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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: Biodiversity Surveyor

BE4: 8/1/20

LOC: Various locations in Charnwood Borough

PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed where needed

FOR: RSPB

The RSPB is partnering with idverde, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance company, to conserve biodiversity in parks and green spaces managed by idverde on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council. To help wildlife in our green spaces, we need to know which species are present. Help us survey the wildlife in Charnwood’s green spaces, so we can better conserve them, and to monitor the effectiveness of our conservation efforts.   This a great opportunity to assist the RSPB in biodiversity conservation and make a real difference in your local area. It’s also a chance to spend time in nature and possibly discover a local or national rarity! You’ll gain useful experience of survey work and improve your identification skills. Flexible and reliable, you will need to have a decent amount of identification knowledge in either birds or insects ... or other! Time commitment: flexible, from a few days a month to a few days a year. ASK: Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or rita.gries@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Communications Volunteer

BE4: 8/12/19

LOC: Loughborough

PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed where needed

FOR: RSPB

The RSPB is partnering with idverde, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance company, to conserve biodiversity in parks and green spaces managed by idverde on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council, and empower the community to help their local wildlife. You will help promote all the conservation work done by volunteers, increase appreciation for Charnwood’s wildlife and green spaces and promote volunteering opportunities. You will use a variety of media to achieve this: social media, columns in the local paper, press releases. You will visit Charnwood’s parks and green spaces to take awe-inspiring photos and liaise with local volunteer groups. This is a flexible role, which can fit around your schedule to suit you! 0.5 days a week – flexible. You will need to have good social media and written communications skills, as well as good people skills: friendly, tactful and diplomatic.  You will need good photography skills, and to be enthusiastic about wildlife and nature conservation. ASK: Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or rita.gries@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Experience Volunteer - Visitor Centre Assistant Volunteer

BE4: Please apply as soon as possible!

LOC: RSPB Coombes Valley, Leek, Staffordshire

PAY: Expenses, full training & guidance

FOR: RSPB

At RSPB Coombes Valley, we are striving to increase the number of visitors, as well as ensuring a positive visitor experience for all. We are looking for people to enthuse visitors about this beautiful reserve. We like to make sure there's a friendly face to greet all our visitors between 9am-5pm every day, if whole day is not possible, we'd still love to hear from you. Main tasks: help visitors have an excellent experience; encourage them to support our work, by becoming members or through volunteering; ensure our visitor facilities are well presented, engaging and kept clean and tidy. Every Thursday. All year, mainly spring and summer. Skills: outgoing, friendly, happy to chat to people about wildlife / conservation. Gain experience and training in customer service and income generation, valuable skills for those interested in a career in conservation. ASK: Please contact Kostas Smponias, 07710760352 kostas.smponias@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Parent & Toddler Group Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Great Barr

PAY:

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We need enthusiastic & friendly volunteers to help organise a parent toddler group which run weekly at the reserve. There is a mix of indoor and outdoor play activities with an emphasis on connecting with nature. The sessions run for two hours in the morning and afternoon. Experience of working with young children in outdoor activities is essential. Appropriate training will be provided. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk or telephone 0121 357 7395.

JOB: Volunteer Administration Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Great Barr

PAY:

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

1 day a week, 3-4 hours. Join our team of administrators and help keep the office and nature reserve running smoothly. You will play a crucial role in keeping our records up to date and helping the team to achieve their objectives. You’ll need to be confident using computers, especially MS Excel and Word. You will also need good organisational skills and an eye for detail. You’ll need to be a good communicator, happy to pick up the phone or write emails when needed. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk or telephone 0121 357 7395.

JOB: Assistant Youth Group Leader

BE4: 15/8/19

LOC: Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

You will work as part of a team to enthuse children with the outdoors and wildlife. Your duties will include helping run a variety of craft activities & outdoor activities. Knowledge of wildlife is not essential as this can be built up over time as you go forward with your new role. A DBS check will be carried out for this role. Time Commitment: 4 hours on one Saturday afternoon per month. ASK: Please contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Assistant River Projects Officer

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: Shrewsbury

PAY: The Trust is fully committed to personal development and training through its annual review and progress meetings.

