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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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21 pages in total, the lead article is from the Outdoor Recreation Network and provides best practice gathered at their recent seminar on People & Dogs in the Outdoors. Celebrating 10 years of Nordic Walking at Rosliston Forestry Centre – find out what Nordic Walking is. The Lee Valley Park extends to 4,010ha and attracts over 7.1m visits a year, discover what the Park has to offer and how the Authority manages such a large site. Scottish Natural Heritage can confirm that outdoor visits are at a record high; read more about the data behind the claim. University of Exeter LEEP Institute have developed ORVal – the outdoor recreation valuation tool – see how you could use it to your advantage for recreation management. Jack Davidson from Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail discusses how good data gathering & interpretation can help grow visitor numbers. The Mersey Forest outlines the growing value of England’s urban woodlands and finally Rob Sayers of Active Outdoors gives his opinion on how to create the building blocks to a resilient & healthy outdoor recreation industry. May is National Walking month with Living Streets and Walk in the Woods month with the Tree Council. Walk where ever you can this May. This edition also carries adverts for resources, products and services to aid a recreation offer. 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 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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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.

 

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Vacancies advertised w/b: 20/5



JOB: Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee, East Yorkshire

BE4: 17/6/19 9am

LOC: York and reserves across East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Across East Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out vital practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team and develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. Our reserves in East Yorkshire are incredible sites where you can see wildlife spectacles throughout the year. From our first nature reserve Askham Bog with its mosaic of fen, woodland and meadow through to an SSSI located on the cliffs at Flamborough, you’ll be working with a broad range of habitats and associated fauna and flora. With this opportunity you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations. Time commitment 12 months for 3 days a week. ASK: To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website https://c-js.co.uk/2UYNwu8

JOB: Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee, Lower Aire Valley

BE4: 9am 10/6/19

LOC: Leeds

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Leeds City Council are working in partnership in the Lower Aire Valley in Leeds. There’s a network of sites in south Leeds that provide a patchwork of habitats from wildflower meadows, wetlands and woodlands, these green spaces link up to create a fantastic wildlife corridor in a urban area. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain experience within this team and develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. You’ll be involved in office-based tasks and practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves in the Lower Aire Valley, but with most time spent out and about at our nature reserves. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out habitat management activities for example; woodland management, invasive species removal, meadow management, fencing and gate repairs, plus a variety of other jobs. Time commitment 12 months for 3 days a week. ASK: To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website https://c-js.co.uk/2UYNwu8

JOB: Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee, West Yorkshire

BE4: 9am 10/6/19

LOC: Huddersfield and West Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Across West Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out vital practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainees to gain valuable experience within this team and develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. You’ll be involved with helping to look after a suite of green spaces across West Yorkshire with varied habitats including wildflower meadows, wetlands and woodlands. As the range of sites that we manage varies so much in this area, you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations with this opportunity. Time commitment 12 months for 3 days a week. ASK: To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website https://c-js.co.uk/2UYNwu8

JOB: 6 month Garden Intern

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: Polesden Lacey, Dorking, Surrey

PAY: Some travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

22.5 hpw. Become a key part of the Garden Team at Polesden Lacey and help the gardeners’ maintain and enhance the 30 acre Edwardian gardens. Working alongside our garden team you will be directly involved in leading on at least one exciting project as well as assisting with the day to day work in the gardens here.  We will have a selection of projects available for you to choose from including design work, replanting projects, propagation and machinery use.  We have two specific intern roles working in teams - the Kitchen Garden as well as the General Garden. In addition with the gardeners’ guidance you will help to deliver a high standard of practical work across the gardens. You will assist us in providing outstanding conservation work, sometimes leading, supervising the work of volunteers and ensuring that your work complies with all plans and regulations to protect the environment and the health and safety of yourself and others.   ASK: Contact plvolunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Grounds and Living Collections

