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

Arboriculture, trees and woodland, includes tree nursery work 

Horticulture, gardening and manual estate work  

Visitor engagement & events management   

Environmental education, field studies and work with children and young people  

Community work, eg helping with allotments or with a green gym

Project work - running a project, managing other volunteers and similar 

Admin, advisory, marketing and membership tasks

Ecology & biodiversity  

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:19 June

 


Logo: National TrustVolunteer 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 a minimum commitment of 6 months / 1 year. 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.

Closing Date: 7/7/17

Sector: Countryside / Wildlife

Region: South

Role type: Volunteer

Posted: 20/6/17


  

REF        2042-VOL-14/7

JOB        VOLUNTEER RESERVES ASSISTANT

BE4        ?

LOC        SOMERSET

PAY        Training

FOR        SOMERSET WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        3 days a week for 9 – 12 months.  Are you interested in pursuing a career in the field of nature conservation but don’t yet have the necessary exp or skills?  Are you keen on working outdoors & would be happy to do so in all weathers?  Have you got a min of 3 days a week to spare to help support the maintenance of wildlife habitats in Somerset?  You will assist our Reserves Managers with practical estate management on a variety of nature reserves all over Somerset.  You will gain confidence & a broader understanding of habitat management.   BUT   Interest in nature conservation & a willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions.  Able to use power tools.  Listen to & absorb instructions, self-motivated, good interpersonal skills & physically fit.  Full current driving licence & access to transport.   ASK   Chat: David Northcote-Wright 07734 878123 or Neil Watson 07734 878124   Apply: CV & covering letter to recruitment@somersetwildlife.org.  Further information: http://c-js.co.uk/2ssko2w

 

REF        2043-VOL-30/6

JOB        RESIDENTIAL RESERVE INTERN

BE4        30/6/17

LOC        KENT

PAY        Free accomm on reserve, training

FOR        RSPB

DES        12 months full time. Exciting opportunity to gain experience in nature reserve management for a range of habitats, including grazing marsh, woodland, reedbed, scrub, saline lagoon & shingle. Our reserves boast the largest breeding colony of avocet in the UK, the largest shingle habitat of its kind in the UK. You will have all this on your doorstep, with free accommodation provided on the reserves. The work will vary throughout the year & between placements. Training could include tractor & / or 4x4, depending on the location.   BUT   Essential: 18 years old or over. A-levels or equivalent; interest in wildlife & conservation; willingness to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers; ability to work in a team & a strong work ethic; enthusiasm & flexibility; confident & friendly manner; ability to actively listen to others & follow instructions; ability to use own initiative; IT literate; full driving licence in order to drive reserve vehicles. Desirable: good basic wildlife ID skills; rel degree; previous experience of practical work on a nature reserve.   ASK   http://c-js.co.uk/2gjTdCd

 

REF        2044-VOL-14/7

JOB        VISITOR EXPERIENCE ASSISTANT (HERITAGE TRAINEE)

BE4        N / A

LOC        GIBSIDE, BURNOPFIELD, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

PAY        Training & accommodation              

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

DES        1 year full time opportunity to live on site at Gibside. You will help in the planning & delivery elements of a complex programme of Gibside’s varied & exciting events programme to help tell Gibside’s story to our visitors, engage them with our conservation work & get the most out of their visit. You need to enthuse & inspire people with our natural & heritage environments. Prepare & deliver events which could include camping festivals; seasonal activities at Christmas, Easter & Hallowe’en; music; sport; free activities for our visitors to enjoy during the school holidays, all delivered outdoors in all weathers; support the work of other departments on the properties to help deliver a wide range of visitor engagement opportunities. There is the opportunity to receive up to £1000 worth of training specific to your role. Opportunity to develop your skills & experience of working in the heritage sector to enhance your CV (ideal for graduates).   BUT   Some knowledge & experience of the heritage sector, working with the public & ability to work on own initiative & as part of a team. Reasonably fit & willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. A full driving licence would be helpful.   ASK   Lauren Cripps, Volunteer Manager, 01207 541223  lauren.cripps@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

