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Countryside work, ranger / warden type posts includes all practical and countryside conservation and management    

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Research - scientific research and projects, often overseas

Animal and wildlife work, including interpretation   

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Vacancies advertised w/b: 14 August

 

REF        2584-TRAIN-15/9

JOB        SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

BE4        15/9/17

LOC        UK & EUROPE

PAY        0

FOR        ST ETHELBURGA’S CENTRE FOR RECONCILIATION & PEACE

DES        The Spiritual Ecology Youth Leadership Programme is an 8-month part time course for 20-32 year olds from different faith & spiritual traditions. The Programme is about integrating universal spiritual values as the foundation of our response to the ecological crisis, & putting the worldview & principles of spiritual ecology into action. You will have the opportunity to design & pilot your own community project & develop a long-term vision to sow the seeds for a future based on values of interconnectedness, reverence for nature, compassion, service & stewardship. We are looking for 10 emerging young leaders from diverse backgrounds & faith or spiritual traditions to participate.   BUT   Aged 20-32 or close to that age range. Able to say ‘yes’ to some or all of the following: do you have the spark of the future in your heart? A committed spiritual life & impulse to lead? Energised for the challenge of initiating dynamic social & environmental change? Curious about integrating spiritual values with practical projects?   ASK   https://stethelburgas.org

 

REF        2585-VOL-8/9

JOB        NORTH CAVE WETLANDS VOLUNTARY TRAINEE

BE4        8/9/17  IV 20/9/17 (York)

LOC        NORTH CAVE WETLANDS

PAY        Training & expenses

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

DES / BUT   6 months to 1 year, 2 – 3 days per week. To volunteer alongside the reserves programme manager, helping with site management, admin tasks & practical habitat management, & you will have the opportunity to lead community & educational events & visits. Much of this will take place at North Cave Wetlands; however there will also be opportunities to get involved with other tasks happening across the Vale of York region. Assist with volunteer co-ordination & liaison & with the creation of site interpretation & visitor works; inspire people to take action for wildlife; help plan & prepare for events & activities; help promote events & news; assist with the planning & delivery of a wide range of activities. You will gain experience in: practical conservation tasks on a variety of habitats; reserve management planning – using CMSi software; experience of leading volunteer groups & of partnership working. This trainee post is part of a rolling programme of Traineeships offered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & an internal programme of training & development is offered to all trainees.   ASK   Marie Fooks, volunteering@ywt.org.uk  http://c-js.co.uk/1TpZtlK 

 

logo: Kent Wildlife TrustREF        2586-VOL-1/9

JOB        Volunteer Trainee Warden – Weald Area (A1) – Funded by LUND

Volunteer Trainee Warden – Medway & Mid-Kent Downs Area (A2) – Funded by KWT

BE4        5/9/17   IV 19/9/17

LOC        KENT

PAY        Travel expenses / training

FOR        KENT WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        Fixed term for 11 months. Are you looking for exp in the environment sector as a Nature Reserve Warden? We are looking for people to help us with the general & practical management of our nature reserves in the Weald area, whilst gaining exp working with & leading volunteer tasks, working with stock graziers & Trust livestock, carrying out surveys & monitoring & gaining certificates for various practical skills such as brushcutter & chainsaw. Kent Wildlife Trust is one of the largest of the 47 Wildlife Trusts & has the simple aim of protecting Kent’s wildlife for the future.  We are working to restore biodiversity, focusing on the restoration, recreation & reconnection of wildlife habitats, linking them to the green space in our cities, towns & villages.  Our vision is to rebuild nature by working with landowners, local communities & partner organisations to create a Living Landscape.   BUT   Proven interest in the environment, full clean driving licence & basic IT skills. Exp of practical habitat management is desirable as is some exp in volunteering & leading volunteers.   ASK   Chat: Matt Hayes or Alison Ruyter 01622 662012   Apply: Dot Hughes 01622 662012 dot.hughes@kentwildlife.org.uk  www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk Please state which area you are interested in (A1 or A2)

 

REF        2587-VOL-8/9

JOB        NORTHERN RESERVE VOLUNTARY TRAINEE

BE4        8/9/17 (9am)  IV 18/9/17 (York)

