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Voluntary Vacancies: North East

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland (image: David Mark / Pixabay)

North East of England voluntary vacancies: Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, North, West and South Yorkshires and the East Riding of Yorkshire (formerly Humberside).

   

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JOB: Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor
BE4: 19/12/19
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LOC: Gibside, Burnopfield, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE16 6BG
PAY: Up to £1000 training bursary and some expenses
FOR: National Trust

Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor is a Gibside Heritage volunteer placement for a period of twelve months, 4 days per week. This opportunity is aimed at anyone interested in developing outdoor education skills these will include the preparation and delivery of outdoor educational activities.  This placement would be ideal for anyone interested in a career in either outdoor or general education. Your role will be to support the day to day operations of Gibside Activity Centre.  You will have the opportunity to gain experience from working with our team of enthusiastic, well qualified and very experienced delivery staff.   What’s in it for you? Gain new skills and knowledge working in an outdoor educational setting. Access to up to £1000 funded internal and external training opportunities. Professional career development to prepare you for future employment opportunities. Access to accommodation and facilities (if required) during your volunteering placement period. Contact: gibsidestablesldc@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Voluntary River Steward
BE4: N/A
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LOC: Sheffield
PAY: Training / reasonable travel expenses
FOR: River Stewardship Company

2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Land of Oak & Iron Events Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: Derwent Valley, NE England
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: Land of Oak & Iron (through Groundwork NE & Cumbria)

Approx. 1 day / month. Provide support to the Land of Oak & Iron staff team & partner orgs in organising & helping on the day at a range of events to promote Land of Oak & Iron & opportunities for local people to take part. Tasks may incl event planning & publicity, setting up on the day, running activities & talking to members of the public. Individuals need no prior exp, just enthusiasm & passion for the area. Find out more from Kath Marshall-Ivens kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk 01207 524883 / 07966 330028

JOB: Volunteer Officer
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds
PAY: Training & travel
FOR: TCV

Joining TCV as a Volunteer Officer and assisting staff with the delivery of practical conservation work has a wide range of benefits to offer you. These include: developing useful and transferable practical conservation skills, using a multitude of manual and powered tools, formal courses in First Aid, leadership, safeguarding and risk assessment, developing your group leadership and project organisation skills, learning event organising and publicity skills with a national charity, improving your confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills, inclusion training to enhance your ability to support volunteers with diverse individual needs. Being supported in your role by experienced staff through an individual development plan and regular meetings. Work experience with flexible hours and responsibilities as desired and a personal budget for work clothing and travel expenses (incl. bus travel within Leeds reimbursed). 3-4 days per week. Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Community Ambassador
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gosforth NE33XT
PAY: Travel costs covered
FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

An excellent opportunity to spread the word about Northumberland Wildlife Trust in your local community! If you are willing to speak up, comfortable talking to people about wildlife, raising the profile of the Trust and promoting our events and visitor centres, then this is the role for you. Talking to people in your community about us (residents’ association, local groups, your local magazine). Visiting places (doctors, dentists, shops, libraries) and leave magazines or leaflets, put up posters. Representing NWT at local events and gatherings (fetes, allotment shows, sports events). Organising local fundraisers (coffee mornings, challenges and sports events). Leading volunteer teams, e.g. putting leaflets through doors. Visiting local businesses, giving information about corporate membership. Organising visits to schools to do assemblies on climate change and wildlife. Raising our profile on social media by sharing stories. 0.5 / 1 day per week. Contact john.gibbon@northwt.org.uk for my more details or check our website www.nwt.org.uk

JOB: Social Media Assistant
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Garden House St Nicholas Park
PAY: Travel costs covered
FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Are you really comfortable with social media? Do you have a passion for nature? We need help with the day to day running of our social media channels. Can you help us make a difference through ‘storytelling’ so that we can create a greater awareness of the beauty & value of the natural world? What’s involved? Writing & posting new content (planned & ad hoc); testing & monitoring new techniques to build profile & engagement; acting as a first-line responder to social media posts using the Trust’s FAQ guide; researching competitors & trends. Knowledge & experience of social media - especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Linked-In, Hoot suite. Creativity - we want to test & try new ways of doing things. Excellent command of English & a good eye for detail (especially for proof-reading). Organised & systematic as we will be scheduling content & monitoring impact. 0.5 / 1 day per week. Contact john.gibbon@northwt.org.uk or our website www.northwt.org.uk

JOB: Education Team Volunteer
BE4: Available constantly
IV:
LOC: The Yorkshire Arboretum
PAY: Training
FOR: The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Education Officer will provide a diary of school visits and you can sign up for as many or as few as you like. Most schools arrive around 10am, stay for a picnic lunch and leave mid-afternoon. The job is to support the Education Officer in providing stimulating learning and activity sessions for schools and assist the children with practical activities (pond dipping and minibeast hunting). Also to help with producing and maintaining educational resources, materials and equipment. Experience of working with children is useful but not necessary. You will need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All school visit activities take place outdoors and whatever the weather, so you will need to be happy working in sunshine, rain and cold weather and provide your own suitable clothing and footwear. A certain amount of walking sometimes over rough, muddy or hilly ground is involved. Please contact visit@yorkshirearboretum.org. Please include a telephone number(s).

