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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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North East 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: Welcome Volunteer

BE4: 13/5/19

LOC: RSPB Old Moor, Old Moor Lane, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0YF

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB

Once a week. Would you like to help us give a great welcome, and help with increasing our memberships? Here at Old Moor you will be welcoming visitors at our Visitor Centre, providing great customer service, and speaking to non member visitors to encourage them to become a member of the RSPB. Very friendly team and great atmosphere. ASK: Contact Ivy Sheryn 01226 751593, ivy.sheryn@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Bradford Urban Discovery Project Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 12/3/19

IV: 22/3/19

LOC: West Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

12 months for 3 days week. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has an exciting new voluntary trainee opportunity that is part of a new community engagement initiative. The Bradford Urban Discovery (BUD) project, funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, that will deliver community engagement activities across seven green spaces in South West Bradford. In this role you will have a unique opportunity within the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to work with both our Nature Reserves Team and our BUD project Inspiring People Officer.  The role will be a fantastic mix of practical conservation tasks and creative and playful engagement activities within a project team with lots of experience and passion for working in urban greenspaces and with diverse and hard to reach communities. As a voluntary trainee you will be supported to develop your skills in land management, practical conservation and community engagement. The role's office base is Huddersfield but you will be working mainly in the Bradford area. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv

JOB: Volunteer Conservation Traineeship

BE4: 13/3/19 noon

IV: 13/03/2019

LOC: Rainton Meadows, Houghton-Le-Spring

PAY: Attractive training package

FOR: Durham Wildlife Trust

An enthusiastic person with good communication skills, dedicated to nature conservation and working with people is required to assist in the delivery of the Trusts varied range of habitat and access management across its 37 nature reserves. Working with our accomplished volunteer teams you will gain valuable experience in volunteer leadership, reserves management and project development. You will also gain skills and experience relevant to communicating the importance of nature conservation to the public and in generating the resources required to deliver nature conservation activities, & of ecological survey techniques, particularly for protected species, by supporting the work of the Trust’s ecological consultancy. In addition an attractive training package is available which includes;- Chainsaw, Pesticides, First Aid, Off Road (4x4), ATV, Brushcutter qualifications. A contribution towards mileage is available. Requires commitment for a minimum of 12 months, working 4 days p/w. ASK: Full role details can be found here https://durhamwt.com/jobs/ Apply: Chris Jones, Living Landscape Officer (North) cjones@durhamwt.co.uk or 0191 584 8949.

JOB: Marketing Assistant Internship Volunteer

BE4: 30/4/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

To gain experience in marketing working in a social enterprise horticultural nursery alongside the General Manager. Key tasks are to assist in the development of a new brand identity for the nursery and working with creative agencies pitching for build of a new website; after which to manage content. To help develop and organise the onsite and digital events calendar. To help work on fundraising campaigns for the charity for a large expansion project as part of the 25th Anniversary. ASK: Any interested applicants should email karen@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543 or written applications to Karen Hall Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR.

JOB: Administrative Assistant Internship Volunteer

BE4: 30/4/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

To gain experience for a career in horticulture, or the charitable sector, working within the horticultural operations team at a well-established social enterprise nursery. A registered charity for 25 years, Mires Beck provides horticultural therapy training to adults with learning difficulties. We run a successful wholesale and onsite retail business, specialising in plants and conservations habitat species. We are expanding and looking for a 2-3 day a week person to catalogue items, complete records for plant traceability, follow orders from the garden centres and update teams on information needed in the production and preparation process. ASK: If you are interested in this post please contact lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543, or applications by post to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Horticultural Therapy Assistant

BE4: 31/5/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

An opportunity to support our staff helping to teach horticultural skills and associated craft work to adults with learning difficulties. We also have a specialist unit on site for adults with more acute learning disability which has more one to one training. The volunteers work within set teams which include; the gardening team, plant prep' and production teams, tree nursery and Anniversary Garden unit. The work is vital in helping the trainees gain confidence in being part of a commercial nursery and being able to also interact with the public who visit for retail sales. We provide a full day care service and volunteers also help the trainees to socialise during the lunch break and relaxation period. ASK: Any interested applicants should email lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543 or can post an inquiry to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, Brough HU15 2NR. https://www.miresbeck.co.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: 30/6/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

The estate team manage our 14 acre conservation site comprising of a commercial plant & tree nursery, 5 acre woodland & soon to be wildflower meadow open to the public, working with adults with learning difficulties. We also maintain an unadopted access road to the nursery which runs alongside the beck the nursery was named after. As part of the charity's aim to bring life skills & improve social abilities, the trainees work with staff & volunteers who make up the team & we are always open to welcome new people to our nursery. ASK: If you are interested in joining the estate team please contact lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543 or applications by post to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk

JOB: Horticultural Health & Safety Administrator Volunteer

BE4: 26/4/19

IV: 26/04/2019

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

The work at a social enterprise nursery & conservation site, for an admin based role helping to formalise the H&S policies & procedures manual, updating records, filing documentation into relevant sections & ensuring all onsite work has follow through of communicating hazards/risks/safe work practises. To help finalise the Business Continuity Document to then help communicate the appropriate actions & succession plans. ASK: Any interested person should email lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543, or applications in writing to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Park Ranger