LOC        NORTH YORKSHIRE

PAY        Training & expenses

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        12 months, 3 days per week. We are looking for a trainee to assist our North Yorkshire Field Officer based in North Yorkshire (North York Moors, Scarborough & Pickering areas) to carry out practical conservation tasks, lead volunteer groups & assist with general reserve management work. If you would like to gain first-hand experience in practical conservation techniques & learn from our skilled & knowledgeable staff this role is perfect. The role will be split between practical & office based tasks, with the majority of time spent in the field, gaining experience in habitat management activities, woodland & forestry operations including scrub clearance, wetland creation, invasive species removal, fence & gate repairs, clearance operations & ditch works amongst a variety of other tasks. You will have the opportunity to work alongside groups of volunteers & even have a chance at leading small groups, you will also be interacting with visitors to the nature reserve. This trainee post is part of a rolling programme of Traineeships offered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & an internal programme of training & development is offered to all trainees.   ASK   Marie Fooks, volunteering@ywt.org.uk  http://c-js.co.uk/1TpZtlK

 

REF        2588-VOL-8/9

JOB        NORTHERN RESERVE VOLUNTARY TRAINEE

BE4        6/9/17 (9am)  IV 19/9/17

LOC        YORK

PAY        Training & expenses

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

DES / BUT   12 months, 3 days per week. To support & be involved in the management of conservation projects & nature reserves in North Yorkshire. Working alongside a team of knowledgeable staff, you will help in planning, development & the practical delivery of this work. As part of this role you will gain experience working on river restoration projects incl the river Wiske. Gain project management experience: co-ordinating volunteers for survey work & events; practical tasks such as tree planting, willow spilling, riverside fencing; communications & advertising; familiarity with budgets. Gain experience in management of sites: organising & carrying out monitoring work; education & event planning; writing & researching funding bid applications; mapping & GIS work using QGIS; use of CMSi (Conservation Management System) for management planning & work programming.  This trainee post is part of a rolling programme of Traineeships offered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & an internal programme of training & development is offered to all trainees.   ASK   Marie Fooks, volunteering@ywt.org.uk  http://c-js.co.uk/1TpZtlK

 

REF        2589-VOL-18/8

JOB        Volunteer Assistant Ecologist, Wales & West Environment Team

BE4        21/8/17

LOC        BIRMINGHAM

PAY        Basic expenses

FOR        CANAL & RIVER TRUST

DES        2-3 days/week professional placement. Commencing autumn 2017 for a minimum of 12 weeks, until the successful candidate secures paid employment or pursues further studies. We look after the waterways for everyone to enjoy now & in the future, & aim to breathe new life into our canals & rivers; ensure our canals & rivers are cherished by & make a difference to the communities they serve; help more people discover & enjoy the magic of the waterways; increase access to our canals & rivers for current & future generations.  Our canals & rivers support some of the UK’s most important wildlife. The unique & beautiful environment of our waterways is without doubt a key part of what makes them very special places to visit.  Could you help us protect these special places? We are seeking a cheerful & personable volunteer Assistant Ecologist within the Wales & West Environment Team.   BUT   Good understanding of ecological issues with enthusiasm/passion for the subject.  Excellent communication & interpersonal skills & a ‘can do’ attitude. Good research, data management, writing & IT skills.  Good time management & commitment to continual personal development, working towards protected species licences & improving all ecological skills. Prev exp or understanding of ecological surveying is desirable. Driving licence or access to transport is desirable.   ASK   Amanda Morgan amanda.morgan@canalrivertrust.org.uk

 

REF        2590-VOL-18/8

JOB        RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER – LONG TERM PLACEMENT x 2

BE4        21/8/17  IV tbc

LOC        RSPB FORSINARD FLOWS RESERVE

PAY        Free accommodation & training

FOR        RSPB

DES        October 2017 – February 2018. To assist us with our survey work, which includes habitat restoration monitoring, pre-felling forestry survey work, conifer regeneration monitoring, drain blocking survey & monitoring & more. We can also offer you practical estate management such as drain blocking & tree regeneration control. You will learn about bog ecology, plants & hydrology, & peatland issues.   BUT   You must be at least 18 years old, preferably with a clean driving licence & a keen interest in conservation. You will feel equally comfortable whether you are roaming the reserve on your own or working in a busy office on data entry & management. An interest in computers & GIS is desirable.   ASK   We are experiencing problems with our website volunteering pages so please contact Jane Shah for an application pack jane.shah@rspb.org.uk 

