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JOB: Residential volunteer- Portmore Lough, Northern Ireland
BE4: 30-06-2022
IV: --
LOC: Portmore Lough, Northern Ireland
PAY: Accommodation (including bills) and appropriate training will be provided

Are you passionate about nature conservation? If so and you like a new challenge, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for two long term residential volunteers to help with the habitat and estate management and species monitoring at Portmore Lough nature reserve over the autumn and winter. You will gain practical experience in conservation land management. Practical work will vary from habitat management of the fen and wet grassland habitats for a range of wetland species, to assisting with livestock management and the maintenance of visitor infrastructure. Survey work will include wintering wildfowl and wader monitoring. You must be 18, and a full clean driving licence is desirable due to the remote location of the reserve. Time: 3-6 months. For more details, please visit our website here

JOB: Chair and Trustees
BE4: 11-07-2022
IV: --
LOC: Remote based
FOR: Ancient Tree Forum

The Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) is seeking a Chair and two trustees to embrace the exciting opportunity to strengthen the future of an influential environmental charity. For the role of Chair, we are looking for someone who: Is a collegiate leader; Has a flexible approach; Is well-connected with other environmental organisations; Shares ATF’s values, strategic direction & vision. For the trustee roles: A trustee with skills, knowledge, and experience in ancient and other veteran trees desirable, with skills in related or wider environmental knowledge as essential. Please see the longer list in the candidate pack. A trustee with understanding and experience of the charity sector/civil society’s operating and environment and at least one other desirable skill/experience from the person specification. Please see the full list of skills, knowledge and experience we are seeking in the trustee person specification section of the candidate packs on our website.

JOB: Educators, Speakers or Nature Walk Leaders
BE4: 31-07-2022
IV: --
LOC: Greater Manchester
PAY: Expenses covered. access to RSPB internal ConSci lectures.

We are looking for a wildlife lover with a love of education the public who would feel confident guiding bird walk or delivering talks for community groups. Whether you have a background in ecology, conservation or are just a self-taught, seasoned birder - if you love sharing your passion with others, we'd love to hear from you. The tasks may include the below but are adaptable to areas of interest and expertise. Preparing and delivering talks on birds or other wildlife. Leading guided walks. Researching locality-specific wildlife and features. Developing education resources. Demonstrating and delivering creative activities. This role provides an excellent opportunity to donate your time and skills to have real impact on our work - you can bring nature to life for new audiences and win hearts and minds in the fight to save our environment. Further details and apply here:

JOB: Immersive volunteer ranger - SE Cornwall
BE4: 30-05-2022
IV: --
LOC: South East Cornwall
PAY: Accomodation can be provided in order to volunteer
FOR: National Trust

You'll volunteer to support a team of rangers in a glorious part of south east Cornwall. With training and guidance, you’ll be side by side with everyone else volunteering to complete a multitude of tasks. The role will cover most aspects of countryside management, including but not limited to, habitat conservation, infrastructure maintenance, public engagement, survey tasks and relative aspects of compliance and Health and Safety. A considerable asset here in SE Cornwall is the diversity of habitats and landscapes on offer so the role will involve tasks across a number of sites including woodland management on Semi Natural Ancient Woodland (SNAW) and Plantations on Ancient Woodland sites (PAWS) and woodland creation on former agricultural land. Also, coastal grassland management and monitoring on coastal slopes across the portfolio, species rich grassland restoration within an organic farming system and wood pasture creation. Time: flexible up to 12 months. To apply: Questions/more info:

JOB: River Monitor Volunteer
BE4: 13-06-2022
IV: --
LOC: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Near Doncaster
PAY: Full training will be provided
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Do you want to be involved in helping to monitor the health of our rivers on your doorstep? How about contributing to our river catchment surveying, helping us to better understand how to help the freshwater creatures that inhabit our waterways? If so, then this role will be perfect for you! Freshwater habitats are vital for life. They host a large proportion of the worlds biodiversity yet are threatened by growing populations, human intervention, and climate change. By monitoring the creatures that live in these habitats, we can determine the current ecological health of that area. Riverflies are made up predominately of three types of insects being caddisflies, mayflies and stoneflies. These along with aquatic invertebrates, act as an early warning sign and are sensitive indicator of water quality, you could say they are the canaries of our rivers! Time: Flexible – monthly. For more information and to apply click here

JOB: Crom Gardener Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
PAY: Travel expenses, training
FOR: National Trust

The Volunteer Gardener role at Crom Estate is ideal for anyone who is interested in gaining experience in the world of horticulture. Spring & summer: these are the seasons that are our most busy and fruitful in the garden. As the garden springs to life, so do the grass and weeds, so weekly maintenance is key to a beautiful garden. Autumn & winter: this is generally thought to be a quiet time of the year for gardening, but it’s actually a very important time to make plans for the seasons ahead. For further information please contact:

Dynamic Dunescapes Immersive Volunteer - National Trust

Logo: Dynamic Dunescapes

Location: Woolacombe
Pay/Benefits: Training relevant to role, travel & lunch expenses and free accommodation available if necessary

Time: 30 hours/week for 12 months

Volunteering in this role will give experience and develop skills in nature conservation and engaging with the public, helping to build enthusiasm and understanding of our conservation work at Woolacombe. You’ll learn how we plan and deliver nature conservation and access, work with partners and develop events for families and schools.

Immersive Volunteer - National Trust South Downs West

Logo: National Trust

Hours: up to 30 hpw
Contract Length: up to 12 months
Want to help some of the UK’s rarest habitats not only survive, but thrive? The South Downs West team are offering an immersive volunteer experience helping look after some of the most spectacular sites in the South Downs, including the highest point of the National Park, SSSI heathland, chalk downland, lowland meadow, and wet woodland created by beavers.

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