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JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer
BE4: 21-10-2022
IV: --
LOC: Mid & West Cornwall
PAY: Training and travel expenses
FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Join the Mid & West Cornwall Nature Reserves teams as a trainee and gain skills vital for starting a career in the wildlife and countryside sector. You will have an active hand in practical conservation and land management across a range of habitats and develop your wildlife knowledge and volunteer leadership skills. Formal training package to include chainsaw, tractor, first aid, brushcutter and pesticides application. Species identification and surveying courses are also available. We have an excellent track record of trainees going on to find employment in the conservation sector. Relevant qualifications are desirable but not essential, however applicants must enjoy working outdoors and be physically fit to undertake practical tasks. A commitment of 4 days a week for 12 months and a full UK driving licence are essential. Please complete the application form on our website and return to Please quote Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.

JOB: Winter Forestry Volunteer
BE4: 12-04-2023
IV: --
LOC: Rugeley, Staffordshire
FOR: The Beaudesert Trust

Responsible to: Estate Manager. We are looking for individuals passionate about the outdoors that can assist the Estate team with winter woodland management projects. You’ll be working outdoors at all times, on our 120 acre estate. Tasks are varied, including conservation activities and assisting with forestry operations. Key duties: tree planting; ongoing care of planted trees; assist estate team with woodland management e.g. rhododendron clearance, trail maintenance, hedge cutting, conservation projects. Prior experience of forestry work not necessary. This role includes a mix of independent and team work. The role is entirely outside. Applicants should be physically fit for outdoor work. Projects are set by the Estate Manager. Lunch provided in cafeteria. Key skills: safety focused; enthusiasm for working in the outdoors; good communicator; hard working; ability to work as a team and independently. Working hours: Wednesdays, either mornings (09:00-12:30) or full day (09:00-17:00). Some weeks, there may be no project as the estate team may need to focus on other areas. Date: until April 12th. This is because forestry projects are limited during the main season. For example, tree planting cannot take place in spring and summer due to risk of trees drying out. More information:

JOB: Northern Living Landscape Voluntary Trainee - Rivers and Wetlands
BE4: 24-10-2022 9am
IV: --
LOC: York/ North Yorkshire
PAY: Competitive training programme and travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

If you have a passion for rivers and wetlands are looking to pursue a career in this area, then this traineeship is perfect for you! Yorkshire Wildlife Trust seeks to create ‘Living Landscapes’ in which wildlife can thrive. Protecting these living landscapes and species within them takes time and effort and our living landscapes staff benefit from the help and support of trainees to make our vision a reality, whilst providing a first-rate training and development opportunity for people wanting to focus on a career in nature conservation. The role of the Living Landscapes trainee is to support and be involved in the management of conservation projects in North Yorkshire, which includes 30 nature reserves! Working alongside a team of knowledgeable staff, you will help in planning, development, and the practical delivery of this work. 3 days per week. For more information and to apply, please visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website

JOB: North Reserves Voluntary Trainee - Spurn NNR
BE4: 24-10-2022 9am
IV: --
LOC: Spurn Nature Reserve, HU12 0UH
PAY: Competitive training programme and travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Are you looking to kick-start your career in conservation? If so, then our Nature Reserve Voluntary traineeship at Spurn would be perfect for you! As a Spurn National Nature Reserve Trainee you will carry out and be involved with a broad range of tasks. This role encompasses every area of our work so you will be involved with the habitat management and conservation work, learn about grazing and how to work grazing animals, carry out habitat and species survey work, engage with visitors and assist at events, monitor of some of the historic features on site, complete infrastructure maintenance work and learn about the running of a visitors’ centre. There are also many options for you to explore and make the traineeship tailored to you. 3 days per week. This role can come with free accommodation (bills included). For more information and to apply, please visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website

JOB: Practical Conservation & Creative Arts Volunteering
IV: --
LOC: London
PAY: Travel in zones 1-6 will be covered
FOR: London Wildlife Trust

Nature Nurtures is a new cross-sector project led by London Wildlife Trust with partners Spread the Word, Black Girls Hike CIC and London Youth. We’re running a practical conservation volunteering + creative arts club hosted at nature reserves exclusively for young people (16-25). Whether you’re a nature novice, seasoned writer, or have never even flexed a creative muscle - Nature Nurtures invites you to join us for our next workshop! Why join? We’re creating an inclusive space to explore and develop practical conservation and creative skills which we want to be led by young people. By becoming a regular member of our community; we’ll tailor future workshops to your interests, and you’ll have access to OCN accredited Youth Leadership/Volunteer Management training. Excitingly you’ll also have the chance for your creative work to be professionally published in a nature anthology. More information Any questions? Pop me a message at

JOB: Chair - CPRE Hertfordshire
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Hertfordshire
PAY: Expenses, training
FOR: CPRE Hertfordshire

We’re seeking an experienced leader to become Chair of CPRE Hertfordshire, the countryside charity (#1162419). We work to protect and promote the countryside for everyone’s benefit. Our current Chair wishes to retire, and the successful candidate will become Vice Chair for a transition period before being appointed Chair. You will help advocate for our campaign priorities and oversee the future direction and development of our charity, including fundraising and membership initiatives and representing the charity to key stakeholders. The role requires circa 6-8 hours per week, working flexibly from home and at our office in Welwyn, with occasional travel. You need to live in Hertfordshire, and you should have significant previous experience in leadership, management and organisational development, good interpersonal skills, and ideally some public-speaking and media experience. Find out more on our website at

JOB: Digital Plant Conservation Volunteer
BE4: 31/12/2022
IV: --
LOC: Home Based (Remote)
PAY: Plant Record Database Training
FOR: Plant Heritage

Plant Heritage is the only national charity to ensure cultivated plants will be available to future generations. We are looking for adult volunteers to be trained in using our plant records system Persephone, to help manage the records of National Plant Collections and our other conservation schemes. We would like the Digital Plant Conservation Volunteer to: prepare plant records for upload to the database; upload and check records; upload any accompanying photographs of plants; assist with any further support if required. Time: Approx. 5hrs/month. If you would like to apply for this role or find out more, please email Jen Horseman (Digital Volunteer Officer) on with a short statement explaining your interest. We will have an informal chat with you and we will require a written reference to ensure we are matching volunteers appropriately with the role. This opportunity may close early if we receive a high number of applications.

JOB: Volunteer Gardener and Landscaper
BE4: Flexible
IV: --
LOC: Goodwood, West Sussex
PAY: Travel expenses covered
FOR: Amy Stoddard Ajayi

We have a large country house in the middle of the Goodwood estate West Sussex, which has 3 acres of land to take care of. There are ongoing projects including landscaping, garden design, keeping a vegetable patch, and general maintenance including some building. We would be very happy to provide a placement for an apprenticeship or Volunteer position. We are around most of the time and also do some of the work in the garden, so there is a collective of friendly, helpful people to call upon. Time: 2 days a week. Apply to

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