 

REF        2591-VOL-25/8

JOB        VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT WARDEN INTERNSHIP

BE4        29/8/17 5pm   w/c 114/9/17

LOC        PULBOROUGH BROOKS, WIGGONHOLT, WEST SUSSEX

PAY        Travel expenses

FOR        RSPB PULBOROUGH BROOKS

DES     5 days a week (7.5 hours per day) for 12 months, starting early October 2017. There will be an initial 4 week trial period, followed by regular meetings with your mentor & six month reviews. We need a dedicated volunteer intern to help our wardening team at our Pulborough Brooks, Amberley Wildbrooks & Lewes Brooks Nature Reserves You will focus on habitat management, reserve maintenance, surveys & public engagement events. Volunteering as an Assistant Warden on the reserve for a calendar year will give you good exp in all operations from felling with chainsaws, using clearing saw / brushcutter, hedglaying, monitoring/surveys, tractor operations, and managing work parties in readiness for a career in conservation.   BUT   Essential: A-levels or equivalent; IT literate; creative, enthusiastic, confident & friendly; interest in wildlife & conservation; willingness to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers; full driving licence; over 18 years old.  Desirable: prev exp of practical work & volunteering exp & a good people person.   ASK   Chat: Paul Spiers 01798 875851.  Apply: Hayley Flanders hayley.flanders@rspb.org.uk 01798 875851.  Completed applications to Hayley via email or post to RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, Wiggonholt, West Sussex, RH20 2EL

 

REF        535-VOL-OK3

JOB        VOLUNTEER RANGER x 3

BE4        Ongoing

LOC        Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Northern Ireland

PAY        Accommodation & in house training

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

DES        To assist with the practical habitat management & monitoring of flora & fauna on the NT’s South Down properties in N Ireland on the coastal property of Murlough NNR. An opportunity to gain experience in environmental conservation undertaking a wide variation of tasks involved in managing a National Nature Reserve.   BUT   No practical experience required but must have an interest in nature conservation & able to work as part of a team. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, reasonably fit & enjoy working outdoors.   ASK   Kim McMonagle, Castle Ward, Strangford, BT30 7LS 028 44881204  kim.mcmonagle@nationaltrust.org.uk   

 

REF        2592-VOL-25/8

JOB        VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT RANGER

BE4        28/8/17 No IV necessary

LOC        SWANAGE, DORSET

PAY        Training, on site accommodation provided

FOR        DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL

DES        To assist the ranger team in the practical maintenance of Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve. Working alongside the rangers & other volunteers to complete outdoor & indoor practical tasks in all weathers & conditions. Using & maintaining tolls, machinery & equipment in safe working order; developing practical land management skills; maintaining good working relationships with tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities & local authorities. Assisting with surveys, educational & family events. Flexible start date & duration of up to 6 months.   BUT   Essential: good communication skills; confident & approachable manner. Computer literate & comfortable using office software packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher & Outlook. Desirable: some practical or conservation experience an advantage, but full training provided.   ASK   Doug Hart, 01929 424443 or info@durlston.co.uk

 

REF        2593-VOL-18/8

JOB        VOLUNTEER WARDEN

BE4        21/8/17

LOC        EXE ESTUARY RESERVES

PAY        All training & accommodation

FOR        RSPB

DES        6 months. The reserves are internationally important sites for thousands of wintering ducks, geese & waders, with the marshes also sustaining many rare dragonfly & aquatic plant species. You will play a key role in delivering the management that keeps them as top homes for nature. You will gain knowledge & experience of managing nature reserves especially wet grassland sites. The job varies with the seasons, the majority being practical habitat management & estate works ranging from hedge laying, fencing, moving cattle, mowing & coppicing. We also undertake a range of survey & visitor engagement work. If you are looking for a career in conservation this is a great place to start. All appropriate training is given & free accommodation provided.   BUT   Enthusiastic, with the ability to work as part of a team & a keen interest in wildlife & conservation. Ability to work outside in all weathers & undertake demanding manual labour, as work can be physically demanding especially in winter. Minimum age 18 & full driving licence essential.   ASK   Please send CV & covering letter to tom.pace@rspb.org.uk  07872 814863.