JOB: Nature Force Group Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: Wakefield District
PAY: Training / DBS check
FOR: Open Country

We run every Tuesday throughout the year. The Nature Force Group is run by the disability charity Open Country's 'Wild about Wakefield' project. The Harrogate-based charity enable people with disabilities to access the countryside more, mainly through a series of outdoor activities. Every Tuesday we carry out fun conservation tasks with adults with learning disabilities across the district. We need your help assisting these disabled adults to do tasks such as tree planting, scrub clearing, wildflower planting and more! We are based at Thornes Park near the centre of Wakefield but go out for the full day with minibus provision. No experience is necessary, all training, tools and PPE are provided. Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email wakefield@opencountry.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Gardeners
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Cragside, Northumberland, NE65
PAY:
FOR: National Trust

If you love gardens as much as we do then you’ll know they need a lot of care & attention. Volunteer Gardeners do practical work to help keep Cragside in peak condition & looking eye catching. What's involved? Helping the gardens team with everyday practical tasks to keep the garden looking at its best; looking after garden machinery & equipment; being a friendly face for visitors & answering any questions; helping with projects like new planting or clearing overgrown areas. This role will suit you if you are: keen to work in a team; happy to work outside in all weathers; interested in gardening & have a bit of exp; available at least once a fortnight. Any day to suit you, our core volunteer days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, we can offer weekends too. Apply online at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer & search Cragside or call 01669 620333.

JOB: Learning Volunteer
BE4: Open
IV:
LOC: Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG
PAY: Full training & travel expenses
FOR: National Trust

National Trust Gibside are growing their Learning Activities Volunteer Team this winter. Starting in November with our very popular Christmas Trails for primary schools & winter birthday parties programme. We aim to train new volunteers over the winter period to prepare & deliver a range of educational activities to school & community groups throughout 2020. The opportunity to be a volunteer with the Learning Team is a fantastic opportunity to develop outdoor education skills & would be ideal for anyone who has worked in education or is interested in developing the skills necessary for a career in education. This volunteer role is open to people from lots of backgrounds. For example, you may be looking to share a skill from your prev education / employment or be looking to develop new skills & experience, or just eager to be outdoors in a busy activity focused environment.  Time commitment: full & half days. For more information: gibsidestablesldc@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteering Learning Assistant Internships - Various Locations
BE4: 18/1/20
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LOC: Various locations*
PAY: Training & expenses
FOR: RSPB

Looking to get some quality experience with Europe's largest conservation charity, engaging with young people and delivering environmental education? We are looking for volunteers to deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages and abilities. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain experience working with families and adults. You’ll get: training in delivery, local species ID, equipment safety and first aid, mentoring, lots of first-hand experience, a uniform as required and expenses. You will need: a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; an enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills; a resourceful/flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities; good communication skills. Must be 18 years old or over and have achieved A-levels or equivalent. Time Commitment: 2 to 3 days a week from 9am to 5.15pm for 3 months or more (March to September 2020). *Locations: Rainham Marshes in Greater London, Leighton Moss in Lancashire, Conwy in North Wales, Old Moor in South Yorkshire, Sandwell Valley in west Midlands and Saltholme in Middlesbrough. For further information visit https://c-js.co.uk/32Ksrq3

JOB: Woodland Conservation Volunteer
BE4: 29/2/20
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LOC: Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: English Heritage

Built in the 1720s, in its hey-day Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. The site is surrounded by diverse woodland and we are looking for passionate, reliable volunteers to help conserve and maintain this precious ecosystem. It will be your role to work within a team of fellow volunteers and undertake woodland conservation tasks. Some of these tasks may be small-scale whilst others may require preliminary training and commitment, such as; tree planting, weeding, coppicing, green woodwork, surveying, habitat and hedgerow management, step, bridge and path making, way marking, fencing. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to work as part of a team, use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures, and work outside on uneven ground in remote locations under variable weather conditions. Time commitment flexible. Dates and times of activities to be pre-agreed in advance. To apply contact sophie.hearn@english-heritage.org.uk 0191 269 1252 or visit our website.

JOB: Woodland Conservation Volunteer Facilitator, Volunteer
BE4: 29/2/2020
IV:
LOC: Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: English Heritage

Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. The site is surrounded by diverse woodland and we are looking for passionate, reliable volunteers to help conserve and maintain this precious ecosystem.  It will be your role to facilitate a team of fellow volunteers in undertaking regular woodland conservation tasks. Some of these tasks may be small-scale whilst others may require preliminary training and commitment, such as; tree planting, weeding, coppicing, green woodwork, surveying, habitat and hedgerow management, step, bridge and path making, way marking and fencing. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals who are willing to work as part of a team, use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures. Previous experience in woodland conservation and/or leadership would be desirable. Time commitment flexible. Dates and times of activities to be pre-agreed in advance.   To apply contact sophie.hearn@english-heritage.org.uk/ 0191 269 1252 or visit our website.