to visitors. If you have a friendly and enthusiastic manner and enjoy working outside in particular, this role may suit you. This role can be physically demanding and you may be on your feet all day in all types of weather. Why not become part of a friendly and dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working on a Nature Reserve? ASK: There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our ‘Join In’ web page for more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Murlough Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Murlough National Nature Reserve

PAY: In-house Training

FOR: National Trust

The volunteer positions here at Murlough are essentially practical conservation based but there are opportunities to get involved in environmental education, flora / fauna surveys & guided walks. You would be involved in scrub clearance, habitat management, path maintenance, litter clearing. You will learn outdoor practical skills, gain an understanding of how habitats are managed, improve your communication skills & get your hands dirty while enjoying the great outdoors. If you have a friendly & enthusiastic manner & enjoy working outside in particular, this role may suit you. This role can be physically demanding & you may be on your feet all day in all types of weather. Why not become part of a friendly & dedicated team & gain invaluable exp working on a nature reserve. ASK: There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our Join In web page for more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Education Guides

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Murlough National Nature Reserve

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Volunteer Learning Guides help with and / or lead guided schools visits in the magnificent setting of Murlough. The team will also help with Wildlife Educational Events run on the property. Our Education programmes are linked to the aims of the National Curriculum. Nature, the Environment and Conservation are all given inspiration through our enhanced learning programmes and workshops which help children understand more about the world around them. You could be taking children on a mini-beast hunt and finding out all about the habitats of our indigenous animals. If you are outgoing, flexible and passionate about education and are happy to work outdoors, or if you enjoy a variety of work, like meeting people, working with children, having a friendly, helpful nature, please join our small team. ASK: There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our Join In web page at https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Mountain Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Murlough National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: National Trust

Work as part of our dedicated ranger & volunteer team on the breathtaking Mourne Mountains which covers approx 526 hectares & forms a very important part of the Eastern Mournes ASSI & SAC. You will be providing much needed support for our existing mountain rangers in our exciting Mournes Path Improvement Project. You will be working with contractors & getting involved with the repair &, where necessary, replacement of the c7km path on Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland's highest peak & Slieve Commedagh. If you are interested in working outside in mountainous terrain, & would like to be part of a small friendly team, please apply.  ASK: There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our Join In web page for more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, BT92 8AJ

PAY: Accommodation*

FOR: National Trust Fermanagh

25 - 30 hpw for up to 1 year. Assist in the management of Crom Estate, working on a wide range of practical conservation skills. Monitoring work including compilation of fauna surveys & botanical quadrats / transects. Invasive species control. Environmental education & interpretation work including website articles & press releases. Maintaining good working relationships with tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities & local authorities. Welcoming & liaising with visitors by providing information & guidance, which may include public speaking & guided walks. Undertaking such other appropriate practical & administrative tasks. This role will suit you if you: enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions; work well as part of a team; have an appreciation & enthusiasm for the wildlife & the outdoors; prepared to undertake physical work; full driving licence essential. *Various household bills, travelling expenses, on the job training, & potential certified training (as & when needed by property). ASK: Email jade.blair@nationaltrust.org.uk for more info.

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / Uniform / Expenses

FOR: River Stewardship Company

2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Residential Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset

PAY: Accom. Incl Meals & Training

FOR: Magdalen Environmental Trust

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c. 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. We teach volunteers basic animal care, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. Experience not essential as we can teach you. As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved.   ASK: Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cornwall

PAY: Training

FOR: Wild Futures The Monkey Sanctuary

Minimum stay is two weeks & maximum three months. Help clean the monkey enclosures, prepare their food & enrichment. Help with children's workshops & in the café, gardening & help in the day to day running of the sanctuary. No quals or experience required, just a willingness to be involved. ASK: More details from Antony Williams will@wildfutures.org

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) & / or Epsom (Lower Mole)*

PAY: Experience

FOR: Surrey Countryside Partnerships (Hosted By Surrey County Council)

Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc.) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team.  Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). ASK: Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: Myplace Ecotherapy Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Lancashire

PAY: Training / Expenses

FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Up to 4 hours per week. Myplace works with people who have physical or mental health issues and / or are experiencing long-term unemployment. We aim to empower people, encouraging them to take action, participating in environmental activity that has positive benefits for their own health and mental wellbeing, as well as for their local community. We do this through the delivery of 5 themes of Ecotherapy: Conservation, Growing, Nature Walks, Mindful Environments and Bushcraft. Volunteers are needed to help support our weekly sessions which are delivered across East, West and Central Lancashire for all ages (13+). This role will suit people who are empathetic with good interpersonal skills and are able to work with people from all walks of life. ASK: If you would like to make a difference in a person’s life whilst developing new skills and knowledge then get in touch: myplace@lancswt.org.uk 01772 872007

JOB: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR, Aberarder, Kinlochlaggan, PH20 1BX

PAY: Accommodation / training provided

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Min one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. ASK: Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email Linda Simpson on volunteer@nature.scot

