Voluntary Opportunities
Regular or occasional requirements North East

Advertise your volunteer opportunities - it's free.



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.

To see all of this week's new additions, not just for this area - click here.  Adverts are listed in chronological order, most recent at the top.


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

Full and part time placements, subdivided into subject areas, i.e. the type of work you'll be doing, click here.

Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.    Explanation of the headings here. 

CJS Focus now published

35 pages in total, the lead article is from the National Trust; good volunteer management leads to a positive volunteer experience. It’s vital therefore that investment is made in the development of volunteer managers. Keep Wales Tidy highlight the benefits to company, staff and the local environment by utilising the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility. Find out how the Biodiverse Society project run by Lancashire Wildlife Trust has succeeded in updating Local Wildlife Site systems and training enthusiastic naturalists. National Parks UK run an annual awards ceremony for the volunteers who work across the 15 members of the UK National Park family. The importance of recognising the effort of volunteers is highlighted. A happy volunteer is a productive volunteer, the Canal & River Trust detail the lengths they go to find out what their volunteers want and need and how to provide for these requirements. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus

JOB: Volunteer Park Ranger Internship

BE4: 12pm Friday 23rd February

LOC: St Nicks Environment Centre and Nature Reserve

PAY: Local travel expenses covered

FOR: St Nicks

As a Park Ranger intern you will gain vital experience in the conservation sector. This diverse role offers the chance to gain or build on experience in volunteer management, practical habitat management, wildlife surveys and public engagement. Day-to-day tasks include: Leading and supervising groups of varied ages and abilities in carrying out practical conservation volunteering;Helping to develop the management plan for the site;Assisting with monitoring of species and habitats by carrying out surveys and producing wildlife reports;Other day-to-day tasks, including: writing risk assessments; carrying out and logging regular reserve checks; engaging members of the public; helping with events and promotion. Skills and abilities required: Enthusiasm for wildlife, conservation and the outdoors;Some experience of leading groups would be beneficial- not essential;Some experience of practical conservation tasks would be beneficial- not essential;Friendly and approachable with the ability to get along with people from all backgrounds;Reliable and committed to the role;Able to use initiative. 6 months- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with occasional Saturdays ASK: Completed applications and any queries to the Volunteer Coordinator, Maria Gill at volunteer@stnicks.org.uk or 01904 411 821.

JOB: Residential Volunteer Intern


LOC: Blacktoft Sands or Old Moor

PAY: Accommodation / expenses / training


Two opportunities at Blacktoft Sands & Old Moor reserves, starting in March.   They provide a fantastic opportunity to gain exp, training, skills & knowledge required for a career on nature reserves.  This will give you exp in all aspects of a nature reserve, & you’ll work with the practical & visitor teams, giving you a great footing for your future career & maximising the number of career options available. You need good people & communication skills, approachable personality & you need to be adaptable, self-motivated & happy working in a team. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for wildlife & an interest in conservation is. You must be aged 18 or over & hold a full driving licence. Full-time for 6-12 months. ASK: For more information, please contact Sara 07736793467 (Blacktoft Sands) Karen 07876741018 or Heather 07710385009 (Old Moor)

JOB: Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 21/2/18 9am

IV: 26/2/18

LOC: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, near Doncaster

PAY: Expenses / training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Potteric Carr nature reserve is part of a landscape scale patchwork of habitat, vital to wildlife. Visitors can walk over 8kms of footpaths and discover the amazing nature that calls this site home; from water voles to kingfishers. We welcome school groups and the public to join in with activities that showcase special species, protect their environment and inspire them to nurture nature in their own lives.  This voluntary role is for 12 months, 3 days per week. With the Inspiring People Team you will gain exp and skills in a wide range of people engagement and education tasks including marketing, event programme development and educational delivery. A keen interest in outdoor learning and inspiring young people about the natural world is essential as are excellent communication skills. The most important thing however is a willingness and desire to learn. ASK: Further information and to apply www.ywt.org.uk/volunteer. Applications should be sent to volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Assistants and Walking Guides

BE4: Ongoing and no formal interview

LOC: Wakefield, from Thornes Park

PAY: Full training will be provided

FOR: Open Country

At least one day a month. Open Country is a disability charity based in Harrogate, working to enable any adult with any disability to access the countryside. We achieve this through delivering a suite of outdoor activities and by providing information, training and advice. Open Country have recently set up a new outreach project - Wild about Wakefield - based from Thornes park and we are now running weekday walks, conservation work parties, evening tandem cycling and weekend outings. We need volunteers to support us on the full days with guiding visually impaired adults, pushing wheelchairs and helping with the conservation activities. If you have an empathy for people with disabilities, a passion for the outdoors and want to make a real difference locally, we'd love to hear from you! You do not need any specific quals but a friendly nature and patience is very important. ASK: Ella Dixon, 'Wild about Wakefield' Project Officer, Open Country, Community House, 46 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LT Tel: 01423 507227 Mob: 07426 716677 www.opencountry.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Visitor Guides

