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logo: Kench Hill


The Kench Hill Charity

Resident Volunteer Education Trainee

Tenterden, Kent

Free accommodation in shared house, meals on duty, £60 pw allowance, plus training

1 - 2 resident trainees required from June-September to work with school groups in Summer Term and supervise other resident groups in holiday period. Will teach activities, help with general household duties, animal husbandry and gardening.

Closing Date:15/6/17

Sector: Education

Region: South

Role type: Volunteer

Posted: 23/5/17

Vacancies advertised w/b: 22 May


REF        1776-VOL-30/6


BE4        N / A


PAY        On the job training


DES        We are looking for a team of volunteers to help us engage families in outdoor nature based activities in local parks & green spaces with the aim of connecting children & families to nature. We need you to help us reach more children & engage more families in getting outdoors & appreciating the nature in their city. This is ever more important for health & well-being as modern life becomes increasingly reliant on technology & it is vital for nature conservation in the future. Activities will focus on features of signs of spring & summer & will include minibeast hunting, nature trails & scavenger hunts.   BUT   Enthusiasm for connecting children to nature; ability to stay calm when thereís a bit of pressure (we engage a lot of people!); good time keeping & organisational skills; ability to run an activity according to RSPB guidelines; willingness to learn along with the children; willing & able to work outdoors in all weathers; able to be on your feet, ready for anything. Some exp of working with children & families & basic nature knowledge desirable.   ASK   Adam Ross, adam.ross@rspb.org.uk  01224 627853.


REF        1777-VOL-16/6


BE4        19/6/17 (9am)  IV 3/7/17


PAY        Training & travel expenses (up to 25 miles)

FOR        RSPB

DES        3 days per week, 6 months. Your role will be to support our practical conservation staff on the Weald Reserves in East Sussex & Kent. You will focus on habitat management, reserve maintenance, surveys & public engagement events. You will be helping the RSPB to restore vital lowland heathland at Broadwater Warren & to manage ancient woodland & wild flower meadows at Tudeley Woods & Fore Wood. You will develop: an understanding of the practical techniques for the creation & maintenance of valuable habitats; first-hand experience of habitat management; knowledge of the ecology of woodland, heathland & meadows; confidence leading volunteer teams & connecting the local community with nature. Also, training on CV writing & interview techniques; training on machinery; access to our internal vacancies; reference; dedicated mentor.   BUT   Strong work ethic; able to work proactively & show initiative; organised with attention to detail; confident meeting new people & representing the charity; ability to work alone & in a team; 18 years old or over; full clean driving licence; achieved A-levels or equivalent; confident using MS Word, Excel, Outlook.   ASK   Wealden Office, 01892 752430.  Application pack from broadwater.warren@rspb.org.uk  Completed applications to Nick Feledziak, RSPB Wealden Office, Sham Farm Business Units, Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells  TN3 9JA or broadwater.warren@rspb.org.uk


REF        1778-VOL-3/11


BE4        1/11/17


PAY        Accommodation / training

FOR        RSPB

DES        6 months, 5 days per week. Assist with the day-to-day running of the visitor operation at our 9 Dorset reserves which include RSPB Arne & RSPB Radipole Lake. Help connect our visitors with the amazing wildlife found on our reserves & take on projects you will lead yourself, to ensure the public have a great experience with the RSPB. You will be involved in events & activities, visitor welcome, social media & publicity. You will become a flexible & valued member of our Dorset team working on a number of sites with a number of different team members with the chance to work both on RSPB reserves & with our community outreach team in Bournemouth & Poole.   BUT   Confidence speaking to a wide range of people (adults & children). Ability to be a good ambassador for the RSPB & work well in a team but also on own. Basic knowledge & keen interest in conservation & a passion for wildlife & wild spaces.  Desirable full, clean driving licence. Ability to use Microsoft Office.   ASK   Rob Farrington, robert.farrington@rspb.org.uk, 01929 553360


