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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: 16/9

JOB: Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Burton Mere

BE4: Please apply ASAP

LOC: Burton Mere, Dee Estuary

PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses


If you're seeking a career in conservation, this placement would be perfect. You will gain priceless experience of getting to grips with practical reserve management (such as bird monitoring, butterfly surveying, water level control, coppicing, reed management), and you will also develop skills in visitor engagement (welcoming visitors, membership recruitment, leading on events such as guided walks) and why it is so important to the RSPB. Whichever direction you want to progress in conservation, experience of both practical nature reserve management and visitor experience delivery is essential: A good warden knows how to deal with visitors, and a good visitor experience officer has a good knowledge of reserve management… win, win! And as well as all of that, you get to live on a fantastic nature reserve with badgers, otters and over 400 little egrets roosting, visible from your living room window. ASK: For further information please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2m8Dxp9

JOB: Coast and Countryside Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 29/9/19

LOC: Botallack, St Just, Cornwall

PAY: £750 training budget

FOR: National Trust

12 month placement. Be part of a dynamic ranger team and volunteer to conserve and protect this special place whilst gaining new skills and experience. The focus of this role will be outdoor, practical coast & countryside activity, and may involve taking part in community events. This is an opportunity involved in the conservation and management of the West Cornwall estate including areas of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, world heritage sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over one hundred scheduled monuments within a landscape of an intensity of archaeology that is rivalled by few places in Western Europe.  ASK: For more information and an application form contact jasmin.odell@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01736 785903.

JOB: Assistant Warden Internship

BE4: 26/9/19

IV: 26/09/2019

LOC: Gloucestershire, GL15 4JA



Starting November 2019 for 6 months, 2 days per week (actual working days can be flexible). We are a small team working on two mature woodland RSPB reserves, Nagshead and Highnam Woods. We are looking for an enthusiastic and friendly person who likes a challenge! An interest in conservation is a must. Previous conservation volunteering experience isn’t essential, but every day can be different so you will need to be flexible in your approach to your work. A driving licence would be an advantage. You must be happy to work outside in all weathers, doing what can be challenging physical work. There will be times when you are required to work by yourself through your own initiative. A willingness to work the occasional weekend and take time off in lieu is expected. ASK: To learn more about the role or to request an application pack, please contact: Lewis Thomson 01594 562852 lewis.thomson@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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PAY rate [usually zero for volunteers but any benefits are detailed here]

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