REF        2045-VOL-30/6

JOB        MARINE CONSERVATION COMMUNICATIONS VOLUNTEER

BE4        3/7/17  IV 11/7/17               

LOC        YORK

PAY        0

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        The North Sea Marine Protected Areas programme is working towards creating a network of nature reserves in the English North Sea & we need a passionate volunteer to help us shout about this work. We are keen to increase our interaction & dialogue with our existing members & potential new ones through our website social media channels & are seeking a creative & enthusiastic volunteer to help us do so. You will assist in increasing brand & project recognition & interaction with our work through increasing website visits & social media followers by helping to produce engaging online content.   BUT   Passion for & knowledge of the UK marine environment; understanding of general marine conservation principles & current challenges; excellent general IT skills; excellent literacy skills (written especially); capable of work on your own & with others; able to follow instructions & work with minimum supervision; reliable & punctual; video / photography editing skills; proficiency in social media platforms (FB, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube); ability to use a range of different software packages (Adobe elements, Campaign Monitor, etc.).   ASK   volunteering@ywt.org.uk

 

REF        2046-VOL-30/6

JOB        WILD CAMPING EVENTS VOLUNTEER (SEASONAL)

BE4        29/6/17  IV 7/7/17               

LOC        CORNWALL

PAY        Private accommodation provided

FOR        MOUNT PLEASANT ECO PARK

DES        24/6/17 to 1/9/17. Assist the team delivering workshops, activities & walks to campers at the Eco Park throughout the school holidays, in a beautiful area of Cornwall. We are open to the volunteer sharing their ideas of activities to connect campers with the environment. Gain a real insight & hands on experience of shadowing & assisting with the running of the wild camping offer. Accommodation in a beautiful cliff top location will be provided.   BUT   Motivated, imaginative & creative & keen to immerse themselves in the busy world of the Eco Park. Previous experience leading workshops particularly with children or families; excellent interpersonal & communication skills; interested or experienced in outdoor education; organised & flexible; resourceful & imaginative; keen to develop the role & grow responsibilities; share the Eco Park’s philosophy of encouraging low-impact living.   ASK   www.mpecopark.co.uk  CV & cover letter explaining why you’d like the role, what you hope to gain from your time at the Eco Park & any rel skills & exp you have, to megan@dtef.org.uk

 

REF        2047-VOL-14/7

JOB        WILDLIFE TRAINEE (CONSERVATION, OXON) x 2

BE4        13/7/17 9am   IV 19/7/17

LOC        BBOWT HQ, LITTLEMORE, OXFORD, OX4 4XT

PAY        Training / limited expenses              

FOR        Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

DES        3-5 days per week for 6-12 months.  Core work days are Tues - Thursday, 8.30am - 4.30pm.  We are looking to recruit two volunteer trainees to join a dedicated team delivering a programme of works across our 25+ Oxfordshire reserves.  You will gain exp working on a wide variety of habitats.  The role involves practical conservation work on the reserves; restoring & improving habitats for wildlife. Help look after our livestock, repair & install site infrastructure, work with power tools & machinery, carry out species surveys, vegetation management, & work with & lead volunteers. There is also an opportunity to assist other Oxfordshire teams with environmental education & events.   BUT   Would suit those wishing to develop skills to follow a career in the wildlife & countryside sector. Keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, good level of physical fitness and be willing to supervise & lead volunteers.  Rel volunteering exp desirable.   ASK   http://c-s.co.uk/1a8tH4O

 

REF        2048-VOL-7/7

JOB        TESTWOOD LAKES NATURE RESERVE VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT

BE4        10/7/17 (5pm)  IV 18/7/17

LOC        TOTTON, HAMPSHIRE

PAY        In-house training

FOR        HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        3 – 6 months from September 2017, 2 – 3 days per week. We are looking for someone keen to enter a career in conservation based education or practical conservation to join our team at Testwood Nature Reserve to assist with: delivery of environmental education to groups & visitors under the supervision of the Education staff; day to day running of the centre, helping to develop & promote the education & interpretation of the wildlife reserve; practical conservation work to maintain & / or improve habitats, practical estate work to maintain & / or improve public access & wildlife surveying. You will be provided with in-house training & gain a wealth of experience in this area of work.   BUT   Over 18 years of age. DBS checked.   ASK   www.hiwwt.org.uk/jobs  recruitment@hiwwt.org.uk  01489 774400.

