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CJS Focus on Volunteering - now published

40 pages in total, the lead article is from The Conservation Volunteers on how they are inspiring the conservation workforce of the future via traineeships. Keep Scotland Beautiful will launch Spring Clean 2020 soon, why not get involved. Denbighshire County Council talk about the wellbeing benefits of volunteering. Debs Carter on why the best Volunteer Managers were once volunteers themselves. Volunteering can and does make a difference – as evidenced by the Dry Stone Walling Association organised Wallathon in Reeth. We ask the latest Volunteer Ranger at North Norfolk District Council about his experience of the role. FSC Biolinks are keen to tell us about the project and their ID training for biological recording volunteers. A relatively new role, Community Ambassador with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, has proved a big hit. We round up with the reflections on 25 years of advertising volunteer roles and the changes that have occurred over that time from CJS Editor, Kerryn. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities. Read it here

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 20-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: South Devon, Malborough
PAY: Accommodation and training available
FOR: National Trust

This role may interest someone looking for an immersive volunteer experience with National Trust or in the conservation sector. Volunteer up to 4 days a week alongside staff & volunteers, gaining knowledge, skills & experience. Live in shared accommodation, walking distance from the South West Coast Path. The volunteering is predominantly hands-on practical estate management tasks, access tasks & habitat conservation tasks. You will also get the opportunity assist with our amazing events & wildlife surveys. You will use a wide variety of tools, machinery & equipment. A full driving licence is essential, due to the rural location of the office. This role will suit those of a very practical, friendly nature, are good communicators, physically fit, enjoy volunteering outdoors & possibly looking for a career in nature conservation. This role would suit someone who is looking for a volunteering opportunity for up to 30 hours a week across up to 5 days a week for up to 12 months. If you are interested in this volunteer role, what suits you and your circumstances can be discussed further. Contact Jessica Tatton-Brown for more information/application form

JOB: Inspiring People Trainee, Flamborough
BE4: 09-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Living Seas Centre, Flamborough
PAY: Training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The Living Seas team at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is going from strength to strength, with Living Seas really moving up the conservation agenda. We are now entering our 8th year of operation at the Living Seas Centre in Flamborough and our Discovery Room is proving popular with schools and public alike. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed voluntary trainee to help support our team and gain valuable experience through manning the Living Seas Centre, running public events, assisting with and delivering schools education sessions, assisting with our project work and promoting our wider Trust messages within the Living Seas work stream. All training will be provided and volunteers also have access to a free volunteer training programme, which runs throughout the year. 12 month placement, starting late March or early April 2020. 3 days a week, Thurs – Tues, with some weekend days. More information and an application form can be found on our website:

JOB: Inspiring People Trainee, Doncaster
BE4: 24-02-2020
IV: 05-03-2020
LOC: Potteric Carr, Doncaster
PAY: Training budget & travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Potteric Carr nature reserve runs an extensive and successful education and events programme, which is supported by volunteers and trainees. The programme provides an opportunity to gain both experience and knowledge, for someone who is looking to expand on or improve their experience in this area. It is a rewarding and enjoyable role, which will keep you engaged and excited about what each day will bring. The Inspiring People voluntary trainee will be supporting the Inspiring People team in developing and delivering a broad range of educational activities, classes and events. Types of sessions that are run here range from school and community group visits, Forest Tots, home education sessions, half term family events, open days, training events and outreach work. 6 month placement, starting early April 2020. 3 days a week with some weekend days. For more information and an application form, please visit our website:

JOB: Toad Patroller - Project Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Pulborough, West Sussex
PAY: Equipment supplied
FOR: South Downs National Park Authority

Toad Patrols are part of a nationwide scheme run by Froglife to help support the conservation of our native toads. This involves monitoring a stretch of road that toads have to cross to reach their breeding pond(s) in the spring. Patrolling involves collecting the toads from one side of the road – either by hand or by putting them in a bucket - and transporting them to the other side in a bucket. Location: Mill Farm Fisheries near Bury (Bury Mill Farm, Bury, Pulborough, RH20 1HF). Ad hoc depending on weather conditions, but typically a few hours during one evening any time between January and April - you will be contacted to check availability last minute as migration is not something that can be predicted and normally starts around dusk. Skills / qualities: Team working, interest and enthusiasm in nature, enjoys working with animals. Contact:

JOB: New Members
BE4: 14-02-2020
LOC: Powys, Wales
PAY: 0
FOR: Powys Local Access Forum

Residents who cherish the Powys countryside and have the enthusiasm to manage it to the benefit of the public have the opportunity to join the Powys Local Access Forum. The forum acts as a statutory advisor to Powys County Council, Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Government and others in many matters relating to open-air recreation in the county's countryside, particularly local public rights of way matters. The Local Access Forum has a three-year life span, and the Council is looking for suitable recruits to start the new forum, which will meet between two and four times a year. The Powys Local Access Forum is looking for people who cherish open air and recreation in the countryside and have the enthusiasm to make a difference. Please contact the Secretary to the Local Access Forum by writing to Mark Stafford-Tolley, Powys County Council, Gwalia Offices, Ithon Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6AA by telephone 01597 827677 or

JOB: Volunteer Marine Ranger
BE4: 02-02-2020
LOC: Eyemouth, Scotland
PAY: Training & expenses
FOR: Berwickshire Marine Reserve Management Committee

Excellent opportunity to gain interdisciplinary experience working with a unique marine conservation charity. BMR encompasses some of the most diverse and stunning marine environment supporting a variety of commercial and recreational interests. You will be the public / visible arm of the BMR. Activities will include raising awareness of the marine environment through education, public events (particularly along the shore), communications campaigns, community engagement and liaison with stakeholders and user groups. The post is full time, flexible hours and some weekend working. We are looking for enthusiastic self-starters with a passion for the marine environment keen to develop and hone their skills. Excellent spoken and written communication and strong interpersonal skills essential. Photography, graphic design, ID skills, a background in nature conservation, a full driving licence and own transport beneficial. Application form available from or call 01890 752 509 for more information.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: ?
LOC: Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
PAY: Training & accommodation
FOR: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Long term, 3-6 months. We seek a volunteer to work alongside the nature reserve management team and undertake a wide variety of practical conservation work. This includes: a wide range of habitat management – grassland, wetland, woodland, scrub; livestock management, survey and monitoring, data handling plus an opportunity to get involved in education / interpretation/events programme. In house training provided, some funding for formal/certificated training. Accommodation provided in static caravan on site. Please send CV and covering letter to: Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, Gibraltar Rd, Skegness, Lincs PE24 4SU. For more details, tel Kevin Wilson 01754 898079 or email

JOB: Gardener
BE4: ?
LOC: Wraxall, Bristol
PAY: 0
FOR: Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Are you looking for a role within unique surroundings? Do you enjoy meeting new people and learning new skills? Maintaining all our gardens and displays in and around the Zoo. Which could include planting, de-heading, watering and tidying. You will be working closely with our Lead Gardener and our Grounds Team Supervisor. You must be happy to work outside in all different weather conditions, have a good level of fitness, as you will be working across our 125 acre site. You must have good plant knowledge and be aged 18 or over. If this sounds like the ideal volunteering role for you, then we would love to hear from you. You will have a trial of three months, and then we will have a chat with you about whether it is appropriate to make your volunteer role permanent. More information and to apply:

JOB: Research Intern
BE4: 30-01-2020
LOC: New Quay, Ceredigion
PAY: 0
FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) with the running of the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project which studies the population of bottlenose dolphins off the Ceredigion coast. Interns will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer by taking part in the following tasks: land-based surveys; boat-based surveys; photo-identification matching; data entry; raising public awareness; education initiatives and events; assisting with and participation in training courses and other needs of the charity. For more information and how to apply, visit our website:

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger
BE4: 17-02-2020
LOC: Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve
PAY: £1700 certified training & modest travel expenses
FOR: Teignbridge District Council

