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Voluntary Vacancies: Midlands

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

   

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JOB: Volunteer Reserve Managers
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Bewdley, Worcestershire
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for Volunteer Reserve Managers to help us look after two very special sites near Bewdley: The Helen Mackaness Reserve and Pound Green Common. Our Volunteer Reserve Managers play a vital and engaging role in the management of our sites, from leading practical conservation volunteer work parties in undertaking practical work such as bramble and scrub management, to carrying out maintenance and wildlife surveys onsite. One day a month. This is a great opportunity to gain a deep insight into how we manage these special places for wildlife, working closely with our experienced Reserves Team.  We will give you training in leadership, first aid and tool use as required.  Get fit and get closer to nature. This is a great way to put your skills to good use, helping to make Worcestershire a better place for wildlife and assisting others to do the same!  Interested? Great – get in touch to find out more volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

JOB: School 'Wildlife Assembly' Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Across Worcestershire
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Our school team is looking for more volunteers to join us and help deliver fun and engaging wildlife assemblies for primary schools. Last year our team delivered over 50 assemblies and we are now looking to expand our offer and reach more schools. Short assemblies are pre-prepared for you and will cover clear topics including our Bzzy Bee assembly about wild bees and our assembly based on the ‘Lost Words’ book. The assemblies are interactive and will include games, props and an element of performance. As a School Assembly volunteer you will have the support of the Engagement Officers. You will have the chance to learn new skills. *You will receive health and safety and child safeguarding training, storytelling training as well as any other training needed such as first aid. Time commitment to suit you, Monday-Friday, school hours. To find out more email volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org.

JOB: Volunteer Leader: Youth Group
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Worcester
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for Volunteer Leaders to work alongside our Youth Engagement Officer to help supervise our up & coming youth group ‘Outdoor Origins’. You will be helping us to provide exciting skill-building opportunities for young people between the ages of 14-19. You will be responsible for helping to supervise, guide & encourage groups of young people whilst they undertake a variety of practical & non-practical tasks. Sessions are designed to try & give the young people the best & most varied experience possible so can involve anything from undertaking practical tasks on our nature reserves to skill building sessions incl wildlife ID & green woodworking. *Training in leadership, first aid & tool use as required. You don’t need much experience - just an infectious enthusiasm for our natural world & a willingness to get stuck in.  Time commitment to suit you - monthly / weekly. Interested or want to know more? Get in touch volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org.

JOB: Nature Reserve Wardens
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Worcestershire
PAY: Get fit and get closer to nature
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Our volunteer Nature Reserve Wardens act as our eyes on the ground. They walk one of our chosen nature reserves regularly to help us foresee and locate problems. How involved you get is up to you – some people simply walk and report back to us, others carry out light maintenance and surveying too. We are particularly looking for volunteer wardens at Piddlebrook Meadows, near Pershore; Grimley Brick Pits, near Worcester and Pound Green Common, near Bewdley but many of our reserves would benefit from an extra pair of eyes / hands, so if you're interested to know more, get in touch volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org.   

JOB: Residential Seasonal Nature Reserve Volunteer
BE4: 30-06-2020
IV:
LOC:
PAY:
FOR: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

6 month placement from Sept / Oct 2020, c 25 hpw. Suitable for someone looking to begin a career in nature conservation. Assist the reserves team in managing the north Lincolnshire reserves including practical habitat management of grassland, wetland, heathland and peatland sites, access maintenance and working with livestock. You need to be capable of using tools and enjoy working outdoors. Good team working skills and self-motivation essential. Driving licence and some experience of practical conservation work an advantage. We provide in-house training, first aid qualification and a wide range of experience in the nature conservation sector. Enthusiasm to learn and gain hands-on experience in a competitive field required. Over 18s only. Subject to 2 references and DBS check. Informal chat: Simon Wellock, 01652 634507. CV and covering letter to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Ness End Farm, Far Ings Road, Baron upon Humber DN18 5RG or farings@lincstrust.co.uk.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY: 0
FOR: RSPB

As a Ranger you will be a friendly face for our visitors and offer a site presence. Your job is to check that the site looks tip top by walking the site and ensuring it is free of rubbish by litter picking as you go. To make sure visitors have the best experience we need to check if paths need repairing, signs need cleaning or even benches which might have been damaged. By keeping a note of these jobs, the practical team can respond as quickly as possible to rectify the problem. You will have good communication skills and enjoy being outdoors. 1 half day per week, Fridays or Sundays. Contact: cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Community Outreach Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY: 0
FOR: RSPB

Help us help our local community by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and leading fun activities! We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to local people and share their love of nature. You will attend local venues (museums, children’s farms etc.) and community events, as part of a small team. You’ll be chatting to people, inspiring them about nature and RSPB Sandwell Valley. You’ll deliver fun nature-inspired crafts or activities such as making bee homes or leaf crowns, bird bingos and scavenger hunts. 1 day a month. Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Community Forum Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY: 0
FOR: RSPB

The community forum is a group of volunteers who ensure we remain relevant to and engaged with our local community. You will attend a meeting every 2 months where we plan and discuss projects and activities that will encourage more people to visit the reserve. Contact: cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Sandwell Swans Assistant Youth Group Leader
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY:
FOR: RSPB

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 and 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. 4 hours on one Saturday afternoon per month. Contact colin.groves@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Event & Activities Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY:
FOR: RSPB

