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Countryside, conservation and ecology full and part time voluntary placements including wildlife work and environmental education, updated weekly. 

This week's additions are below or go straight to your chosen sector.

 

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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Seasonal Volunteer Ranger (Events, Education and Front of House)

Location: Kelburn Country Centre, Fairlie, near Largs, North Ayrshire

Salary: This is a volunteer position which will include accommodation and a weekly stipend.

We have a seasonal volunteer position (residential) available for an enthusiastic and highly motivated ranger at Kelburn Castle and Country Centre.  Previous experience working with members of the public of all ages and abilities, knowledge of environmental education and good communication skills are highly encouraged.  The successful candidate will need to be friendly, with an outgoing personality and a flexible attitude to work as weekend and evening work is required. 

Delete Date: 24/4/17

Sector: Admin / Countryside / Education / Visitor

Region: Scotland

Role type: Volunteer

Posted: 27/3/17

 

Vacancies advertised w/b: 27 March

 

logo: National TrustREF      1133-VOL-31/3

JOB      INVASIVE SPECIES PROJECT VOLUNTEER

BE4      3/4/17

LOC      GODOLPHIN ESTATE, WEST CORNWALL

PAY     Accommodation, Travel Expenses

FOR     NATIONAL TRUST

DES     12 month residential volunteer project role to create the records & plans which will form the basis for our future work on invasive species in West Cornwall. Identify & record non-native / invasive plant species throughout the West Cornwall Portfolio. Use GIS mapping & other mapping programmes to create a workable record of the species locations & other relevant information. Create a workable treatment plan for future years using best practice. Assist with the Cornwall Invasive Species forum to create a solid network for partnership treatment & eradication programmes across Cornwall. Provide a warm, friendly welcome to visitors & create lasting memories of West Cornwall & give them an exceptional exp.   BUT   Physically demanding at times due to landscape, so you will need to be reasonably fit & willing to work outdoors. Suit a person looking to develop their own skills & exp of working outdoors with a focus on invasive species mapping & planning.  Able to work under own initiative & as part of a team. A basic understanding of Invasive species & mapping technology preferred.   ASK   Simon Hocking National Trust Area Ranger / West Cornwall simon.hocking@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

logo: Nevis PartnershipREF        1134-VOL-28/4

JOB        TRAINEE VOLUNTEER RANGERS X 4

BE4        27/4/17  5pm  IV 10 + 11/5/17

LOC        GLEN & BEN NEVIS, FORT WILLIAM, INVERNESS-SHIRE

PAY        Accom & Subsistence allowance of £100/week

FOR        NEVIS PARTNERSHIP

DES        12 week training programme, starting 19/6/17, full time. This opportunity will allow motivated individuals seeking ex of hands-on practice of conservation work & mountain tourism dynamics in specific context. Gain key skills to build towards career in this field. Programme will consist of specific core training e.g. first aid & mountain awareness plus habitat & monitoring with rel env based workshops. Work exp will be gained supporting our NLP with various projects along with opportunity to network & potentially support partners e.g. Forestry Commission, John Muir Trust, Highland Council rangers & SNH.   BUT   Willing to work as part of team with variety of people & able to use own initiative. Dedicated individuals keen to support NLP's aim to encourage public engagement with natural & cultural envs of Ben & Glen Nevis in sustainable manner.    ASK   http://c-js.co.uk/1UWook4 

 

REF        1135-VOL-7/4

JOB        RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER WARDEN

BE4        6/4/17  IV 14/4/17

LOC        RSPB ARNE, DORSET

PAY        Accom & training*              

FOR        RSPB

DES        6-12 month full time placement working on 10 varied nature reserves across Dorset covering wide range of habitat types incl ancient woodland, wetland & heath. Work tasks are mainly practical but incl visitor engagement & species monitoring. Gain huge range of skills in practical habitat management & devlop ecological knowledge. Many previous vols have moved onto paid employment within conservation sector.*may include chainsaws, ATV & brushcutter.   BUT   Looking for career in conservation. 18+. Full UK/EU driving licence. Due to physically demanding nature of work prepared to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers.   ASK   CV & brief cover letter to: andrew.jones@rspb.org.uk

 

REF        1136-VOL-21/4

JOB        WILDLIFE TRAINEE: CONSERVATION (COLLEGE LAKE)