3 to 4 days per week for 6 months with possible extension to 9 months. This is a voluntary, unpaid opportunity to work at the internationally important Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve. The Reserve is famous for its extraordinary mix of Wildlife, but it’s also a high profile resort with a fabulous landscape. The Reserve supports hundreds of species of flora, including many that are rare and is known nationally for its birdlife, particularly waders and wildfowl. For full details, including job description, person specification and online application refer to:

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger
BE4: 07-02-2020
LOC: Occombe Farm, South Devon
PAY: Accommodation & training
FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

This is a fantastic 9-12 month training opportunity based at Occombe Farm, set in the beautiful countryside of South Devon. The placement gives the opportunity to work on a wide variety of sites and habitats, including SSSI calcareous grassland sites, the award winning Cockington Country Park, LNR Woodlands, and the stunning South West Coast Path. The main focus will be on delivering the practical countryside management programme; some of the key work areas include habitat management and woodland management in winter and coast path cutting, footpath maintenance in the summer. Free basic accommodation is provided on site and there is a budget for relevant training. For further details and application forms please see our website or call 01803 520022 for more information.

JOB: Long Term Volunteers
BE4: 16-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Iceland
PAY: Training
FOR: Umhverfisstofnun - The Environment Agency of Iceland

Summer 2020 - Trail Teams. Volunteers are recruited for 9 weeks to do nature conservation projects in Iceland. The placement starts in June with a training week programme. More information: .

JOB: Education and Outreach Internship
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV: 2020-02-10
LOC: New Quay, Ceredigion
PAY: Training
FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

The Sea Watch Foundation ( is seeking an Education and Outreach Assistant for the 2020 season. This position will suit a volunteer who has a strong interest in marine conservation and recognises the importance of educating and raising awareness by involving the public. The Assistant is required to stay for at least half of the season (choosing Period 1-2 or 3-4; Period 1-2: 13/04 – 19/07; Period 3-4: 20/07 – 25/10) but can also choose to stay the whole season. The assistant is responsible for their own travel; accommodation is provided in a house shared with the Research Interns. Please send your CV and a cover letter reporting any relevant experience you have and specifying the period(s) you would prefer to volunteer for, as well as contact details of two referees, to; Please specify EA APPLICATION into your subject title. Interviews run from 10 - 14 February.

JOB: Area North Living Landscapes Trainee
BE4: 05/02/2020
LOC: Holly Bank House, Thorton Le Moors, Ellesmere Port
PAY: Expenses covered, in house training
FOR: Cheshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for an enthusiastic, determined individual to support our Area North team. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody to gain a broad understanding in a range of conservation work areas including; reserve management, habitat restoration and surveying and monitoring. The skills and experience gained over the course of the placement will put you in good stead for progressing your career within the wildlife conservation sector. You will be good with people and have a true passion for wildlife conservation. Previous experience is not necessary, however, you will be expected to have a baseline understanding of wildlife conservation issues and land management practices. Time commitment, 3 days per week. If you are interested in this volunteer role then please email

JOB: Visitor Experience Volunteer Intern
BE4: 17-02-2020
IV: 26-02-2020
LOC: RSPB Dungeness
PAY: Training and travel expenses (up to 25 miles) paid for.

Visitor Experience Interns help assist with the day-to-day running of the visitor operations and ongoing promotion of the reserve through fantastic visitor experience, interpretation and education. Our RSPB reserves are important havens for a huge range of species, and special spaces for our visitors to get closer to nature. We're looking for a volunteer intern to be part of our team to deliver a great visitor experience! What better way to start your career in conservation by gaining some valuable experience in this area. This Internship is voluntary and non-residential, 3 days a week. Weekends included. Duration: 6 months between March-September 2020. For more information and an application form contact Louise Kelly, Visitor Experience Officer, 01797 320588

JOB: Treasurer
BE4: To be announced
PAY: Reasonable travelling expenses
FOR: British Dragonfly Society