 

REF        2594-VOL-1/9

JOB        WILDLIFE TRAINEE (CONSERVATION) BERKSHIRE RESERVES

BE4        4/9/17  IV 11/9/17

LOC        WOOLLEY FIRS, MAIDENHEAD, BERKSHIRE

PAY        Limited expenses aid

FOR        BERKS, BUCKS & OXON WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        3 days per week for 6-12 months essential (Tues, Wed & Thurs 8.30am – 4.30 pm). The role involves practical tasks on our nature reserves; restoring & improving habitats & connectivity for wildlife. Trainees will help to look after our livestock, repair & install site infrastructure, use power tools & machinery, carry out species surveys & work with volunteers. They will spend some of their time assisting with the preparation & delivery of various community events. There is also an opportunity to assist other Berkshire teams with environmental education projects.   BUT   The position would suit those wishing to develop the skills required to follow a career in the conservation sector. Keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, learning & imparting conservation knowledge, a good level of physical fitness, a valid driving licence & willing to supervise & lead volunteers. Rel volunteering experience is also desirable.   ASK   www.bbowt.org.uk/node/20904

 

REF        2595-VOL-1/9

JOB        MIDLANDS ASSISTANT CONSERVATION OFFICER – VOLUNTEER INTERN

BE4        4/9/17 9am   IV 15/9/17

LOC        BANBURY, OXFORDSHIRE

PAY        Travel expenses

FOR        RSPB – MIDLANDS REGION

DES     3 days per week for 6-12 months.  Our core purpose is to save nature in the heart of England & to inspire & support others to do the same. If you want a career in conservation, then this internship can really help you on your way. Gain valuable practical exp working on current conservation challenges as an integral member of a small, busy team covering a large region. Specific work varies according to circumstance & time of year. Depending on your interests, career aspirations & duration of your internship we can help you specialise in particular areas.   BUT   Enthusiasm for & a demonstrable interest in nature conservation.   ASK   carolyn.tovell@rspb.org.uk

 

REF        2596-VOL-8/9

JOB        COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT VOLUNTARY INTERN

BE4        6/9/17  IV 15/9/17               

LOC        RSPB CYMRU HQ, CARDIFF

PAY        Expenses & travel up to 25 miles

FOR        RSPB CYMRU

DES        2 or 3 working days per week for 6 months. We are looking for volunteers to deliver wildlife workshops in primary schools, nature based activities for children & families in parks & greenspaces across Cardiff & support the daily running of a busy & exciting project delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council & Buglife Cymru. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire the training, skills & experience that will help you gain future employment in the environment, education or heritage sectors. You will have access to mentoring, training & advice from RSPB staff, as well as internal vacancies & a reference on completion.   BUT   Enthusiasm for outdoor education & community engagement; keen interest in wildlife, conservation & the environment; aptitude to work & connect with young people & experience working with children; excellent interpersonal skills & ability to connect & engage with a diverse range of audiences; experience of volunteering; resourceful & flexible approach & willingness to learn; strong planning & organisational skills & ability to prioritise; high levels of initiative & self-motivation; team player with a positive, can do attitude; willingness to work outdoors in all weather.   ASK   Carolyn Robertson, 02920 353000  carolyn.robertson@rspb.org.uk

 

REF        2597-VOL-1/9

JOB        RESIDENTIAL INTERN - WARDEN

BE4        1/9/17  IV wb 11/9/17

LOC        AIRE VALLEY RSPB SITES nr LEEDS

PAY        Free accommodation, training & development plan, some travel expenses

FOR        RSPB

DES        Full time, Mon – Fri for 6 months, staring September. Help manage 2 important wetland reserves along the river Aire corridor. Both are wash lands & are important for breeding birds such as bittern, lapwing & redshank; & large numbers of wintering wildfowl & waders. Winter work will involve lots of scrub clearance, reedbed & island habitat management, reserve infrastructure maintenance, & some survey work. As well as having the chance to work with other people who care about wildlife & the environment, you’ll get training & mentoring, & lots of first-hand experience. Accommodation provided in Fairburn village with private bedroom. You will have access to both reserves at all times, & freedom to explore the surrounding areas at weekends. Our internships are designed to offer work experience & a number of our interns have gone on to find paid work within the conservation sector. However, doing an internship does not guarantee future employment with the RSPB.   BUT   Enthusiasm & ability to work in a team essential. Specialist knowledge not necessary but an interest in wildlife & conservation is. Previous exp of practical work & volunteering experience an advantage. Driving licence in order to use reserve vehicles (4x4 training may be provided).   ASK   Andrew Tiffany, andrew.tiffany@rspb.org.uk  or 0113 232 0529.