BE4: 28/2/18

LOC: Wath, near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership is seeking volunteers to ensure an exciting heritage site opens to the public.   A team is needed to open Wath Mill to the public for four Saturdays over the summer months. This is a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for heritage, particularly if you love to share your passion with other people. The Partnership recently restored the four sets of millstones and associated machinery and the project has attracted huge interest. Many are curious to see what’s behind the locked doors, but we can only safely open the site if it is staffed by volunteers; otherwise the doors to this fascinating glimpse through time will remain closed. Full training provided and organised with the volunteer team during April. Half or full Saturday, once a month from May to August (1st Saturday of the month). Interested? ASK: Please contact Louise Brown, Historic Nidderdale Project Officer by email louise.brown@harrogate.gov.uk or telephone 01423 712950 for a chat. http://uppernidderdale.org.uk/

JOB: Schools Outreach Session Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Greater Manchester, Tyne & Wear, West Yorkshire or Merseyside

PAY: Full induction & training, travel & subsistence expenses


Minimum commitment is the equivalent of 2 full days a month up to 3 months in advance for a minimum of 6 months. Do you remember the thrill of finding your first ladybird? As part of the RSPB’s aim to connect as many children as possible to nature, Giving Nature a Home in Schools is our new school outreach project to provide opportunities for half a million children to connect with nature. We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver this ambitious project. You will be leading sessions with a class of children & their teacher, inspiring them to get up close to what creeps, crawls & flies in their school grounds. Abundant enthusiasm, with ability to communicate your passion for the natural world to help connect children with nature; some experience of working with young people; a keen interest in wildlife, conservation & the natural environment; resourceful & flexible approach & able to cope with primary & / or early years-aged children of all abilities; willing to learn new skills; well-organised, with effective communication skills to liaise with other volunteers & schools; willing to work alone; able to use email, internet, word processing. ASK: For Greater Manchester, Sally Mizon, sally.mizon@rspb.org.uk or 07808 717337; Tyne & Wear, Jill Stone, jill.stone@rspb.org.uk or 07718 972299; West Yorkshire, Catherine Walker, catherine.walker@rspb.org.uk or 07718 972298; Merseyside, liverpoolschoolsoutreach@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Sphagnum Planting Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Skipton and Swinton

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

What's Sphagnum?! I hear you ask. Sphagnum are mosses that are the wonderful multi-coloured living carpets of moss found in wet places like peat bogs, marshland, heath and moorland. The Yorkshire Peat Partnership are currently running a project to investigate how re-planting damaged peatlands with Sphagnum moss improves ecosystem service benefits such as water quality and greenhouse gas emissions. We have 60 research plots to plant up, all part of the scientific study, therefore a keen eye for detail is required to maintain accurate planting and consistency throughout. You'll get to spend time out in some of Yorkshire's finest landscapes, planting key peatland species that will feed into research to determine future methods of peatland management. Planting will take place in February 2018. ASK: For further information contact volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Peatland Habitat Monitor

BE4: N/A

LOC: Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and North Yorkshire Moors

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The Yorkshire Peat Partnership is a peatland restoration programme that delivers restoration by blocking drains and revegetating bare peat in the Yorkshire uplands. We want to develop a programme for long term monitoring on sites where restoration work has taken place with the help from volunteers. Monitoring will take place in upland areas of Yorkshire and you'll get to enjoy our most wild landscapes in the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the North Yorkshire Moors. Knowledge of upland plant species is desirable as you'll need to know your heather from your bilberry, plus be savvy with Sphagnum. An induction workshop is planned and training for basic plant ID is also available if required. ASK: To apply: volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Land of Oak & Iron Events Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Derwent Valley, NE England

PAY: Training

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 experience, just enthusiasm & passion for the area. ASK: Kath Marshall-Ivens kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk 01207 524883 / 07966 330028

JOB: Volunteer Ecological Records Assistant

BE4: ?

LOC: Morley, LS27 7JQ

PAY: Expenses / training

FOR: West Yorkshire Ecology Service

Min 1 day per week for several months. WYES is the Local Ecological Records Centre for West Yorkshire. The objective of this post is to research protected/notable species & habitat data & input this data from a variety of sources into the WYES databases. Records are input into Excel & then imported into Recorder 6, an ecological recording package. These are then exported to a Mapinfo GIS system so that they can be viewed spatially. This will provide exposure to professional ecological survey reports, use of Recorder 6 & GIS packages & rel work exp. Records need to be entered accurately at the highest spatial resolution possible following WYES data structures. Keen interest in a career in ecology or similar discipline & be computer literate in the use of Microsoft Excel. The position would be ideal for under graduates or recent graduates looking for rel work exp. ASK: If you would like to be considered please email a CV to Robert Masheder robert.masheder@wyjs.org.uk.