BE4: 22/2/19 12pm

LOC: St Nicks Local Nature Reserve

PAY: Training / local travel expenses

FOR: St Nicks

6 months, 3 days a week (Tuesday -Thursday). With our support and ‘on the job’ training, you will help the St Nicks team to look after our unique and diverse nature reserve through a variety of tasks such as wildflower planting, scything, invasive species control, tree planting / transplanting; leading and supporting volunteer groups; surveying and monitoring species and habitats; improving site access and maintaining signage; engaging with nature reserve users; and helping out at events. With various habitats to manage over 24 acres and diverse groups of volunteers to lead and supervise, the Volunteer Park Ranger role presents and exciting and challenging opportunity for those looking to embark on a career within the sector. There will also be opportunities to take on and lead LNR projects such as improving and monitoring riparian habitats, helping us to create educational resources for visitors and volunteers and developing methodologies for habitat or species surveys to help us better monitor our wildlife. ASK: Apply: https://stnicks.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/ or email volunteer@stnicks.org.uk

JOB: Explorers Education Volunteer - Naburn

BE4: 28/2/19

LOC: Naburn Lock, nr York

PAY: Training / travel

FOR: Canal & River Trust

3 - 4 days a month. Join our brand new team of education volunteers based at Naburn Lock, on the River Ouse south of York. We lead school, Cub scout and Brownie groups on waterway visits as well as running sessions in the classroom. All of our sessions are designed to inspire young people in science and geography as well as the heritage and wildilfe of the area. We are looking for volunteers who have: previous experience of working with children; the confidence to talk to, and deliver workshops with groups of children; the ability to enthuse young people through practical activities; the flexibility to volunteer in different locations, working independently and as part of a team. We provide you with resources and full training on how to lead groups of children at this specific location as well as in a more traditional classroom environment. You will have the support of an education officer as well as the other volunteers in your team. ASK: Find out more at https://c-js.co.uk/2MmjE7i

JOB: Seabird Cruise Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

1 day a week for 3-4 months. RSPB Bempton Cliffs is home to almost quarter of a million seabirds over the spring & summer months, incl puffins, gannets & kittiwakes. We run a series of very popular weekend seabird cruises from Bridlington harbour to show visitors our ‘Seabird City’ at close quarters. We are looking for knowledgeable volunteers for these three hour cruises to help ensure that passengers not only enjoy their experience but also learn from it. This is an opportunity to be part of the country’s largest nature conservation charity; a chance to pass on your knowledge of & passion for nature to others; to use & develop skills & personal initiative. You need: a good knowledge of seabirds in this area, or willingness to learn; a good stomach for sailing; an awareness of the RSPB’s work & the ability to talk about it; the enthusiasm & confidence to greet & initiate conversations with members of the public; good speaking & listening skills; availability for several weekends between May-September. ASK: Contact: Kim Smales, 01262 422206, kim.smales@rspb.org.uk or visit www.rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Live Seabird Interpreter

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB

We need live interpreters so that visitors can meet a friendly face out & about on the reserve; helping visitors to identify wildlife & point them in the right direction. This role serves to enhance the experience visitors have on the reserve & encourages return visits. It’s an opportunity to spend your days out on the sea cliffs surrounded by up to a quarter of a million nesting seabirds & the chance to pass on your passion for nature to enthuse others. The skills you need: approachable, with a friendly demeanour; willingness to undertake appropriate training & personal development; ability to stand for long periods of time in all weather; confidence to initiate conversations with members of the public; enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation; own transport. You need to be fit, able to stand for long periods of time in all weathers, should be a quick learner & comfortable with using optical equipment efficiently (training provided). Must be over 18 & able to work without a chaperone. ASK: Contact Sarah Aitken 01262 422213, sarah.aitken@rspb.org.uk or visit www.rspb.org.uk

JOB: Residential Volunteer - Learning Assistant

BE4: 28/02/2019

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire

PAY: Accommodation & all utility bills included

FOR: RSPB

5 days a week for 6 months (negotiable). You’ll help us to inspire children of all ages through the delivery of a range of fun and creative learning programmes. Children visit as part of school trips to the reserve or via youth group sessions and you’ll work with our Learning Officer and other learning volunteers to prepare educational resources and deliver our learning programmes. Main duties: help to produce educational resources and activities for use during the season; attend all Learning Team training; lead school and youth groups, including on days when the Learning Officer does not work; help to promote our education offer via social media and other marketing activities; support post-season preparation for 2020; help deliver the reserve’s visitor experience in August when there are no educational visits. ASK: For more information: please contact Sarah Aitken, Visitor Experience Manager at sarah.aitken@rspb.org.uk or call 01262 422213, all enquiries are welcome.