The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) was founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of dragonfly enthusiasts and scientists. The Society has grown substantially since that time and the current BDS membership of over 1,700 is spread the length and breadth of the country, as well as into Europe and beyond. You will work closely with the Trustees, staff and volunteers to ensure the Society’s affairs, its financial viability and financial records and procedures are maintained to the highest standard. You need: an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship; knowledge and experience of the way statutory and voluntary agencies are organised; financial qualifications and / or experience of managing finance activities; experience of charity finance; experience of pension schemes; commitment to the Society; willingness to devote the necessary time and effort; good, independent judgement. For further details contact: Brian Walker, 01235 768707

JOB: Green Leader
BE4: 16-02-2020
LOC: Manchester, Northamptonshire, Birmingham, London
PAY: Training and expenses
FOR: Groundwork UK

Groundwork’s Green Leaders programme helps 16 - 20 year-olds develop their ideas for community green space projects that challenge local attitudes towards the environment. The eight-month programme provides tailored mentoring & support from Groundwork, who will work with young people to develop their ideas into local projects & campaign, providing training on how to become an advocate for young people. Participants will also join a national youth-network of like-minded individuals & become part of a movement to create environmental change in our towns & cities across the UK. Find out more here:

JOB: Seasonal Volunteer Ranger (Events)
LOC: Kelburn Country Centre, Fairlie, North Ayrshire
PAY: Accommodation & weekly stipend
FOR: Kelburn Castle And Country Centre

We have a seasonal volunteer position (residential - a semi furnished room in a shared, non-smoking, house with a resident cat) available for a practical and well organised individual. You need to have a sound work ethic ensuring punctuality, productivity, self-motivation and ability to act on initiative. With the variation offered at Kelburn it is essential to be a team player and be willing to get involved as required to meet the demands of the business. You will support the day to day servicing of the Country Centre and events delivery as well as the wider estate which includes our glamping and camping area and additional onsite facilities. A level of physical fitness is required. Seasonal full time position form 9 March to 31 October 2020. 5 days a week with flexible hours and working weekends. Please email your CV and short covering letter to Joanna Turner, Country Centre Manger

JOB: Education Volunteer
BE4: 31-03-2020
LOC: Mainly Leicester, Oakham and Hinckley areas also other sites in Leicestershire and Rutland
PAY: Training and reasonable travel expenses
FOR: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Do you enjoy wildlife & being outside? Would you like to inspire the next generation about nature? We are looking for committed & enthusiastic volunteers to support our Education Team to run our activities with children (mainly 5 - 12 year olds) & families. Various volunteer opportunities including Wildlife Watch monthly Group Leader; Event Helper & Education / Membership Admin Support. 12 month commitment for 2 days per month average over spring / summer months. Wildlife Watch Leader - monthly on weekend plus planning time; Event Helper – weekends & school holidays; Admin Support - week days, office hours. What’s in it for you? Gain new skills; meet new people; friendly team; training including first aid for those leading children; reasonable travel expenses; volunteering support Want to know more? Go to / contact Rachel Ibbotson, Education Officer for info, application form & friendly interview.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) Warburg Nature Reserve x 2
BE4: 27-02-2020 5pm
LOC: Warburg Nature Reserve, near Henley, Oxfordshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

The role involves practical conservation work on nature reserves & restoring & improving habitats for wildlife. You will help to look after our livestock, repair & install site infrastructure, work with power tools & machinery, carry out species surveys & work with volunteers. Alongside your day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of training. This will incl external training such as the First Aid at Work +Forestry cert & other training such as NPTC cert in chainsaw felling small trees. The position would suit those wishing to develop the skills required to follow a career in the conservation sector. 3 days per week for 6 or 12 months is essential. For more information & to apply: CVs not accepted.

