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Vacancies advertised w/b: 17 July


Logo: Herefordshire Wildlife TrustVolunteer Trainee Reserves Officer

6 and 12-month placement available

Status: 3 days per week – primarily Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Expenses: This is not a salaried role but out of pocket expenses and other reasonable expenses are paid as agreed with the Estates Manager

This role offers an opportunity to gain practical work experience and training in practical and applied conservation work with a Wildlife Trust in beautiful Herefordshire.  The role will see successful applicants working on the Trust’s 50+  different nature reserves, including Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake, and is the ideal first step in gaining a career in conservation while making a positive contribution to the conservation of Herefordshire’s habitats and species.

Delete Date: 10/8/17

Sector: Countryside / Wildlife

Region: Midlands

Role type: Volunteer

Posted: 13/7/17

REF        F2343-VOL-11/4


BE4        ?


PAY        Accommodation / meals


DES         This bush camp & campsite is located in a relatively undiscovered part of a large national park. The project is looking for volunteers to help with construction work & general camp activities. The game viewing in the park is good with all large cats present & a large number of antelope species. There are no fences in the park so the camp is open to wildlife.  Free-time activities include boating, fishing, relaxing, visiting the city of Lusaka or going farther afield (e.g. Victoria Falls).   BUT   Interest in wildlife & environmental protection.   ASK   http://c-js.co.uk/2sTlMbX


REF        2344-VOL-4/8


BE4        4/8/17


PAY        Accommodation


DES     6 - 12 months, at least 4 days a week.  Be part of a friendly & dedicated team in the garden working alongside staff & volunteers.  Meet people & make new friends, enjoying new experiences.  Expand your horticultural knowledge & learn new skills using a wide range of machinery & tools.  Learning more about different types of plants & growing techniques & help look after the walled garden nursery area incl, watering, feeding, potting up & propagation.  Assist with the development of the garden by planting trees, establish new areas of planting & maintain lawns, paths & fences within the garden.   BUT   Practical & enjoy all aspects of horticulture & working outdoors. Good communication skills. Keen to pursue a career in gardening.   ASK   Role profile & how to apply contact Emily Chandler emily.chandler@nationaltrust.org.uk 0161 9423966


REF        2345-VOL-11/8

JOB        Volunteer Assistant Countryside Ranger, Box Hill & Headley Heath

BE4        11/8/17   IV 16/8/17


PAY        Training


DES         9 - 12 month position, ideally 4 days a week. Join an energetic & innovative team & develop skills required to assist in the management of these busy & high profile countryside sites with very important habitats. This is a great opportunity to gain exp in visitor enjoyment, volunteer management, communication & organisational skills as well as practical countryside management, property presentation & countryside estate skills. A chance to develop your written skills for different types of media.   BUT   Enjoys working with people & looking to develop skills & exp of working outdoors in all weather. Exp of working with volunteers, & ability to work under own initiative & as part of a team. Knowledge & enthusiasm for conservation & countryside essential as is an interest in people & the commitment to providing a high quality visitor exp. IT literate. Full UK driving licence required.   ASK   For a copy of the role profile & to apply with CV henry.barnard@nationaltrust.org.uk


REF        2346-VOL-28/7


BE4        28/7/17


PAY        Accommodation provided & training


DES / BUT   6 months, 4 days per week. Exciting opportunity to work with a small ranger team in a stunning coastal property. Carry out practical estate management work throughout the area – part of the South Devon AONB. Working with the team, you will learn practical conservation skills & high quality site management to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience throughout the estate that we manage. Free accommodation in shared bungalow in a beautiful but isolated location 20 minutes from the workshop.   ASK   lorna.sherriff@nationaltrust.org.uk


REF        2347-VOL-11/8


BE4        11/8/17


PAY        Training & out-of-pocket travel expenses


DES        To work alongside our Planning Team, learning how to advise Local Authorities in Surrey & wherever possible enhance wildlife within the planning process. The placement will also include an insight into drafting ecological responses & general administration around the role. Some flexibility exists around the role, dependent on candidate’s skills & availability. We offer training from working alongside staff & in-house training sessions & there may be the opportunity to accompany staff on occasional surveys.   BUT   Keen interest in the environment & seeking a career in this field; rel qualification desirable. Understanding of the ecology & management of UK wildlife & habitats an advantage. Some experience in wildlife legislation helpful, but full training given. Good communication skills & computer literacy. Full driving licence.   ASK   Claire Courtier, Volunteer Development Manager, 01483 795464  claire.courtier@surreywt.org.uk  www.surreywildlifetrust.org


 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).

There are no opportunities listed in this area of the country at present. Please check back later


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.

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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