FOR: Pete Lambert - River Project Manager

To assist the River Project Manager in the delivery & development of catchment based projects. Provide a range of support functions which will help with water quality assessment & riparian ecology monitoring. Engage with external partners & community groups in relation to project development & delivery. Help prepare funding bids, consent & permission applications for project works as required. This placement post is suited to someone who is able to communicate information in a straightforward & accessible manner. An understanding of riparian habitats & in-stream improvements or Sustainable Drainage Schemes would be valuable. IT skills in MS Office & digital mapping experience would be useful. A full driving licence is essential. You will be based at our HQ in Shrewsbury & working all year round, indoors & outdoors in most weathers. 1 year fixed term placement. ASK: Contact Pete Lambert, River Project Manager, petel@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Volunteer

BE4: N / A

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

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB

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

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: Tree Health Surveyors

BE4: N/A

LOC: Various locations*

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are recruiting volunteer Tree Health Surveyors for our Observatree project (in the areas below) to carry out surveys of woods and trees for the presence and absence of specific pests and diseases on common tree species. In fact, recording negative sightings of disease (healthy host trees) is just as important. Surveyors are sometimes asked to carry out targeted surveys for specific pests and diseases during new outbreaks and also have the option to set up their own sentinel tree plots to monitor the health of individual trees. *Locations: North and South Wales; North Cornwall and Devon; Hampshire; Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Kent; Cambridgeshire; Norfolk; Scotland; The North East and the North West. ASK: For further details about this role: https://c-js.co.uk/2Sgo9FN

JOB: Voluntary Officer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Leicester / National Forest

PAY: Travel expenses, full training provided for trainee leader roles

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Time: 2+ days per week. A range of posts available for keen people wanting to be involved in conservation - we have opportunities for practical conservation leadership roles including for complete beginners, but also vacancies for back office work e.g. in publicity and social media, funding applications, communications for those with relevant skills. Get in touch and we will find you a niche! We are also looking for casual volunteers for our practical work days. ASK: Please contact K Thompson at kay.thompson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: BogLIFE Project Voluntary Warden

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR, & NNR Base (N Shropshire)

PAY: Travel expenses / Training

FOR: Marches Mosses Boglife Project

Great opportunity to assist with the restoration of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog as part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project. The National Nature Reserve is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can include practical estate & habitat management tasks, surveying / monitoring, assisting with events / guided walks & office projects. Protective clothing & some formal courses & in-house training provided. Suitable for a student looking for a work placement or someone wanting to gain further experience in the conservation sector. Reliable & enthusiastic, keen interest in wildlife & conservation, physically fit & prepared to work outdoors.   ASK: Apply with Pete Bowyer, Senior Reserve Manager peter.bowyer@naturalengland.org.uk 01948 880362

JOB: Canal & Lock Maintenance Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

To support the maintenance & upkeep of the Beeston Lock & Canal. Volunteers will be involved in various activities to help keep a 2km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. Role to include: painting fences, rails, mooring posts & step edges; clearing paths, planting, litter picking vegetation clearing, manual dredging. Volunteers will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have experience, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. ASK: For more information please phone 0115 9788 212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.org.uk

JOB: Canal & Lock Maintenance Project Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

To assist the Volunteer Co-ordinator to facilitate the maintenance & upkeep of a 2 km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. The role includes: contacting potential volunteers; supporting volunteers on the day; co-ordination of activities on site. Volunteer Project Leaders will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have exp, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance; team management. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hpw, Monday to Friday. ASK: For more information please phone 0115 9788 212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.org.uk

JOB: Small Steps Big Change (SSBC) Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

Assist Family Mentors to deliver the SSBC Family Mentor programme across Bulwell & Aspley. Volunteers will be supporting families to increase their confidence & ability in group activities such as Triple P, Active Play, Stay & Play, Songs & Rhymes, Bump, Birth & Baby, Infant Massage & Cook & Play. Min 2 hours per week Monday to Saturday. Skills / exp: being a parent & / or grandparent; working with children; being supportive; a good listener; developing relationships. ASK: For more information contact Richard Owen, Volunteer Co-ordinator, richard.owen@groundworknottingham.org.uk or call 07771348655.

JOB: Green Aiders

BE4: N / A

LOC: Herts, West Essex, Cambs & Beds

PAY: Training & travel

FOR: Groundwork East

Want to volunteer outside & help vulnerable residents? Then join Groundwork’s Green Aiders team! Put your skills into action with weekly gardening sessions in gardens across Hertfordshire. Get buckets of exp – two new gardens every time. Free training in gardening & power tool use. All PPE, tools, equipment, lunches & travel costs covered. ASK: To book a place, arrange a taster day or for more info Sarah Holloway, 01707 255177 sarah.holloway@groundwork.org.uk https://www.groundwork.org.uk/east

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



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