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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: 15/7


A Touch of the Wild

Would you like to help inspire children about the fabulous nature and wildlife that can be found in Devon?

A Touch of the Wild run exciting activities for all ages in the woods on the edge of Exeter. We are looking for volunteers to help weekdays and weekends at our Education groups, Family events and holiday club.

  • Closing Date: 14/08/2019
  • Sector: Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South West
  • Posted: 17/07/2019

JOB: Trainee Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 24/7/19 5pm

IV: 31/7/19

LOC: Fort William

PAY: £100 pw accommodation allowance available

FOR: Nevis Landscape Partnership

Two full time, 10 week, Trainee Volunteer Ranger opportunities starting Monday 19 August. The positions will provide hands-on experience of conservation work & habitat management. Working alongside our Footpath & Conservation Officers, you will gain experience in footpath maintenance, woodland regeneration, habitat management & species monitoring. Rel training incl outdoor emergency first aid & mountain awareness will be provided. Opportunities to attend workshops & community engagement events & network with conservation professionals from our partners & other locally based conservation organisations. ASK: Role description & application form: http://bit.ly/1UWook4, rory@nevispartnership.co.uk, 01397 701088.

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Country Park Ranger

BE4: 29/7/19

IV: 5/8/19

LOC: Cockington Country Park, Torquay, Devon

PAY: Training & accommodation*

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Want to learn and gain experience in a land-based sector?  Gain a range of transferable skills? Contribute to the care of an historic country park? Becoming a Trainee Country Park Ranger is a fantastic opportunity to discover your potential, gain new skills and confidence, which may help focus build your career path. This opportunity could well be the next step into gaining employment in this diverse and exciting sector. Help us deliver the continued rejuvenation of Cockington Country Park. *Free shared accommodation in a restored 16th century gamekeepers cottage, in the heart of the park. £1000 training budget i.e. NPTC, Lantra and in house training. Use a range of machinery: strimmer, hedge trimmer, mowers, chainsaw, leaf blower. Assist with grass cutting, maintaining paths, park furniture. Look after a conservation area landscape. Help lead volunteer groups, engage with visitors. Ideally 9-12 months commitment.  ASK: For further details and to apply: http://bit.ly/19lpBql

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Local Wildlife Sites Officer

BE4: 29/7/19 9am

LOC: St Albans, Herts.

PAY: Out-of-pocket expenses paid

FOR: Herts Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust is the leading local charity working to create a Living Landscape rich in wildlife, for everyone. As part of the Wider Countryside Team, you will: gain experience & training in surveying & monitoring of Local Wildlife Sites & make a positive contribution to the conservation of Hertfordshire & Middlesex’s habitats & species. Assist the Local Wildlife Sites Officer to maintain & develop the LWS survey programme, coordinate & carry out LWS surveys, & to review outputs using a combination of on-site surveying & a variety of datasets & other digital tools. You’ll be a committed conservationist educated to degree level or equiv in a biological / environmental science subject. A basic understanding of Hertfordshire's habitats is required, as well as a high level of computer literacy. 3 days a week (22.5 hours) for 12 months. ASK: For role description & how to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2xMaMRH

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Ranger

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: Swanage, Dorset

PAY: Training, shared on-site accommodation

FOR: Dorset Council

Fantastic 3-6 month practical training opportunity based at Durlston Country Park set in the beautiful countryside of Purbeck. Durlston Country Park is a 320 acre National Nature Reserve on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The placement is for a volunteer Ranger with the main focus being practical tasks to deliver our conservation management plan & engage with the local community. You will be working alongside other Rangers & volunteers with tasks incl scrub clearing, path maintenance, assisting with events, educational sessions & surveys. Essential: we are looking for an enthusiastic person to come & join our team, willing to work outdoors in all weathers & have good interpersonal skills. Desirable: some practical or conservation exp an advantage, but full training provided. ASK: Further information: Doug Hart 01929 424443, durlston@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: 9/8/19

