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New section: Volunteering from home. Ways you can volunteer during the coronavirus outbreak.

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JOB: Wild at Home Volunteer Officer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Home-based
PAY: Marketing / digital content training
FOR: Wild Ideas

We want to support communities to stay healthy & wild during this difficult time. If you share this aim, could you be our Wild at Home Volunteer Officer? You will undertake wild activities at home & create blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube & / or Instagram content from your activities. You will be passionate about conservation & wildlife & keen to support a wide range of people to participate in & share wild lifestyle activities from home & garden. Responsibilities include: research & understand our target audiences & how to create targeted content for them; research industry-related topics on which to produce content; conduct keyword research & optimise content; research & share relevant content of other similar organisations; research trending content on social media; propose new, improved outreach ideas. 0.5+ days a week. Contact Debs if you want to make a real difference to lives through natural well-being support & advice: or 07786444816.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any day Monday to Thursday. You are free to choose your commitment but if you volunteer, you must be available for a full day. A varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Grangemouth to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. Information from

JOB: Ranger Service Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Hopetoun House, South Queensferry
PAY: In-house training
FOR: Hopetoun House Preservation Trust

One day a week. Hopetoun House is a 5-star visitor attraction open to the public from Easter to September. Supported by the Seasonal and Permanent Rangers full training and guidance is ongoing. You could gain experience of: working with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities; planning, managing and evaluating events of all sizes; producing interpretation; delivering formal and informal education; developing practical skills; conducting biological surveys and data input; developing observational and problem solving skills; improving natural history ID skills; working in a small team; managing your own time. There are no public transport links so own transport is essential. Benefits include: discount in our gift shop and “The Stables Kitchen”; complimentary admission to Hopetoun House for you and your family; social club with planned events and outings; meet new people and make new friends. If you’re interested in this role please email

JOB: Nature Force Group Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Wakefield
PAY: All training tools & PPE provided
FOR: Open Country

We run every Tuesday throughout the year. The Nature Force Group is run by the disability charity Open Country's 'Wild about Wakefield' project. The Yorkshire-based charity enable people with disabilities to access the countryside more, mainly through a series of outdoor activities. Every Tuesday we carry out fun conservation tasks with adults with learning disabilities across the Wakefield District. We need your help assisting these disabled adults to do tasks such as tree planting, scrub clearing, wildflower planting and more! We are based at Thornes Park near the centre of Wakefield but go out for the full day with minibus provision and a range of hand tools to use. No experience is necessary. Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email to find out more!

JOB: Volunteers
LOC: Northumberland
FOR: Coast Care

Coast Care is a partnership between Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Seahouses Development Trust. We are dedicated to the conservation and management of the coastal landscape of the Northumberland Coast AONB and its hinterland by offering volunteering opportunities for residents, visitors, young people and corporate groups. Coast Care has already made such a difference - over 1450 volunteers have given over 25,500 hours across a range of activities to help conserve and enhance the landscape of the coastal plain. We offer volunteering experiences at no cost to residents and visitors. There’s no obligation, all we expect from you is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. It’s a great opportunity to get outside into nature and give back to such a special landscape. If you are interested in practical conservation or wildlife surveying, get in touch at Find out more at

JOB: 2 x Practical Conservation Trainees
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: York
PAY: Training budget available
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Are you looking to grow your career in the environmental field? If so then we would like to hear from you. The Conservation Volunteers has a history of helping people get a foothold on the conservation and environmental career ladder. We are looking for 2 passionate and motivated people to join our team this Spring. We require people who wish to build up a portfolio of practical skills, people management knowledge and a sound basis to start a career in the environmental field. The placement is flexible but ideally for a minimum of six months with an attendance of 2 days a week. Training budget available linked to commitment. Apply today and start your journey. Find us on Facebook @TCVYork to see the work we undertake. Application requests 01904 414927.