JOB: Wildlife Champion Washington to Consett

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North East

PAY: Training

FOR: Sustrans

We are looking for Wildlife Champions to cover the Coast to Coast track from Washington to Consett. You will be responsible, along with others, for monitoring the biodiversity along this route. This involves collecting data that enables us to record, improve & promote the diversity of wildlife on walking & cycling routes. You will be expected to monitor your allocated section every month to allow us to gain an accurate picture of the area's biodiversity. This should take no more than a few hours. In addition you will need to dedicate a day or two a year to supporting or organising an engagement event in your area. You will be supported by a local Group Coordinator & receive an induction pack with full instructions, guidance notes & resources & staff will be on hand to provide support & dedicated training. You don't need to be a wildlife or biodiversity expert to take part! All we need is your enthusiasm & dedication. ASK: volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160

JOB: Environmental Project Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Stocksbridge, North Sheffield

PAY: Training / workwear / travel expenses

FOR: Steel Valley Project

1 day per week - 8.30am - 4.30pm. Monday - Friday. To assist in the practical management of local public greenspace sites by the Steel Valley Project. Tasks include: practical habitat management of sites such as, woodland, heathland & grassland habitats; the installation & repair of countryside access & boundary infrastructure; the development & planning of practical work; undertake training where necessary. Recent projects include vegetation cutback along local public rights of way, wildlife pond installation, dry stone walling, various habitat management tasks to favour the woodland 'willow tit' bird, woodland step & path installation & tree planting. New projects include more of the same plus numerous small woodland management projects aimed at improving woodland conditions throughout the area to benefit wildlife & public access. No formal quals or exp required. However, volunteers should have a desire to work outdoors in all weathers & be willing to learn new skills. Volunteers should be able to communicate well, work as part of a group & have a reasonable level of physical fitness. ASK: info@steelvalleyproject.org 0114 2830880 http://www.steelvalleyproject.org

JOB: Land Management Assistant Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

The work takes place on our reserves, in & around Sheffield & Rotherham from Blacka Moor & Wyming Brook on the edge of the Peak District to Centenary Riverside, a flood alleviation scheme & nature reserve on an ex steel works site, on the edge of the River Don near Rotherham town centre. Our current living landscapes project, Rotherham Rivers, funded through Waste Recycling Environmental, sees us visiting & improving sites, managed by other organisations for the benefit of wildlife, such as water voles, kingfishers & otters, in & around Rotherham, including Rother Valley Country Park, Don Island, Kilnhurst Ings & Whiston Meadows. This role would suit someone who is keen to engage in a range of practical conservation work, including site maintenance such as fencing, & habitat management such as woodland & heathland. Volunteering with the Land Management Team helps people develop practical conservation skills, build knowledge about local wildlife habitats, keep physically active & is a great place to start developing a career in the sector. In return we can cover expenses, on the job training & funding for relevant external courses such as brush-cutter & first aid at work. ASK: http://www.wildsheffield.com/volunteer 0114 2634335

JOB: Environmental Education Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds

PAY: Local travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

2 to 4 days per week (Mon - Fri) for 6 months or more. Do you want to work in the environmental sector, but lack the experience to land your first job? Do you want to share your passion for the environment with the next generation? You could spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them, & try your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skils, take part in a comprehensive training programme, & best of all jpin a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds. Previous volunteers have gone on to work for organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Groundwork, BCEP, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

JOB: Visitor Experience Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

PAY: All training provided

FOR: Forestry Commission

Help our visitors get the most out of Dalby & present a knowledgeable & enthusiastic welcome to the public. You could be giving general information about the facilities, advising on the best cycle trail or explaining where to spot the Gruffalo! Dalby is a special place to many people & we always want to provide a top quality experience for our hundreds of thousands of visitors. Your knowledge of Dalby, combined with warm enthusiasm, will be the icing on the cake to make a good day a great one. Volunteering with us is a great way to get outside, meet people, learn something new & develop new skills, all in the beautiful setting of Dalby Forest. We’re looking for volunteers during our busiest times, weekends & school holidays. ASK: volunteering.yorkshire@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

JOB: Seal Watch Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ravenscar, Yorkshire Coast

PAY: In house training

FOR: National Trust

4 hours a day, once a week. At Ravenscar there is a grey seal colony which is visited by members of the public & has up to 300 seals. You will engage with visitors informing them about the seals & how to behave around them. Training will be given. You will also be required to monitor the seals by counting numbers on a regular basis.  Outdoorsy, whatever the weather's doing; reasonably fit & healthy - you don’t need to be Bear Grylls but you will need to be fit to walk up the cliff; keen to work with people & animals; passionate about Ravenscar & seals. ASK: yorkshirecoast@nationaltrust.org.uk 01723 870423.

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.