BE4        20/4/17 5pm   IV 27/4/17

LOC        COLLEGE LAKE, nr TRING (HP23 5QG)

PAY        Limited expenses available

FOR        BERKS, BUCKS & OXON WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        3 days per week (Tue, Wed & Thur 8.30-4.30) 6-12 months, additional one weekend day per month required with TOIL during week.  Gain employer-valued practical exp of cons techniques ranging from fencing & tree felling to species survey & livestock management. Comprehensive training programme tailored to your role (incl first aid & NPTC chainsaw cert) & dedicated mentor, help with personal development & provide reference on successful completion. Over 80% of previous trainees have jobs in industry. Join skilled & knowledgeable team, learn about practical management of range of habitats incl wetlands, chalk grassland, farmland, woodland, fen & scrubland. Busy site with thriving visitor centre & education centre giving opportunity to gain exp of visitor engagement.    BUT   Keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, good level of physical fitness & willing to supervise & lead vols. Rel vol exp desirable.   ASK   Info: www.bbowt.org.uk/what-we-do/traineeships Apply: completed application forms to leokeedy@bbowt.org.uk. No CVs  NB only successful applications notified

 

REF        1137-VOL-14/4

JOB        VOLUNTEER EDUCATION TRAINEE

BE4        14/4/17 5pm  IV 17/4/17

LOC        NATURE DISCOVERY CENTRE, THATCHAM RG19 3FU

PAY        Limited expenses available

FOR        BERKS, BUCKS & OXON WILDLIFE TRUST

DES / BUT             2-3 days per week, negotiable, 6-12 month commitment. To help run our education centre. Assist with lead school group activities, at centre & at schools. Also assist with running events of families. May be opportunity for developing educational resources & facilities. Great opportunity to develop skills in env ed field, build experience working with children in an outdoor setting & inspire next gen on our beautiful site.   ASK   Info: www.bbowt.org.uk/what-we-do/traineeships Apply: completed application forms to berkshireeducation@bbowt.org.uk  NB only successful applications notified.

 

REF        1138-VOL-31/3

JOB        PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT VOLUNTEER

BE4        31/3/17

LOC        DURLSTON COUNTRY PARK, SWANAGE, DORSET

PAY        Accom & training

FOR        DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL

DES        Starting May, flexible duration of 1-4 months, 5 dpw incl some evening & weekend work. Duties will include: helping run events at the park, assisting with school groups, day to day engagement with visitors & interpretation of site, conducting visitor surveys & working in visitor centre. Scope to perform some practical conservation work if desired.    BUT   Looking to gain more exp & skills in public engagement to develop career in conservation. Enthusiastic, motivated & passionate about conservation. Strong communication skills. Able to work as part of team & independently. Computer literate & comfortable using Office e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher & Outlook.   ASK   Doug Hart 01929 424443 info@durlston.co.uk

 

REF        1139-VOL-21/4

JOB        CHOUGH STUDENT PLACEMENT x 2

BE4        N / A

LOC        JERSEY

PAY        0

FOR        DURRELL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION TRUST

DES / BUT   Placements start 1/9/17 for 12 months. To work on the red-billed chough reintroduction project, one of many within Jersey’s ‘Birds on the Edge’ project. Durrell houses a captive collection of choughs at the Jersey Zoo, while the reintroduction project is based at an off-site aviary near Sorel Point. Juvenile choughs bred in captivity are being released to the north coast of Jersey. All birds are intensively monitored & managed post-release. The student placement will assist the Field Manager in carrying out these activities. Students will spend 6 months with the project from September to March or March to September, with the remaining 6 months spent working with Durrell’s Bird Department. Choughs have been absent from the Channel Islands for nearly a century & with the UK population in serious decline this is an exciting opportunity to help restore an enigmatic species.   ASK   www.durrell.org/jobs

 

REF        1140-VOL-21/4

JOB        OSPREYCAM RESEARCHER

BE4        N / A

LOC        HOMEBASED WITHIN SCOTLAND

PAY        0

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

DES / BUT   Part time. The ancient Caledonian pine forest to the south of Loch Arkaig is the latest exciting acquisition to the Woodland Trust estate in Scotland & we are working with the local community group to restore this degraded forest, which is already a haven for native wildlife. We need to gather baseline information about what wildlife lives here & we’ve set up a simple monitoring programme to do this. You will view live nest-camera footage, note key moments / behaviours in the osprey’s breeding cycle & download snippets of footage to an online server. You will also have the opportunity to write updates on any interesting next activity which can be used on our social media channels.   ASK   http://c-js.co.uk/2ocLcyK

 

REF        1141-VOL-7/4

JOB        VOLUNTEER

BE4        ASAP

LOC        HOME BASED

PAY        0 but reasonable expenses can be considered.

