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Voluntary opportunities with an occasional commitment requirement e.g. a few hours a week, one or two days a month. Work covers a wide range of areas: countryside, conservation and ecology voluntary opportunities including wildlife work and environmental education. Weekly updates.

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Midlands vacancies: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Hereford & Worcester and Warwickshire.


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JOB: Volunteer Environmental Assistant - Midlands team

BE4: 21/4/19

LOC: Birmingham

PAY: Expenses / training

FOR: Canal & River Trust

2-3 days per week, 12 weeks min. Our waterways support some of the UK’s most important wildlife. We are seeking a personable volunteer Environmental Assistant commencing this summer based in central Birmingham but will involve regular travel. Please note there is a balance between office / site work. Good understanding of ecological issues, passion, ‘can do’ attitude, excellent communication, time management, interpersonal, research, IT and writing skills. Commitment to continual personal development, working towards protected species licences. Prev exp or understanding of ecological surveying is desirable. Driving licence, access to reliable & regular transport is desirable. ASK: Apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2O0fgLS

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer

BE4: 12/4/19 5pm

IV: 12/04/2019

LOC: Herefordshire

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

12 month placement, 3 days per week, primarily Tues, Wed, Thurs. This role offers an opportunity to gain practical work experience & training in practical & applied conservation work with a Wildlife Trust in beautiful Herefordshire. Working on the Trust’s 50+ nature reserves, incl Queenswood Country Park & Bodenham Lake, this is the ideal first step to gaining a career in conservation. Exp in practical conservation work such as coppicing, fencing, & hay meadow management incl machinery use will be gained & formal quals in first aid & chainsaw use are part of the scheme. Introductions to surveying, management plans & H&S are also on offer. A formal qual (degree or similar) in a biological / environmental science or countryside management, a basic knowledge of habitat management principles, & some exp of practical conservation are desirable. All necessary training will be given. ASK: Visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2CoCXZG or contact James Hitchcock on 01432 356872.

JOB: Trustee - Youth Voice

BE4: 24/3/19 midnight

IV: 24/03/2019

LOC: Birmingham

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Groundwork UK

One day per month, incl preparation for four Board meetings, mentoring, occasional additional events. Groundwork is a national federated charity with a 35-year track record of helping people build better, greener lives in the places that need it most. We are currently looking for two Trustees (18-28 years old) to join our national Federation Board. Improving the prospects of young people is a key area of our work, so it is vital young people have a say in how we manage and develop our organisation. Ultimately, we want to ensure we are developing the skills in young people capable of leading the charity sector in the future, as well as future proofing our own organisation’s strategies and delivery through the advice of a diverse and experienced Board. ASK: Please see our information pack and application form here: https://c-js.co.uk/2U2VrWy

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Worcestershire

PAY: Learn new skills

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation, carrying out thousands of hours of practical conservation across our reserves each year.  We have volunteer work parties based on reserves all across Worcestershire - joining your local volunteer group is a great way to meet new people, get fit (and stay fit!) and get closer to the wildlife that's local to you.  Learn new skills alongside our experienced team. Time commitment is variable – you decide. From woodlands to wetlands, from gentle tasks to a full 'wild work-out', there is something for everyone. ASK: Why not visit our website to find out more about the opportunities local to you: https://c-js.co.uk/2Lx8F9N or contact Helen Dorey, Conservation Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919.

JOB: Events & Engagement Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Worcester

PAY: Learn new skills

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

We're looking for friendly, engaging people to get involved and join our team!  We run a series of public engagement events and activities at Lower Smite Farm and in public parks and greenspaces throughout Worcestershire across the year. From family activities to county shows, these are the perfect opportunities to engage and enthuse children and adults with the environment and wildlife conservation.  You will assist with these public events and activities alongside Wildlife Trust members of staff and other volunteers. The tasks vary with the types of events but may include: engaging children and adults in outdoor, wildlife-themed activities such as walks, talks, bug hunts, pond dipping, crafts, games etc.; being an ambassador for our work; helping with set-up and pack-down at events; selling raffle tickets. Learn new skills alongside our experienced team. Time commitment is variable – you decide.  ASK: See https://c-js.co.uk/2Lx8F9N for full details. Contact Sadie activities@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919.