JOB: Wildlife Survey / Monitoring Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Grand Western Canal Country Park, Tiverton, Devon
PAY: Training may be possible depending on circumstances
FOR: Devon County Council

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve extends for 11 ¼ miles through beautiful Devon countryside, providing excellent habitat and a wildlife-rich corridor. Whilst some wildlife groups (such as wetland birds, dragonflies, butterflies and macrophytes) have been historically well-recorded by a few volunteers, several of these have had to give up in recent years for various reasons and new volunteers are sought to continue collating these records. Many wildlife groups have received very little survey or monitoring attention. The Canal Ranger Service is looking for volunteers who have reasonable ID skills and/or wildlife survey experience to undertake survey and/or monitoring of any wildlife groups. The findings of any survey or monitoring work will inform the ongoing management of the Country Park. Further training and development of skills can be discussed and provided as opportunities arise. Please contact Mark at for more information.

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: N / A
LOC: Cornwall
PAY: Training
FOR: Wild Futures The Monkey Sanctuary

We have a variety of short term placements throughout the year, some are funded and some which are not if you do not meet the ESC criteria or you want to stay longer. Non-funded placements require the volunteer to pay a £40 per week donation to cover food and accommodation costs. Our short term placements are for 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 8 weeks throughout the year. Long term placements run for 12 months and start every October, please see our website for more information. All volunteers must be 18 years old with at least a level B CEFR levels (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in English. No experience is needed, however volunteers must be physically fit and able due to the working nature and the working environment. An enthusiasm for hard work is important as up to 60% of the work will involve cleaning, be it the monkey rooms or the public areas. For more information please contact

JOB: Guided Walks Volunteer at RSPB West Sedgemoor
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: RSPB West Sedgemoor, Near Curry Rival, Langport, TA10 0PH
PAY: Full training will be given

2 days a month minimum November - February. Early and mid-morning. We are looking for friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about sharing wildlife experiences with visitors out on the reserve during guided walks to parts of the reserve, not usually open to the public! You will be a member of the guided walks team, telling visitors the story of RSPB West Sedgemoor and showing walk participants the wildlife spectacle the reserve has to offer, primarily during the winter season from November to February. You will be leading or backing up early and mid-morning guided walks during our Winter Walks programme. For more information:

JOB: Peregrine Watchpoint Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Norwich Cathedral
PAY: Training provided
FOR: Hawk and Owl Trust

Take part in our Peregrine Winter Roost survey. We know a lot about the breeding habits and patterns of Peregrine falcons through the work of the Peregrine Network, but where do they go in the winter months? Take part in our Winter Roost survey to help us build knowledge about these fascinating birds. We can provide you with a comprehensive pack showing you what you need to do. We also run Watchpoints across the UK where the public can see the birds close up during the breeding season (April – July) and always welcome new volunteers to help the public learn about Peregrines. We have around 30 volunteers for the Peregrine Watchpoint and could usefully have another 15-20 people. The season is longer this year as we have Dippy the Dinosaur on view at the Cathedral and they have asked if we can keep the Watchpoint open from April till October. Half a day a week. For more information about both opportunities please email:

JOB: Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, North Norfolk
PAY: Training provided for most tasks
FOR: Hawk and Owl Trust

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve is currently expanding its size from 45 to almost 200 acres. Set deep in the heart of North Norfolk there are always volunteering opportunities at this lovely site on the banks of the River Wensum, a beautiful and tranquil chalk stream. Our volunteers help in all areas of operation from making nesting boxes, undertaking construction or agricultural work to looking after our Highland cattle and rare breed sheep. For those who prefer an indoor job there are opportunities to greet visitors and or help with administrative work in the office. There really is something for everyone. Keen birdwatchers act as Wardens on the reserve, helping our visitors to make the most of their visit. The extended reserve means we need to increase the number of volunteers who support us, so if you have a few spare hours a week and would like to join the team, please get in touch with Seamus O’Dowd, Volunteer Coordinator on 01328 856788 or email:

Bird Ringing Camp Volunteers - Wild Areas Network

Polish Baltic Coast
April and September 2020
Operation Baltic is a world-renowned bird research project going on for more than half a century. Nearly two million birds of 208 species have been ringed so far and Operation Baltic manages the most detailed database of vertebrate measurements of the world. You will help to handle caught birds, identify and ring them as well as with measuring, weighting and data entry tasks. You will get to know and distinguish every caught species by direct contact!

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