JOB: Headstarting Intern
BE4: 11-03-2020
LOC: Stiperstones, South Shropshire
PAY: Training plus stipend (£100/week)
FOR: Curlew Country

Curlew Country is the UK Lowland Curlew Recovery project, operating in the Shropshire Hills & Welsh Marches. This is a unique opportunity to work with a pioneering project during the Curlew Headstarting Season. Gain first hand avicultural experience & get the opportunity to see these amazing birds. You will assist & receive training from the Curlew Country team & partners in the following areas: identifying curlew territories & nest finding; nest protection using electric fencing in the field; avicultural skills including egg collection, incubation & monitoring, egg & chick development, chick welfare; release pen construction; contributing to social media & attending public meetings, volunteer liaison. Full time placement. Please send a CV & covering letter to See our website for more information

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) North Buckinghamshire x 2
BE4: 28-02-2020 9am
LOC: Meadow Farm, near Bicester, Oxfordshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. 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. You will take part in a varied training programme, tailored to your role (incl outdoor first aid certification and, for those electing to commit to 12 months, NPTC chainsaw). You should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. You will be asked to start the traineeship within one month of interview. There will be a short interview at Meadow Farm, near Bicester.  For an application form and more information visit CVs will not be accepted.

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) South Buckinghamshire
BE4: 28-02-2020 9am
IV: 06-03-2020
LOC: College Lake, Tring
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

Based out of College Lake, near Tring, you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team. 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. You will take part in a varied training programme, tailored to your role (including outdoor first aid certification and, for those electing to commit to 12 months, NPTC chainsaw). Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Time commitment of 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. CVs will not be accepted. There will be a short interview at Meadow Farm, near Bicester. The successful applicants will be asked to start their traineeship within one month of interview. For an application form and more information please visit our website:

JOB: North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- River Projects
BE4: 02-03-2020
IV: 18-03-2020
LOC: York
PAY: Travel expenses and training budget
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Across North Yorkshire, we manage 30 nature reserves and have a number of exciting conservation projects on the go including two river restoration projects on the R. Foss and the R. Wiske. The team carries out practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team assisting with the river restoration projects. You’ll develop skills in many aspects of river restoration, surveying and partnership working through liaison with landowners, contactors and partner organisations.  Office-based work will include researching, writing and developing management plans, preparing and supervising contract works, GIS and mapping, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration. Time commitment, 12 months, 3 days a week. To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website

JOB: Conservation Ecologist
BE4: 28-02-2020
LOC: Alderney, Channel Islands
PAY: Accommodation and assistance in finding parallel paid employment
FOR: Alderney Wildlife Trust

40 hpw, flexible timing to support other paid work. This is a focused work placement where you will be expected to take on significant levels of responsibility incl leading ecological surveys & reporting the results. Alderney Wildlife Trust promotes the conservation of Alderney’s terrestrial & marine wildlife & associated habitats. Assist with implementing the conservation strategy for the terrestrial reserves incl: conduct a range of ecological surveys for the reserves & use these results to inform conservation action, in conjunction with the Conservation Officer; help establish a new GPS tracking study on Alderney’s hedgehog population; participate in national biological recording schemes such as NBMP, UKBMS & BCT beewalks; assist in maintaining the infrastructure of the reserves & buildings. Full details & application form

JOB: Spurn Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee
BE4: 02-03-2020
LOC: Spurn Point, East Yorkshire
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The role is based at Spurn, runs for 6 or 12 months, covering 3 days a week, with some weekend days. It comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. The role will start in early April 2020. Are you passionate about wildlife and nature? Do you love using that passion to inspire others? Do you need to gain experience and make your CV or application stand out to potential employers? Then read on to find out about the Inspiring People Voluntary Traineeship at Spurn National Nature Reserve, which is currently open for applications. You will spend your days delivering events, offering a warm welcome to people visiting, ensuring a high standard of publicity and engaging with visitors, to ensure that everyone who comes to us has a fantastic experience. Please see our website for more information, role description and application form. Completed application forms should be emailed to

JOB: Spurn National Nature Reserve Trainee
BE4: 02-03-2020
LOC: Shipley
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Starting early April 2020 for 6 or 12 months, covering 3 days a week, with some weekend days. It comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. Are you looking for a career in conservation? Do you need to gain experience and make your CV stand out to potential employers? Then read on to find out about the Reserves Voluntary Traineeship. As a Spurn National Nature Reserve Trainee you will carry out and be involved with a broad range of tasks. This role encompasses every area of our work so you will be involved with the habitat management and conservation work, learn about grazing and how to work with the grazing animals, carry out habitat and species survey work, engage with visitors and assist at events, carry out monitoring of some of the historic features on site and complete infrastructure maintenance work. Please see our website for more information and to apply

