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Research - scientific research and projects, often overseas

Animal and wildlife work, including interpretation   

Mixed, placements covering multiple areas (or adverts with multiple vacancies) 


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: 24 April


Conservation Assistant (Volunteer)

Based at East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Hosted by Natural England, the Conservation Assistant role is a year-long structured training programme for graduate volunteers to consolidate skills and knowledge in applied conservation management.

The Conservation Assistant role is suitable for recent graduates wishing to develop applied and practical conservation skills in order to gain employment in the nature conservation. Experience will be gained in practical habitat and countryside management, biological and archaeology surveying and monitoring as well as public events and engagement with local community groups, schools and universities.

Closing Date: 8/5/17

Sector: Countryside / Ecology / Engagement

Region: South West

Role type: Volunteer

Posted: 21/4/17

REF        1469-ONLINE-19/5                             Graduate Assistant Ranger Internship                                  Awen Cultural Trust

An exciting opportunity has become available for a recent environmental graduate to join the Ranger Team at Bryngarw Country Park, as part of a 4-month internship from May to September. 

Bryngarw Country Park offers over 113 acres of diverse parkland with everything from native woodlands, wildflower meadows and the Garw River, to formal gardens, ponds and a much-loved children's play area. The day-to-day life of the park is varied and exciting, covering everything from habitat management and wildlife monitoring to environmental education and public events. On site we also have our beautiful wedding venue, Bryngarw House, as well as a visitor centre and tea room.

As an intern, your duties will include assisting with all aspects of countryside management, visitor engagement, environmental education and public events. By joining our team you will gain valuable experience working in an interesting and varied role, and will receive full and continued training necessary for the internship.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing and self-motivated individual, who is confident and approachable. The successful candidate will have recently completed a degree in an environmental subject and have a passion for natural history. You will have good organisational skills and be confident and comfortable working alone, as well as in a team or with volunteers. As the role will regularly require dealing with members of the public, you will need excellent communication skills. Some weekend, Bank Holiday and evening working will be required.

If you believe you are the right person for this exciting and rewarding role we look forward to receiving your application.

For a job outline and application form, visit www.awen-wales.com/working-with-us

REF        1470-VOL-19/5


BE4        19/5/17  IV 1/6/17               


PAY        Training & travel


DES        12 months, 2-3 days per week role with a competitive training budget & internal training calendar. With a growing education & events calendar, Stirley Community Farm delivers a wide range of activities throughout the year, including school visits, family activities & evening talks for the public. We are looking for a voluntary trainee to gain experience with the Inspiring People team & help deliver our diverse formal & informal education & awareness programme on site. This is a great opportunity to get involved in environmental education & people engagement, particularly the planning, marketing & delivery of a wide range of education & family events.   BUT   Excellent communication & IT skills; confident, outgoing people person with ability to work with a varied audience of all ages & abilities; easy going & flexible & friendly personality; ability to work well in a team; reliable & punctual; enthusiasm for engaging the public in our environmental activities; good organisational & planning skills. Some knowledge of wildlife & farming systems, & experience of being involved in small-scale events an advantage but will be learned.   ASK   www.ywt.org.uk/voluntary-trainee-vacancies


REF        1472-VOL-12/5


BE4        15/5/17


PAY        Transport from Barra to Mingulay


DES        Minimum of 2 weeks, preferably 4. To assist the seabird ranger in studying seabirds & help provide safety cover. Seabird monitoring involves operating in remote locations on steep terrain & it is essential that safe working practices are strictly maintained at all times. There is a range of seabirds that will be monitored during the season, such as razorbill, guillemot & kittiwake. Applicants will need to make their own way to Barra. We are particularly keen to get someone organised to join our initial team arriving on Barra on the 18th, as there is already a boat organised travelling to Mingulay on the 19th (weather dependent).   BUT   Previous experience of seabird census work, preferably in remote conditions an asset but not necessarily essential. Comfortable working on high cliffs (cannot suffer from vertigo) & ability to operate safely on steep slopes. Enthusiastic & prepared for long hours in the field in all weather conditions.   ASK   ljrobertson82@gmail.com  Applications via http://www.nts.org.uk/Volunteering/Opportunity/372/


REF        1471-VOL-5/5


BE4        5/5/17


PAY        Experience


DES        May to November 2017, 4 days per week (incl some weekends), 6 weeks rolling program. An opportunity to gain exp in the woodland & greenwood craft sector.  Support the training manager to promote training courses & woodland initiatives; prepare tools & materials for courses; assist course tutors to undertake courses & woodland management, timber extraction & processing; undertake a craft based project.  Accommodation available.   BUT   No direct exp required but would have volunteered or trained in a rel discipline. Keen to learn & gain exp.   ASK   Further information & to apply, send CV & a statement of why you would like to take part in a Small Woods Association internship to: Richard Thomason, richardthomason@smallwoods.org.uk, 01952 432769.


REF        1473-VOL-19/5


BE4        17/5/17 12noon   IV  w/c 22/5/17


PAY        Training / accommodation


DES        5 days per week, with regular weekend working (core period of 12.00 to 4.00pm during summer holidays).  You will be asked to assist with a range of visitor management, information & education tasks. Incl providing information for visitors at the Beach Trailer; assisting with events & education activities; assisting with maintaining nature trail path & visitor facilities; ensuring safe, efficient, customer focused service; ensuring a happy, productive working environment that integrates well with staff & visitors; contributing positively to the environmental performance of the Centre.   BUT   A Level or equivalent in ecology, geography or rel subjects & qual in basic first aid beneficial.  Pleasant manner & good communication skills to be able to relate well to Centre staff & our full range of customers. Exp of working with young people &/or exp of working in a conservation environment also beneficial.   ASK   Further information & completed registration form & covering letter to Lizzy Mooney on 01548 580 466, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org


REF        1474-VOL-5/5


BE4        9/5/17 9am  IV 22/5/17


PAY        Training / expenses / £5000 bursary


DES        Start June 2017, 4 days per week for at least 9 months. An exciting opportunity for an undergraduate student reading an ecology, wildlife or conservation rel degree, to spend a sandwich placement with Cumbria Wildlife Trust. This will give you the unique opportunity to develop conservation skills & knowledge across the Trustís reserves.  Work across our nature reserves & be involved in field work, incl practical estate works, monitoring habitats & / or species & data handling & analysis.  There will be opportunities in community engagement & training as well as other aspects of work such as reviewing planning applications & working with the Red Squirrels Northern England project.   BUT   Full driving licence & own transport essential.   ASK   Chat: Kevin Scott, Northern Reserves Officer kevins@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk, 01228 829570. Apply: CV & covering letter outlining what you would like to gain from the placement & what skills you can bring to it to admin@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Plumgarths, Crook Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8LX. 


 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


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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 occuring over one or two days.

For possible sources of funding have a look at the Grants and Funding page.

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