FOR        GEARING UP 4 GORILLAS (G4G)

DES / BUT             G4G is the only UK charity focusing 100% on conservation rare mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park eastern DR Congo through providing funding & equipment to rangers whose job it is to protect them. G4G is looking for a volunteer to manage our web site on a regular basis. Using content management system post regular news updates, new photos & info on campaigns. Be in regular close contact with one of the trustees to agree changes & additions. Initially there will be a few changes but after that time commitment is variable should average out to an hour or so week. Keeping the site up to date & dynamic is the primary task although there is an opportunity to be more involved with the work of G4G e.g. fundraising ideas / activities developing campaigns, trustee role etc.  ASK   Email linda@g4g.co.uk in first instance briefly setting out your website management experience & why you would like to help G4G

 

REF        1142-VOL-7/4

JOB        RANGER (FULL TIME VOLUNTEER)

BE4        7/4/17

LOC        DAN Y GYRN, BLAENGLYN FARM, LIBANUS, BRECON

PAY        Training / travel expenses

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

DES        3 to 4 days per week.  Make the great outdoors your office by assisting two of our rangers with maintenance work & activities across our sites in the Brecon Beacons & Monmouthshire.  You'll gain practical experience in a wide range of tasks including estate maintenance, habitat management & visitor engagement whilst helping to preserve these special places for future generations.   BUT   The role will suit those who are passionate about preserving our special places & the work of the National Trust, keen to work in the great outdoors whatever the weather, looking to develop a career in conservation & happy to work as part of a team.   ASK   Chat: Volunteer Managers Simon Rose & Jessica Whitehead, 01874 625515, simon.rose@nationaltrust.org.uk or jessica.whitehead@nationaltrust.org.uk Apply: http://c-js.co.uk/2nuKRdB

 

REF        1143-VOL-5/5

JOB        LONG TERM VOLUNTEER RANGER X 2

BE4        3/5/17   IV 16/5/17

LOC        WICKEN FEN NNR, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

PAY        ?

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

DES        Starting early August / September for 12 months. One post is working with the reserve team 5 days a week on habitat creation & conservation management. Second post is a conservation grazing orientated role (horses & cattle), with some days working with the reserve team. In house training is provided & this is an ideal opportunity to gain exp at one of the country’s premier nature reserves.   BUT   No previous exp required, applicants just need to be happy to be working outdoors, whatever the weather, reasonably fit to cope with the practical tasks & keen to work with the rest of the ranger team. Looking to gain exp working in nature conservation.  A manual driving licence is helpful but not necessary.   ASK   Applications via CV & cover letter to John Hughes (about the Reserve Ranger) post on john.hughes1@nationaltrust.org.uk, Carol Laidlaw (about the Grazing Ranger) post on carol.laidlaw@nationaltrust.org.uk. Both can be contacted at Wicken Fen NNR, Lode Lane, Wicken, Cambs CB7 5XP, 01353 720274. 

 

REF         1144-VOL-21/4

JOB        SCOTTISH WILDCAT ACTION DATA VOLUNTEER

BE4         ASAP

LOC        ELGIN, INVERNESS

PAY        Training / travel expenses

FOR        SCOTTISH WILDCAT ACTION

DES        April-June 2017, 3 / 4 days per week for 8 – 12 weeks.  You will assist SWA project officers to collate & process large amounts of camera trapping data & biological records on cats in wildcat conservation priority areas resulting from our winter surveys.  It will involve working closely with the project team, especially the Monitoring Officer to ensure scientific accuracy & consistency.   BUT  18 years old & interested in Scottish Wildcats & their conservation.  Willing to work outdoors & have good computer skills.  Excellent organisation skills, keen eye for details & accuracy, patience & perseverance.  Exp with record keeping, spreadsheets & data analysis will be advantageous.   ASK   www.scottishwildcataction.org  volunteer@scottishwildcataction.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).

 


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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