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37 pages in total, the lead article is from TCV and details the changing face of volunteering through the seasons, although you think it’s cold and miserable outside in winter there are still plenty of tasks to be completed. The importance of Trustees is highlighted by Froglife CEO Kathy Wormald. Lancashire Wildlife Trust uses cattle, sheep, goats and ponies for conservation grazing; find out what it’s like to be a livestock checker and how this can help in a career with animals. Beth Aucott is a Warden with RSPB; find out how volunteering helped her get a paid position in the sector. Jane Shah from RSPB was kind enough to answer some questions about residential volunteering and a former volunteer introduces himself as the RSPB Regional Director for Eastern England. OPAL runs lots of citizen science projects you can easily get involved in; find out how a little bit of your time can improve your career prospects. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus


JOB: Volunteer Eco-Schools Assessor

BE4: 14/1/19

LOC: England

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Keep Britain Tidy

Are you passionate about environmental education? Would you like to help encourage your young people to become more environmentally responsible? Would you like to help create great community cohesion in your Local Authority? Would you like to encourage schools to become more sustainable and environmentally aware? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be interested in becoming an Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessor. The Eco-Schools programme is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world. The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an international standard that schools attain to show their commitment to the environment. To gain the Green Flag, the school must be assessed by an Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessor. This process involves the assessor reading the school’s Green Flag application documents, and then visiting the school to meet the Eco-Committee and Eco-Coordinator to assess whether the Eco-Schools ethos is embedded throughout the school.  ASK: Please see: https://c-js.co.uk/2Mr5Y9z for further details.

JOB: Wildlife Writer

BE4: N / A

IV: 28/09/2018

LOC: Homebased

PAY: 0

FOR: New Nature Magazine

New Nature is a youth e-magazine featuring articles written by young people aged 30 and under, as well as interviews with industry professionals and celebrities. We hope to offer a fresh perspective on topical issues in conservation and highlight the beauty to be seen year round in the British countryside. The magazine can be downloaded free of charge from www.newnature.co.uk. We are looking for writers aged 30 or under to contribute articles to the magazine. A love for nature/conservation and good communication skills are needed. Please note the magazine is currently run by a team of volunteers so we unfortunately cannot pay contributors. Articles submitted will also be edited before being published. Features can be written on a subject of your choosing, although please discuss this with the team first before emailing submissions. Regular contributors will also be considered for our online blog. ASK: Email editorial.newnature@gmail.com

JOB: Bird Identification Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Flexible

PAY: Some training & expenses


We get lots of emails usually with pictures of birds and wildlife from people who are asking what they have seen in their garden or out and about. The Supporter Services department of the RSPB is a front line customer service team and we aim to provide a prompt and knowledgeable answer to these queries. Our aim is to engage people in regards to Wildlife and this role would be key to us fulfilling this objective, by reaching as many people as we can and connecting them to nature. The skills you need: wildlife knowledge to sufficiently ID birds; able to work as part of team and independently; computer literate; able to use programmes such as Microsoft Outlook. Flexible - from one hour to one day a week - from one month to an ongoing basis. All year round. ASK: Contact: Emma Whiteway, emma.whiteway@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Wood Pasture and Parkland Volunteer Surveyor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Countrywide

PAY: Survey pack*


Characterised by big old trees growing in open pasture-land, Wood Pasture often contains some of the oldest living trees in our country, providing a direct link with bygone landscapes and homes to many rare and threatened species. This survey is relatively simple to do but tells us so much about the structure, condition and management. You will be required to do a structured walk around a site, counting and estimating things like trees, canopy cover and scrub, whilst looking out for a few key species such as hawthorn, elder and bramble. All the data we get helps us build a better picture of the conservation task we have ahead of ourselves in order to preserve this precious habitat and the rare species to which it is home.*Surveyor will receive a survey pack with all the instructions, maps and guides. They can contact the project organiser for any additional help needed. Each survey should take a couple of hours, plus a bit of prep time. ASK: Contact megan.gimber@ptes.org or go to www.ptes.org/wpp for more information.

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