JOB: Youth Engagement Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Hindlip, Worcester & nearby nature reserves

PAY: Learn new skills

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Our youth engagement team is recruiting volunteers to help deliver formal and informal outdoor learning sessions for young people between the ages of 11+.  We are looking for volunteers to help on a with our new University Volunteering Group, as well as a pool of volunteers to help deliver our ad-hoc activities with uniform groups, schools and holiday activities. You can sign up to help with one or both - how much time you give is up to you. Examples of typical tasks are: leading or assisting with a range of outdoor education activities from pond dipping and mini-beast hunts, to tree ID and shelter building; supervising practical conservation tasks out on the reserves (in all weathers); helping young people to carry out wildlife surveys; helping to deliver practical activities such as bushcraft and green woodworking. Learn new skills alongside our experienced team. ASK: See https://c-js.co.uk/2Lx8F9N for full details. Contact Ben Rees ben@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919

JOB: Greeter Volunteer at Red Bull Welcome Station

BE4: 31/3/19

LOC: Kidsgrove, nr Stoke on Trent

PAY:

FOR: Canal & River Trust

1 -2 days / week. This is an opportunity to be the 'face' of the Canal & River Trust, playing a key role in the enjoyment of the visitor experience & ensuring visitors leave with a greater understanding & affinity to the waterways. It will involve being on hand to talk to visitors, increasing their understanding of the exhibits, enlightening them to the work that the Canal & River Trust carries out & informing them about the what, where, when & why of your local waterway, surrounding area & the charity as a whole. We're not looking for people who are experts in the nation's waterways, but we are looking for people who are friendly & approachable & know who to ask if they don't know the immediate answer. If you've got a passion & interest in the waterways, you can share it with others or if you enjoy pointing people towards the local pub or chippy, you'll no doubt be able to do this as well. This role could work well for couples or friends to work together. ASK: See more: https://c-js.co.uk/2VUJROu

JOB: Young Volunteers Group Leader

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: RSPB

One Saturday a month. RSPB Sandwell Valley’s young volunteers (13 to 18-year-olds) contribute to keeping the reserve in great shape for both people and wildlife, whilst learning new skills and having fun. We need adult volunteers to lead the group, ensuring it remains a safe, welcoming and fun space for teenagers. You will work as a team with other leaders to plan, organise and deliver the sessions, ensuring RSPB policies are followed.  We are specifically looking for someone with previous experience of practical conservation work and knowledge of safe working methods including tool use. You need to be able to understand and apply Health and Safety policies. You will be making a meaningful difference in the life of young people, empowering and enabling them to volunteer. Help create the next generation of conservationists and contribute to essential work on the nature reserve. ASK: Contract sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk for further information.

JOB: Estate Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cannock

PAY: Meals & accomodation

FOR: The Beaudesert Trust

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer estate assistant, to assist our estate manager with a variety of tasks around our 120 park.  Tasks include grass cutting, tree work, construction, repairs and maintenance, littler collection and cleaning.   Some training available. Time commitment, 6 months min ASK: Please contact centremanager@beaudesert.org.uk

JOB: Estate Assistants

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cannock

PAY: Some training available

FOR: The Beaudesert Trust

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer estate assistant, to assist our estate manager with a variety of tasks around our 120 park.  Tasks include grass cutting, tree work, construction, repairs and maintenance, littler collection and cleaning. Time commitment: flexible from one day a month to more regular. We can also take a group who want to do a community or conservation project. Our estate manager is always looking for groups to do a day of Rhodi clearing or help with general tree work, putting up or repairing a fence etc. ASK: Please contact centremanager@beaudesert.org.uk

JOB: Event Volunteer - Mass Engagement

BE4: N / A

LOC: Birmingham, Hereford, Oxford, York

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Events Programming Team work nationally across the Woodland Trust to deliver mass audience events which raise brand awareness of the Woodland Trust. The aim is to engage and inspire those audiences about the aims and work of the Woodland Trust and to encourage them to get involved and support our cause. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at events in 2019 in the following locations: Birmingham; Hay-on-Wye, Hereford; Oxford; Castle Howard, York. You will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills, to volunteer alongside the staff at the event, to engage with large audiences and support our delivery of events. As part of our events team you will: be part of the staff rota for an event; attend pre-event briefing calls over the telephone / video conferencing; engage with the public and deal with questions and queries at the event; give post-event feedback so each event can be evaluated going forward; collect names and addresses of members of the public, adhering to data protection / GDPR; help with tidying up after the event. Please only apply if you are interested in volunteering at one or more of the above locations. ASK: For further details and to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2CqpRw7

