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JOB: Cumbria Natterjack Toad Recorders
BE4: 12/03/2021
IV: --
LOC: Home based, field work across the Cumbrian Coast
PAY: Training
FOR: Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust

Volunteer recorders are the eyes and ears of ARC’s national monitoring scheme for the rare natterjack toad. Volunteers are sought to take part in surveys at a number of locations across the Cumbrian coast. Locations include the east of the Duddon Estuary between Walney Island and Foxfield Station, Millom, Drigg, Mawbray and Silloth. You will be friendly, engaging and enthusiastic. You should be willing to work alone in the field and have some computer skills allowing data input electronically at home. Skills in amphibian identification are desirable but not essential as training will be given. The time commitment is flexible but individuals willing to dedicate a day a week to surveys between April and August are preferred. Volunteers must be local to the sites listed above and willing to start lone working surveys in April 2020 (Covid-19 restrictions allowing). Training in amphibian identification, field surveys and data management provided. For more information, please contact Yvette Martin at

JOB: Learning & Event Voluntary Trainee
BE4: 15-02-2021
IV: 01-03-2021
LOC: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, near Doncaster
PAY: Training & travel expenses*
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for a new voluntary Trainee who is great with people of all ages and has bags of enthusiasm for wildlife and learning. You will be involved in planning a diverse events and education programme at Potteric Carr nature reserve in Doncaster working with families, adult learning, and sessions aimed at improving health and wellbeing. You will be assisting with the development and delivery of a wide range of environmental education activities, family events during school holidays, Forest Tots sessions, talks, workshops, training events, home education sessions, open days and school visits. Interviews via Microsoft teams. The role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, comes with a competitive training budget (£600 for a 12 month placement), access to the internal volunteer training programme and travel expenses (up to £10 a day). This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is wants to have a career in the environmental education sector. To apply please visit our website or email

JOB: Community Farm Volunteer
BE4: 01-10-2021
IV: --
LOC: Bidston, Wirral CH43 7PH
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm

Tam O’Shanter Farm is a fantastic free educational resource for members of the local community. Here at the farm we have lots of different animals including sheep, hens and even alpacas! In addition to the animals there are vegetable patches, wildlife areas, play areas and events all of which need a helping hand from passionate people like you! If you choose to volunteer with us, you might find yourself planting bulbs or mucking out the ponies, greeting people in our kiosk or painting the fences alongside many other aspects involved in running a community farm. You’ll gain a variety of different skills in customer experience, animal husbandry, conservation and practical skills. Join our current volunteers to help make the farm a wonderful place for all to enjoy. Regular ongoing training, travel expenses & refreshments provided. Time commitment at least 1 day a week. Please contact

Conservation and Access Volunteers - Dartmoor National Park Authority

Logo: Dartmoor National Park Authority

2 x 12-month placements from April 2021

Based at Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA), Bovey Tracey, Devon

This 12-month Conservation and Access Volunteer placement is an exciting opportunity for two graduates to consolidate skills and knowledge in applied conservation and access management. Hosted by DNPA, this is a partnership project with Natural England (East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve) and the Woodland Trust and the successful candidates will work across variety of sites in one of England’s most loved landscapes.

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