We have a packed calendar full of events and activities on the reserve, from bat detecting events to wild art days to wildlife friendly gardening events. All of which are designed to get people closer to nature and interested in the work of the RSPB. We need event volunteers to help deliver the activities, but also work with setting up and packing away afterwards. 1 day a month. Contact: alex.sharrod@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Baby Birds Parent & Toddler Group Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY:
FOR: RSPB

Baby Birds meet every Wednesday for parents and toddlers to discover more about nature and have fun sharing time together. There is a mix of indoor and outdoor play activities with an emphasis on connecting with nature. The sessions run for 2 hours in the morning and afternoon. Experience of working with young children in outdoor activities is essential. School term time, every Wednesday except May and June. Contact lucy.fleming@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Funding Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Knighton area (Powys / Shropshire / Herefordshire border)
PAY: Expenses
FOR: Knighton Community Woodlands Group

Knighton Community Woodlands Group (KCWG) is local people coming together to learn and share woodland skills, and to use those skills for the benefit of wildlife and our members. We are seeking an experienced fundraiser who will use their skills for a few hours each week to help support our development and expansion. Your knowledge of funding sources, and your ability to successfully apply to them, will allow us to provide training and tools to our volunteers, bring woodlands back into management, provide additional volunteering and paid roles, and cover running costs. This opportunity will allow you to work from home and set your own hours. You will be supported by a sociable, experienced and knowledgeable group who have been running for the past 10 years. For more information: woodland@tveg.org.uk 01547 520374 http://tveg.org.uk/wordpress/what-we-do/woodland-project.

JOB: Marketing Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Knighton area (Powys / Shropshire / Herefordshire border)
PAY: Expenses
FOR: Knighton Community Woodlands Group

Knighton Community Woodlands Group (KCWG) is local people coming together to learn and share woodland skills, and to use those skills for the benefit of wildlife and our members. We are seeking a marketing volunteer whose role will be to help us for a few hours each week to recruit volunteers, promote our training courses and products, and raise and maintain our public profile. This will involve leading our social media presence, maintaining our website, writing and issuing press releases, advertising our volunteering opportunities through local channels and writing our annual newsletter. This opportunity will allow you to work from home and set your own hours. You will be supported by a sociable, experienced and knowledgeable group who have been running for the past 10 years. For more information woodland@tveg.org.uk 01547 520374 http://tveg.org.uk/wordpress/what-we-do/woodland-project.

JOB: Market Research and Sales Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Knighton area (Powys / Shropshire / Herefordshire border)
PAY: Expenses
FOR: Knighton Community Woodlands Group

Knighton Community Woodlands Group (KCWG) is local people coming together to learn and share woodland skills, and to use those skills for the benefit of wildlife and our members. We need to become more financially self-sufficient through sales and so need to establish what the potential local market is for woodland products such as charcoal, bean poles, pea sticks and hedging stakes. We are seeking a volunteer for a few hours each week who will contact local retailers to find out if they would be willing to stock these items and the level of stock that they would require. This opportunity would allow you to work from home and set your own hours. You would need to travel to local vendors as required. You will be supported by a sociable, experienced and knowledgeable group who have been running for the past 10 years. For more information woodland@tveg.org.uk 01547 520374.  http://tveg.org.uk/wordpress/what-we-do/woodland-project.

JOB: Outdoor Education Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Wood Lane Nature Reserve, Ellesmere
PAY: All relevant training given e.g. First Aid, DBS Check etc.
FOR: Shropshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to help deliver our outdoor education sessions for primary school classes. The sessions typically take place on weekdays between 9am and 3pm at Wood Lane Nature Reserve (transport from Shrewsbury can be arranged). Topics covered in these sessions include recycling, rocks & fossils, conservation and wildlife. Subject knowledge is not essential, an ability to engage and inspire young people is much more important. This role offers very flexible hours: the volunteer will be contacted as school bookings are made in order to see if they are available. Find out more from Jenna Shaw at jennas@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Early Years Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PAY: All relevant training given e.g. First Aid, DBS Check etc.
FOR: Shropshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people that are able to engage young children and their families to help run our weekly Wildlings group every Wednesday morning during term-time in Shrewsbury. These sessions are for 0-5 year olds to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and exciting area. Activities include mud play, water play, bug hunting and campfire cooking. Find out more from Jenna Shaw at jennas@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: 'Make Your Weekend Wild' Group Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Various Locations In Shropshire*
PAY: All relevant training given e.g. First Aid, DBS Check etc.
FOR: Shropshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to help facilitate the 'Make Your Weekend Wild' sessions for 11 – 24 year olds. The sessions take place on the first Sunday of every month from 10am until 3pm. The group carry out tasks such as coppicing, hedge laying and wildlife surveys. Subject knowledge is not essential, an ability to engage and inspire young people is much more important. *Transport can be arranged from Shrewsbury if needed. Find out more from Jenna Shaw at jennas@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: UK Bat Care Network Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: S Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands & Wales
PAY: 0
FOR: Bat Conservation Trust

Calling all bat lovers in South Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands and Wales! The Bat Conservation Trust’s UK Bat Care Network has a critical shortage of volunteers to refer callers who find grounded and injured bats to in your areas. Volunteers on our Network save at least 1,500 bats a year and help turn over 60% of negative bat finders into fellow bat lovers. Volunteers from elsewhere in the UK are welcome too! To find out how to get involved in bat care and the benefits of joining the Network, please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2RsTqnA.