JOB: Events and Activities Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We regularly hold events on the reserve to encourage visitors to get closer to nature and learn more about the wildlife at Sandwell.  Annual events include bat and moth nights, bird ringing and family favourites like Easter egg hunts. You will be helping our visitor experience team by helping us deliver events on the nature reserve. You might be welcoming visitors, pond dipping or taking payment. The event activities vary every time and you will help us make them a success. You will also help by setting up activities in the first place and then helping us clear away afterwards.  We just need you to come with bags of enthusiasm and an interest in wildlife and the outdoors; we can supply and training you might need.  Experience of working with children would be helpful as our events are often family focused. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Community Forum member

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

To advise on how the reserve can remain engaged with and relevant to the local community.  To act as a champion for, and raise awareness of, the reserve amongst the local community.  To support, give advice on and monitor the progress of community projects, including funding sources.  Networking with the local community and other groups.  Attending some events on the reserve to engage with community and gather feedback  Contribute to promotion of the community forum and recruitment of forum members. Attend CF meetings.   ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Gardener

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We need help to keep the wildlife friendly garden at this reserve in good condition as an example & motivation to our visitors This will require carrying out weeding, pruning, mowing & a whole host of other gardening tasks Do you have green fingers? Do you want to learn more about gardening in an environmentally friendly way? If you have loads of enthusiasm, an interest in gardening, a love of conservation & enjoy working as a team then this may be the role for you. Enthusiasm & an interest in conservation are crucial for this role & experience in gardening is an advantage. No specialist skills are required though a good level of fitness & a desire to work outside is essential. You will need an up to date tetanus injection & to enjoy working as a team. Time Commitment: once a month or more if you would like. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Nature's Reach Cleaner

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

You will help us make sure the visitor experience here is a fantastic one. First impressions mean a lot so making sure the visitor centre is sparkling is incredibly important. Sticky fingers on windows can quickly spoil the view of the lake & walking boots through the visitor centre can soon make muddy floors, so keeping on top of this is important. We will do our best to tidy as we go along, but a weekly visit from a cleaning angel will help us keep on top of things. The role will include cleaning the floors & windows, keeping the refreshment area hygienic & presentable & of course the loos clean too. If you are a whizz with a mop & enjoy getting things clean & tidy then we need you! You will help maintain high standards of cleanliness & hygiene around our site. Time Commitment: 2 hours, 1 or 2 days a week. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

Our visitor volunteers work across the visitor centre & the lakeside viewpoint, making a large flexible team whose focus is great customer service & promoting this special nature reserve. We know that wildlife inspires people, so interpreting the wildlife here is important, whether it’s pointing out swans or swallows, hoverflies or hawthorn. The visitors centre will have basic refreshment facilities & equipment to hire, you will help visitors get what they need. Collect car parking payments at the till & help with keeping the welcome area clean & tidy.   RSPB membership really is the lifeblood of the society & underpins every single thing we do. Introducing visitors to the idea of membership is important too. You will have the confidence to strike up a conversation with strangers & a desire to help, an enthusiasm for conservation & wildlife; but most importantly of all you will need a friendly demeanour & a ready smile. Full induction & training for the role will be provided as well as the opportunity to attend a whole host of training opportunities, such as H&S, wildlife ID courses & even face painting training. Commitment 3 hours per week. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Schools On Reserves Learning Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

Do you remember finding your first ladybird? Share in the excitement as a volunteer and you will have the opportunity to deliver our education programme to visiting schools where typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. Essential skills / exp needed: a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills; a resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children; the confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme, both in the field and the classroom, with a group of students and their teacher. We'll give you training and exp to build your confidence in helping children have a wonderful hands-on exp with nature. 1 day a week especially between April-July. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Parent and Toddler Group Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We need enthusiastic & friendly volunteers to help organise a parent toddler group which run weekly at the reserve. Activities with the children will be run by a member of staff but we need help in setting up & putting away toys. You will gain exp in environmental youth work with the very young. Very little exp is needed; just be prepared to get involved. Exp of playing with young children & chatting to parents is useful. A well organised approach will help everyone but most important is to be welcoming, friendly & approachable Volunteers play a major role in the work of the RSPB & we regard volunteers as a very important part of the success of our reserves. We will ensure you receive all the training & support needed for you to enjoy volunteering at Sandwell Valley. Time Commitment: A morning or afternoon per week. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk



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