REF        1780-VOL-26/5


BE4        28/5/17


PAY        Accommodation


DES        3-4 days per week. We are seeking a keen naturalist to help us achieve the National Trustís twin objectives of conserving our special places & helping people to enjoy & understand them by enhancing our knowledge of the wildlife at our sites & informing people through different forms of media.   BUT   Self-motivated, organised, enthusiastic & passionate about wildlife conservation. Good understanding  of habitat survey techniques & excellent ID skills. Work well in a team or by yourself & able to engage with the public. Computer literate & used to using social media.   ASK   Search for opportunities on The Roseland at https://myvolunteering.nationaltrust.org.uk


REF        1784-VOL-2/6


BE4        5/6/17


PAY        Some travel expenses & £750 training budget, accommodation


DES        12 months. This role provided a great opportunity to work within a dynamic ranger team & develop new skills & experience in conservation. The focus of this role will be outdoor, practical coast & countryside work, & may involve taking part in community events. To help in the conservation & management of the West Cornwall estate including areas of SSSI, WHS, AONBs & over a hundred scheduled monuments within a landscape of an intensity of archaeology that is rivalled by few places in Western Europe. Getting involved you could: experience of working with people of all ages & backgrounds in a beautiful outdoor setting; improve skills in estate management & knowledge of nature conservation; develop skills & gain experience in working with volunteers, visitor engagement & working in the heritage sector; various projects & events to build on & develop your work experience.   BUT   Enjoy working on the coast & in the countryside, want to learn new skills & need hands-on exp for a career in conservation. Enjoy being part of a dedicated team & enjoy engaging with members of the public. Full clean driving licence & good communicator.   ASK   jasmin.odell@nationaltrust.org.uk or 01736 786933.


REF        1781-VOL-26/5


BE4        30/5/17  IV 7/6/17


PAY        Budget for PPE & short course*


DES        3 month placement, ideally 5 days a week Mon-Fri but flexible. The placement is ideal for a volunteer with an enthusiasm for conservation & organising events. * of your choosing.   BUT   Over 18 years of age, ideally with a rel qualification in a rel subject. Competent in the use of standard MS Office suite programmes including Word & Excel. Previous exp in the environment sector, including volunteering or event organisation an advantage.   ASK   Any questions: project staff, Ruth Craig or Will Bartle, 01522 555780 chalkstreams@lincolnshire.gov.uk.  Application form & CV to chalkstreams@lincolnshire.gov.uk or by post to Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project, 3rd Floor Navigation Warehouse, Louth, Lincolnshire  LN11 0DA www.lincolnshirechalkstreams.org


REF        1783-VOL-2/6


BE4        5/6/17


PAY        Training / expenses / accommodation


DES     4 day a week 9 - 12 month, voluntary placement starting in summer 2017. You will work within the visitor experience department to assist with & gain experience in all areas of our visitor offer at Attingham Park.   BUT   This position would suit a recent graduate or someone wishing to begin a career in education &/or event management.   ASK   Further information & to apply for this role visit http://c-js.co.uk/2quFiN9 & fill in the online application


REF        1785-VOL-2/6


BE4        5/6/17 (10am)  IV 12/6/17


PAY        Training & local travel expenses


DES        If you care about the world around you & want to make a difference, want to work in the conservation sector but lack experience & want to share your passion for the environment with the next generation, a Volunteer Leader position at Skelton Grange Environment Centre could be just the thing! You could spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them, & trying your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a range of transferable skills & join a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds. Comprehensive training programme includes working with children, first aid, health & safety & risk assessment. Ideally we are looking for a commitment of 3 or 4 days per week (Mon to Fri), for 6 months or more, in order for you to get the most out of the experience & training on offer. However, please get in touch if you need more flexibility than this!   BUT   You donít need experience, just enthusiasm & the desire to work with children.   ASK   Please download an application form from our website & send it back to us before the closing date http://c-js.co.uk/2pT8DlN.



 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.

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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