JOB: Residential Volunteer - Marketing Assistant

BE4: 28/2/19

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire

PAY: Accommodation provided including all bills

FOR: RSPB

5 days a week for 6 months (negotiable). Every year over 100,000 visitors come to Bempton Cliffs, & around half of those have never been before so we have to work hard to get them here. You will be the eyes & ears of one of the busiest nature reserves in the UK - finding marketing opportunities around every corner & stories in everything, you’ll help to drive footfall to England’s largest mainland seabird colony. Main duties: create daily posts / tweets for our vibrant social media platforms that maintain targets on reach / engagement; work with the Communications Officer to write press releases, news articles & liaise with the media, including radio & TV interviews; producing posters & publicity materials; collecting & collating information to expand an email database; working with other marketing volunteers & reserve volunteers. ASK: For more information: please contact Maria Prchlik, Communications Officer at maria.prchlik@rspb.org.uk or call 01262 422202, all enquiries are welcome.

JOB: Learning Assistant Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

1 day a week for 3 – 4 months. At Bempton Cliffs, school and youth groups book onto sessions in which they learn all about and are inspired by the beautiful and amazing wildlife on the reserve; enabling them to make their own connection to nature. As a Learning Assistant you will lead our education sessions using resources, games and play to engage children. Please note that this role requires someone who is available and able to lead school groups one day a week from March to July to cover school terms and you will need to be confident and a quick learner. If you have any doubt about your availability please speak to Kerry before applying for this role.  ASK: Contact: Kerry Fieldhouse, Learning Officer kerry.fieldhouse@rspb.org.uk 01262 422203

JOB: Marketing Assistant Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

We need to spread the word about Bempton Cliffs far and wide. New ways of communicating with our audiences are springing up every day and we need to make the most of these free tools. That’s why we’d like assistance with populating / monitoring social media and developing online promotional opportunities, for example, What’s On listings. So if Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are some of your favourite places to be, we’d love to hear from you. ASK: Contact: Maria Prchlik, Communications officermaria.prchlik@rspb.org.uk 01262 422202.

JOB: Volunteer Membership Recruiter

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire

PAY:

FOR: RSPB

With over 100,000 visitors a year, Bempton Cliffs is a very busy reserve. We aim to deliver first class customer care at all times, as well as giving an outstanding home to nature. We are looking for someone to provide a warm welcome to all our visitors, providing them with the information they need to make the most of their visit. We need you to be able to enthuse people about wildlife & the RSPB, & actively encourage non-members to join. Other duties include promoting pin badge sales & promoting events / activities. ASK: Contact: Scott Smith, Visitor Operations Manager scott.smith@rspb.org.uk 01262 422210.

JOB: Environmental Education Session Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S73 0YF

PAY: Full training, support, uniform and travel expenses provided (up to 25 miles each way).

FOR: RSPB

We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about engaging children with nature and are happy to deliver outdoor activities to classes of up to 30 children (after a period of training) in all but extreme weather. You will be working outside and on the go all day as part of a small but busy education team inspiring children of all abilities about wildlife through practical, hands on activities such as pond dipping, investigating mini-beasts and seasonal sensory activities. Good communication skills and enthusiasm are essential and some experience of working with children would be helpful. Being willing to learn new skills with a resourceful and flexible approach will make you a valuable member of the team. Tasks will include: Leading education workshops to children (4-11 years). Assisting with equipment and resource maintenance as necessary. Assisting with promoting our education programme to primary schools. *Full training, support, uniform and travel expenses provided (up to 25 miles each way). Time commitment: minimum of one fixed day per fortnight, during term time march to October. ASK: To apply contact catherine.walker@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

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. ASK: Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Social Media Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Newcastle Upon Tyne

PAY:

FOR: Natural History Society of Northumbria

We are looking for someone to join us as part of our ‘Towards 2029’ project and work alongside NHSN staff to plan and deliver exciting natural history content across our existing social media channels. The ideal candidate will have: a sound knowledge of the natural world; good organisational and planning skills; great written skills; a flare for creativity; familiarity with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; strong IT skills; self-motivation; a firm grasp of the type of content that appeals to different audiences. ASK: Should this role interest you, please email a CV and short introductory email (no need for a cover letter) to james.common@newcastle.ac.uk. A drop-in session will be on Wednesday 9 January to allow candidates to meet the staff.

JOB: Event Volunteer - Mass Engagement

BE4: N / A

LOC: Birmingham, Hereford, Oxford, York

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Events Programming Team work nationally across the Woodland Trust to deliver mass audience events which raise brand awareness of the Woodland Trust. The aim is to engage and inspire those audiences about the aims and work of the Woodland Trust and to encourage them to get involved and support our cause. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at events in 2019 in the following locations: Birmingham; Hay-on-Wye, Hereford; Oxford; Castle Howard, York. You will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills, to volunteer alongside the staff at the event, to engage with large audiences and support our delivery of events. As part of our events team you will: be part of the staff rota for an event; attend pre-event briefing calls over the telephone / video conferencing; engage with the public and deal with questions and queries at the event; give post-event feedback so each event can be evaluated going forward; collect names and addresses of members of the public, adhering to data protection / GDPR; help with tidying up after the event. Please only apply if you are interested in volunteering at one or more of the above locations. ASK: For further details and to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2CqpRw7

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: 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, Sustrans, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering



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