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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: 03/12

Volunteer Ranger x 2

North Pembrokeshire

Accommodation & training

5 days a week for at 12 months.

Join the North Pembrokeshire Ranger team on the spectacular North Pembrokeshire coast and inland heaths. Working alongside staff & other volunteers, you will gain knowledge, skills & experience in countryside management, whilst ensuring the protection & enhancement of the environment for all to enjoy.

  • Closing Date: 18/12/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Wales
  • Posted: 20/11/2018


The Welsh Perry and Cider Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the production of cider and perry in Wales and greater appreciation of these natural craft drinks.

The Society now has vacancies for Directors to join its Board on a voluntary basis to assist in the management and running of the Society and to help steer it towards further project funding.  Directors are responsible for the Governance of the Society, setting the strategic direction and financial management

  • Closing Date: 21/12/2018
  • Sector: Administration, support and IT. Publicity and Fundraising
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Wales
  • Posted: 04/12/2018

Countryside Assistant (Access)

Countryside Estate Team

Salary £10,920 pa (£10 per hour for 21 hours per week) fte £18,200 pa

If you have a passion for the countryside, enjoy sharing knowledge and engaging with others whilst undertaking practical tasks, this part time, outdoor role is for you. The core role of the Countryside Assistant is to encourage greater access and participation within the countryside estate managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, ensuring it is safe and welcoming with opportunities for volunteers and visitors to get stuck in.

  • Closing Date: 04/01/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Visitor Management
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 06/12/2018

JOB: Residential Volunteer Internship - Central Highland Reserves & Loch of Strathbeg

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Inverness (Central Highland Reserves or Crimond, Aberdeenshire (Loch of Strathbeg)

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: RSPB Scotland

We are looking for 4 people that want the opportunity to develop their skills & exp with the goal of achieving employment in the conservation sector. 5 days per week for 12 months. *2 people will be based at Central Highland Reserves (Inverness) & 2 at Loch of Strathbeg (Aberdeenshire). You will be involved with the running of the reserves, surveys, habitat management, working with volunteers & office based tasks.  We will provide you with training, incl certified courses, each internship will provide opportunities for you to take advantage of to gain skills, knowledge & exp. Free accommodation (incl utility bills), training rel to the role (specific training will vary on the location of the internship) & opportunities to further develop your skills & exp. You must be 18 or over, have a full manual driving licence & a demonstrable interest in conservation. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2TU9vSC or contact isabel.morgan@rspb.org.uk. Your application will be sent to both reserves for shortlisting.

JOB: Soak It Up Project Voluntary Trainee x 2

BE4: 7/1/19

IV: 17/1/19

LOC: York or Doncaster

PAY: Travel expenses and Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

2-3 days a week for 6 months. We’re on a mission to teach people all about Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) with our fantastic new project- Soak It Up! We’re proud to be delivering this engaging new project in partnership with Yorkshire Water, through the project we will deliver a programme of events and practical works with schools across north and south Yorkshire that will life the profile of SuDs. As a Soak It Up Voluntary Trainee you will be involved in project delivery, that will help young people to understand the reality of the urban water cycle and how small interventions can help improve drainage and take pressure out of our existing drainage systems. There are two roles available, one based in York and the second in Doncaster. ASK: Please see our website for more information and application form. https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv

JOB: Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee x 2

BE4: 7/1/19

IV: 17/1/19

LOC: York and reserves across North Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days per week for 12 months. Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out vital practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups & carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance & protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for two new voluntary trainees to gain valuable experience within this team & develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. Both roles will be split between office-based tasks & practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves throughout North Yorkshire, with most time spent at our nature reserves. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage sites & part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities. There are the following roles available: role one - Harrogate & Ripon Reserves with York head office as a base & role two - Hambleton, Ryedale & Scarborough Reserves with York head office as a base. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv

JOB: Trainee Ranger

BE4: 31/12/18

LOC: Branscombe, East Devon

PAY: Travel and training

FOR: National Trust

3 1/2 days per week (Monday - Friday). Kick start your career with this trainee ranger placement with the National Trust. The East Devon Countryside team are looking for a trainee ranger to join the team in Branscombe. You will receive on the job training as you carry out countryside tasks incl coppicing, hedgelaying, step building, scrub clearance & fencing tasks. You will also complete external training courses (chainsaw, polesaw, chipper, brushcutter & pesticides) that are kindly sponsored by the Sid Vale Association. Applicants must be 18+, have a full, clean manual driving licence & live in East Devon. ASK: To apply please send your CV & cover letter to lucy.buckingham@nationaltrust.org.uk. For further information call 01297 680507

JOB: Wildlife Advisor Big Garden Birdwatch Volunteer


IV: 28/12/2018

LOC: Sandy, Bedfordshire

PAY: Training & expenses


January to February 2019, flexible commitment. We would like a volunteer to join the wildlife team in Supporter Services, helping us to answer the emails & letters we get regarding our biggest annual campaign, Big Garden Birdwatch. We receive lots of correspondence before, during & after the Big Garden Birdwatch, regarding how to take part, how to submit results, bird & other wildlife ID, feeding advice & how to make gardens more wildlife friendly. The Supporter Services department aims to engage people in regard to wildlife & this role would be key to us fulfilling this objective, by reaching as many people as we can & connecting them to nature. You’ll get to share your wildlife knowledge with others & develop your skills. We have lots of resources you will have access to & you’ll be working with a team full of people with expert wildlife knowledge. Requirements: wildlife knowledge to ID birds & other UK wildlife; computer literate incl MS Outlook. Understanding of what the RSPB does & customer service exp desirable. ASK: Contact: Emma Whiteway, RSPB, The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL 01767 680551 emma.whiteway@rspb.org.uk


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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