 

REF        2598-VOL-15/9

LOC        SWINDON

BE4        18/9/17

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

PAY        Expenses                                             

JOB         Design Guide Intern (Outdoors Infrastructure)

DES / ASK       Write case studies on projects that have helped enhance visitor access to the outdoors, such as cycle trails and footbridges.  http://c-js.co.uk/2up87tU

JOB        Design Guide Intern (Minimising Our Water Footprint)

DES / ASK       Write case studies on projects that minimise our water footprint - from rainwater harvesting to sustainable sewage treatment. http://c-js.co.uk/2vi8XLR

Both: 2 days per week (15 hours) for six months.  Help to ensure that the learning points from these case studies are shared throughout the organisation.   BUT   A motivated person who is interested in working within a large, dynamic organisation which protects special places with an interest in sustainability & the conservation of historic buildings. Excellent written communication & interpersonal skills are essential. Report writing will be central to this role.  The internship will suit someone who can work well independently & within a team, be highly organised & have good time management skills. Exp of using administration & IT systems (email, web, word processors & spreadsheets) is expected.     

 

REF        2599-VOL-18/8

JOB        Residential Volunteer – Flows to the Future – People Engagement

BE4        21/8/17  IV TBC

LOC        RSPB FORSINARD FLOWS RESERVE

PAY        Free accommodation & training

FOR        RSPB

DES        October 2017 – March 2018. To help us engage with a wide range of people & raise awareness of the global importance of the peatlands of Caithness & Sutherland known as the Flow Country. As part of the Flows to the Future team you will work closely with our project partners to create exciting & innovative ways to tell people about our work. You will work primarily with our Learning Development & Communities Officers to build upon our existing work & increase our reach across this large area & beyond. This includes supporting the development & delivery of learning sessions for primary & secondary schools, organising & supporting a programme of community events across the Flow Country, contributing to our marketing & communications work & exploring the opportunities to promote our new film, 3D landscape model & computer game to a wider audience.   BUT   Full, clean driving licence desirable as well as the ability to work independently at times. Aged over 18.   ASK   We are experiencing problems with our website volunteering pages so please contact Jane Shah for an application pack  jane.shah@rspb.org.uk 

 

 In depth features

CJS has been producing CJS Focus since 2004. Consequently, we've built up a very impressive library of articles across a wide range of subjects: marine and coastal environments, environmental education, the urban environment, working with wildlife and animals, countryside skills traditional and modern and most recently Overcoming Barriers in association with Outdoor Recreation Network. Every year we produce two editions looking specifically at volunteering.  This has grown to over 70 different articles covering everything from the benefits of volunteering to how organisations can best set up volunteering programmes.  We have now collated all the volunteering features together.

Articles are checked on a regular basis and many have been updated since they were first published.

Browse through the library here: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/volunteers/in-depth-volunteers.html

 


back to topMixed, placements covering multiple areas (or adverts with multiple vacancies).

REF        2598-VOL-15/9

LOC        SWINDON

BE4        18/9/17

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

PAY        Expenses                                             

JOB         Design Guide Intern (Outdoors Infrastructure)

DES / ASK       Write case studies on projects that have helped enhance visitor access to the outdoors, such as cycle trails and footbridges.  http://c-js.co.uk/2up87tU

JOB        Design Guide Intern (Minimising Our Water Footprint)

DES / ASK       Write case studies on projects that minimise our water footprint - from rainwater harvesting to sustainable sewage treatment. http://c-js.co.uk/2vi8XLR

Both: 2 days per week (15 hours) for six months.  Help to ensure that the learning points from these case studies are shared throughout the organisation.   BUT   A motivated person who is interested in working within a large, dynamic organisation which protects special places with an interest in sustainability & the conservation of historic buildings. Excellent written communication & interpersonal skills are essential. Report writing will be central to this role.  The internship will suit someone who can work well independently & within a team, be highly organised & have good time management skills. Exp of using administration & IT systems (email, web, word processors & spreadsheets) is expected.  

 


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