LOC: Clandeboye, Northern Ireland

PAY: Training

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone. TCV Tree Nursery Clandeboye have been growing native trees from locally collected seed for over 30 years. We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life to help out with tasks at the nursery. These include collecting and preparing seed, planting and growing on; preparation of beds and general maintenance of the site; planting trees, lifting and grading. Tasks change throughout the year. Contact us to find out what’s on this month. Volunteers don’t need to commit to any set hours although we would be very happy to see you any time during our opening hours of 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday. Volunteers need to be reasonably fit due to the nature of the work and able to follow health and safety instructions. A volunteer welfare form must be completed which includes a criminal record and health declaration. Over 18s only. Full training provided ASK: Contact Kausalya, kausalya.gibson@tcv.org.uk, 07801685995

JOB: Residential Volunteer Warden

BE4: 5/8/19

LOC: Exe Estuary, Devon

PAY: Accomodation and training


We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the Exe Estuary team. Help manage for breeding lapwing, freshwater ecosystems and farmland birds including the iconic cirl bunting at Labrador Bay. The job varies with the seasons, the majority being practical habitat management and estate work tasks including hedgelaying, mowing and maintaining fences. You'll get training, mentoring, and lots of first-hand experience. There are opportunities for surveying, working on public engagement events, developing leadership and more. If you’re looking for a career in conservation this is the place to start. The ability to work in a team is essential, as is enthusiasm. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an interest in wildlife and conservation is. Be prepared to work outside in all weathers. Work can be physically demanding especially in winter. Accommodation within walking distance is provided. Minimum age 18, driving licence essential. 2-4 months. Start: ASAP. ASK: Applications / questions to rebecca.longden@rspb.org.uk (01392 833311).

JOB: Volunteer Officer - People & Wildlife (Events)

BE4: 30/8/19

LOC: Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

PAY: Travel expenses & training

FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Our aim is to raise awareness of the state of nature, generate support for the Trust and to protect the natural world. We are looking for a Volunteer Officer to work with staff and volunteers alongside third party providers, visitors and members of the public, to respond to emails and to support delivery at family events based at Northumberlandia. 2 days per week until end of Feb 2020. Experience of event coordination and delivery along with good communication skills are required - with a confident and friendly approach and be able to write replies to emails. You will also be comfortable with Microsoft Office, have a full, clean driving licence with a general knowledge of wildlife and nature. We will give you full training and help you to develop your skills and experience in the understanding of conservation and environmental issues and the ability to engage and enthuse other people. ASK: Please visit to apply https://www.nwt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

JOB: Learning & Community Assistant

BE4: 31/7/19

IV: wb 12/8/19

LOC: Gibside, Gateshead

PAY: Free accommodation*

FOR: National Trust

12 month trainee residential volunteer opportunity to help in the preparation & delivery of educational activities offered to school & community groups at Gibside. You will support the day to day operations of the stables bunkhouse, plan & deliver fun family engagement activities, including Wild Child birthday parties, engaging events & help create interpretation for visitors to enjoy.  *Including utility bills except telephone/internet. Basic food costs reimbursed. Funding for training specific to this role is available. This role will suit people who… enjoy working with children & people of all ages & abilities & who are looking to develop their own skills & experience of working in the heritage sector to enhance their CV. We are open to people from lots of backgrounds who enjoy talking to people, like getting stuck in & working as a team to provide positive experiences for others. ASK: Please send CV & cover letter to elizabeth.jenner@nationaltrust.org.uk. Any questions please call 01207 541200


Other Useful Information.

If you are unable to commit to a long term placement but would still like to do a little voluntary work have a look at the Pratical Work Days page which has details of specific tasks occurring over one or two days.

For possible sources of funding have a look at the Grants and Funding page.

For some suggestions on how to enter the countryside sector and pointers on how to get your perfect post read our Helpful Hints guide.

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