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JOB: Social Media Developer
BE4: 31/1/20
LOC: Home
PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed
FOR: The Royal Forestry Society

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is the largest education charity dedicated to promoting the wise management of trees and woods across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The RFS has an active PR and communications programme to connect with its audiences. As the volunteer social media developer you will be liaising with our Communications Officer to plan and schedule social media. This involves compiling and scheduling social media posts and twitter cards as well as analysing impact to further develop the programme. This is an opportunity for someone looking to work within the forestry/woodland management /countryside sectors or in PR and communications to gain hands on experience and achieve tangible results. Approx. 3 days/month. For full details and how to apply see:

JOB: Conservation Evidence Placement
BE4: 13/12/19
LOC: WWT Slimbridge HQ, GL2 7BT
PAY: Accommodation, training & discounts
FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

We are looking to recruit a full-time volunteer for a 12 month period who will help provide support in all of the work undertaken by our Conservation Evidence Department. This will include desk & field based research, laboratory work & data analysis supporting us in our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in conservation. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the science & research activities within an internationally renowned & multidisciplinary research department. If undertaking volunteering as a student placement, guidance for your personal research project is provided by friendly staff with significant experience in their field & strong links with students at a number of universities. As one of the UK’s leading wetland conservation organisations we have a long history of managing wetland sites & species as well as conducting research into wetland wildlife. To apply:

JOB: Living Seas Volunteer
BE4: 5/1/20 (23.59 pm)
LOC: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, West Wales
PAY: Full training provided
FOR: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

We’re looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join our Living Seas Team for the 2020 research season. Volunteers will gain valuable experience whilst helping us to collect data on the marine mammals of Cardigan Bay, run our visitor centre and inspire the public through community engagement events. Volunteer opportunities include Living Seas, ShoreFin and SeaSeal positions and dates vary depending on the role. Interested? Visit for more information and details on how to apply. You can also contact for further information.

JOB: Education & Engagement Volunteer Trainee
BE4: 6/1/20 (noon)
IV: --22/1/20
LOC: Sevenoaks & Tyland Barn, Maidstone
PAY: Training & travel allowance
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

11 months. We are looking for someone to help us in the delivery of our exciting education & engagement programmes. As a trainee, you will gain valuable experience in all aspects of people engagement including education, community engagement & visitor centres. You will be a team player with a desire to share your enthusiasm for the great outdoors with others, especially young people. You will have a responsible attitude, showing common sense & have a flexible approach & willingness to work with other staff, tutors & volunteers. Whilst this is an unpaid post, there is a training bursary & a travel allowance available. For an informal discussion about the post, telephone 01622 662012 & ask to speak to a member of the Education & Engagement Management Team. Visit to download an application pack. Applicants should read the guidance notes carefully before completing the applicant information form supported by a cover note & CV.

JOB: Ecology Group Volunteers
BE4: N / A
LOC: Kent
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Location: Darent, Sevenoaks, Dover, Medway, Lower Stour, Weald Area, Ashford Area, Kent. We're looking for volunteers with a passion for conservation to assist us with carrying out Ecological Surveys throughout the county. Our Ecology Groups have been established to demonstrate the effect of our reserve management work and to assess the quality of the habitats we manage. You’ll be working as part of a team in the field. Typical tasks include identifying and recording plants in various habitats using industry-standard methods. You’ll learn a huge amount through this work, gaining skills to identify plants, provide valuable data and see it used to assist with conservation preservation in your area. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced botanists who will help to develop your plant identification skills. We’ll need you to have an interest in botany and wildlife, although you don’t need a background or any prior knowledge in this, but you’ll want to grow your skills and help us to make a difference to wildlife in Kent. More information:

JOB: Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers
BE4: N / A
LOC: Kent
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the exciting ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ project in The Swale. The Making a Buzz for the Coast project is an ambitious project led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our Bee Road work, helping to conserve rare bumblebees and other pollinators in the Swale. We have a number of different volunteer roles, including wardens on sites and wildlife monitoring. More information:

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteer - Brilliant Butterflies Project
BE4: Summer 2021
LOC: Nature Reserves across South Croydon & Bromley
PAY: Travel & lunch expenses reimbursed
FOR: London Wildlife Trust

London Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Conservation to restore and create valuable butterfly habitat across Croydon and Bromley. Be part of this fantastic project by joining us every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and some weekends, on stunning nature reserve sites including Hutchinson's Bank in New Addington and Dollyper's Hill in Coulsdon. As many or as few days as you can. Tasks may include: cutting back vegetation, building fences, clearing paths, monitoring species and much more. Come to as many or as few sessions as you like, no experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. Spend time outdoors, improve your well-being, meet new friends and learn new skills! For further details contact Anna at: or call 07964 951963. Alternatively, sign up to our newsletter to get full details of our upcoming workday locations and tasks:

JOB: Outdoor Adventure Volunteers
BE4: N / A
LOC: Wiltshire & Swindon
PAY: 0
FOR: The Youth Adventure Trust

We are a charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16 years old. Through a series of residential camps & day activities they build resilience, self-esteem & develop social & life skills. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support young people get the most out of their camp experiences. You will take part in all the activities alongside the young people, encouraging & supporting them, overseeing their welfare & guiding them to work together. Activities are all delivered by qualified instructors. Volunteers must be over 21 years old. Enhanced DBS check & references required. Experience of outdoor activities & working with young people are useful, but not essential. We also need volunteers to support our fundraising challenge events. Volunteers support staff with a range of tasks, incl team registration, marshalling & offering support & encouragement to those taking part. For further information contact or visit or call 07469886523.

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