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Castle Espie

PAY: Training & discounts*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

At WWT we create & conserve wetlands & save species. We bring awe-inspiring nature up close & let it do the talking. Our aviculture team is responsible for the care, breeding & welfare of WWT’s collection birds & the rearing of the young. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the Aviculture team. This is a great opportunity to work directly with the birds & gain valuable experience in animal keeping & conservation. Uniform & training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, & discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. We are looking for volunteers that can do 1-2 days a week, but this role can also be offered as placement 4 / 5 days a week. ASK: For more information & to apply, visit: https://c-js.co.uk/30sqKxu

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) South Buckinghamshire x 2

BE4: 7/6/19

IV: 14/6/19

LOC: College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG)

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

As a Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. Time commitment 3 days per week for 6-12 months. You will take part in a varied training programme, tailored to your role (including outdoor first aid certification and, for those electing to commit to 12 months, NPTC Chainsaw). Based out of College Lake, near Tring, you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering conservation across our South Buckinghamshire reserves, which include beautiful woodland at Dancersend, wetland at Weston Turville Reservoir and chalk grassland at Yoesden. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience is desirable. ASK: For more information about the role please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2VMcQrx.

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) North Buckinghamshire

BE4: 7/6/19

IV: 14/6/19

LOC: Meadow Farm, near Bicester (OX25 1TW)

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

As a trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. You will take part in a varied training programme, tailored to your role (including outdoor first aid certification and, for those electing to commit to 12 months, NPTC Chainsaw). Based out of Meadow Farm (OX25 1TW), you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a programme of works across our North Bucks reserves, which include Finemere and Whitecross Green Woods and the Upper River Ray Living Landscape. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience is desirable. ASK: For more information about the role please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2LQovRy

JOB: Volunteer Officer/Trainee Leader, Uxbridge Green Gym

BE4: 31/5/19

LOC: Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge UB8 1ES

PAY: Training and reasonable travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

Opportunity for a Volunteer Officer (VO) to help lead our Green Gym at Uxbridge, where we manage a wildflower meadow, pond and hedgerows and wider site around the River Pinn. As a VO, you will be helping volunteers to engage with and improve their environment and to learn about nature. You will be integral to the Gym’s smooth running: pre-project planning; practical wildlife and green space management; volunteer coordination; administration and marketing. Acceptance as a VO is subject to DBS clearance at the enhanced level. Full training provided includes First Aid, Project Leadership, Risk Assessment, and Safeguarding and mentoring by the Project Officer. Travel expenses are covered. There is scope to tailor the role to your interests. To really benefit, be prepared to commit to Wednesdays and a second day per week, for a minimum of 6 months. ASK: Submit your CV or contact Sarah for more information gg-uxbridge@tcv.org.uk 07801686014.

JOB: Volunteer Officer Placement

BE4: 17/6/19

LOC: Hull / York

PAY: Training

FOR: TCV (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 4 passionate and motivated people to join our team this summer. 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 for six months with a minimum attendance of 3 days a week. Apply today and start your journey. ASK: Find us on Facebook @TCVYork or @TCVHumber to see the work we undertake. Any queries and application form requests email york@tcv.org.uk please state which office you are interested in. Tel: 01904 414927

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Roadside Verges, Kent

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Roadside Nature Reserves Team across the county. Our volunteers help us on task days, and keep an eye on our roadside verges throughout the year. Fortnightly commitment. Roadside Nature Reserves can link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. This supports a living landscape, which benefits both people and wildlife and makes nature more resilient to future change. They provide vital wildlife corridors for many species, particularly reptiles such as slow-worms and viviparous lizards, and mammals such as badgers.  Our Roadside Nature Reserve Volunteers help us by participating in task days, carrying out essential work on the verges and roadside alongside our staff team.  Volunteers can join us for a full or part day, and you don't need any previous experience in conservation work, so long as you are enthusiastic and willing to learn. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y


 


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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