 

REF        2049-VOL-7/7

JOB        CONSERVATION INTERN

BE4        5/7/17 (5pm)  IV 19/7/17

LOC        CAMLEY STREET NATURAL PARK, LONDON

PAY        Travel & lunch expenses

FOR        LONDON WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        3 – 6 months, 3 days per week (Tues to Thurs). To assist with the planning, co-ordination & delivery of various volunteering & corporate workday sessions, as well as in the practical maintenance & conservation of other Trust sites as required. Work with a broad cross-section of the local community, including young people & people recovering from mental health episodes, & proactively support active & potential volunteers through face-to-face, phone, letter & email contact. The project aims to improve the skills & life chances of all participants through structured & supported engagement with nature conservation. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop transferable skills & gain confidence by engaging & working with volunteers from various backgrounds in outdoor settings.   BUT   Interest in conservation & involving people in conservation work; experienced in using hand tools; adaptable with good problem solving skills; able to maintain electronic & paper administrative systems.   ASK   www.wildlondon.org.uk/volunteer-opportunities

 

REF        2050-VOL-28/7

JOB        FARM & GRAZING VOLUNTARY TRAINEE

BE4        28/7/17 9AM   IV 8/8/17

LOC        PICKERING, NORTH YORKSHIRE

PAY        Training / expenses

FOR        YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        3 days per week for 12 months.  You will help at two of our conservation farms in North Yorkshire, Appleton Mill Farm & Low Carr Farm.  Gain skills & exp in all aspects of farm conservation & management & conservation grazing techniques.  An exciting & varied role which promises to give you a great mix of skills.   BUT   Committed & enthusiastic with a strong desire to get involved in farm conservation.  Willing to be outdoors in all weathers incl some evenings & weekends.  Able to be part of a team & with a wide range of individuals & groups.  Reasonable level of fitness.  Driving licence required as there will be on-road driving of tractor & Trust vehicles.   ASK   Marie Fooks, marie.fooks@ywt.org.uk  www.ywt.org.uk/voluntary-trainee-vacancies

 

REF        2051-VOL-30/6

JOB        RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER WARDEN

BE4        30/6/17

LOC        RSPB EXE ESTUARY RESERVES DEVON

PAY        Training / accommodation               

FOR        RSPB

DES     Minimum 6 months. We are looking for someone to join the Exe Estuary reserves team.  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 work tasks ranging from hegelaying, fencing, moving cattle, mowing & coppicing. A great opportunity to get involved with visitor engagement work at Bowling Green Marsh, a bird watching hotspot in the southwest.  We also undertake a range of survey work from breeding bird surveys to butterfly transects.  If you are looking for a career in conservation this is a great place to start.   BUT   You must be enthusiastic, have the ability to work as part of a team & a keen interest in wildlife & conservation. An ability to work outside in all weathers & undertake demanding manual labour, as work can be physically demanding especially in winter. Minimum age 18 & a driving licence is essential.   ASK   Send CV & covering letter or questions to tom.pace@rspb.org.uk 07872814863.

 

REF        2052-VOL-14/7

JOB        VOLUNTEER RANGER

BE4        13/7/17

LOC        BROWNSHAM, NORTH DEVON AONB

PAY        Free shared accom & training

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

DES        Volunteers spend anywhere between 6 & 12 months with us, most going on to find employment in the countryside management sector. Exciting opportunity to assist the ranger team with practical conservation, maintenance & community project work. Practical skills training is provided in house, with certified training including: brushcutters, first aid, 4x4 off road driving & other courses available. The property is within the North Devon AONB with many areas designated SSSI for their flora & fauna. It contains a diversity of habitats, incl: coastline, parkland, salt marsh, culm grassland & woodland habitats. There are also many archaeological features such as hillforts & lime kilns on our property.   BUT   Enthusiastic with an interest in the environment & conservation. Rel degree / diploma / NVQ desirable but not essential. The post would suit those of a very practical nature, who are physically fit & enjoy working outdoors. Full driving licence & commitment of 6 months min essential. Prev applicants need not apply.   ASK   CV & short letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the post to: gregg.wilson@nationaltrust.org.uk or Gregg Wilson, The National Trust, Brownsham, Hartland, Bideford, Devon  EX39 6AN

 

 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

LOC        WASHINGTON WETLANDS CENTRE, TYNE & WEAR

BE4        30/6/17

FOR        THE WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST

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. 

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