JOB: Visitor Experience Assistant

BE4: Starting March

LOC: Loch Garten Osprey Centre

PAY: Training


An outgoing and friendly personality. Passion and enthusiasm for the natural world and conservation. A basic level of understanding of local flora and fauna and of the RSPB’s work. Confidence to engage with visitors from all over the world and from different cultures. Can-do attitude towards membership resulting in more conversations regarding support and, ultimately, more new members. Time commitment 37.5 hrs / week. ASK: If you think you would be interested in this opportunity please follow the link https://c-js.co.uk/2GEyuVC

JOB: Residential Volunteer Visitor Experience Intern, RSPB Leighton Moss

BE4: 8/3/19 12 noon

LOC: RSPB Leighton Moss

PAY: Training / expenses


Full time - 9am-5.15pm five days per week incl weekends, 6 month duration. Live on an RSPB Reserve!  We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with proven experience of delivering high standards of visitor-facing customer care, to work with our Visitor Experience Manager. You will need excellent people skills and an infectious ability to enthuse and inspire our visitors.  This is a great chance to work with other people who care about conservation.  You will gain experience in management of a popular RSPB visitor centre and working with a team of staff and volunteers. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for wildlife and an interest in conservation is.  You must be able to work as part of a small team, be adaptable, self-motivated and willing to turn your hand to many different tasks.  Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but you must be happy working outdoors in all weathers and confident talking to visitors. ASK: Contact jon.carter@rspb.org.uk, tel 01524 703017

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) Warburg Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire

BE4: 11/3/19

IV: 22/3/19

LOC: Warburg Nature Reserve near Henley, Oxfordshire

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. As one of our 20-30 Wildlife Trainees, you will have a fantastic opportunity to learn through hands-on experience as well as more formal training, all designed to give you the skills and qualifications you need to gain paid employment in conservation. Your role will involve practical conservation on the reserve; restoring and improving habitats for wildlife. You will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, operate power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys and work with volunteers. We would like you to be able to chat to visitors and deliver guided walks after some training and there is also an opportunity to assist other Oxfordshire teams with environmental education and events. Alongside the day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of training. ASK: For more information about the role please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2S2vDb5

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 1/3/19

LOC: North East Ranger Service / Crathes Castle

PAY: Accommodation / training

FOR: The National Trust for Scotland

Full time with weekend & occasional evening work. Min 4 months. Based at Crathes Castle & covering other NTS properties in the region, you will be involved in practical conservation work, biological recording, environmental education & visitor management. You will assist with guided walks & events, regular patrols, camera trapping for wildlife monitoring (including pine marten & wildcats) & promotion of the Ranger Service on social media, invasive species control & trail maintenance. Volunteering with us is ideal for individuals with a keen interest in the environment & excellent interpersonal skills who wish to gain valuable experience & offers the opportunity to work as part of a team & learn new skills. Along with on the job training there will be opportunities to participate in training days through the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) which the Ranger Service helps to run. Full clean driving licence desirable but not essential. ASK: Apply online https://www.nts.org.uk/volunteering/opportunities/. More information: Judy Baxter (Head Ranger), jbaxter@nts.org.uk, 01330 844810

JOB: Volunteer Marine Programme Assistant

BE4: 17/3/19

IV: Skype interviews expected to be held w/b 1st April

LOC: Lamlash, Isle of Arran

PAY: Expenses*

FOR: Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

WWe are seeking two individuals with the skills and enthusiasm to help COAST at their new Marine Activities and Learning Centre - The Octopus Centre -  on the shores of Arran's community-led No Take Zone and Marine Protected Area. They will be assisting in Centre management and visitor experience, communications and outreach. We are looking for two volunteers to work closely with staff, local volunteers and research students to support the development of our new hub. We are seeking highly motivated individuals to join our friendly team this summer. These roles will involve being the first point of contact for our visitors and volunteers so it is essential the volunteers project a positive and knowledgeable image of COAST and ensure everyone who visits or calls feels welcome and is well attended. *Subsistance package negotiable. ASK: For full details of the post, please see our application pack: https://c-js.co.uk/2BCuYrx

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 28/2/19

IV: 28/02/2019

LOC: Berry Head NNR & SSSI, Brixham

PAY: £1000 training budget & free on site accommodation

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Start date: March/April 2019. 9 to 12 month placement. To assist with delivering the practical countryside management programme, assist with ongoing scientific studies, stock handling & public engagement. Living on the reserve, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the most important sites in the region. The ranger team, based at the NNR, work with volunteer groups & help to staff the visitor centre. The successful applicant will initially assist then eventually lead events such as Bat Walks & volunteer work parties. Working duty weekends & occasional evenings will be required. These placements are a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the day to day management of a National Nature Reserve through the changing seasons. Those selected for interview will have the opportunity to come & spend a day on site, with a reserve tour & practical session in the morning & interviews in the afternoon.   ASK: Any queries please call office on 01803 882619.

