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

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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: 26 June


REF        F2129-VOL-29/9


BE4        30/9/17


PAY        Travel / accommodation*

FOR        RWANDA AID        

DES     6 months to a year. You will work with a Rwandan team, local government officers & farmers & provide training in Dairy Goat husbandry.  Co-ordinate building of goat pens & oversee transportation & distribution of Dairy Goats.  Provide follow-up & monitoring & facilitate careful recording.  Help appoint & train a Rwandan Dairy Goat Officer. *Rwanda Aid will cover travel costs to & from Rwanda, full board & lodging, an allowance & insurance cover.   BUT   Fluent in English – written & spoken & good team working & diplomacy skills.  Familiar with African smallholder farming & exp with livestock (pref but not necessarily goats).   Option to spend a month or two at a dairy goat farm in the UK to gain exp in goat breeding.   ASK   For more info, or expression of interest & cv to Alison Wright ali.wright@rwanda-aid.org www.rwanda-aid.org


logo: National TrustREF        V2128-ONLINE-7/7

Volunteer Ranger on the Black Down Estate

Long Term Volunteer opportunity with the National Trust on the Black Down Estate near Haslemere on the Surrey / Sussex border in the South Downs National Park. Rent and bill free accommodation in “Speckled Wood”, our wonderful timber framed eco house comes with the role. We are looking for motivated people who want to develop their career in countryside management by broadening their practical skills and have a good record of leavers going on to a job in the field. With us you would gain experience of working on a range of habitats, from woods to heaths and meadows, as well as working with our in hand herd of cattle and working on a well established popular events programme. There will be opportunities to work with and lead groups of volunteers and working holidays as well as working on some fascinating sites and with some wonderful wildlife. Our volunteers have their own vegetable garden and chickens, and get opportunities to develop and hone their skills with support from our dedicated and professional team. Through this and their work on the wide range of tasks across our countryside estate they get a great introduction to working life as a Ranger.

Appropriate training will be given on the job as well as tailored practical skills based formal training and qualifications such as chainsaw certification will be provided.  Out of pocket expenses paid.

We are looking for a minimum commitment of 6 months / 1 year. 

Suitable applicants are invited along for an interview day on the property. This consists of working on a task with the countryside team over the course of a day with a short sit down discussion with some of the team. Free overnight accommodation will be provided the night before if required to make the day more manageable.

For further information and an application form please contact: david.elliott@nationaltrust.org.uk 01428 652359

Closing date 7th July


REF        2130-VOL-21/7


BE4        21/7/17


PAY        Travel / accommodation


DES         6-12 months.  Join the team in helping with the maintenance, upkeep & conservation of our stunning outdoor environments at Plymbridge Woods & nearby Saltram.  It’s the perfect opportunity to equip yourself with the skills, knowledge & support to kick-start your career in countryside conservation.  BUT   Confidence in engaging with members of the public & willingness to learn new skills & knowledge. Friendly can-do attitude even when faced with challenges.   ASK   CV & a short covering letter to apply or for further information contact david.houghton@nationaltrust.org.uk or 01752 341377.


REF        2131-VOL-14/7


BE4        14/7/17  IV 27/7/17


PAY        Training


DES / BUT   Are you looking for a great opportunity to gain vital exp to develop your career in countryside management? With this role you will gain invaluable hands on exp in practical work, working with & leading volunteer groups, assisting with events & getting involved in a wide variety of other project work. Join an energetic, motivated ranger team to help look after the iconic Bath Skyline – the green setting of the unique WHS. You will benefit from on-the-job training doing practical tasks, maintaining good access for visitors, wildlife habitat conservation, planning & assisting with family events, environmental education & walks, as well as involvement with a wide variety of other project work – no 2 days are ever the same! As well as our busy 6 mile walk through limestone meadows & ancient woods with sweeping views over Bath, we have a forest school & a woodland play area.   ASK   Tabi Collins, Skyline Ranger, tabitha.collins@nationaltrust.org.uk  0782 7252167.


REF        2132-VOL-30/6


BE4        30/6/17


PAY        Training


DES        1-2 days per week (Mon to Fri) for 9 months participating in our traditional rural skills programme assisting in hedge-laying, coppicing, scything, ecological surveys & other conservation tasks. The trainees will also work with volunteer groups sharing their rural skills exp & delivering training. This role offers a fantastic training package with external trainers for scything, dry stone dyking (LANTRA certified), coppicing & outdoor first aid. Internal training in hedge laying & community engagement skills covering environmental education, leadership skills & working with community groups.   BUT   Over 18 & exp of practical conservation. Qual in a rel field or working towards one beneficial. Ideal for someone looking to get into the countryside sector. Happy being outdoors in any weather, working practically; strong leadership skills. Good at motivating people & working with a range of different people.   ASK   Jess, jessica.wharf@east-ayrshire.gov.uk  01563 554738.


REF        2133-VOL-14/7


BE4        17/7/17 (9am)  IV 26/7/17


PAY        Out-of-pocket expenses


DES        12 months, 3 days a week, anticipated start date 6/9/17. An opportunity to gain experience & training in surveying & monitoring of Local Wildlife Sites & make a positive contribution to the conservation of Herts & Middlesex’s habitats & species. Assist the Local Wildlife Sites Officer to maintain & develop the LWS survey programme, co-ordinate & carry out LWS surveys, & to review outputs using a combination of on-site surveying & a variety of datasets & other digital tools.   BUT   Committed conservationist educated to degree level or equiv in a biological / environmental science. A basic understanding of Hertfordshire’s habitats is required, as well as a high level of computer literacy. Subject to a DBS check.   ASK   www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/about/jobs  Chat: Carol Lodge, 01727 858901 x 235.  CV & covering letter outlining your personal qualities, experience & skills in relation to the role profile, to recruitment@hmwt.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).

REF        1846-VOL-30/6


BE4        30/6/17


PAY        Training

JOB         Reserves Volunteer

DES / BUT By working as part of a team you will assist with the management of all aspects of the nature reserves.  You will strim & remove invasive species of plants, assist with the maintenance of hedges, trees & meadows.  Create & manage pathways & assist with wildlife & wildflower surveys.  Exp of working practically in an outdoor environment.  Have excellent communication skills & a positive attitude.  Physically fit & do not mind working outdoors.  A driving licence would be useful.   ASK   http://c-js.co.uk/2qDK75r Amy Hannan, Volunteer Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.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 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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