JOB: Wheels for All – Cycling Activator
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Halewood, Knowsley
PAY: Training, expenses, clothing and social get together
FOR: Cycling Projects

Do you have a passion for cycling at a community level? or Would you enjoy supporting people with learning disabilities and physical impairments to have a go at cycling? If yes, then Wheels for All would love to hear from you! There are several volunteering roles that fall within the title of Wheels for All - Cycling Activator (you can take on as many roles as you wish). Supporting people to ride a variety of adapted disability cycles - either as a pilot (riding a tandem bike for two people) or as the passenger of a tandem bike, where the participant is the pilot. Finding and selecting the most appropriate cycle and helmet for participants. Enable and teach participants how to ride a variety of adapted bikes and build confidence. Supporting with the general maintenance of the cycles. Working as part of a team. Cycling session administrative duties. Time commitment, 3 months. Email:

JOB: Chair
BE4: 09-03-2020 9am
LOC: Cumbria
FOR: Cumbria Local Nature Partnership

Cumbria Local Nature Partnership is seeking to recruit a new Chair. Can you help lead 'Nature Recovery' and promote the changes needed for a Natural Capital approach to economic development? The Cumbria Local Nature Partnership (CLNP) is searching for a senior level high profile individual who can provide leadership and act as an influential advocate for the Partnership’s purpose, vision and functions. Whilst not necessarily drawn from an organisation/background working for the natural environment they must understand the importance to Cumbria of a healthy and robust natural environment. They must also have experience of, and strong links to the business community, and must want to help ensure the natural environment is managed sustainably for the benefit of nature, people and the economy. For full details of the role and further info about our work visit: If you would like to discuss the role further, call Paul Evans on 01539 816 300 or email

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer
BE4: 06-03-2020
LOC: Mid & West Cornwall
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Join the Mid & West Cornwall Nature Reserves Teams as a Trainee & gain skills vital for starting a career in the wildlife & countryside sector. You will learn practical conservation & land management across a range of habitats & develop your wildlife knowledge & volunteer leadership skills. Formal training package to incl chainsaw, tractor, first aid, brushcutter & pesticides application. Species ID & surveying courses are available. We have an excellent track record of Trainees going on to find employment in the conservation sector. Rel quals desirable but not essential. You must enjoy working outdoors & be physically fit to undertake practical tasks. A commitment of 4 days a week for 9 - 12 months & a full UK driving licence are essential. Send CV & covering letter to quoting Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.

JOB: Residential Visitor Experience Intern - Dorset
BE4: 09-03-2020
LOC: RSPB Arne, Dorset
PAY: Training / accommodation provided on site

This role is a unique opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the visitor operation on a busy nature reserve, & a perfect opportunity for someone looking to build a career in conservation. We are looking for someone who is keen to learn, shows initiative with the ability to work as part of a small team. Good people & communication skills & an approachable personality are essential for this role. You will be adaptable, self-motivated & ready to turn your hand to the multitude of different tasks required. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for wildlife & an interest in conservation is. Two placements, one starting in March for 12 months, & one starting in May for 5 months - 37.5 hpw with regular weekend & evening working. Please contact the RSPB Arne office for more information 01929 553360,

JOB: Cumbria Conservation Undergraduate Student Placements
BE4: 26-02-2020 5pm
LOC: Kendal & South Walney
PAY: Training, travel, accommodation &/or bursary
FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

