Voluntary Opportunities


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

This week's additions are below or go straight to your chosen sector.


button: CJS Focus now published26 pages in total, the lead article is from RSPB; they describe how volunteering can really bring clarity to & boost your career. Sometimes it seems like you’re not getting anywhere but A Focus On Nature urge you not to turn your back on volunteering. The Countryside Management Association lay out some of the ideas for areas where volunteer help could really make a difference to the organisation. Volunteer photographers are helping the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in their work to inform & enthuse visitors. Learn more about the role. The Canal & River Trust run regular work days across the canal network, they outline how work days can be beneficial for you. Find out how you can help the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association by volunteering with them. Volunteer motivation has changed - Kent Wildlife Trust has realised this and are finding new ways to attract volunteers. Read about some of their strategies. Dean Castle Country Park, in North Ayrshire has, with thanks to a grant and a dedicated team, put in place a volunteer programme to be proud of. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities.  Read it here

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 FundraisingpPublic 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.

Find vacancies close to home. Click here.


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. Click here.


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.

Vacancies advertised w/b: 18/9

JOB: Work Experience Placements

BE4: 15/12/2017

LOC: Jersey

PAY: ?

FOR: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Summer placements starting May / June 2018 to September 2018 & year placements starting 1 September 2018 to August 2019. This will give you a unique understanding of working for an international conservation organisation & provide valuable exp to add to your CV showing future employers that you are committed to a career in the conservation sector. There is the chance to develop your skills across a variety of deps incl the mammal, bird, herpetology, lab & veterinary, & marketing depts. There is the opportunity to complete research projects & dissertations during your placement. If you are required to complete a research project during your placement please indicate this on your application. ASK: Chat: Eluned Price eluned.price@durrell.org 01534 860044. Apply: CV & a letter to eluned.price@durrell.org stating whether you are applying for a summer or year placement, & your preferred depts. Info: http://wildlife.durrell.org/jobs/


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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KEY: Quick reference

JOB title

BE4 [Closing date ie Apply BEfore:] IV if given is the interview date


PAY rate [usually zero for volunteers but any benefits are detailed here]

FOR [name of employer organisation]

DEScription [of the job] BUT [they require applicants to have the following:] ASK [for further details and/or application form from:]

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.