JOB: Volunteer Conservation Traineeship

BE4: 13/3/19 noon

IV: 13/03/2019

LOC: Rainton Meadows, Houghton-Le-Spring

PAY: Attractive training package

FOR: Durham Wildlife Trust

An enthusiastic person with good communication skills, dedicated to nature conservation and working with people is required to assist in the delivery of the Trusts varied range of habitat and access management across its 37 nature reserves. Working with our accomplished volunteer teams you will gain valuable experience in volunteer leadership, reserves management and project development. You will also gain skills and experience relevant to communicating the importance of nature conservation to the public and in generating the resources required to deliver nature conservation activities, & of ecological survey techniques, particularly for protected species, by supporting the work of the Trust’s ecological consultancy. In addition an attractive training package is available which includes;- Chainsaw, Pesticides, First Aid, Off Road (4x4), ATV, Brushcutter qualifications. A contribution towards mileage is available. Requires commitment for a minimum of 12 months, working 4 days p/w. ASK: Full role details can be found here https://durhamwt.com/jobs/ Apply: Chris Jones, Living Landscape Officer (North) cjones@durhamwt.co.uk or 0191 584 8949.

JOB: Cumbria Conservation Undergraduate Student Placement

BE4: 26/2/19 10am

IV: 26/02/2019

LOC: South Walney Nature Reserve

PAY: Training & accommodation*

FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

We are offering an exciting opportunity to an undergraduate student reading an ecology, wildlife or conservation related degree, to spend a sandwich placement with us which will give you the unique opportunity to develop conservation skills & knowledge across many of the Trust’s reserves. Full training will be given to carry out a range of reserve tasks including ecological surveys, monitoring, practical site management and facilities maintenance. *A training bursary of £2500 is available as well as shared on site accommodation. It is expected the placement will start late April/early May 2019, 4 days per week for at least 9 months. Regular evening & weekend work is expected. Due to the nature of the site an independent & self-reliant style of working is required. ASK: Please see www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk for the full role description. For further information contact Sarah Dalrymple, Reserves Officer & South Walney Nature Reserve Warden, sarahd@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or 01229 471066. Apply with a brief CV & covering letter admin@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Plumgarths, Crook Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8LX

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 10/3/19

IV: 10/03/2019

LOC: Teignbridge, Devon

PAY: £1700 training allowance & travel expenses

FOR: Teignbridge District Council

To help manage the internationally important nature reserve at Dawlish Warren. To support the ranger team and work with the reserves volunteers. You will be helping to deliver the reserves management plan, and environmental management agreements. In addition you will be helping deliver environmental education programmes, assisting the public and representing the Council to thousands of visitors. During your work at Dawlish Warren you gain valuable first hand, frontline experience, with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge on a high profile site which carries many levels of designation, huge ecological diversity and large visitor numbers. ASK: To view full details of the job advert/description and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2BCO80z

JOB: Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer

BE4: N / A

IV: 15/03/2019

LOC: Blackdown Hills

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: Blackdown Hills AONB

We are working with Paignton Zoo to safeguard the future of crayfish by identifying ‘ark’ sites where native crayfish can be translocated & perhaps one day be put back into the river. Ark sites in this case are lakes & ponds where crayfish can lived safely & breed away from the threat of invasive species. This is a vital part in the long-term protection of this native species in the Blackdown Hills. Three potential new ark sites have been identified & now need further regular monitoring during 2019, before crayfish can be released in 2020 & we are looking to recruit a volunteer to assist with this process. The volunteer will be trained & supported by AONB staff & a crayfish specialist to collect & analyse water quality samples from potential ark sites to confirm suitability. You need to have the following skills: ability to work safely in an outdoor setting; good attention to detail & ability to understand survey methods & accurately record data; a methodical approach & comfortable using sensitive scientific equipment (full training provided); own transport; ability to work as a team with project staff. ASK: Get in touch with the AONB Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sammy, sfraser@somerset.org.uk

JOB: Marketing Assistant Internship Volunteer

BE4: 30/4/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

To gain experience in marketing working in a social enterprise horticultural nursery alongside the General Manager. Key tasks are to assist in the development of a new brand identity for the nursery and working with creative agencies pitching for build of a new website; after which to manage content. To help develop and organise the onsite and digital events calendar. To help work on fundraising campaigns for the charity for a large expansion project as part of the 25th Anniversary. ASK: Any interested applicants should email karen@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543 or written applications to Karen Hall Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR.

JOB: Administrative Assistant Internship Volunteer

BE4: 30/4/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

To gain experience for a career in horticulture, or the charitable sector, working within the horticultural operations team at a well-established social enterprise nursery. A registered charity for 25 years, Mires Beck provides horticultural therapy training to adults with learning difficulties. We run a successful wholesale and onsite retail business, specialising in plants and conservations habitat species. We are expanding and looking for a 2-3 day a week person to catalogue items, complete records for plant traceability, follow orders from the garden centres and update teams on information needed in the production and preparation process. ASK: If you are interested in this post please contact lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543, or applications by post to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk

JOB: Horticultural Health & Safety Administrator Volunteer

BE4: 26/4/19

IV: 26/04/2019

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

The work at a social enterprise nursery & conservation site, for an admin based role helping to formalise the H&S policies & procedures manual, updating records, filing documentation into relevant sections & ensuring all onsite work has follow through of communicating hazards/risks/safe work practises. To help finalise the Business Continuity Document to then help communicate the appropriate actions & succession plans. ASK: Any interested person should email lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543, or applications in writing to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk


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