We are offering 2 exciting opportunities to undergraduate students reading an ecology, wildlife or conservation related degree, to spend a sandwich placement with Cumbria Wildlife Trust. South Cumbria Placement – with a bursary of £2500 based at our Kendal office and focusing on our south Cumbrian reserves. South Walney Placement – with accommodation (incl all utility bills) primarily assisting the warden with the running of a suite of nature reserves in the south west of the county. Although precise detail will vary, both will work across our nature reserves, whilst gaining valuable experience in practical conservation and ecological tasks, with a particular emphasis on practical work including infrastructure maintenance, habitat and species monitoring and management and visitor management and engagement. Starting around mid May 2020, 4 days per week, for at least 9 months. Full driving licence and own transport essential. Please see our website for full role descriptions:

JOB: Canoe Safari
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: WWT Slimbridge
PAY: Training, travel & discounts
FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

At WWT we believe that the best way for people to understand & connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close & let it do the talking.  At Slimbridge Wetland Centre, visitors can explore unique wetland habitats & the amazing array of birds, mammals & amphibians that inhabit them. On the canoe safari, visitors can take to the water to see the wetlands & wildlife from a new perspective. You will assist our canoe safari team by greeting our visitors, assisting with the day-to-day operations & by helping our visitors enjoy a memorable experience every time they visit.  Ideally once a week, for either a few hours or a whole day. Volunteer in an inspiring environment & get closer to nature. Great way to learn new skills. Make a real contribution to the conservation work of WWT. For more information, visit

JOB: Visitor Engager
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: WWT Slimbridge
PAY: Training, travel expenses & discounts
FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

At Slimbridge Wetland Centre visitors can explore unique wetland habitats and the amazing array of birds, mammals and amphibians that inhabit them. Visitor Engagers are out and about in the grounds, on hand to provide opportunities for visitors to learn about WWT, and help them have a great day out whilst at Slimbridge Wetland Centre. They bring to life the work of our researchers at our Arctic Adventure exhibit and explain our conservation techniques in our new walk-through duckery. They inspire visitors with the breadth of wetland species in the Waterscapes Aviary, and carry out spotlight talks about our collection birds, leaving visitors with a deeper understanding of our centre. Ideally at least one half day a week. Volunteer in an inspiring environment and get closer to nature. Great way to learn new skills. Make a real contribution to the conservation work of WWT. Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK. For more information:

JOB: Community Gardening Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Belfast
PAY: Training, expenses, fresh veg!
FOR: Groundwork Northern Ireland

Groundwork NI welcomes volunteers to help us manage and maintain our beautiful gardens in the heart of the community. We have community gardens in North, East and South Belfast all with capacity for more volunteers. By volunteering in the garden you’ll have access to a horticulture specialist who can help you learn more about sowing, growing and planting in a fun and friendly environment. We provide full training to all our volunteers so whether you’re a gardening guru or growing novice there is always something to do and learn and there is a real reward for your time as you see the garden blossom throughout the year. Minimum 2 hours per week/fortnight. For further information about our volunteering opportunities contact:

Immersive Volunteer Ranger role - National Trust, Black Down Estate

Logo: National Trust

c.30 hours per week for a period of 6-12 months (maximum 12 months).

The role involves, for example, spending time with the Ranger team across the Black Down Estate, assisting with our events programme, helping to look after the basecamp and the volunteer groups which stay there, maintaining the biomass boiler, coordinating our small-scale sustainable food production by looking after the basecamp vegetable garden and chicken run. The successful candidate would get an opportunity to develop their experience of countryside conservation on an estate with a variety of habitats including woodland, grassland and heathland as well dealing with small herds of in-hand cattle.

Trustee - National Biodiversity Network

The NBN provides digital infrastructure to facilitate the sharing of wildlife information in the UK. The Trust is looking for a new Trustee who will also act as Treasurer, a key responsibility which is crucial to the good financial governance of the Trust. This is a voluntary position which is likely to require a commitment of approximately 18 days per year with some days requiring travel to London for weekday meetings. Trustees are appointed for an initial three-year term, with an option to renew for a second term.

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In Depth Features. An index of articles about volunteering from CJS Focus editions dating back to 2005. Articles cover both participant and co-ordinator points of view. The adverts will most likely have closed for applications but the contact organisations can proof be useful. 

Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.  Explanation of the headings here.